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How do you handle the ebay listings fee, long-term, if you're selling niche stuff?

Discussion in 'Ebay' started by urbanzen, Mar 25, 2010.

  1. urbanzen

    urbanzen Junior Member

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    Hey guys, I don't get how the power merchants in Ebay can keep up with continously re-listing products on ebay to go above break-even on their bottom line.

    Let's say you're selling electrical cables. Now that's going to be a very general product, with lots of other guys selling the same cable, and you might get an order of electric cable once every 2 weeks. But then you'll have to relist them each week anyhow with a buy-it-now price (even though your store may be selling 100s of other hardwares)

    So...is there a trick to it? On top of this particular difficulty, I also ship stuff from Hong Kong, so the delivery time, Plus shipping cost is going to hinder selling rates as well!

    How does the other asian, singapore, malaysia, hong kong, japan guys deal with the extremely high ebay fees, low sales, and new account?!

    Urban
     
  2. cbar126

    cbar126 Junior Member

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    with patience and blackthorne. I have setup at leats 30 ebay stores. use a nice and professional template, this will increase your purchase, include good keywords. Then use bit.ly and create a short url for your ebay listing, use a software to blast your product in related blogs, like home improvement. keep track of your clicks (using bit.ly) then use yous statistics to see which list get the clicks and weed out the low sales listings.
    Ebay can be mean sometimes, personally i got tired of it but i know i can make a living using ebay at any time.
     
  3. urbanzen

    urbanzen Junior Member

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    What if in my case, I have 3000 items in my suppliers' database of all varieities? electronics, clothings, baby care products, sports equipments, ATVS just to name a few?

    I definitely will take a look at bit.ly, but when you say blast to related blogs, do I blast to related blogs that I will have to own? Or is it a feed for other people's autoblogs to pick up my product feed?

    Going back to ebay, it's still going to be costly to insert items? Or is there a VIP membership, or sort, that is catered to big-scale suppliers that they are able to tune down the initial insertion fee, or better yet, waived it?
     
  4. cbar126

    cbar126 Junior Member

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    no waive fees of any kind. use the database feed to upload all items massively

    use scrapebox to find blogs related to your items and send them your auction or store link to promote your items

    to get the :buy now" button, you need 10 stars 100% positive, then you insertion fees goes down to 5 or 10 cents.

    calculate your fees at about 10 to 15 % of the item price, google "ebay calculator", this will help you to see how much you have left if any :)
     
  5. urbanzen

    urbanzen Junior Member

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    Well! I was hoping for 2 cents insertion fee! But cbar126 thank you very much on the tip on scrapbox. I'll experiment with it. I still don't know how I'm going to solve the long-distance shipping, user complaint issue. Will do a lot of competitive research before I begin.
     
  6. kristasjewelry

    kristasjewelry Registered Member

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    better to just build your own eccomerce site using shopperpress or any ready to go script and blast with scrapebox. at least this works better for me
     
  7. david g rees

    david g rees Junior Member

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    The problem with your own site is traffic, it takes a long time to get anything decent but ebay has built in traffic, its the fees that are too high just to list...