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Selling online, general advice please?

Discussion in 'Business & Tax Advice' started by thec00kchris, Aug 21, 2012.

  1. thec00kchris

    thec00kchris Regular Member

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    Alright then guys.
    As you may know from my other thread i posted a couple of months back my eBay account has been restricted from selling since January 2012. This was due to me selling gallium which was against eBay's T&C's. They got mad and closed my account. So, after a couple of months i tried to get my account back. I called them up yesterday and they said they would look over my account and get back to me. This is the message i received;


    Hello Chris,This is a follow up email regarding your call about the Selling Account.
    Your account has been indefinitely restricted from selling due to breaches of our seller performance standards.
    Based on the information you provided and after reviewing your account, we're unable to remove the restriction at this time. As indicated in our previous message to you, buyers have expressed an unacceptably high level of dissatisfaction when transacting with your account.
    Please understand that our top priority is to ensure that eBay remains a safe and reputable place to buy and sell. We don't allow members to continue selling on eBay if they're repeatedly unable to fulfill their obligations to their buyers.

    Regards,
    eBay Customer suppor
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    I phoned them up again today and after 30 minutes of arguing with the guy on the other end i managed to get through to the US branch of the customer contact place. I was very polite and argued my case asking for my restriction to be taken off for a month for me to have a second chance. The guy was stubborn however and we did not come to an arrangement so therefor i ended the call.

    I was planning on selling jewelry on eBay and think there is a great market for it there as my jewelry would sell well. However, i can not and have to think of my options. I can either;

    A) Sell on Amazon
    B)Make/ buy a stealth account
    C)Make my own site and sell it from there (a lot of work)

    I could also, get someone to list the jewelry on their own eBay account. However, i would prefer it to be mine as i would like full control and this would also reduce costing.

    I would prefer to sell on eBay so i would most likely to the stealth account. I dont have much experience on this but have been reading about it on this thread for the past couple of hours. It seems pretty complicated/ risky as eBay's security is top class. I have found a site providing ready made stealth accounts (eBay and Paypal) it's - BuyVCC.com and seems OK i guess.
    Also, another risk for the stealth account is that im worried about the long term of it all. As i dont want to take time and effort in building a high feedback and good account when a couple of months later it gets shut down as eBay have found out what ive done.

    I would like to ask the BHW community for advice on this matter and which option i should go with.
    Also , with stealth accounts can someone give me info. Maybe someone experienced in this field could chat on skype with me - please message.

    Alright, thanks guys.

    Chris

    *This was C&P from my other thread but i posted it in the wrong category. Sorry if you have come across this thread twice...
     
  2. burnett4congress

    burnett4congress Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Why not just form a corporation as a separate entity?
     
  3. thec00kchris

    thec00kchris Regular Member

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    What do you exactly mean by this?
     
  4. damagesmith

    damagesmith Regular Member

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    You will not be able to sell jewelry on amazon

    if you want too sell on ebay. This is what i would do,
    a) set up an llc
    b) have a real business setup aka address and everything else phone,fax etc
    c) have a total seperate computer, different isp etc.
     
    Last edited: Aug 22, 2012
  5. jambox

    jambox Registered Member

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    Make a website!!
     
  6. burnett4congress

    burnett4congress Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Like damagesmith said. Create a corporation with its own name, address, and bank account. Set up eBay/PayPal accounts for the corporation. Do business in the corporation.

    That's what corporations are for: a distinct legal identity.
     
  7. Brendo

    Brendo Regular Member

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    I can tell you how to make stealth account with your names without setting up a corporation. I didn't tried it on eBay but it worked on PayPal. PM me if you're interested.
     
  8. Yashiro

    Yashiro Newbie

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    Freakin hard to sell when you're not a US citizen..