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Need urgent help with selling an item!

Discussion in 'Ebay' started by carl0251, Oct 23, 2013.

  1. carl0251

    carl0251 Newbie

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    Hey guys my name is Carl. I'm a complete noob so forgive me if I seem stupid. So basically I made a small investment of £7 and bought 20 iPhone 5 covers from the whole sale website alibaba. Just as a test to see if I could sell them, I got a few different colours and they all came in good quality and as described. So I stuck them on ebay using the only account I had feedback on. Now I got a picture up and a decent description in my opinion (will include a link) after checking and researching on others who are selling basically the same thing. I noticed some people are selling these things at prices like £1.90 or 1.80 and getting thousands of sales. I set my price as £1.70 with free postage and I can't understand why people aren't paying any attention at all. It's been almost 7 days without even a watcher?
    Now before you say it, I'm aware that feedback matters A lot and I have been told that's the issue. But if I can't get a sale how do I get feedback in the first place? And how did those people with thousands of sales get started? Surely they would have been in my position at some point? So If I came across as idiotic or rude but I'm getting annoyed so any advice would be greatly appreciated. P.S sorry if this is in the wrong place I'm still learning lol. Also please don't tell me to add another picture as this will basically destroy my profits. I can't post links so I'm kinda screwed here but I can pm you the link if you really wanna help thanks !
     
  2. Nate009

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    Hey Man

    i did exactly the same thing as you but with iphone 5 screen protectors

    one thing i learned is that we (UK Sellers) cannot make a profit on these items because exporters in china will always beat you on price and there are hundreds of sellers on ebay from China all trying to compete with one another

    yes ebay is now all about feedback and in order to start selling i have been told its best to have at least 10 feedback, which means spending some more money investing in your ebay store... you can buy 1p items and silly things for $1 to boost your feedback

    the best thing to do with those phone covers is sell them in bulk once your store is up and running fully

    the reason no one is looking at your item is because of one or more of the following:

    1. the other sellers have more feedback
    2. you dont have enough feedback to compete
    3. your price isnt cheap enough
    4. you keep editing your listing to make people find it, the problem with that is everytime you update a listing ebay has to put it through the database.. when you list an ebay item nowadays it goes into ebays database and is processed (minimum time is 24 hours) everytime you update the listing the database is refreshed so an additional 24 hours is added

    (think theres more but minds gone blank)


    i hope i covered everything :S

    if you have any more questions just ask... im in the same boat as you lol
     
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  3. ExpressFans

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    You probably said free shipping within the UK correct?
    Well you see these Chinese sellers are offering free shipping worldwide, hence their sales.

    Try selling them by auction, at least you'll get some more feedback and make back your initial investment.
     
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    How can a Business in china Give free Shipping Worldwide ?
     
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  5. carl0251

    carl0251 Newbie

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    Thanks guys for the quick replies! Good point about the worldwide shipping thing, perhaps I was to hasty in buying these :( although I'll keep trying.
     
  6. Duffers5000

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    Judging by the £ I'm presuming you are in the UK. Option 1 bring that stuff to a supermarket phone accesories stall and try and get as much of your investment back. Option 2 stick them up on eBay at a decent profit and sit it out. I just bought a batch of i-phone 5 car chargers. I paid 3 times the price to get them off a UK seller and have them by friday. I dont have the time for 2-4 weeks shit. Theres plenty of people with the same opinion as me.
     
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    They actually make a partnership with the local postal service. The postal service requires them to make a certain amount of shipping monthly (I have no idea what that number could be, but probably like 10k+) and they give them amazing prices as low as 8 cent! They actually pay for the shipping but the figure is so low that they don't list it in the sales thread but simply add it to the item price.

    They can sell phone cases for 99 cent and make a profit because:
    - Their shipping costs 8 cents
    - eBay takes 10% free

    This leaves them with 72 cents to cover both cost of the item, packaging and make a profit.

    A profit so small Apple wouldn't wipe its ass with, but these people sell in the thousands! Drop by drop they fill their buckets.
     
  8. carl0251

    carl0251 Newbie

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    I'm such an idiot now I have 20 iphone cases for no reason.
     
  9. Asif WILSON Khan

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    It happens, don't worry.
    Follow the advice Duffers gave you and you will make your money back in no time.
    You took a chance, now make it work.
    In fact just buy a shit load more and car-boot/market stall them.

    Worst comes to worst just hawk them round pubs or set up a fly-pitch Derek Trotter style.
     
  10. MadStacks

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    Anytime you start selling you are taking risk. Just try to sell them off locally and work on improving your eBay account with more
    feedback and age.
     
  11. Nate009

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    dont worry dude i did the same but with 1000 screen protectors... gonna stick them all on ebay as a joblot and get my money back hopefully :)

    i recommend doing what i did and research what a drop shipper is and how you can make money that way
     
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    YES indeed this happens. I have a certain type of product I purchased, with 1k in total. Now to sell on ebay the luckiest Ill get is break even.. Dont worry you didnt do anything wrong
     
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    Chinese get a special discount i think is is 17 cent or 19 cents a pound to california. ask one of the on ali