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kilpac
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14 Apr 12 11:04:20 pm
I would like to look at forming a small group of interested people to discuss new ideas and products for Ebay and other internet based sites. I see this as a small dedicated group who could bounce ideas off of each other, look at what works for each other and assist each other with making good business decisions. The long term is to make money and benefit from the growth of the internet and I believe that a small group supporting each other and working to a common goal will do this better than as individuals.

Email me let me know what your thoughts are.

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richelle_salehoo
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16 Apr 12 12:53:11 am
Hi kilpac,

Others have attempted in creating such a group in the past, but I'm not really sure how it went though.

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benwatto
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26 Apr 12 05:04:45 am
Hi kilpac,

I think thats a good idea, that is if you're talking about a discussion and help group of like minded Aussies. I wouldn't be so keen on a buying group I dont think.

I'm an aussie just starting to take my eBay selling seriously, so i think it would be great for ppl to be able to share experiences - good and bad - , tips, supplier info etc.

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fudjj
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26 Apr 12 05:45:30 am
I would like to look at forming a small group of interested people to discuss new ideas and products for Ebay and other internet based sites. I see this as a small dedicated group who could bounce ideas off of each other, look at what works for each other and assist each other with making good business decisions. The long term is to make money and benefit from the growth of the internet and I believe that a small group supporting each other and working to a common goal will do this better than as individuals.

Email me let me know what your thoughts are.


As Richelle said, it's an idea that gets floated around by a few once or twice a year, but rarely ends up going anywhere in the finish. I'm a huge fan of networking, I think it opens doors to all sorts of areas, some that you may have never even considered before.

That said, when you're talking about a buyer's group, if you don't get the structure right from the outset, it can turn into a mess over night. Yes, I am speaking from experience lol, still think it can be done, but all I can say is do your home work if you are going to do it and get everyone on the same page or give up before you start and save the drama that will follow.


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fm1234
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26 Apr 12 05:53:09 pm
I too have seen innumerable buyer's groups go down in flames, some very quickly; however, from the standpoint of Australians and New Zealanders the idea has obvious appeal (since the shipping cost problem makes it so hard to make any money sourcing and selling in those markets.)

For what it might be worth, I would be willing to be the US end of an Aus/NZ buyer group, if putting together loads to ship would be a useful service. There are only so many product types I can directly source, but I do have warehouse space available, and could offer either a coalescing point where smaller orders from disparate suppliers could be grouped together (ideally to container size) to then ship over there, which would in theory dramatically reduce overall shipping costs. I could also do order fulfillment for "hands off" inventory, ie. items ordered from a US supplier, stocked in my space and reshipped to individual customers; however, as sexy as that idea sounds, I doubt I could compete with established fulfillment services on price -- only on level of service and options.


Frank


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