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Aug 20, 2013

Question from one of our subscribers:

in the last three weeks i have noticed my ebay sales have dropped. has this happened to anyone else aswell? or is it just the time of year when a lot of people are on holiday?

Answer:

When real incomes are suddenly shrinking, people stop buying the non-essential things first.  It used to be a selling platform for ordinary people selling their junks and you could get good deals from it when you couldn’t or didn’t want to buy new. But in the present, it almost appears to be a group of ‘professional’ sellers selling things for prices little better than you’d find elsewhere.

Hope you get the idea! J

 
 
Aug 20, 2013

Question from our subscribers:

Anyone know the best way to earn money from home?

Answer:

There are many things you could do to make money from home. One is selling on online stores such as eBay. Sometimes selling things that you don’t need already but others are willing to buy is a great way to earn money. Another example would be blogging. This could be the perfect work for you if you love writing and like sharing what you’re doing to other people. Many blog writers sign up for Google AdSense. The more times your readers click on the ads, the more you’ll be earning cash. Being an SEO reviewer would also be another option. SEO reviewers generally perform searches to assess ranking results, and may be asked to use services like Google Analytics to gauge the progress of their clients’ efforts to improve Web presence.

Hope these tips help you!

 
 
Aug 2, 2013

Question:

Hi guys,

 

I’ve been looking for a China supplier that can supple small quantities of various sizes, colours and size. I don’t want to purchase 500+ of one size and colour- resulting in an extreme over budget.

 

Has anyone managed to work with a China supplier that does produce small orders but with still good quality?

I know that small quantities may result in a low quality product.

 

If anyone knows anything about this topic or has any advice please let me know!

I’ve been looking around everywhere and contacted quite a few suppliers, yet haven’t had any luck

 

thanks!

Answer:

Hello!

First, you may want to understand why these suppliers often have these MOQ with their products. Mostly, garments are great examples of these products that suppliers imposed MOQ with, bearing in mind that controlling the color is difficult when dying only small quantities. For this reason, you may opt to use the required amount of material across several products. Nevertheless, some factories may just don’t want to have small orders. It’s simply like that. If that is the case, you may just choose to find other suppliers.

Hope my ideas helped you in a way!

 
 
Aug 2, 2013

Question from one of our subscribers:

http://tamebay.com/2013/07/ebay-are-charging-an-extra-0-92-per-listing.html

Anyone else had this problem?
I only just check my fees today and was shocked to see my fees were more than double from what they normally are which was alot. It appears that ebay cocked up with everyones listings and added the picture packs to everyones listings without anyone knowing meaning a high increase in fees.
I phoned up and they informed me that this happened on the 10th, which is the day that half my listings are scheduled to be relisted as they’re GTC. It was lucky I had so many otherwise I probably would not have noticed and would have been charged extra without me knowing.
What gets me though is the fact that this happened 6 days ago and ebay did not once inform me, when I asked CS if they were going to contact other sellers of this error they said due to the high volume of sellers this is effecting its hard for them to and have no plans to do so.
They said that this has affected everyone so I would check your account balance now just in case you have been affected.

Answer:

Hi!
I have found this link that may address your concern about this:

http://pages.ebay.com/help/sell/fees.html

Hope this helps!

 
 
Apr 4, 2013

Question from one of our subscribers:

Hi there

I would be very grateful if anyone can advise me on the best way forward, in both promoting my online auction site, as well as ways i could promote and build a bigger audience.

We offer both Free Registration and Free Listings, and would like this to become something great

Any advise is much appreciated

 

Answer:

Hi!

You can write articles and have a resource box at the end which contains a link to your product or the auction site. If you want to promote the auction site you will have to make sure it’s an affiliate link. You can create videos about either your product, service or the auction site company. Make sure the video is exciting to watch and not boring. It should also contain a link in it to the page that is selling the product you want to sell. You can create a webpage on a web 2.0 property such Squidoo or HubPages. The main advantage of these is that you can use a keyword as a link in the middle of the article on the page. You can put a link in the signature file of your emails. It doesn’t matter whether you’re sending emails to friends or business colleagues you can add a promotional phrase with a link after your name.

Hope this helps!

 
 
