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Set Yourself Up for Success on eBay

Lily O'Halloran

Set Yourself Up for Success on eBay

Drop shipping is a fun way to work from home. You can list items when you have time, and collect money before you pay for products. You don’t even have to pack or ship orders.

Forget work clothes, childcare and transportation costs, nosy co-workers, and grumpy bosses. You can be your own boss and achieve financial freedom all from the comfort of your own home. You, drop ship products, and eBay are the keys to creating a successful business.

With wholesale products to sell and a perfect place to sell them, you are only a few steps away from achieving your financial goals. Selling products online is exciting. You may be tempted to jump right in and start listing products immediately; however, to earn sizeable profits and close more sales, you should take a moment to set yourself up for success on eBay.

Buyer, seller … why you should be both!

Buyers are more likely to bid on listings from sellers with a high percentage of positive feedback. If you are new to eBay, you may want to consider becoming a buyer first or at least simultaneously. Using eBay as a buyer will help you understand the buying process – from start to finish. The more knowledge you have about eBay, the easier the selling process becomes.

Positive feedback shows others that you are trustworthy and hold up your end of the bargain. As a buyer, you should pay quickly and be courteous. Be the type of buyer that you want to buy from you. As a seller, you have more expectations to meet. Successful sellers don’t just meet expectations, they exceed them.

Honest, trustworthy, knowledgeable… we’re talking about you, right?

As a seller, you must show buyers that you take your business seriously. Buyers want to know that you are going to follow through with the transaction as expected. You can do this by setting reasonable expectations that you can meet or preferably exceed.

What types of expectations should a buyer have?

  • Accurate product descriptions
  • Contact information (email, phone, etc)
  • Timely response to inquiries
  • Courteous, professional communication
  • Timely order fulfillment
  • Clear policies (payment, shipping, returns, etc)

How can you exceed these expectations?

Bring your “A” game to work. Think of every interaction with a customer (or potential customer) as an opportunity to show what your business is about. Share your product knowledge and insight on additional uses and benefits of the products you sell. Respond as quickly as possible to all concerns and questions. Connect with your customers. Reach out to them to ensure the transaction is pleasant. Resolve any disputes as quickly and amicably as possible. Offer freebies or discounts to repeat buyers. Be the type of seller you would want to buy from.

Research, review, and reap the rewards.

Before listing drop ship products, you should always research the market. Take a look at what products are selling well. Consider the following questions:

  • What products have a high demand?
  • Is the market flooded or is there room for more?
  • What products are top-sellers listing?
  • How many of these products do they sell per week, per day?
  • What price do other sellers start a particular product at?
  • How much did the product sell for?

These questions are key points that you should review to gain a good understanding of the eBay marketplace. You can find the answers to these questions and more with two free resources: Completed Listings and Pulse.

To check completed listings use the search feature: search for a specific product, and then check “completed listings only” to reveal current valuable market information. Completed listings will return listing information for the last 15 days.

Use Pulse to determine what products are hot in each eBay category. Find the most searched for products, and the top-selling products. Pulse creates dynamic lists to reveal real-time information.

Market research enables you to make smart choices regarding what products to sell, starting prices, expected ending prices, and more. Drop shipping saves a tremendous of time. Successful sellers use some of the saved time to research the marketplace. Reap the rewards of research to gain financial freedom from home. Start drop shipping on eBay today!

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