My first listing on ebay / My first dropshipping item

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2 May 11 12:49:54 pm
Hi! I want to try selling video games. What do you think about my listing:
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any tips? thank you!

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3 May 11 12:36:32 am
i'd be careful with dropshipping as paypal don't encourage this sort of selling, they have and adbundacy to place limitations on paypal accounts which limits you from sending money to suppliers to pay for you dropship orders.
You may want to use other ways to receive payments.

best of luck!

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3 May 11 06:47:31 am
Yes, PayPal may hold funds until the item has been delivered and that's a major obstacle that discourages sellers from using dropshippers. However, Erika Garnica, an eBay PowerSeller and ex eBay Top Seller account manager, shared with us how to avoid Paypal holds.

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And even if you're dropshipping items, it's almost as easy to get the funds released to you as well. As soon as you receive a tracking number from your supplier, immediately upload it to its corresponding transaction in PayPal (there's a button to do so next to the transaction record in your Transaction History), and the same process applies -- within 2-3 business days of the buyer receiving the item, PayPal will release the funds to you.


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Hope this helps. :)


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3 May 11 10:53:45 pm
Hi! I want to try selling video games. What do you think about my listing:
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any tips? thank you!


From a design stand point, very informative. Actually, maybe even a little too informative. The template starts off looking clean, but get's congested and confusing to read very quickly.

The one thing that will lose you a sale quickly is a listing that requires too much effort to read. The thing about an online buyer you should understand is that they are looking for convenience, and in a buyer's mind, the word convenience can relate to simple.

The more complicated you make it for the customer, the more chance they will look for someone who will make it easy for them. Probably save yourself some typing such a long description as you have wisely included the preview video.

I've dealt in the gaming market for quite some time now, and I've found that gamers tend to react quite strongly to visual cues, such as video previews over a written description.

When it comes to information you should include, perhaps focusing on promoting flexible payment options, highlight quick shipping times, promote your trading record and so on.

I can see that you do have some of those elements, but I would personally keep the game description basic, use the preview video to generate the interest, then hook the transaction through those advantages a buyer will get service wise by dealing with you, and not leaving to look for the game cheaper with another seller.

I like your branding, clean and simple to remember. I also like the way you have build in a bit of branding into the display pic as well, always smart marketing to do that.

Over all, maybe just a bit cluttered and that really comes from trying to be as informative as possible, so that could be an area where you do look at cleaning up the over all design a little.

If this is your first effort in online selling, then it's quite easy to see that you have given the marketing aspect of your products some serious thought, and that's a great thing!


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4 May 11 02:49:10 pm
i'd be careful with dropshipping as paypal don't encourage this sort of selling, they have and adbundacy to place limitations on paypal accounts which limits you from sending money to suppliers to pay for you dropship orders.
You may want to use other ways to receive payments.

best of luck!


Hi and thank you for sharing that info because I am dealing with different suppliers. And 2 of the suppliers, which are great companies, does not accept paypal payment for dropshipping. I didn't understand why they wouldn't but now I do.

I was checking into google checkout. Is it any better or more convenient than paypal?

Thank you!

Yvette

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4 May 11 09:31:12 pm
i'd be careful with dropshipping as paypal don't encourage this sort of selling, they have and adbundacy to place limitations on paypal accounts which limits you from sending money to suppliers to pay for you dropship orders.
You may want to use other ways to receive payments.

best of luck!


Hi and thank you for sharing that info because I am dealing with different suppliers. And 2 of the suppliers, which are great companies, does not accept paypal payment for dropshipping. I didn't understand why they wouldn't but now I do.

I was checking into google checkout. Is it any better or more convenient than paypal?

Thank you!

Yvette


Hi Yvette,

In regards to what payment suppliers accept, don't get yourself lulled into a false ideal that a supplier won't accept PayPal because of some possible issue with them, and are therefore ok to deal with.

The number one reason a supplier, no matter where in the world they are, will not offer safe payment options such as Credit Card or PayPal payment options, is quite simply because they know full well that those transactions can be reversed.

That should always be a MASSIVE red flag to a buyer. It doesn't mean that they don't have genuine reasons for not offering those services, but it should put any buyer on notice to proceed with extreme caution, if at all!

If a buyer doesn't use a safe payment option with a supplier, then they have absolutely no come back to cover themselves if the transaction goes pear shaped.

Where possible, always use a credit card as your number 1 payment option, but PayPal runs a close second. They are the two safest payment options available, and protecting your investment should be paramount.

Now that's not saying that because they don't accept those forms of payment that they are automatically not to be trusted, but you would need to be 100% in trading with them before you parted with any money if they don't!

In regards to what payment options you can use with an eBay account to accept payments, you now have several options to choose from. I'm not 100% of eBay's policy on providing payment options at the moment. It used to be that you could use any of the available options, so long as you also used PayPal.

Of course you can offer electronic transfer, certainly my preferred way of accepting payments. Of course it's not considered a safe payment option for buyers, and it's one that I would never suggest anyone actually uses unless they are 100% confident in who they are doing business with.

You will usually find buyers will stay well away from am electronic transfer payment option on newish accounts, but are far more accepting of using the option on more established accounts with a solid performance indicator..... especially if you include an inducement for using that option such as a discount or such.

If you are setting up a new account, it's a really good thing to be proactive and actually talk to PayPal up front. Tell them what you are doing, who your suppliers are and your estimated volume of sales over a set period.

Certain things set red flags off at PayPal, and the more information they have available for them to assess a situation with an eBay account, the better it is for you!