Apr 4, 2013

Canton Fair is going to be held between April 15 and May 5, 2013 in Guangzhou. For enterprises, participating in 113th Canton Fair is an opportunity to explore their market. It is a useful platform built for both buyers and suppliers. Every coin has two sides. There are troubles for exhibitors too. The annoying phone call from booth reseller is one of them. One experienced exhibitor said those phone calls could not be trusted unless they were recommended by friends. A textile accessories exporter has attended Canton Fair last year. He missed the Canton Fair online apply because of wondering whether he should do it again this year. And after that, he has answered more than 10 phone calls about Canton Fair booth resale. It is very easy to search this kind of information online. If you open a page, the customer service staff and the salesman would talk to you in the same time and most of their price is much higher than the ordinary one. When facing this situation, you should pay much more attention on it. Referring to some experienced exhibitors, these salesmen were not reliable. They might run away after receiving your down payment. Besides, only the companies who are permitted to export and import would be qualified for Canton Fair registration. Lacking experience would be a problem for new exhibitor. If it is the first time you come to Canton Fair, you should start preparing. If you plan to get to Guangzhou by airplane, it is important to book the ticket ahead. Besides, the samples, business cards, product catalogs and notebook are required. It is also a good recommendation to bring screwdriver and some tools that would be benefiting in saving budget. Also, to keep your exhibitors card would be a little help in the next Canton Fair. Whether to invite your clients to this exhibition is a problem. Some enterprises determined that it is unsuitable to invite clients who are cooperating with you. They might compare your products with others which may be bad for your business. But to invite clients who are interested in you is of great importance. It is a chance for you to know each other better and it may help making a deal. Some insisted that participating in this Fair is not only to expand your market and develop new clients, but also to collect updated information of the whole market and industry. It would be help in protecting your market. Therefore, both old clients and potential clients should be invited directly and clearly. Last but not least, it is helpful to contact the clients who are interested in you immediately right after the fair.

 
 
Mar 1, 2013

China has been experiencing unprecedented growth in GDP, manufacturing, exports and other economic sectors. More than ever, importing products from China can generate both immediate and long term profit.

 

To get a sense of the potential business opportunities when importing Chinese products, consider Wal-Mart. Every year, Wal-Mart imports billions of dollars worth of Chinese goods, and out of Wal-Mart’s 6,000 suppliers, 5,000 are located in China. However, do not think that you cannot tap into the Chinese import market just because major retailers such as Wal-Mart have. Importing products from China can still be a strong business decision.

 

If you choose to import a product from China that is reasonably priced and tends to sell well, or a specialty product that is otherwise difficult to locate, your potential for profit can be large. However, be wary of any supplier who claims they can sell you name brand electronics or clothing. These goods are almost certainly fake and are often illegal to sell.

 

As long as you abide by customs regulations, you can often buy bulk goods from China cheaper and with lower taxes than you would when dealing with a middleman in your home nation. This is because you are essentially acting as an independent retailer, buying your products directly from the manufacturer and importing them to your own country. China requires no special licenses or permits to purchase goods. As long as you follow national and international trade regulations, you are free to import nearly anything in almost any quantity.

 

Another advantage you have over dealing with a middleman is that you have direct control over your business’s distribution model. You might consider selling your products online through eBay or Amazon, or you could rent a store and sell them in person. This gives you a level of flexibility that a major retailer does not have. The biggest value of importing from China directly lies in the control you are given over your own business.

 

Because China’s manufacturing sector has experienced a prolonged, dramatic boom, directly importing from China can prove to be an effective business decision. If you research and plan your business around hot markets, the potential for profit can be very significant.

 

 
 
Jan 30, 2013

Question from one of our subscribers:

I do not know if this is silly question or not but I am going to have another shot at opening my ebay store as I have more time to commit to it.

My question is would I get the full benefit of opening my shop when I am due to pay my fees or would this not make a difference as I am looking to save every penny possible.

Many Thanks

Martin

 

Answer:

 

Hi!

 

Best time to open your eBay store depends on the product you want to sell. So the first thing you may want to do is to do research on what products you will sell, and on topics like when the products can be used more, etc. If you want to increase your feedback, try using different methods like free shipping discount coupons on providing feedback. This can also increase your sales.

 

Hope this helps!

 
 
Jan 30, 2013

Question from one of our subscribers:

Was just curious really, as I know a few people that say ebay doesnt return the profits it once did.. in fact I know people who used to ebay full time but now have to supplement their activities with other paid work…

Why is this?

Is this because the money men have took over and bought in massive bulk and pushed the prices down, so your average trader can’t compete?

Is it because there’s so much and choice so its hard to stand out?

What products do you sell – and if starting now, would you sell the same – or would you do something different?

Was just turning it over in my head!

Answer:

Hi!

Making money with Ebay is entirely possible, but one has to be realistic. As with any other business, to be successful requires real work. There are many sellers who join Ebay, and think that all they have to do is post a few items for sale and boom… they make money. It just doesn’t work that way for most. Footwork, research, processing, photography, education, listing, accounting, and shipping. You will not make money by doing nothing. You can, however make money if you are willing to work at it.

 

Hope this helps!

 
 
Jan 30, 2013

Question from one of our subscribers:

Do you use China mail to England and how quick is it?

Im scared what i ordered won’t come by my birthday

 

Answer:

Hi!

China Post costs more to send an airmail letter to the UK from China than it does to send one from the UK to China. (Delivery time is usually 10-15 days) Two services are offered. Basic and EMS. The system for posting an item is very different to the UK. You take your item into one of the China Post offices unwrapped. It is inspected by a member of staff. Once they accept it as worthy of sending, you then wrap it, address it etc. It is then weighed and you choose your postal service. Mostly EMS is used for international shipping. It is stamped and off it goes. Not vastly different from the UK but significantly so when other considerations are factored in. China Post office, depending on time of day and peoples desire to post an item or 20, the posting process can take some considerable time. UPS and FEDEX and some others are also available in most large cities i.e. Beijing, Shanghai and the like, invariably more expensive than EMS.

 

Hope this helps!