Starting up a ebay store.....need some advice please!

@winky73 (1396)
United States
February 6, 2007 7:42am CST
Okay I've been turning this thought over and over in my head and I need some help.I would like to start a ebay store and I've seen all the advertisements for wholesale to get started.....but I'm still not sure which is the best way to go.I mean how do you advertise and get people to take notice....or which is the best way to get started?I have so may questions and just can't seem to find any really good answers.Would anybody share their with me on what they learned.....like some of the problems you had or how you got started?I would very much apreciate any information that you could share with me.
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@rosie_123 (6118)
6 Feb 07
Well I would love to be able to help you, but sadly I have no expertise in this feld. I have bought clothes a lot on eBay, and have occasionally sold stuff like one-off concert or sporting event tickets, but I wouldn't know how to set up a shop at all. Sorry I couldn't help, and good luck with it.
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@winky73 (1396)
• United States
7 Feb 07
That's okay rosie_123....thanks for the response anyways.
@CRiley27 (984)
• United States
6 Feb 07
You also have to figure the cost. Will you make the money to pay for the store,and still have a profit? eBay has the answer center boards, you should check it out. I sell on eBay with no store,but have found myself getting sick of the fees. I now try craigslist, before I pay eBay.
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@winky73 (1396)
• United States
7 Feb 07
I was wondering about that....seems like there are a lot of fees involved.Thanks for the tip!
@Geminigirl (1909)
• United States
6 Feb 07
I think you should do an Ebay search on the items you are interested in selling. Then maybe email some of those sellers and ask them where they get their merchandise from, this may be one good way to get started.
@winky73 (1396)
• United States
6 Feb 07
Thanks for the tips!
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• United States
6 Feb 07
well one thing for u then. spend around $4.99 and get a book called getting started on ebay. or ebay for dummies . they are great nad u will love it nad it will help u a lot
• United States
6 Feb 07
Do you sell already? If not, start buying a few things here and there to get your rating up and then start selling. Then determine if you can sell enough to pay for the store. I think the store is 25.00 a month?
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@winky73 (1396)
• United States
7 Feb 07
I've bought a few things before and just recently started selling....that's what kind of got me thinking about owning a store.I've been looking for a something I can do from home and still make a little money.
@cabergren (1182)
• United States
10 Feb 07
It is a bit more expensive to open a store. You are charged $15.99 per month to have the store. They say you should open a store if you have lots of things to sell. If not it isn't worth opening a store. You also pay more in Final Fees to ebay when items are sold. In the regular auction you pay 5.25%, but when you have a store you pay 10%. It does cost you less to list items in your store, but you also have to list in regular auctions to get people to notice your items and shop in your store. Have you considered just opening an ebay account and starting there. See how it goes before actually opening a store. I have sold on ebay for about 2 years and I have just recently opened a store. My seller name is lonewolfer54. Check me out. Good luck.
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@winky73 (1396)
• United States
10 Feb 07
Thanks I will check out your store.I guess for now I'll just keep selling and see how that goes.It was just something that I had thought about and it's nice to find out the experiances others had with it.
7 Feb 07
I recently closed my shop on Ebay only because I ran out of stock and didnt really want to reorder until I am settled as I am in the process of moving. You need to hit on something that it is cheap to post as postage is the main element I found if you buy a bulk of the same product you will then beable to pre do your postage online like me and save on all the teasy queues in the post office. Then buy in bulk the packaging so that the postage is always the same. Also make sure that whatever you try to sell is also in demand, rare and cheap so you make a profit as on larger items you incur pay pal fees and ebay completion fees. Hand made jewellery is always a good seller, cause each item can be unique and it is light to send. Also look out for the half price listing days and enter your new items at the time of night you think there are more people online, that way your bidding ends that time of night to, this then results in the bidder thinking they have grabbed a last miunte bargain! and you getting more sales. Hope this helps.
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@winky73 (1396)
• United States
7 Feb 07
That's a lot of good info...thanks for sharing with me!
• India
7 Feb 07
i'll try to share with u let me think of it
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@winky73 (1396)
• United States
7 Feb 07
Okay...thanks!
• Thailand
7 Feb 07
First, if you are selling wholesale you should have a store. get an ebay store. make sure that the items your going to sell are sellable. most items now are very hard to sell. don't sell imitation items you will have problem with this if you do. open a paypal account make sure its verified coz if not paypal will hold your account for a few months and you will never get your money.
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@winky73 (1396)
• United States
7 Feb 07
I've got the paypal account taken care of...so that's not a problem.
• Philippines
7 Feb 07
If you plan to sell real good on ebay, be precise about the items you're selling from the very beginning. From the category of your item, to the description of the items, payment and shipping details, and everything else you would like them to know. Upload actual pictures and be active in giving feedback so the members will give feedback to you to to add credibility to you.
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@winky73 (1396)
• United States
7 Feb 07
I think I'm starting to get the picture.....my feedback is one thing I will have to build up on.Thanks for the info!
@abhiquest (580)
• India
7 Feb 07
There is enough of material on how one can make it big on ebay. But I would say, its much the same as an offline store and peolpe who forget that and look for short term goals can cause harm to their own rappo.
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• United States
7 Feb 07
Hello. I used to own a ebay store. I had sold over 150 items. I used to wholesale Lacoste shirts. I Had fun, but it is a lot of work and I am now taking some time off. If you have any questions just shoot me over a PM. THANKS!
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