We live in a global economy and eBay sellers ship items internationally to hundreds of different countries around the world every day. Although eBay and Paypal already handle all of the currency conversions and all text on Paypal and eBay USA is in English, there are times when sellers need some help with translations. Those situations include:
1. Reading a foreign language on a package, artwork, or clothing label. The wording may be in a different language. The seller may realize the item could have value on eBay, but need to translate verbiage to understand what the item actually is, the materials used to make it, or other identifying information.
2. Corresponding with international customers. Sometimes a customer in another country may send a question through the eBay Messaging System or via email, and an American seller doesn’t speak their language and can’t understand the message. Google translate can help buyer and seller communicate a little better. (Note: Google translate does not provide an exact translation considering dialect, slang, or colloquialisms, but it is better than not answering the customer at all.)
How to use Google Translate
1. Go to translate.Google.com
2. Choose the languages you want to translate to and from.
3. If uncertain of what language needs to be translated into English, click the Detect Language button and Google Translate will attempt to recognize the language.
4. Begin typing and Google Translate will start translating immediately.
5. Google Translate will provide the English version of the word along with a definition and use of the word in a sentence. Translation is made in a few seconds.
Google Translate works on any computer including mobile devices. This is especially handy when out in the field (estate sales, auctions, antique stores) when translation is needed to identify a product.
For eBay sellers who really want to up their game and learn some exotic words from other languages – use the speaker icon to hear the pronunciation of the word. Also, use the foreign word in searches on Google to learn more about the product. Adding the foreign word to eBay titles and descriptions can improve search placement. Including synonyms from different languages may help give items a boost in search or help international customers find the item better. For example, the word wool is translated to “laine” in French, and this word is often found on sweater content tags inside the garment.
Using Google Translate is free, easy, fast, and accessible to anyone with a computer or mobile phone. There is no reason not to use it. It can help sellers be more proactive in reaching international customers, and learn some interesting new international words in the process. The more you know, the more money you can make.