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  • Selling on International eBay Sites | SaleHoo
    a niche as the market is less saturated Experts predict that International Sales will eventually vastly outweigh sales from within the US Another important factor is the new audience Buyers just love to see prices in their own currency without having to go to the extra effort of converting them into their own currency or emailing the seller While they may have been put off by the currency conversion rates from buying the product off eBay com they are happy to buy off the eBay site servicing their own country To back this up eBay sellers who have experimented with selling on international sites say that they ve had an improved response Listing on an eBay site hosted overseas also means you can provide other details for the market such as customs tax shipping costs and so on While some sellers only begun selling internationally when they noticed how many overseas buyers were buying their products I don t suggest that you wait around New product opportunities Selling to other countries can open up a whole lot of market opportunities you might not have even been aware of previously What a lot of eBay sellers don t realize is that buyers in other countries don t have the same access to goods that they take for granted All American brands such as US football T shirts Levi s Converse trainers and more are all extremely sought after overseas Collectibles are always popular too My point is that there will always be something that is commonplace in your country but rare and expensive overseas To begin with I suggest checking out http www ebay fr www ebay com au http www ebay de http www ebay co uk http pages ebay com jpbridge html Learn something new Share this page with

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  • The Asian Marketplace | SaleHoo
    your home country where it is easier to verify that you are getting the genuine article Then start building a relationship with the contact by emailing them or chatting via Skype It s all about establishing a friendly rapport as well as finding the goods Ask them to send a sample and then place a small order I often ask new contacts to send the sample for free and pay for the shipping myself That way it costs us both a little and we share the risk When you think you have found your product negotiate the lowest possible price and manufacturing time that you can Get the company to write a purchase contract and email or fax it to you Once it arrives read it carefully and sign it The simplest and quickest way to get it back is to scan it and then email it back How should you pay China has come a long way in the last few years and most Chinese suppliers are now able to accept PayPal and major credit cards Always try to avoid paying via Western Union or wire transfer as these methods offer no security to buyers PayPal and credit card on the other hand do offer you protection if something goes wrong with the trade And how do you go about shipping your newly discovered stock For sample orders the easiest way is to open an account with DHL Once your account is opened you just have to provide the account to the factory and they will send you the samples and you will be billed for shipping to your account When you come to order a bulk lot of merchandise find a shipping company in your local area and compare services and rates and remember that ocean freight is

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  • eBay Beginner's Tips: Packing and Shipping | SaleHoo
    It is against eBay s rules to deliberately set out to profit on the shipping rather than on the item itself Because this policy was being exploited so often eBay has recently introduced the policy of removing auctions with outsized shipping charges Customs For small items many sellers get around customs charges by sending it as a gift It s wise to research the areas you are willing to send your items to Some places have quite strange restrictions on goods that you would never guess unless you checked E g Australia doesn t allow used bedding Italy doesn t allow shoes Transit Time One of your biggest considerations should be how quickly the buyer receives the parcel Within your country buyers would expect their item to arrive within a week from payment Overseas 1 2 weeks is acceptable Insurance Insurance is yet another important issue Some carriers will automatically insure your package for up to 100 but it is wise to check on this first If your item is worth over 100 it would be extremely foolish not to purchase insurance To find out shipping costs If you have a ZIP code eBay s shipping calculator helps to calculate the costs involved in shipping a parcel Some shippers have a shipping calculator on their website UPS FedEx United States Postal Service Or do it at home the old fashioned way with a postal scale and chart Postal scales can be purchased on eBay for around 20 70 not including postage Packaging No matter what your parcel contains it needs to be water proof and packaged correctly so that it arrives in good condition For CDs and DVDs special mailers are an easy way to post Other items will require a variety of packing materials to ensure proper protection Unsurprisingly

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  • When is the Right Time to Set Up an eBay Store? | SaleHoo
    enough time to become very comfortable and efficient with the eBay listing and selling process You also need enough time to learn how to refine and improve your listings and your listing strategy as well as develop a successful approach to gaining exposure in the eBay search results You will still have a Seller List that displays all of the items you have for sale Sure it s not fancy nor unique it looks almost like a regular eBay search results page but it gets the job done and then some In fact many buyers prefer to review a seller s items from their Seller List instead of their store since it s very easy to quickly review everything a seller has listed for sale all on one page which usually isn t what you ll see on a seller s main store page And since there will be a prominent link to See other items on every one of your listings which takes people to your Seller List it s really unnecessary to also have a store in order for people to quickly and easily see everything you have for sale At this point you may be wondering whether or not you should ever open a Store at all The answer to that question is a resounding YES for many reasons most importantly the following Benefits On eBay 1 You ll have a unique personalized and customized section of eBay just for your listings to be presented to potential buyers 2 You ll be able to develop your own brand including a color scheme theme logo and format for your Store to become more memorable and recognizable to other eBay users particularly buyers 3 You ll be able to have a Store header at the top of all of your item descriptions that includes links to some of your Store products categories pages your Store logo and or color scheme and even a search box for buyers to search all of the items in your store right from an item page for one of your listings 4 You ll have access to many additional advertising and marketing tools and techniques including the ability to create Promotional Boxes to display prominently on your main Store homepage announcing new items specials sales or featured products 5 You ll have an email mailing list for which eBay users can sign up and opt in to receive promotional emails newsletters etc from you all of which will include links to some of your current listings so people can essentially buy your items right from their email inboxes 6 You ll have several different buttons links icons logos etc you can use to promote your store and drive attention and traffic to it Benefits Outside eBay 1 Having an eBay Store is one of the most effective methods of obtaining exposure for your listings outside of eBay There are many features included with an eBay Store that can provide greater prominence to your listings

