If you run an ecommerce website than chances are pretty good that you have a ship to form that includes drop downs. If you ship internationally, you may even have a drop down to select the country to ship to. Within the United States it is common, but not standard for American companies to list the United States first and then list the remaining countries in alphabetical order.
- United States
- American Samoa
- Antigua And Barbuda
However, for some visitors immediately scroll down the list. When the United States is only listed in the first position and not within the alphabetical list, it can sometimes be difficult or frustrating to find. Having it listed in both places will increase site usability and will not add discrepancies to your mail to database. If you ship mostly to one state consider adding your primary state to the top and also within the alphabetical list.
Amazon.com is one of the few sites, I am aware of that lists the United States in both places. They are also, one of the only sites I know of that lists Antarctica as a ship to country. Do they really ship there? If so, do they offer free shipping for book purchases over $25?
For a complete dropdown list of worldwide countries, click here to download Amazon's recommendation.