How safe is it for eBay sellers to import from China?

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Sourcing items from China today is completely different to how we did it before the internet and with the internet it can be much safer if correct due-diligence is done. 20 years ago when I started importing, the best way I knew to find suppliers was to trawl through sourcing books, then jump on a plane to China where an agent / translator would pick you up from the airport. They would then drive you around expos and factories where you would be introduced to the suppliers. Things have changed… a lot.... Continue Reading

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Shipping and fulfilment for a growing eBay business

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Most multi-million dollar eBay businesses started off with humble beginnings in a living room,  basement or garage before being moved to a commercial warehouse or perhaps a fulfilment house.  However, there are many steps growing eBay sellers should consider first before committing to a warehouse. If you need more storage, here are a few options available: Rent someone else’s unused garage in your area.  There are many home owners who do not use their garage and would enjoy some extra cash each week. These can be found in local Newspapers. Storage units are more expensive than renting... Continue Reading

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Online Sales Overtake Traditional Store Sales

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Online sales only really started in 1995, when French-born Iranian computer programmer, Pierre Omidyar, started the website AuctionWeb, which was later re-named to eBay. 5 Years later in 2000 online sales started to really take off then in 2010 online sales caught up with traditional bricks and mortar offline sales. That is only 10 years for online sales to catch up, and overtake traditional sales, from traditional bricks and mortar stores which have been around since the dawn of time. Every month, traditional retail businesses lose more and more market share as more and more people all over the planet purchase their goods over the... Continue Reading

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Should eBay Sellers Open an Independent Web store?

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The old cliché “Do you want the good news or the bad news first?” Here is the good news, since opening our independent websites our sales have over doubled and now 58% of our revenue comes from our websites. The bad news is, from our experience just “opening” an independent store costs time and money and your new store is the “needle in the haystack”.  Rarely will a customer searching for an item which you sell, find your new store unless,  you have implemented some sort of traffic generation strategy driving traffic to your store. So… the... Continue Reading

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8 Reasons eBay Sellers Should Consider Importing from China

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Most new eBay sellers hope and dream they can find a magical supplier down the road who will sell them their goods for substantially less than they are currently selling them for on eBay.  However… rarely does this ever happen.  If a seller does find this secret seller, we can only wish them good luck on finding another similar opportunity! The secret to making high profits not just on eBay however all businesses and not having to work your tail off, is to  “working smarter and not harder”.  That is, to buy items at the lowest possible price and make high profits as... Continue Reading

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What is the best eBay listing strategy?

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Since eBay implemented it new search engine “Cassini”  back in 2013 we have been testing all different types of listing formats and strategies to find which strategy gives us the most sales conversion  and the following is what we have found works for us. Hope it might help you too. GTC GTC (Good till cancelled) This works best for us with fast selling new items which have multiple quantities however, it is important to accept best offers if an item slows down and, also keep inventory levels low to give the impression of “scarcity”.  Let me explain. Continue Reading

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The Cheapest Shipping from China

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One way to radically improve profits on eBay is to slash import costs from China, however for small sellers, until now this has been very challenging. Most small eBay sellers are forced to use expensive couriers like DHL and Fedex which are very fast but very expensive and eat into a huge chunk of the profits. The cheapest method to import goods from China is via sea in a full container (FCL). However the obvious problem for a small eBay seller is they do not have enough stock to fill the whole container to make it financially viable. For this... Continue Reading

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