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  • Supercharging your eBay Business with eBay Tools | SaleHoo
    eBay s seller tools and how they can enhance and improve your eBay business divided into four categories Listing Tools Tracking Managing Tools All in One Tools Sales Insight Tools Listing Tools 1 Sell Your Item Yes the eBay selling form is considered an eBay selling tool But it s being included in this article primarily to compare it with eBay s more robust tools The hallmarks of the eBay Sell Your Item form are simplicity and customization but arguably its biggest drawback is its inability to list more than one item at a time 2 Turbo Lister eBay s other listing tool is Turbo Lister and it s different from the Sell Your Item item in almost every way It s a desktop based program and is designed primarily to facilitate bulk listing so it is characterized primarily by grid view listing and editing search and toolbar functionality and inventory management Tracking Managing Tools 1 My eBay Like the Sell Your Item form My eBay is a built in tool that every eBay user automatically has at his her disposal It s a dashboard containing each member s activity on the site My eBay has everything you need to effectively track your searching watching bidding and buying on eBay but when it comes to selling once you re listing and selling more than a handful of items at a time the functionality in My eBay is pretty limited Basically the main elements of My eBay Selling are monitoring active listings tracking and managing sales writing and saving notes for each listing or transaction and setting up cross promotions for more item exposure 2 Selling Manager Selling Manager is an upgraded version of My eBay It contains all of the features of My eBay but adds a great deal of additional functionality as well It s not helpful for those who are just eBay buyers instead it s designed entirely to assist new and or small eBay sellers When you subscribe to Selling Manager the appearance of your Selling page within My eBay changes completely and in the left navigation column of the page instead of the standard Sell section you ll suddenly see a section labeled Selling Manager instead You can tell from the images above how different Selling Manager is from the My eBay Active Selling page And in addition to all of the functions present in My eBay Selling here are some of the additional benefits present in Selling Manager Leaving feedback for multiple buyers at a time Using email and feedback templates Printing invoices and shipping labels in bulk Selling Manager used to cost 4 99 a month but now it s free for anyone to use which is a huge benefit for eBay sellers 3 Seller Dashboard One fairly recent addition to eBay s tools for tracking and managing selling activity is the Seller Dashboard free for all sellers eBay s documentation says that the Seller Dashboard is only available to sellers once they have

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  • Supercharging Your eBay Business with eBay Tools Part 2 | SaleHoo
    in bulk Save sales and customer information SixBit offers a 30 day free trial after which it costs 19 99 a month 9 99 month 4 File Exchange One of eBay s lesser known tools is File Exchange and although it s also a fairly comprehensive all in one tool it s so technical that most eBay sellers have difficulty using it In order to use it effectively you need to be well versed in spreadsheet functionality and be comfortable working within a spreadsheet environment to list and revise items as well as relist manage sales and handle post transaction activities Here are some of the main features File Exchange offers List revise relist and end listings early in a single file Update transaction status and leave feedback in a single file Download active listings and sales history reports in a flat file format and import to your own software if needed Create file templates for every category including columns for item specifics Create listings from any application on any operating system Supports HTTP Post File Exchange is the only all in one tool eBay offers that is completely free but the learning curve is such that most sellers would rather pay to use Selling Manager Pro or Blackthorne rather than have to spend the time and energy to figure out how to use File Exchange Free Sales Insight Tools Sales Reports eBay s Sales Reports tool has been around for quite a while yet many eBay sellers are completely unaware of its existence and how valuable it is There are 2 versions of the tool Sales Reports and Sales Reports Plus There used to be a fee associated with Sales Reports Plus but it s free now so it s definitely the best version to use Here are the main benefits of using Sales Reports taken from eBay s Sales Reports hub page Measure your existing eBay business against sales goals Understand the main drivers of your business Determine areas of opportunity and areas of improvement Refine your business strategy to ensure success Pretty abstract right Well in short Sales Reports gives you data on all of your sales for each previous week and month since you subscribed to the tool going back 18 months within its archived reports It provides you with crucial data to help you analyze your sales organized into the following 3 reports Sales Summary Sales Fees Unpaid Items Sales By Category Sales By Format Format Summary Ending Day Ending Time Duration Within these reports you can determine the following things How much you re paying in fees compared to your overall sales revenue How much your sales have increased or decreased over the past few weeks or months The average selling price of each of your items How many buyers you ve had broken down into new unique and repeat buyer Your most and least successful categories Your most successful listing format auction or fixed price The most successful day s of the week

