why you should try ebay.ca as well as .com
Why Use eBay Canada Instead of ebay.com?
eBay Canada is one of many international sites run by eBay. For Canada the eBay home page is ebay.ca. Most people automatically go to the .com site when browsing, but a local site like eBay.ca can offer some advantages for both buyers and sellers. You should consider which site will be best for you, whether you’re buying or selling.
e-Bay Canada is, obviously, more tailored to Canadians than the main eBay auction site. When you’re browsing on eBay.ca, you can be sure that any of the sellers will ship to Canada. This isn’t always true on eBay.com.
Another nice thing about the Canadian site is it lists the Canadian $ equivalent when an item is being sold in US$. It’s not a big deal, but it can be a time saver compared to browsing on the main eBay website, where prices are all in US $.
Can You Get Better Deals on eBay.ca Than on eBay.com?
e Bay Canada can have price advantages for both buyers and sellers. The main auction site gets much more traffic, so you would think it would be better for sellers, right?
It’s true that ebay.com has more potential buyers than e-Bay Canada, but it also has more sellers. If you’re selling a one-of-a-kind item, such as many types of antiques and collectibles, you’ll probably get a better final price on the main eBay site. If you’re selling a common item, however, the Canadian website will probably have less competing sellers, which could result in a higher final price.
For buyers, eBay.ca can be a great source of deals. Because there are less buyers browsing the site, you can often find better prices than for the same items.
For example, let’s look at a 20GB Apple iPod on eBay.ca:
There are 2 listed at the time of this writing. One ends in 4 days with a current bid of $91 and the other ends in 2 days with a current bid of $237 (both in Canadian $). There are many pages of them listed on the main eBay site. The listings I checked, with similar time left on them to the ebay.ca listings (2-4 days), are currently between $280 to $305 (USD). This is not always going to be the case, but you can see in this example the Canadian site has the better deals.
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