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Take Your eBay Biz Global

EBay's international shipping and payment options put the whole world in your hands.

This story appears in the September 2006 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

How would you like to increase the final prices of your online eBay items by as much as 16 percent with the click of one button? You can: Simply by offering PayPal as a payment option and adding international shipping to your listings, you will connect to a global marketplace of more than 150 countries. eBay's extensive international reach has provided PowerSeller Birgit Conlen with 80 percent of the sales at Afternoon Daydreams, her food, body and health products, and toys and collectibles business in Taylors, South Carolina. "eBay brings people together, enabling buyers to go on a shopping spree around the globe and allowing sellers to advertise their products to a worldwide audience," explains Conlen, 49.

Half of all eBay buyers live outside the U.S., and eBay's international business is growing twice as fast as its U.S. business. Gold Power-Seller Jeff Nipert quickly realized how that fact could financially affect his Bonney Lake, Washington-based business, CarAlarmsEtc. "I felt if eBay was exposing my listings worldwide, and it wasn't costing me a dime extra for the exposure, I would be a fool not to take advantage of it," Nipert says.

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