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I was making 5k a month before eBay/Amazon took away my account.

Discussion in 'Ebay' started by inMate234, Jan 29, 2012.

  1. inMate234

    inMate234 Registered Member

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    Over the course of the year, I have been working extremely hard at trying to grow my online brick and mortar business. At first, it started off really well. In June 2011, I earned roughly $500 dollars selling some small items in an somewhat lucrative and legal niche on Amazon/eBay. From there on out, I essentially doubled my income every month until I hit a gold mine in September, where I earned over $5600. Being a teenager, earning such a large sum of money in a short period of time sent me crazy. My ego took off like a rocket ship and I spent a large percentage of my money on a bunch of stupid shit that I really didnt need, which I now regret. But you know you live and learn. October was a pretty decent month as well where I earned roughly 4k essentially repeating my success with the same formula as I did previously. November was where my everything really took a nose dive because I treated my business like it was passive income which caused me to become very complacent and lazy and ship out all of my orders late. Of course Amazon/eBay weren't happy with all the buyer complaints I had been getting, so they banned my accounts. There after I had been doing some research on creating stealth accounts. In December 2011, I had managed to create some fake accounts right before the holiday rush and I made a killing. (roughly 3k) But (to show you how stupid I am) I made the same mistake as I did in November which in turn got all of my stealth accounts banned. Now I'm basically back at square one because of my stupidity, but know you live and learn. Just to let you guys know, it is possible to create a successful online and legal business. Just make it your passion and try not to fuck up like I did. I started off with $100 and I ended up making 5k. If that isnt impressive I dont know what is.
     
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    I have a different perspective. Having went from $300 one month to over $17,000 a month back in early 2000's, I knew it would not last. I worked my ass off for two years nearly every day of the week until the money withered away.

    The bottom line is to treat success like it won't be there tomorrow. Work your ass off and save because some things may only be "washed" once and not rinsed and repeated. :)

    Regardless of working my ass off, or you being lazy, we both lost. Just refocus and move forward using your new found wisdom and seek success a different way. It can be done!
     
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  3. inMate234

    inMate234 Registered Member

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    Damn, $300 to $17,000 iin one month is incredible. What caused you to not repeat your success?
     
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    The "Fickle Finger of Fate" (Google, et al) will stick it far and high up your ass when you least expect it... and leave you a bloodied, wiser and poorer IM player.
     
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    i know how you feel man, last summer i was making about 30-40000 in sales, profit was about 10 000 a month, this went on for 3 months, then they shut me down and this was all legit, i even provided my wholesalers info, my company info and phone calls from me and the supplier
     
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    That sucks. Now Amazon is trying to fuck me over with refunds for products that I am %100 sure were shipped out and delivered. Something has to be done about these knuckleheads...... I'm thinking a class action lawsuit. Bring them down!
     
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    Perhaps another advice is to diversify your source of income. This way, in case one banned, you can use the other to rebuild the one you lost or start a totally new source. Good luck to you~
     
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    I'm thinking about starting up an IM campaign but the nature of the business is so different from what I am used to doing. It will take months or even years for me to gather up steam....
     
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    the thing is, what pisses me off, i ran a legit buisness, nothing wrong at all, paypal pretty much controls your money, and a rep told me this. Because i was making so much money a month they were taking another 15 percent and putting it in a 30 hold and this was after pp fees and ebay, so that what made me stop
     
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    Dont stop, you can figure out a way around it. The money is way too good to stop. If we can figure out a way around this, we may never need a real job again. How delightful that would be. :D
     
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    dude i didnt need a job, i had around 10 000 a month, and i could have been still doing this and making more, but paypal makes it so hard for someone to try and run a business online and every one counts on paypal so much its sick, i know it cuz of all the scamming, but when you provide all the docs that your legit and they still pump you in the azz
     
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    aardanyul BANNED BANNED

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    Thats the problem with relying on other companies, especially ebay. They're ban happy for no reason sometimes, and can shut down legit businesses whenever they want. You're at their mercy.

    If you do manage to get another account, put business cards in every purchase with your business card going to YOUR site. Now they're customers will become yours.
     
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    yes, i did this i had a letter all my business info contact numbers etc, but thats the thing everyone will only pay threw pp, i had a couple companies that bought bulk from me and had no problem sending 10-12000 threw a bank tranfer, but a everyday customer wouldnt do this
     
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    It's wrong and something has to be done about it. Instead of starting a class action lawsuit, are any of you interested in exposing eBay/Amazon unsavory business practices? My father is a journalist for Fox News and I think we may be able to get something done. Especially now in a time of economic uncertainty, people are depending on online small business as their only source of income. Fox may be very interested in running a story about this.
     
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    aardanyul BANNED BANNED

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    I'm pretty sure they reserve the right to ban you at any time in their TOS. Plenty online have talked about how stupid they can be, but ultimately theyre both huge sites and some bad stories arent going to change their minds.
     
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    The fact that these companies are wrongfully stealing money from small businesses should be a cause for action. Think of it this way, millions of people sell items on eBay and Amazon every single day. When the public gets word of their wrong doing, many will choose not to do business with them again which in turn will hit these giants in the wallet. Just think of it this way. The general public right now HATES BIG BUSINESS. Why wouldn't the media not want to run a story on such a sensational and highly profitable topic? Amazon and eBay definitely do not need any negative PR right now.
     
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    It sounds stupid and naive but it might actually work. I think its worth a shot. All I need are some new horror stories about Amazon/eBay freezing peoples accounts and stealing their money.
     
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    No one is interested. Oh well. I thought it was a pretty good idea.
     
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    it would be nice, but very hard to bring them down as they have flooded the market with there name and there security features. Ebay is getting more difficult to use now as my friend has just told and this is to do with all the counterfiet, and i know guys on there selling 1000s of fake stuff and ebay has not done a thing to them, which should be against them, but they know there are making alot of money from those sale, but the thing is all the fraud items and sellers on there, and the ones that get banned, should ebay not be fined or banned too as they are making money from these sale too. this is what gets me we get the boot, but ebay is making millions from counterfiet items,
     
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    We need to find some legitimate sellers that have been wronged by eBay/Amazon. My father is a journalist for FOX NEWS. He knows people who are very high up on the totem poll including national journalists, corporate exec's and even congressmen/senators. Something can be done, I just need some support.