For online sellers looking to move into new territories, marketplaces continue to be one of the safest and quickest ways to expand your business profits overseas. Besides the obvious names (Amazon and Ebay), there are many online marketplaces that might be perfect for the international expansion of your business. Here are five on our World First list:
Founded in 2000, Pixmania is a French-based ecommerce website which promotes a wide variety of products – cameras, camcorders, TVs, home cinema, appliances, etc. – and gets around 40 million unique visitors a month. Your monthly subscription fee depends on the number of countries you’re selling in – the more countries you sell in, the bigger the fee.
Markets you can access: UK, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Spain, France, Italy, Republic of Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Finland, Sweden
2. Rue du Commerce
Another French e-commerce site featuring products as wide ranging as fashion, electronics, tech, home, garden, DIY, and fashion. The site attracts around 8 million visitors per month, and with 3 million products on sale, there is plenty for them to look at!
Markets you can access: France, Spain
FNAC is one of France’s leading high-street retailers specializing in audio, books, CDs, DVDs, games, photography and ticket sales. FNAC shops are also found in other European countries and its Europe-wide marketplace also serves customers in such hard-to-reach markets as Morocco and Brazil.
Markets you can access: France, Belgium, Brazil, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Monaco, Morocco, Portugal.
4. Best Buy
An established name in retail, Best Buy is a relative newcomer to the world of online marketplaces, but already has tens of millions of unique views each month. It’s something of a dream for technology and electronics enthusiasts as it features laptops, cameras, mobiles and tablets, printers, TVs, hi-fi equipment and more.
Markets you can access: USA, Mexico, Canada, China
5. GAME Marketplace
GAME has taken its computer games and accessories business online, giving merchants the opportunity to sell accessories, second-hand games, consoles, accessories. This is a new direction for GAME after a troubled few years, and is a bid to diversify away from its physical storefronts.
Markets you can access: UK