Online selling and purchasing experiences of myself. Putting some information out there for people to read.
My experiences with a handful of the selling sites or auction sites have been kind of all over the place. Let me explain a bit. I have sold some stuff here and there, I never made it big or even close though,(wish I did or would, I would love to be financially secure, but that is life I supposed) on several different sites and I have bought a ton of stuff online and will continue to do so more and more in the future. I love shopping online.
These are all descriptions and opinions of my own personal experiences online with shopping and selling here and there.
I am not recommending one way or the other, just giving out some information from my experience. They are all amazing companies and great ways to save and make money online. Without online opportunities the internet would not be as great as it is.
My first experience was just on Ebay years ago. Which I still do here and there. Items sell for more on there than just about any other place. It depends on what you have to sell. Mine have been selling unwanted items here and there for a little extra spending cash. Their fees have remained close to the same as they have always been. They get a percentage, PayPal gets a percentage, all together it is somewhere around 9% or so give or take a bit. With Ebay when an items sells you get the money as soon as they pay and then you send it and leave feedback. Ebay has done away with listing charges for up to 50 items a month I believe it is. Which is pretty cool if you ask me and one of the reasons why I continue to sell on there. Ebay and PayPal has created a 45 day return window which really sucks, that is a long time for using a product to be able to return it, if you are selling an item you do not use anymore and then have to return the item up to 45 days later you have already spent the money and now you have to come up with the money out of your pocket, which really sucks. Walmart and the larger stores can afford long return dates people and small companies cannot. That is why I got away from selling on there a while back when they did that. I am not a fan because of that. Overall it is an ok selling experience and an awesome way to buy things for a great price. Overseas shipping takes a while but that is life. I buy a lot of stuff on Ebay's site.
Ebay also has Half.com which is a media and book selling website. I had listed a few books on there a while back. It had been so long that I forgot I listed them on there. Luckily I still have the items here at home. Now on Ebay your listings run for a predetermined amount of time, you choose. On Half I listed them and apparently the listing sits there in the mix until you remove it or an item sells, which is good for me because one sold. Now on Half they collected the money and then you pay to ship the item yourself, and ship it, then you receive payment either on the 15th or the 30th depending on when the item sells. Which is the reason for me backing away from there to sell. I cannot spend money out of pocket to ship items and wait for 2 weeks or so to get paid. Their fees are somewhere around 6% also they pay you to your checking so there is no PayPal fees. I got a message talking about fees going from 6% to 22 % if I read it right on after the 15th of December. Wow that is way to rich for my blood. I cannot continue to sell stuff with that much going out what ever I sell. Sorry. I have one more item on there which I will just leave and let it finish its course. The book sold for $90.00 the payment from them will be $81.82 that is roughly a 9% cost for them selling it on their site.
Now Amazon I had some extra college text books and thought hey I will try Amazon and see how they do. Two have sold so far on which is cool. It also is a place where you list an item and it stays until you change it or it sells. Amazon pictures have strict rules about them, which makes for good clean look of their site and helps things sell better. Better images always helps to sell items. The first book sold a while a back and I was like okay, cool I did not think much about fees etc.. The second book sold and I got looking at fees and stuff a bit more. Wow I was completely shocked at how much it costs to sell on there. The book sold for $25.00 plus $3.99 shipping, Total $28.99 I shipped the items the same day or next at the latest. I will receive at some point from Amazon, I think roughly 7 days after the expected delivery date to make sure nothing went wrong. Long time to wait for payment. The item sold, I packed it and shipped it. I should get paid once I give the item to the post office it their responsibility at that point. It is not fair to make the seller wait for 7 days after the expected delivery date to receive the money. But if you want to sell on there that is their rules. Any way here is the shocker, the item sold for $25.00 they have a scale of fees by amount of the item that sold for. I will receive $20.22, shipping charge came out of that $28.99 which were a bit cheaper than the $3.99 charge because of the shipping discount. So on shipping I saved a bit over a dollar I think. Amazon charged my $6.16 total fees, Amazon fees, Amazon shipping fees for some reason they did not handle my product at all. So the item sold on their site for $25.00, they charged me $6.16 for selling of that item, the other book sold for $20.00 and they charged me $5.41 for that one. That is roughly 24.6 % on the $25.00 sale and 27% on the $20.00 sale. WOW! I was floored to say the least. That is my fault for not reading about fees before hand. I do not understand how people or companies are able to sell on their with that kind of rates off the top for each sale. I cannot afford that. There are a few items left which I will leave and let them run their course on there still. Over all it I like it for purchasing some things.
Do not get me wrong they are both great ways of selling some things and great way of purchasing things online, I shop on both of them very frequently, Ebay a lot more than Amazon. I personally do not like the tracking system on Amazon, and they do not use PayPal which I have been using for years for online shopping. Ebay seems simpler and easier to me. But that is my preference. Amazon has a really good thing going with Prime services, streaming and free two day shipping which is pretty awesome. Being a student you get the Prime membership for half price I think it was, pretty sweet deal. I just am shocked by cost of selling something on their site.
