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Ebay is dead for the little person agree or ?

Discussion in 'Ebay' started by cinnabunny94, Oct 19, 2016.

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  1. cinnabunny94

    cinnabunny94 Junior Member

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    Im usually not a fan of __ is dead posts until I can see it myself, I dont know, I think Ebay is dead for the small timer.
     
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    Ebay is a major worldwide market. If you got a product then you can sell it there. Especially if you're new and you don't have many customers yet, Ebay is excellent source of first time buyers that get to know your brand cuz you have a store there.

    So it depends. If you mean dead for stealth PP and so on, then maybe yes. But it's open for business.
     
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  3. toml3030

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    It's becoming more and more difficult as a seller if you are just a reseller of mass merchandise goods and I think it'll become harder and harder to sell fakes and such. It's still great if you have the right products.
     
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    imavegan Newbie

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    i wouldnt agree. if you create an interesting idea and get to it first, you should be good!
     
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    toml3030 Elite Member

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    What's happening more and more is if you come up with an interesting idea, some Chinese guy rips you off and throws more manpower and $$$ into it that you and becomes more successful.
     
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    Not at all dead for the legit small seller. Small scammer maybe. I'm not into it as deep as I used to be but I easily managed an extra thousand bucks this week selling some old shit outa my garage. It really depends on your products. If your trying to compete in a flooded niche with razor thin margins then your barking up the wrong tree. If you got quality merch you are good to go.
     
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    that's just silly. ebay is still the #1 online flea market. Craigslist is a strong contender but they have completely different audiances (one focusing on country wide /global market, the other strictly local)

    ebay is far from dead. Perhaps a little harder to break into if you're new to retail / reselling, but what niche doesn't get saturated in time?

    There's still plenty to be made for both peopel selling new products and pickers/used hunters
     
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    Not at all. Far from it.

    The internet as a whole is always maturing and the days of being able to walk in and make a boat load of cash are long gone.

    If you want to get into Ebay do it! (or anything else for that matter) It's called competing.
     
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    For me the main problem with Ebay is the 10% fee, plus the associated Paypal fee, so high margin items are required in order to make a reasonable return.
     
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    10% fee is not a problem if you actually have good products and not just arbitrage.
     
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  11. aff219

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    12.9% + shipping cost is not that hard to get over. if you are still in the stages of struggling with this sort of thing then the problem is you've just not refined the skills you need yet aka you're still a beginner.

    There are 3 stages (okay , 4) ebayers go through:

    1. Learn to sell on ebay - brand new, learning the ropes and things are still scary. Not fast at listing, not good at pricing, going through the entire learning curve. This may also include inventory sourcing issues as well, but everything seems 10x harder cause its -all- new and scary to you. On the other hand inventory may not be an issue for you at all here, because you might only be finding a small amount of stuff to sell, but due to the newbie status you aren't exactly flying through it in listing/selling.

    2. Learn to source inventory - You've been listing and selling stuff for a while, the process of pictures/listing/packaging/shipping and customer service has become easy and you're comfortable with it, but now you struggle to find enough inventory to maximize your potential.

    3. Learn the logistics of max inventory - now you've fine tuned your ability to source inventory, you have lots of it coming in. You've moving it as fast as you can but its still growing. The nature of a retail business is if you are succeeding, it is growing. You're now becoming too big to handle alone. This is where you start trying to outsource whatever you can to lighten the load and continue development

    4. Game over - You've got lots of sales, lots of product in your catalog, hired a few guys to work for you, maybe opened up a brick and mortar shop to store/increase sales. At this point you're a fully fleshed out business

    A lot of people struggle at stages 1-2 and going from stages 2 to 3 can be a BIG hurdle to get over, but its far from impossible. Keep at it, keep thinking outside the box. Train yourself to pay attention to prices for -everything- you see in life. Learn to ask yourself "I wonder what that goes for on ebay" and in time you'll start noticing patterns that lead you to profitable product. I can literally find new product to list in minutes typically.

    Another big issue is everyone tries to go the Chinese whole sale/dropshipper method. I can't stress enough how unfriendly that can be and I can't understand why so many people jump on it the way they do. I've never used dropshipping, I deal with my inventory on my own. Yes, the logistics is a real pain to iron out, but the security in avoiding the issues that come from chinese dropshipping, not to mention the wider range of inventory it allows me to work with (instead of just tons of cheap chinese garbage) is so worth it.
     
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    Because 90% of the people who try this wants to make quick easy money without any capital, and do not have a long term plan.
     
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    I've had great luck with it buying stuff cheap and then reselling for 5x what i got it for. I was making about $700/month (profit) from it, but then I had some buyers scam me and open (false) item not received cases, and now I can only list 100 items a month rather than 1,000. :(((
     
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    I've never heard of limits being lowered as the punishment for item not received cases. How odd...
     
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    Create Marketing facebook and instagram account to your product.
    It was not going to die.
    You just can not think much about marketing
     
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    Don't think so I opened 10 more stealth account's ranging from 2 months old to 4 months and they all getting sales dropshipping
     
  17. aff219

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    Honestly I don't think I've ever heard anyone say "ebays dead" before until now.

    I hear lots of complaints that ebay sucks for buyers/sellers, theyre eating up all the profits, banning for no reason, this and that - but I've never heard "it's dead"
     
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    I do not think that eBay is dead. I will say that it may be either you are not interacting with it or you have it banned within your country. Personally, I have also realised that I do not use Ebay for a very long period of time. That then gives the impression that it is dead. I however think that with the very many ecommerce websites coming up today, there is a very stiff competition which makes the company struggle to catch up with. This is one thing that I think they may be struggling with. I will be checking the account I created sometime back and see how everything is going on.