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How to sell more than one of the same product effectively on ebay?

Discussion in 'Ebay' started by supramanneke, May 28, 2012.

  1. supramanneke

    supramanneke Regular Member

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    Hi guys,

    I first tried to get people here interested in selling my products on ebay. But, most of you asked me why I didn't try selling them myself, since I had such a good deal. Which I eventually did, and I'm selling pretty well now.

    Now, my question is this : I have a product that is getting a lot of interest from buyers, and I have more than one of them. When I first started out, I tried selling on a fixed price, but that didn't seem to work very well. I don't know why, but it didn't.
    Now, I'm selling just one on auction every time, and that does seem to work.
    But, of course, it's very slow. Because I'm only selling one item every three or five days.

    So, is there a way to do this effectively and sell more?

    The item is a (genuine!) Apple product I'm selling for 365?

    Thanks
     
  2. Pinterest

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    Well congrats on finally selling your own stuff! I will tell you exactly how to sell more items and make money faster!

    1. start an auction that will end on Sunday night.
    2. start the bidding at .99 cents
    3. once the bidding ends and somebody wins, send the next couple of buyers a "second chance offer." This is a feature that ebay gives the seller. I use it all the time and I love it. It's like having multiple auctions at once and its so easy.

    That's it! Good luck.
     
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  3. marusia

    marusia Senior Member

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    I used to have the same problem with a stock of Lladro ornaments I was selling, and came up with a method that worked for me. Long story short:

    Keep doing an auction but make sure you have a buy it now running at the same time. I always sold 2-4 more BIN's a week when I was running an auction. They'll look at the auctions and see what the similar products are going for and the impatient ones will buy your BIN's instead of bidding. :)
     
  4. supramanneke

    supramanneke Regular Member

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    Ok, I see. But, isn't that a little dangerous, to start bidding at .99 ? I mean, what if the highest bidder ends up winning this at only half of what I really want? I would lose out a lot of money.
    I don't know. Is it worth the risk?
    And, when you send a "second chance offer", what price are you selling for then?

    Do you mean I should sell the same item on fixed price as I'm selling on auction? Or just a similar one?
     
  5. hassan_isabad_subar

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    Like people are hinting at, auctions are a GREAT form of cheap advertising to bring people into your store/other listings. From there you can send second chance offers to people, and you'll already get people hitting the buy it now.

    It seems risky, but if your product is a legit apple product and you don't appear to be a sketchy seller, people will bid it up.
     
  6. marusia

    marusia Senior Member

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    Why not sell both the same and similar?
     
  7. supramanneke

    supramanneke Regular Member

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    Hmm.. I guess it's better I wait for some more positive feedback then :) I don't wanna take the risk that people think I'm a fraud, and are afraid to bid.
    I have a few successful sales already, but not every member sends feedback :( Well, the feedback I do have, is 100% positive at least ;)
     
  8. supramanneke

    supramanneke Regular Member

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    What I have done two times already with this is, when I had more than one bid, I contacted the other bidders privately, and offered them to buy outside of Ebay. Which was done eventually, and both parties were happy.... Both parties, but probably not Ebay.
    (maybe this is a stupid question, but I'm gonna ask anyway) Is there some kind of algorithm that automatically triggers an investigation from ebay, if you start conversing - through the private messages - with your client about doing the transaction outside of ebay? :)
     
  9. Pinterest

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    Man I wouldnt do that....they will ban you in 5 seconds if somebody snitches on you. I am not sure if any keywords actually trigger a ban or whatever.
     
  10. Pinterest

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    I used to be scared to start at .99 cents but I took the plunge and it works out great everytime. I would only do it if you are selling a very hot item though like an iPhone or something like that. Don't do 99 cents on just some random junk. Use your judgement on what you want to offer for a second chance offer. If you arent going to make any money on the last guys bid then dont give him a second chance! It's really common sense.
     
  11. supramanneke

    supramanneke Regular Member

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    Yeah, I guess you're right. I guess it will be more clear once I've tried it once. I'm not going to do this with my 365euro item though. I guess I'll start with something less expensive. Maybe a set of Bose headsets... Hmm, yeah, I think that's a good idea. And then, once I sart selling these, I'll get a lot of positive feedbacks, which in turn will make my more expensive items sell quicker.
    I will start this tonight, and I'll let you know how it works out.
    Thanks a lot for all the tips so far!
     
  12. supramanneke

    supramanneke Regular Member

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    Yeah, I know what you mean. I better not do this anymore...
     
  13. supramanneke

    supramanneke Regular Member

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    I'm selling all the products anyway already. The €0,99 auction however, is new to me :) I really wonder how this is going to turn out.

    So, I just put a Bose headset (worth more or less €130 ) on, for a starting bid of €0,99 . I did however put a price of €15 for the delivery in my country, and €30 for delivery to other European countries. Just so in case someone gets away with it for a few bucks, at least I get a little bit back from this cost.... I don't know, maybe I should not have done this?

    Anyway... I'm in the learning phase, and I'm ready to sacrifice a few products. As long as I get something out of it in the end :)
     
  14. diabloIII

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    Have you thought about using eBay's Dutch auction listings (and I don't mean listing on ebay.nl).
    I've never used this myself as all my items are buy it now, but I believe that Dutch auctions allow you to sell multiple items via the same auction listing.

    Edited for poor spelling.
     
  15. Pinterest

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    Good idea lol
     
  16. Zomfgg

    Zomfgg Newbie

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    Where do you buy your stuff? I could help you man :), m me
     
  17. supramanneke

    supramanneke Regular Member

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    Look, I've proposed a cooperation with a few people already. But, really, I think this can only be interesting if you're either from Belgium, or if you are not too greedy and prepared to sell for not too much profit.
    The other possibility is if you can take over a complete lot of products, and do what you will with it. So, just one transaction. And only if you're in Europe, because if I have to ship to US, it will all be too expensive.
    If you're really serious, we can do something. I have a pretty steady supply of products, coming from liquidations (we are linked with people who buy stocks from shops that want to quickly sell out as much as possible, before going down). We have a legit company; we can provide invoices... anything you want.
    But again, if you're really interested, please understand that we're only dealing with serious people!
     
  18. themich

    themich Newbie

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    Belgian here!

    Getting back big time to eBay after a study break. Starting all fresh here, if you have any questions don't hesitate to ask. :)

    Michael
     
  19. Zomfgg

    Zomfgg Newbie

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    I'm from Belgium, pm me your msn maybe? :)
     
  20. themich

    themich Newbie

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    Same thing here, that makes us 3. I'd love to buy a lot of even just sell for you, cheap shipping rates are a possibility then. I assume you're both business sellers?

    Michaël