In the past I tried a few other websites as they started up here and there, but none really compared to Ebay for exposure and getting the most for your item. Ebid and Bonanza are a couple others I tried. Love the fees they charged but at the time they just did not have the viewers like Ebay has had. The penny bid or increment bidding sites came along and I have heard some good things about them on people buying from them that went okay. I probably did not understand the process good enough and was scared of my item selling for just pennies on the dollar and it scared me away.
Craigslist has been around for a while now, which I think Ebay now owns or owns part of it or something like that and for selling locally it works very well. I list something and can renew ever so often which is a few days I think. You get a lot of spam message from listing there though, I just ignore that part. It is very easy to list something and sell something on there. I have even shipped stuff to someone who found the listing from another city and used PayPal it all went smooth. You get a lot of low balling on there which is offering half or less of the price listed to me. Things sell on there but they sell for cheaper than EBay which has millions or billions of viewers, but you do not have to mess with shipping or pay fees which is why it so great. You can work out the deal by texting, calling, emailing and so on meet and sell it, preferably in a well lit public area for safety. I have heard some horror stories and they made a movie about one of them. Over all it is a pleasant buying and selling experience.
I tried out a few of the selling apps on the iPhone. Letgo, OfferUp, Poshmark, Mercari just name a few. They are all free apps on the app store which very cool. I did not have any luck on any of them I do not think anything sold on any of those for me. But people buy and sell on their all the time and it works great for them. I just got impatient I guess and took my listings down. I did have people comment or ask about things on those apps I had listed I just did not work out the deals good enough. Now Poshmark has really high fees if an item sold on their site so I turned away from there quickly. Mecari and Offer up I did not try long not sure why just ended up deleting them to make room. Overall great ways to shop or sell things to.
Letgo on the other hand I had fun using it, I did not sell anything though. They have a create a commercial feature which is totally awesome. One option for the commercial make it like a, QVC or HSN selling style is what it reminds me of, commercial and it is your item or items they are selling. I loved that feature. It was very cool seeing them selling or promoting my item like that. I loved it. Really cool feature. I may give them a try again. Cool and fun way to sell things. I have not boght anything off there yet. Maybe someday.
Next is my experience on a company we all know and they are expanding in every direction I think. Facebook and selling on their market place and groups and on your own page. Awesome soical media site and more. I have listed things in the different groups that I did not need or did not want anymore and the experience is a successful once you sell at the right price. But it seems like there are more than its fair share of people window shopping, or they want you to come way down and deliver it also. People ask will you take less and then you say okay or not, then they say alright I can meet you next week or something like that and expect you to hold items. I do not hold any item, it is always first come first serve. I cannot turn people away only to have the one you were waiting on not answer you when the time comes. Happens all the time. But on Facebook you are dealing on a more personal level with people and I am sure that is why it seems more like there is more people just playing around. They added a Market feature which is one place for you to post and it shows up in all your groups or the market place or something like that, which is pretty cool, but the refresh rate on renewing the adds needs to be sooner than 6 or 7 days. There are so many ads that your ads gets lost in the mix within 2-3 days sometimes sooner or longer. I think it would be better to give you the option to renew every 2 days. A lot of people do not renew their ad or it sells etc. so every 2 days would be great to be able to renew to keep it fresh in the viewers eyes. Over all it is a great experience for selling and buying they do a good job of providing the platform needed for people to use, it is just people and human nature to complicate things, and want or expect more for free or less making it a bit rough.
Facebook has also created video section and live videos which pretty great also. Which can also be used to advertise and so on. It would be nice for a service to figure to out a way for users or creators of videos to make some descent money from the start to help the little guys out to. Currently monetizing is somewhere around $1.00 per 1000 views, give or take depending on where at and so on, or somewhere around those figures. It is cool for people who can get 100,000 or up in views on videos, blogs, vlogs, and others. I challenge somebody to create a platform which pays better more fair rates. Piece rate so to speak. That would encourage people more and spark growth with better content and so on. Overall a great way to buy and sell things on the internet as well.
I have also tired a couple online storefront type of ways to sell online without success. Shopify and Volusion are the ones I have tried. The simplicity and amount of apps that work with Shopify make it easier to use to me. Volusion seems like you have to spend more time setting up your store and so on where Shopify is a bit more automated making it easier. They are also more expensive on the other hand. Once Volusion gets more apps that integrate with it, it would also be pretty cool to me to. Overall they are both great ways to setup shop and try to make something happen for yourself.
I just thought I would share some real life experience I have had from my personal experiences buying and selling on the internet. E-commerce has been exploding and will continue to do so in the future, it is convenient to shop online and have it shipped to your door. These are all my personal thought and feelings and I do not recommend one way or the other, I just want to put the information out there for people to use and choose for their self. Every single way of selling or buying I mentioned are all awesome ways to conduct business online whether you are buying or selling they are all outstanding companies who offer opportunities for us all to take advantage of. As with any thing or any company or any opportunity, you have to spend time and money and keep plugging away until you figure out what works for you. Someday I hope to figure it out for myself. I am slowly working on creating a brand possibly, Dean's Daily Doses. Right now I am at the very bottom rung working my to the next one what ever that might be. I am having fun working on it.
Well that is my opinion and my experience with some companies online. Overall nothing compares to the opportunities available on the internet to me. I love technology and the internet and the public.
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