Well lets put it this way. If you want your item sold fast at your price then amazon does have a higher and quicker sell through rate. So far on amazon I have had only 1 problem with an item and a refund situation. With ebay I get them almost constantly. But I resolve most problems as fast as I can and offer an unconditional no questions asked return policy on ebay.
With the holiday season approaching and a horrible economy the retail sector is going to get hurt badly this year. But I am very confident that Ebay will be a very big winner overall as consumers search for a cheaper gift or Houseware items to use for holiday cooking.
Me and my staff are trying to get as many items inspected and ready for a big listing spree on ebay that will run though the thanksgiving weekend. And we are expecting a decent return for this work.
Ebay is your top choice for holiday sales as millions flock to it during the holidays vs any other time of the year.
I was never saying ebay was horrible just that you need to broaden your perspective on what to sell on ebay especially if your selling liquidations. I get items all the time on pallets I dont sell on ebay because I know I can get more for it on other selling venues or even at a public auction.
For instance. I had over 300 2 way radios come in on a sporting goods load.
They were in scrambled conditions and most had open packaging or missing items but most of them were the same model, so we spent a whole night separating sets and testing all the units.
They barely sold for $8 profit a set on ebay. They were nice radios retailed around $79-$149 each. I dispersed about 50 of them into my sample packs but the remaining . I made a deal with a relative that worked in a big factory. I told him I wanted $30 for each set and whatever he sold them for was his profit. He sold all of those radios for $30-$50 each in 2 weeks
I made a little over $4,000 on 2 cases of these radios. and he made $1,500 just for selling them.
Determining where, How and when to sell are your key options in this industry. But you have to ultimately make a choice on your best selling venue based on your skills as a seller and who you know. Ultimately you have to be a good salesman to make the most of the items you get. But eBay can not be your only choice.
Im currently working with a martial arts school on buying allot of Customer return boxing and training equipment. More then likely I will sell these items at half their retail value or more.