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Selling batches of small/cheap items on ebay - strategies needed!

Discussion in 'Ebay' started by bushwacka, Jan 20, 2009.

  1. bushwacka

    bushwacka Newbie

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    I'm thinking about selling batches (50, 100, maybe even more) of small/light/cheap items (about or less than $10) on ebay, just worrying about not getting rid of them all (duh).

    Are there even wholesalers who would dropship every single item to a different destination if you buy a batch consisting of 50 items? I don't have a problem with ordering the whole lot to my house and doing the actual shipping myself (or get somebody to do that for me), but I'd like to minimize the workload.

    So are there actually strategies to maximize the amount of sales? I mean, besides doing the usual homework before (market research and putting up an enticing offer) and dropping the price for leftovers. or should i even go for the traditional auction format instead of "buy now"?

    oh, and one more question: which customs problems will i face when ordering, let's say, a few hundred items at a time (from china to EU)? doubt that would go through as a gift:D

    any piece of advice, links to ebooks/other resources or tidbits from experience are highly welcomed!
     
  2. tomksoft

    tomksoft Registered Member

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    Customs in Poland are bastards... but I've find a way to bypass them :D
    Basically, if you order anything with DHL/UPS, there is no problem (noone looks inside and tha package can be quite big). However, if you send it via EMS, it's 100% sure that they will open the package and then will do everything possible to make you life a nightmare :)
    Next interesting thing - if you order cheapest shippment via China Post / Hongkong Post, they do not even look at the customs declaration I think (never had it opened).
    I guess that they think - "hey's someone's paid $5 for shipment, so there can't be anything expensive/bulk inside".
     
  3. topsytips

    topsytips Regular Member

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    A simple egay strategy that has worked for me...

    Multiple Item BIN listing, at perhaps twice the price you're looking for, but allow Best Offers.

    Keep it as a private listing so no-one knows what offers you've accepted. If the buyer offers you half of what you want then they're happy cos they think they've got a bargain and you're happy cos you've got the price that you want. ALSO, you may well find, as I did, that several buyers will actually purchase at the full price regardless.

    However, due to the way that egay now prioritise the listings, it is very important to get that first sale or two to boost your positioning.

    Good luck!
     
  4. bushwacka

    bushwacka Newbie

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    interesting...in the past, i had better experiences with ups and dhl anyway compared to other services, so i don't care if it's a bit more expensive. thx for the tip!

    oh, the good old "paying half of 20 is better than 10"...completely forgot about that. and the first sale shouldn't be a problem, as i've got lots of friends with ebay accounts and this is black hat after all:D

    excellent advice so far - keep em coming guys, you're the best!