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  • Understanding Dropshipping | SaleHoo
    is no limit to how much money you can make with dropshipping Some online retailers are happy with a three figure monthly income Others through hard work and a long term outlook have created dropshipping businesses that bring in healthy six figure annual profits What Kind of Profit Margins Can I Expect Again this will depend on the type of products that you sell For example Apple products are notorious for having razor thin profit margins But the accessories for these products often have margins of more than 100 percent This just underscores the importance of choosing the right product a topic that we will return to later on in this series Is a Wholesaler the Same as a Dropshipper Not necessarily For a variety of reasons some wholesalers do not offer dropshipping services Furthermore you will find wholesalers that offer dropshipping only for a selected category of products Are Importers the Same as Dropshippers Again it depends on the specific importer in question Some importers do offer dropshipping services for vendors but many only deal with the warehousing aspect of retail business Many Dropship Directory Sites Are Rip Offs How Do I Know a Directory is Legitimate This should be a real concern for online retailers There are many fly by night dropshippers that will take your money and disappear This is why you should never use Google to find dropshipping directories You have no way to verify the legitimacy of the companies that you find When you find a directory put it through the following evaluation process Does it have a good balance of products in multiple categories Pay particular attention to the number of categories A directory that has 1 000 000 products is of no use to you if those products are all lumped in one category that is completely unrelated to your industry Does the directory feature dropshippers that offer unique products Why is this important Because as an online retailer unique products are much more valuable than mass produced ones Why would someone buy an item from your online store when they could pick up the same item at the local shopping mall Does the directory have the following A guarantee A toll free number FAQs page Sample or demo pages Solid customer service Does the directory offer specialized tools of value Some directories have unique features that provide great value to their members One example is SaleHoo s Market Research Lab With this tool you can find profitable niches and qualified dropshippers Features such as these separate the good directories from the great ones Kitchen Cabinet Kings All of this information is valuable but knowledge without action is a recipe for stagnation and frustration So let s analyze an online retailer that has used dropshipping to grow their business exponentially by taking a look at Kitchen Cabinet Kings You can follow along with our analysis by listening to this interview with Anthony Saladino from Kitchen Cabinet Kings here Takeaway Point 1 The Importance

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  • Deciding What to Sell | SaleHoo
    if you sell complicated products or ones that require a great deal of technical knowledge to operate at a higher level Businesses Other established businesses sometimes make the best clients They usually purchase greater quantities of your products and once a relationship is formed they are less likely to look elsewhere The key point here is that you should do everything in your power to ensure that your big business customers are completely satisfied with your products and service Now that we have gone over the customer types that account for the most profitable markets let s take a look at some of the characteristics of successful products Opportunity to Upsell Many people are surprised to find out how many big brand products offer retailers razor thin profit margins Take Apple products for example We discussed this topic in a previous lesson focusing on Apple iDevices and the tiny profit margin that Apple offers to retailers So why do retailers bother selling these products Because smart retailers understand they can make huge profits by upselling these Apple iDevices Most of the profits made off iPhones and iPads come from upselling accessories such as earphones protective cases cables and so on Here are some strategies that enable you to upsell from the initial purchase of your primary product Offer a wide range of accessories Be sure you reveal accessories to the customer after they purchase your product Offer a premium product that has more features than the primary product Don t go overboard with this strategy because your customers may feel like they got a raw deal A simple way to avoid this problem is to never include significant improvements in the premium product For example luxury finishing is a great way to upsell No one could seriously argue that additional racing stripes on a RC toy car significantly improves performance but people will buy it sometimes for the sheer fact that it is a luxury model Offer an extended service contract warranty This is possibly the most recognizable form of upselling The only downside is that you can only offer an extended service warranty for expensive products High end electronics and appliances are ideal for this form of upselling A final word on upselling Be sure that you are upselling products that enhance the customer s experience with the primary product If you are upselling products that are not contextually linked to the original purchase this strategy will backfire Product Size When it comes to dropshipping small products are usually preferable to large and bulky ones The reasoning is fairly straightforward Big items are much more expensive to ship and more liable to break on the way to the customer Small products on the other hand even fragile electronics can be safely delivered to the customer because they can be wrapped in inches upon inches of protective packaging Small products also have the advantage of coming in a wider variety of shapes and colors Therefore customers have the option to

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