Just to pick up on a point made by Erika. Always send your first orders with tracking, that is always a great fail safe method to ensure you can get your account rolling quickly if there are any issues at all with a PayPal hold.


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20 May 11 02:55:25 pm
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20 May 11 03:06:51 pm
i'd be careful with dropshipping as paypal don't encourage this sort of selling, they have and adbundacy to place limitations on paypal accounts which limits you from sending money to suppliers to pay for you dropship orders.
You may want to use other ways to receive payments.

best of luck!


Hi and thank you for sharing that info because I am dealing with different suppliers. And 2 of the suppliers, which are great companies, does not accept paypal payment for dropshipping. I didn't understand why they wouldn't but now I do.

I was checking into google checkout. Is it any better or more convenient than paypal?

Thank you!

Yvette


Hi Yvette,

In regards to what payment suppliers accept, don't get yourself lulled into a false ideal that a supplier won't accept PayPal because of some possible issue with them, and are therefore ok to deal with.

The number one reason a supplier, no matter where in the world they are, will not offer safe payment options such as Credit Card or PayPal payment options, is quite simply because they know full well that those transactions can be reversed.

That should always be a MASSIVE red flag to a buyer. It doesn't mean that they don't have genuine reasons for not offering those services, but it should put any buyer on notice to proceed with extreme caution, if at all!

If a buyer doesn't use a safe payment option with a supplier, then they have absolutely no come back to cover themselves if the transaction goes pear shaped.

Where possible, always use a credit card as your number 1 payment option, but PayPal runs a close second. They are the two safest payment options available, and protecting your investment should be paramount.

Now that's not saying that because they don't accept those forms of payment that they are automatically not to be trusted, but you would need to be 100% in trading with them before you parted with any money if they don't!

In regards to what payment options you can use with an eBay account to accept payments, you now have several options to choose from. I'm not 100% of eBay's policy on providing payment options at the moment. It used to be that you could use any of the available options, so long as you also used PayPal.

Of course you can offer electronic transfer, certainly my preferred way of accepting payments. Of course it's not considered a safe payment option for buyers, and it's one that I would never suggest anyone actually uses unless they are 100% confident in who they are doing business with.

You will usually find buyers will stay well away from am electronic transfer payment option on newish accounts, but are far more accepting of using the option on more established accounts with a solid performance indicator..... especially if you include an inducement for using that option such as a discount or such.

If you are setting up a new account, it's a really good thing to be proactive and actually talk to PayPal up front. Tell them what you are doing, who your suppliers are and your estimated volume of sales over a set period.

Certain things set red flags off at PayPal, and the more information they have available for them to assess a situation with an eBay account, the better it is for you!

Just to pick up on a point made by Erika. Always send your first orders with tracking, that is always a great fail safe method to ensure you can get your account rolling quickly if there are any issues at all with a PayPal hold.


I must say that the more I get on Salehoo, the MORE I learn. I know have more of an understanding of how sales work no matter which I site I sell on.

Thank you so much!

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20 May 11 03:10:36 pm
I also want to add that shortly joining this site, I have been getting lucky with my sales. I know you all have seen my postings about alternative sites to ebay. Below is the link to my listings on yardsellr:

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As you can see, I am not doing so bad. :-) This is the site, where I am getting a much better profit because of the NO listing and final sale fees.

Good Luck All!

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Yvette

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20 May 11 06:18:39 pm
How long have you been on yardsellr?

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20 May 11 06:49:51 pm
How long have you been on yardsellr?


I have been selling for a little over 2 months. It started slow, but lately it has been picking up.

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20 May 11 07:03:34 pm
I also want to add that shortly joining this site, I have been getting lucky with my sales. I know you all have seen my postings about alternative sites to ebay. Below is the link to my listings on yardsellr:

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As you can see, I am not doing so bad. :-) This is the site, where I am getting a much better profit because of the NO listing and final sale fees.

Good Luck All!

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Yvette


Sorry to leapfrog you DM, but nice one Yvette, it's really good to see you having some success there. A lot of people seriously underestimate the cost efficient and effective marketing power that these smaller sites can deliver, especially the free ones!

Yes, they don't deliver the traffic that an eBay does, but as you highlight, they don't bring the fees neither. The trick to making the most from these types of sites is good old fashioned market saturation.

Sellers need to ask themselves, if it isn't costing me money to list on a site, then what do I have to lose?

It's not about how much traffic the site generates on its own, it's about creating a large marketing foot print for yourself. You're getting decent results with this site, now imagine getting the same results by using another 10 or more free sites, just like this one.

Actually, if you take a look in the Coffee Lounge, you'll see a post from KMVariety, offering free listings on their new site. Yes, the site is new, but it's free, so what is anyone loosing by listing their products there?

Marketing a website is one of the most challenging aspects of online trading, so why not look at it this way. These smaller sites are offering you free marketing for your products, all you have to do is spend some time listing them.

A big mistake I see is quite often someone will establish an account with a free listing site, but go no further, and then get frustrated when they don't get the results they were anticipating.

Many tend to forget this is a job, it takes time and effort. Use that time and effort to saturate your marketing and it can be time and effort well worth spending!

Thanks for sharing : )


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20 May 11 08:37:50 pm
Yvette

Congrats on the success with this site. 2 months and many sales. Free sites seem to be worth the effort.

I will let you know my endeavors with yardsellr

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21 May 11 03:25:56 am
Yvette

Congrats on the success with this site. 2 months and many sales. Free sites seem to be worth the effort.

I will let you know my endeavors with yardsellr


Oh that's great! So, you have an account with yardsellr? Because you get a $5 bonus for recommending someone. :-)

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