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New To Your Site-New To Ebay Selling. Need Good Advise.

Discussion in 'Ebay' started by Firelight, Apr 13, 2013.

  1. Firelight

    Firelight Newbie

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    I'm not even certain how I stumbled upon your site, but I'm glad I did!

    I have read through a few of the topics in this particular forum, and have a few questions. I hope someone (anyone), can help.

    I am a 52 yo, mom. My daughter and I would like to sell on ebay. (I have purchased on ebay myself, and have a excellent rating.) We intend to sell some of our used items. Toys, comics, household items etc.. Over time, we hoped to work our way into becoming, full time sellers. We do understand having read around blogs and other helpful sites, that it is wise to start slowly. We are not looking for a get rich quickly scheme. We simply wish to sell what we already own and perhaps in time, sell some lucky finds.

    Main concerns:
    Paypal. After reading some hair raising, red flag horror stories, we are hoping to discover better options.
    What are the the best most secure ways of accepting payment?
    What payment options, will a buyer feel is secure?
    Should we be successful, we do not wish for our profits to be frozen for unreasonable lengths of time.

    I do not fully understand "stealth" accounts, but would like to. (Yes. Like most other hard working individuals, we, do not wish to give our money away either to ebay or paypal.)

    We are Canadian. I, do have a paypal account which I used when purchasing from ebay or anywhere, online.
    -I do have a merchant account with paypal. As yet, it has not been used. The intent for use, went to the wayside.
    -We, do not posses the skills nor have the disposable income to hire, in order to build our own website.

    In short: We are looking for successful sales, like anyone else. We do not wish to be 'ripped off' by fees. We are perfectly willing to follow good advice, before, getting started.

    I may have further questions as I go along. For now this is as good a place, as any, to begin.

    Thanks in advance for your feedback.
     
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  2. roger.turner19

    roger.turner19 Junior Member

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    From reading this it seems like your account has been active for quite a bit. However, have you sold anything on this account? If not, it's still okay. Start by selling items around the house to build a sellers reputation.

    After selling for about 90 days you should not get the 21 day hold on your funds anymore. Feedback is key and starting slowly is also important.

    PayPal is a necessary evil. You can't really do without it on eBay, but Skrill could also be an option for you. Or accepting eChecks. Goodluck on your journey!
     
  3. Firelight

    Firelight Newbie

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    Thank you for responding. Much appreciated.

    You're correct. The account I have with ebay now, is a few years old. I did not sell anything with this account. I was a buyer only.

    My concerns about selling on ebay, and using paypal began when reading a few topics in this forum. Sadly, I cannot locate those ATM. That said, perusing the forum pages and various topics, I believe anyone can see how the concerns of others would make the reader, cautious. Encourage one to stop and inquire.

    I did read, there are various other methods in which payment can be accepted. (Dependent upon one's country of origin.) Those were some of the options I was interested in knowing of. I note you have made a few suggestions, and thank you.

    Too, what is a stealth account? How does it work? Is it that advantageous? Why the need? (What is the reasoning of others who decided to make such accounts?)

    Also, curious about having a 'store'. Is it worth it? What are others experience with a ebay store? What is the purpose of having a store, if, you are not a merchant selling many thousands of items? Store vs. listing one item at a time: Are the fees then, less?

    I'm asking here because, like many other online selling sites who claim to wish you well stating it's very easy? They are well designed NOT to make things easy. Preferring to take your money and leave you confused. Setting unsuspecting individuals up to fail. Whist enjoying the profits incurred by the hopeful seller. Ebay, is not a good deal different. They, have you wondering exactly WHAT the best options for you are. All, while laying out the options in a confusing way.

    The above questions/concerns are exactly the reasons I was so delighted I stumbled upon this site, from one of my google query's.

    I do hope others will chime in. From what I've read here there are many sellers with much experience. It would be truly appreciated to enjoy the benefits of some of their, good advice.

    Thank you, once again.

    Cheers.
     
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  4. roger.turner19

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    A stealth account is an account you do not use on your IP address and may sometimes have higher limits than the one you currently use. It is very advantageous if you want to sell much more items since you can have more than one available to you. As of now, I would recommend sticking to your main account.

    I would say that the eBay store is not very useful as of now since you are only starting out. The lowest plan for the payment is $15 for a store and it only decreases your listing fees by about 15c. However, having a store gets your items better placements on your search results.
     
  5. Firelight

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    AH! I see, I see! Thank you, for that very clear explanation. Much appreciated.

    I was wondering about ID change. I had thought that perhaps turning from a buyer into a seller, I might change my user ID name. As I understand it, nothing other than ones name, changes. My reason for changing my name: I am a HUGE Barbie lover. I have been collecting for many, many years. With that, often you get pieces in double and triple having purchased in, lots. I thought that perhaps, there may be some dislike of reselling some of those pieces that I do not require. Bitter feelings let us say, by those I had purchased from who still sell on, ebay.

    Is it necessary to concern myself with any of this? And. Why is the option available in the first place? Why, would someone wish to change their user ID? (Other than, a situation such as I have explained, above.)

    Also, what about games, gaming systems, pieces of, such as controllers? Gently used name brand clothing? Shoes? I'm a bit nervous about selling those items. Reason: By the read in this forum, seems one can find themselves banned from ebay for doing such things? Is that, correct?

    We have many GAP, TH, Coach shoes etc.. Let me be clear; we are not rich. Haha. No. However, as a parent over the years I have become exceptionally good a finding like new, or new (with tags still on), pieces of clothing for my children. These are still in beautiful shape. I take much care in ensuring my kids clothes and shoes stay, looking as new/tidy as humanly possible. That said, the clothes are gently used but are name brands. Selling these types of items, I wonder about being banned?!

    What should I avoid if this is the case? Can it still be done? If so, how? What is the secret for selling such items and NOT getting yourself, banned?

    As you can see, I have many questions. Like any person either trying to help themselves, ultimately their family or simply attempting to begin any new little 'business' like venture, it is important to take pause and look at everything from every possible, angle. Forge ahead when one has done all the homework, they can think of. ;)

    Again, thank you for taking the time to read my lengthy posts. Answering, my questions. I appreciate the input!
     
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  6. Purple Dove

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    "Is it necessary to concern myself with any of this?"

    No, it's not. A Seller might change their I.D. when they begin selling in a different niche market, to a name which is identifiable to that particular market (If they went from selling, say, Barbies, to cell phones, as part of their marketing strategy)

    "Also, what about games, gaming systems, pieces of, such as controllers?"

    That won't get you banned.

    "We have many GAP, TH..."

    You won't get banned but you'll be limited as to how many pieces you can list in a month. Used Gap and Tommy clothing doesn't have a high re-sale value anyway.
     
  7. Firelight

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    Thank you Purple Dove. Your responses cleared the mud on each of those issues! Much appreciated.

    Clothing, whatever the lable never does have much of a resale value, in any event. I just wondered about "label" items. Reselling those, on ebay. Again, you've been very helpful. I sincerely value your input.

    I still have a bit of homework to do.. But I'll let you know how it goes, when, we get going. ;)

    Cheers!
     
  8. roger.turner19

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    Hey there,

    You're generally okay selling brand items such as Gap etc. However if you are going to be selling the more expensive brands such as Gucci, Prada, Coach, etc it might not be easy for you. Generally they will lift your limits once you reach around 90 days of selling. Good luck!