eBay Auctions Hit All Time LOW - Buy your inventory on eBay, resell with a Buy it Now!

Discussion in 'Ebay' started by scallen37, May 8, 2013.

  1. scallen37

    scallen37 Junior Member

    Oct 3, 2012
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    Just as the title says, I've been doing this a lot recently. It used to be that there was a minor difference between an item being sold as a Buy it Now and an Auction price. Usually BINs (Buy it Now) have been about 10% higher, the actual percentage depends on the category. This discrepancy is for the simple fact that people will pay a couple dollars more for something if they don't have to mess with bidding or more importantly, wait to purchase the item. People want things NOW. Buy it now, is just like it sounds, a seller has set a specific price they want for the item and the buyer buys the item, pays, and that's the end. Now, an auction price can actually be 30% lower or MORE than the items commonly found "Lowest Price + Shipping BIN" price. If you find a niche you know a little something about (Mine being graded comics, car parts, department 56, vintage toys, etc) you can actually make a lot of money, every day, but its important to branch out because you can easily oversaturate the market, driving your profit down and meanwhile more savvy eBay sellers who DO use a BIN regularly will try to undercut you... so I recommend not focusing on a small category too long. 30% sounds really low of a profit margin, and it is, it leaves you with 10% to 20% of a profit range so they key is to bid on several different things at once to resell. If you are selling 10 items a day, its really not hard to make some decent money doing this. TIP: Find items that end at auction from 11 PM - 9 AM Sunday - Thursday night. You don't want to buy on the weekends because there actually is a noticeable spike in buyers/bidders, driving prices up and profit down. If you are pretty sure on the BIN value of an item, you can set a max bid of 60% of the total BIN value price and just pay for it in the morning. If you find something you like, check out the sellers other items so that you can go after their combined shipping. As soon as you pay, relist the items up at a BIN for 1% less than the item is currently selling for from another seller as a BIN. I commonly have things sold a day before or the day of getting these items in the mail. I cut open the packages, retape, print out a label, and its send back out to my customer within 24 hours.
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    May 8, 2013
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    it would be ironic if we all started doing this and under cut you! i'm going to try it out anyway thanks for the post
  3. squidkai1

    squidkai1 Junior Member

    Mar 11, 2012
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    There is a reason items are much lower on auction style versus buy it now. Auction style listings are used by ebay businesses to push buyers to their store as a means of traffic generation for your other products being sold and works very well.

    Example, potential buyer runs across your auction item listed very cheap and sees that its a great item / product and notices you have an ebay store. Buyer decides to check your store out and sees you have several other items of interest and purchases via impulse. It works.
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  4. SirJackneeOff

    SirJackneeOff Registered Member

    May 10, 2013
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    This is very true and a good post for conversation.

    I also push 3 different things when buying and reselling.

    1: Buy in bulk 1000 items or more... after you test out a product.
    2: Be about to send the item for a couple bucks. Less than 5oz.
    3: Find something no one else is selling. Yes, 'niche' items are hard to find but if you look and reserch I bet you will find one. My brother did and his bottom-line for last year was 10k.
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