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2009/08/01 12:53:34 (permalink)
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Costs involved in running an ebay shop?

Just wondering if anyone knows of the likely costs of doing such a thing - aside from listings prices.

Are there additional payments and expenses that might not be obvious?

This is an open-ended question as I'm hoping to get individual insight rather than take what's on the site as verbatim representation.

Thanks.
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Re:Costs involved in running an ebay shop? 2009/08/01 13:56:40 (permalink)☄ Helpful
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Your best bet is to search on "ebay costs calculator uk" and feed in some details there. It'll give you your breakdown of listings cost and profits etc.

Obvisouly the main advantage is that overheads are very low. One foster brother of mine does this full time with 7 staff and is fast becoming the uks biggest ebay seller (think he is called buysell.com ) and the other one sells stuff like thinsulate hats gloves etc and a few novelty items as well as being the head chef/cook at an american style restaurant and makes more money now from his ebay sales than he does cheffing.

Weell worth doing on the sides.

Do like the 2nd brother does and make sure to short change your postage a little and make more money on it. He finds about 1 in 5 parcels get returned so he pays full whack - than means a delay of a day or two but he saves a fortune. Because you can print all your own postage stickers from the online royal mail service you can then stuff them in the postbox, whereas at a postoffice they would charge you the higher price.

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Re:Costs involved in running an ebay shop? 2009/08/01 14:31:08 (permalink)
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Ebay shop prices, charged monthly

Basic
£14.99 / month
Featured
£49.99 / month
Anchor
£349.99 / month
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Re:Costs involved in running an ebay shop? 2009/08/01 17:59:08 (permalink)
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hmmm food for thought
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Re:Costs involved in running an ebay shop? 2009/08/02 13:24:59 (permalink)
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The only problem with an ebay shop (apart from their charges) is that you are building your business at the mercy of eBay. They could decide to put up their prices by 50% overnight, change selling rules that won't allow you to sell your product, implement stupid rules such as sellers cannot leave negative feedback (oh, hang on, they have done). Don't put all of your eggs in one basket (that being the eBay basket) if you are starting some sort of business online IMO. Personally I'd run an eBay shop alongside a standard merchant website.

Just my 2p.
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Re:Costs involved in running an ebay shop? 2009/08/02 14:24:49 (permalink)
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If you are looking to make some wedge on the side from the internet I'd look into affiliate marketing.

Doesn't cost much at all, apart from your time, and the earning potential seems to be unlimited.

I've been trying it for about six months, doing on the side when I have a bit of spare time and made just over £400 in July.
post edited by Faux Real - 2009/08/02 14:26:37
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Re:Costs involved in running an ebay shop? 2009/08/02 15:15:40 (permalink)
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I'm a powerseller. eBay has died!

Don't bother, they make all the money, you dont. There are some changings coming into play this September.

The powersellers are dropping like flies, the PS board is just doom and gloom. The shine has worn of eBay, there is a different type or person frequenting eBay to the one that was there say 5 years ago.

Now its just the worlds biggest flea market with people wanting complete bargains with free shipping too.
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Re:Costs involved in running an ebay shop? 2009/08/02 15:18:30 (permalink)
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jw8725

I'm a powerseller. eBay has died!

Don't bother, they make all the money, you dont. There are some changings coming into play this September.

The powersellers are dropping like flies, the PS board is just doom and gloom. The shine has worn of eBay, there is a different type or person frequenting eBay to the one that was there say 5 years ago.

Now its just the worlds biggest flea market with people wanting complete bargains with free shipping too.


Agree mate.I don't use it anymore.I just give my books and stuff to charity shops now.By the time you take off fees and the ever increasing postal charges it is hardly worth the effort.Everybody always wants something for nothing.
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Re:Costs involved in running an ebay shop? 2009/08/02 15:23:16 (permalink)
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Faux Real

If you are looking to make some wedge on the side from the internet I'd look into affiliate marketing.

Doesn't cost much at all, apart from your time, and the earning potential seems to be unlimited.

I've been trying it for about six months, doing on the side when I have a bit of spare time and made just over £400 in July.


Any links to this mate?
And is that 400 bankable pounds, or 400 notional pounds you have to spend on something?
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Re:Costs involved in running an ebay shop? 2009/08/02 15:25:17 (permalink)
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I just sold a couple of nick nacks as I'm moving but I guess it must be quite hard to do it full time.

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Re:Costs involved in running an ebay shop? 2009/08/09 14:56:50 (permalink)
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rightyho Any links to this mate?
And is that 400 bankable pounds, or 400 notional pounds you have to spend on something?


Sorry, didnt see this post.

Its real money.  You get paid two months in areas with amazon but other networks have different schedules.

This is a good forum: http://www.affiliates4u.com/forums/

There are some blogs on it too: http://www.affiliatestuff.co.uk/ http://howIgotrich.net/

Feel free to ask if you want more info.  I'm quite new to it but I think it could be a good earner.


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