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When is the right t ime to start an ebay store and my own website - Now or later?

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8 Apr 13 08:07:44 am
I just purchased a pallet of shelf pulls to sell online and at some local swap meets/flea markets (I do this every so often). I have that and some misc other items to sell. I will have a lot to post. I'm wondering if I should just go ahead and open an ebay store. I've been selling off and on for years and have 100% feedback. I'm wanting to also start my own site. I am lining up clients to do online consignment for. I am pretty excited to do so. I've been helping some friends with tech support stuff for a while and they pay me in "stuff" to sell online so I think this right up my alley. I'm wondering if I should go ahead and open an ebay store and soon my own webstore (hint hint Salehoo Stores) or post this stuff and sell steadily for a while first.


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9 Apr 13 01:17:00 am
Hello stuckeytabitha,

Although you mentioned that you have been selling on and off ebay for years. Do you feel you are actually ready to start a store there or on your own? You can actually gauge yourself and your sales too! It might not be wise to gauge your decision on the amount of stocks you have at the moment, just my 2 cents ;)

This is the official recommendation to consider before taking the plunge and Link hidden: Login to view -

eBay's official recommendation on this is that sellers should not even think about opening a store until they have at least 25 or more listings on eBay at all times, but I would venture to go a bit further. Based on my 8 1/2 years of experience working at eBay and being an eBay Powerseller, I recommend that new sellers wait until they have been selling for at least 3-6 months on eBay as well, and until they are already generating at least $500 a month in sales.

Remember that although there are significant advantages when opening an ebay store you have to keep in mind that for every sale there is a corresponding fee whereas if you sell through your own store, every sale is yours to keep!

Hope this helps point you towards the right direction :) All the best!


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