So /biz/ has the last month been a good month to make shekels on ebay?
Did you try to invest money in new meme products to (re)sell?
I build my own shit and just had my first two sales on eBay last week. The margins are way lower than i get locally; however, so if my sales volume doesn't start increasing now that i have some feedback, and/or i can't raise my prices a little, I'm out of that "perfect knowledge market" game.
Are those things that you are making and selling expensive? (expensive as in >100$/€ or something like that)
Because if you're selling relatively cheap items then why not just raise the price by 1 or 2€ to get the ebay fees back?
I don't know what you're selling but probably it's not something super common is it? So I don't think that you have such a huge competition that doesn't let you raise your prices a little.
If you're selling "expensive" things then well yeah Ebay sucks. I usually insert a little paper in the shipping thing where I leave my email and a message like "I also sell things outside of ebay for a cheaper price because blabla fees. Contact me if interested"
It kinda works. Not always but it works.
But then again my prices are high if you compare them to the real market value. People buy it because what I'm selling is hard to find.
Let's say that you're selling something for 300€ on ebay. If you manage to get contacted directly by the buyer outside of ebay you can for example tell him I'll sell you another one for 285€. The buyer is going to be happy to save 15€ and you're going to be happy to make 15€ more.
I build custom furniture parts. They sell locally for about $95, but they seem to shake out at $45-65 on eBay, at least presently with my being a low feedback seller.
I'm still making about a 76% markup on materials, but without some increase in volume, I'd rather not split my focus on emailing, UPSing, writing descriptions, etc.
I'll add my two cents, for whatever it's worth. I sell my shit to regular everyday people locally, and I'm aiming towards eBay being supplemental. If you have something that sells normally, try the ebay angle. I'd be nervous as shit sinking money into a truck load of Chinese baubles, and playing race to the bottom with 10,000 other speculators (including the Chinese manufacturers themselves).
>Sellers who claim to be Top Rated by using images, and HTML in their listings, but are just regular sellers.