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eBay Express Review

eBay launched eBay Express at the end of 2005. Its purpose is to provide a streamlined selling experience, where buyers used to the traditional e-commerce platforms such as Amazon can purchase from a whole lot of different sellers in one go by adding items to their shopping cart. It’s a slick looking site that provides much greater security for buyers as all sellers must meet vigorous admission criteria.

To sell on eBay you must:

  • Have and maintain a feedback score of 100 or more, 98% positive or better
  • Preserve a public feedback profile
  • Support your listings with a PayPal Premier or PayPal Business account

The main problem with eBay Express is that shipping costs pile up frighteningly when buyers purchase more than one item, as each seller adds their own shipping costs. Thus there is an incentive for buyers to purchase most of their items from just one or two sellers.

I haven’t tried eBay Express thus far as it is only open to sellers from the US at this stage, but I would be interested to hear feedback from sellers who have. Is this the beginning of a new era for eBay? Or simply a publicity stunt to show that they are continuing to make new developments?

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I've been surfing eBay for many years. I'm also in the process of developing a business for sales of products on eBay and other auction sites. During the course of research in this venture, one thing about eBay is crystal clear. Everything they do with that site is geared to mak EBAY!!! money. They encourage you to insert many photo's. They have all of these special "enhancement options". They encourage you to "feature your product". And all of these things come with a price tag. It may not seem like a lot at the time,but if you are selling an item for $50.00 and you add a few pictures, feature your product, use thier "description builder", and list is in two different areas, and then sell your product at the original $50.00, it's going to cost more than $5.00 to list your product. I that doesn't sound like much then consider this. If you intended to make a 20% profit on the item you're selling then it sould have cost you about $41.67. Your eBay fees were $5.00. That puts your profit not at the desired 20%, but more like $3.33, not $8.00. Less that half of the profit you were looking for. eBay express? Expensive for the buyer and the seller. C.Sheets Reply
I've been surfing eBay for many years. I'm also in the process of developing a business for sales of products on eBay and other auction sites. During the course of research in this venture, one thing about eBay is crystal clear. Everything they do with that site is geared to mak EBAY!!! money. They encourage you to insert many photo's. They have all of these special "enhancement options". They encourage you to "feature your product". And all of these things come with a price tag. It may not seem like a lot at the time,but if you are selling an item for $50.00 and you add a few pictures, feature your product, use thier "description builder", and list is in two different areas, and then sell your product at the original $50.00, it's going to cost more than $5.00 to list your product. I that doesn't sound like much then consider this. If you intended to make a 20% profit on the item you're selling then it sould have cost you about $41.67. Your eBay fees were $10.00. That puts your profit not at the desired 20%, but more like $0.00. Not exactly what you were looking for. eBay express? Expensive for the buyer and the seller. C.Sheets Reply
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