UK products price hike?
Posted: Saturday, January 26, 2019 1:38:56 AM
Hi all, I have just noticed that the prices for UK products have gone up. Leggings were £53.85 now £65.25 that's a big change! Crying

Is there any news on this?
Posted: Tuesday, January 29, 2019 7:42:32 AM
I have the same problem with my clocks. They have gone up from £23.20 to £30.50. I was not notified of the changes. This is a big price rise for customers.
Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2019 12:06:18 AM
Keep looking to see if zazzle have replied to this, but yes, prices have shot up for UK products
Posted: Friday, February 01, 2019 1:04:26 PM
Hi Designers,

After checking with our International team, we were told that prices on our international domains have changed to correct for foreign exchange rates. Please let us know if you have any further questions.

Thank you!
Posted: Friday, February 01, 2019 11:02:18 PM
ok, thanks for replying @Kevin
Posted: Monday, February 04, 2019 12:20:40 AM
Thank for the info!
Posted: Monday, February 04, 2019 9:18:35 AM
It seems to me that 'exchange rates' is only part of the story.

If you compare the USD price on the .com site with the same item in GBP on the .co.uk, it becomes immediately apparent that Zazzle does not simply translate the currency at prevailing exchange rates. Apparently, they charge a large premium to the UK market. For example:

Women's basic dark t-shirt USDD25.65 GBP25.00
Classic white mug USD16.70 GBP16.30
Greeting card USD3.30 GBP3.20
Medium round clock USD30.10 GBP29.35

Exchange rate used by Zazzle in the marketplace: USD1 = GBP 0.975
Exchange rate used by Zazzle to calculate the February payments to designers: USD1 = GBP 0.725

Of course, Zazzle can choose to charge whatever price they like in different markets, regardless of actual exchange rates. And I too am alarmed at the current price levels. But we have to hope that they have done their market research to confirm that the large UK price increases will offset the likely drop in the number of UK sales.


Posted: Monday, February 04, 2019 11:00:26 AM
Jules wrote:
It seems to me that 'exchange rates' is only part of the story.

If you compare the USD price on the .com site with the same item in GBP on the .co.uk, it becomes immediately apparent that Zazzle does not simply translate the currency at prevailing exchange rates. Apparently, they charge a large premium to the UK market. For example:

Women's basic dark t-shirt USDD25.65 GBP25.00
Classic white mug USD16.70 GBP16.30
Greeting card USD3.30 GBP3.20
Medium round clock USD30.10 GBP29.35

Exchange rate used by Zazzle in the marketplace: USD1 = GBP 0.975
Exchange rate used by Zazzle to calculate the February payments to designers: USD1 = GBP 0.725

Of course, Zazzle can choose to charge whatever price they like in different markets, regardless of actual exchange rates. And I too am alarmed at the current price levels. But we have to hope that they have done their market research to confirm that the large UK price increases will offset the likely drop in the number of UK sales.




At first I thought this wouldn't concern me much but a large portion of my sales have been to the UK so I am concerned.
Posted: Friday, February 08, 2019 9:04:48 AM
Me too. I thought the prices were very high anyway before this price hike! Sad
Posted: Monday, February 11, 2019 2:30:49 AM
Jules wrote:
It seems to me that 'exchange rates' is only part of the story.

If you compare the USD price on the .com site with the same item in GBP on the .co.uk, it becomes immediately apparent that Zazzle does not simply translate the currency at prevailing exchange rates. Apparently, they charge a large premium to the UK market. For example:

Women's basic dark t-shirt USDD25.65 GBP25.00
Classic white mug USD16.70 GBP16.30
Greeting card USD3.30 GBP3.20
Medium round clock USD30.10 GBP29.35

Exchange rate used by Zazzle in the marketplace: USD1 = GBP 0.975
Exchange rate used by Zazzle to calculate the February payments to designers: USD1 = GBP 0.725

Of course, Zazzle can choose to charge whatever price they like in different markets, regardless of actual exchange rates. And I too am alarmed at the current price levels. But we have to hope that they have done their market research to confirm that the large UK price increases will offset the likely drop in the number of UK sales.



Zazzle is a US based company and most, if not all, products are produced/printed in the US, then exported to the foreign country. Besides the extra shipping costs, customs duties and sales taxes apply, which are paid by Zazzle and not by the customers when they buy through their local Zazzle store. The average sales taxes (VAT) in the European Union are over 20%. To these you have to add the import duties and all administrative extra costs.

You can't offer the same US prices in Europe in such a case. Practically no one does. Looking at your reference prices, if you take into consideration all taxes and extra costs, the UK products cost de facto less than in the US.

When I offer my custom works, as an EU resident I have to add (and pay) the respective local VAT to any purchase of privates within the EU, while I don't have to when selling my art in the US or other countries. I base my prices on the US$, which is my main market, and offer the EU residents that base price converted in EUR or GBP (daily exchange rate), whatever, adding their local VAT on it, what's an extra expense of approx 19 to 25% depending on the recipient's country.

There is way more to count into the whole game than the exchange rate.
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