Monthly Archives: August 2016

5 Things That Will Make You Reach Out For eBay Global Shipping Policy

Stephen Posted On - August 21, 2016

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eBay has always strived to expand scope of selling in favor of merchants and sellers performing in this top marketplace. The Global Shipping program is one of those measures introduced by this top marketplace that enables sellers to rise over and above geographical limits and expand their horizons to overseas markets as well. All this is done keeping in mind that eBay offers ample and almost all inclusive security as far as seller concerns over basic queries and worries are concerned.

If you are among the sellers who wish to tap cross border markets, here are 5 basics that will make you truly happy about the eBay Global Shipping program (GSP)…

  • Enrollment is easy and free – Most sellers worry about whether they will need to fulfill high stringent criteria to qualify for and enroll with the GSP. The truth is, the process for registering is very easy and most importantly, free. It may take around 48 hours to go live with the listing accepted and uploaded. This is assured to help sellers make a quicker and more effective start with the program.
  • You can upload customized listing – It is not necessary for any seller to make then entirety of their listing available for global shipping. Sellers can upload a customized listing with the products they wish to make available internationally.
  • Your work ends after sending the order to GSP Center – When you make a sale after enrolling for GSP Global, your work ends after shipping the ordered product to the GSP Center which is located in Kentucky. After the product is received by the center the rest is shouldered by eBay. The program takes care of international shipping and makes the product reach the doorsteps of the international buyers. Tracking the movements of the shipped product is also easy.
  • The program covers you for lost / damaged items – On very rare occasions if the product is damaged or lost while in international transit, eBay covers the sellers from negative feedback from the buyers. The buyers on the other hand will be protected in terms of getting their money back for the product not delivered.
  • You can gain access to over 100 countries and more – With the eBay Global Shipping Program, you can access over 100 countries around all inhabited continents. The number of nations listed with the program is increasing at a steady pace and it may not be very long before it covers all corners of the world.
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    eBay Policy For Duplicate Listing – Bolt In The Blue For Sellers

    Thomas Posted On - August 20, 2016

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    So, what exactly is duplicate listing in eBay? To answer in very simple words and as has been expressed by infinite sellers over the months, this is one of those little fire crackers that eBay keeps introducing to make the life of performing merchants a little more difficult than before. Duplicate listings basically refer to multiple listing of the same generic product that has minimal or no difference in attributes. In the eyes of eBay, these products are somehow the same and do not deserve a separate platform of visibility. So, when you have generic products with different listing, eBay will be more than happy to entertain one and dismiss the rest as duplicate.

    So, what will the result of such course of events be? Duplicate eBay listing is usually awarded by being pushed to the back ground in terms of visibility. The search rankings are likely to lick dust once eBay establishes that you are giving in to this temptation. This applies not just for fixed price listing but for auction based listing as well. As far as the latter is concerned, eBay will wait for the first listing to get a bid. Once it does, it will bring the next item to the forefront. Say for example, if have listed 5 items that qualifies as duplicate, eBay will make the second item visible once the first receives a bid and not all together.

    Duplicate listing policy of eBay has been breaking many hearts mainly because of the fact that sellers cannot outsmart eBay as far as using hacks and tricks are concerned. Somehow, this marketplace seems to have gained some form of evolved intelligence that manages to locate sellers with the dressiest duplicate listing and make them pay a heavy price for it. Imagine having to pay per listing, while none but one gets to experience visibility? It is a drain on budget and patience at the same time.

    The next question is, what next? Learning the rules is important in all respects. Basically, sellers will benefit with one fixed price listing, one fixed price listing with variations of multi quantity and one Buy it Now auction listing. Rest will be considered offensive to eBay’s policy. For sellers who feel lost in all this can always seek assistance from professionals for advanced listing solutions specific to eBay. This may cost a little, but it will be worth the results that follow.

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    Have A Super Expensive Item To Sell On eBay? Take These Precautionary Measures

    Daniel Posted On - August 16, 2016

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    These million dollar products were actually sold on eBay

    Dinner with Warren Buffet – 2.63 million!

    5 person town of Albert, Texas – 2.5 million!

    Zagami Martian meteorite – 450,000 $

    The Giga Yacht at 168,000,000 $ is perhaps one the most expensive eBay item ever to be sold!

    Yes… all of these and more have been sold on eBay by sellers who somehow had the perfect understanding of how get the best of this auction based marketplace. This basically shows that there is possibly no easier way to explain that eBay is a platform for everything. Whether you have a 5$ hat to get off your shelf or you have a princess cut diamond to sell, you can find bidders here waiting with cash.

    As far as selling some of the most expensive things on eBay are concerned, the question is, how do you do it right? Matters of gaining buyer attention, getting the right amount that you may have thought of in your head and most importantly staying safe while transacting can rob you of your sleep in you have not planned your course of action right.

    Mini Chart for Best Course of Action

  • Start the bid small – If you are expecting to fetch 1500$ for your product, don’t ever start the bid at 1500$ or around. You should in fact, start the bid with a very small amount, say 75$ or 80$ for example. This will help that product gain maximum visibility which will in turn enhance the worth of the product.
  • Make the products as believable as possible – Say for example, if you are selling a 4 carat diamond ring, try and include as many inputs of authenticity as possible. Original documents, certificate of authenticity, original boxes in which the ring came, handwritten notes if any (if the item has some historical significance) etc. will help in increasing the value and dependability of the product. This will win greater buyer attention.
  • Describe the product with perfect honesty – This is extremely important when you are selling the most expensive thing on eBay. If there is a scratch on your product please mention it clearly. This will prevent any chances of return request from buyers. you must also offer as many pictures as possible from as many angles as possible to dismiss any possible grey areas.
  • For your own safety

    Stories of eBay frauds are not very uncommon. When you are selling very expensive items, you will have to be extra cautious. Use address verification systems to detect authenticity of delivery addresses are critical. Use fraud prevention tools to detect fraud transactions are just as important.

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    Everything You Need To Know About Product Reviews In A Nutshell

    Shrikar Khare Posted On - August 14, 2016

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    Why do you need good reviews?

    A good word or two, a pat on the back or more, a salutation, a few hats off… performance reviews in any form and for anything whatsoever is always welcome. When it comes to e commerce, reviews are one of the most potent ways to build an unshakable reputation in the marketplace sellers are present in. a lot depends upon good reviews including product ranking or even a place in the buy box (in Amazon or any other marketplaces that supports such layouts).

    However, there are 3 undeniable reasons why sellers should aim to get product reviews as a part and parcel of their long term selling strategy …

  • Firstly, reviews convince buyers about product quality, nature of delivery etc. If buyers are convinced by what others have to say, they are certain to go ahead with their purchase.
  • Secondly, reviews can increase or decrease the impact of your listing. Say for example, a handful of bad reviews can cause buyers to scrap a certain listing and relist the product for a fresh start.
  • Thirdly, it is not new for products with good reviews to feature first in search results.
  • em>Common hassles with review generation…

    One of the most common hassles of review generation is that most customers don’t feel the need to leave a review unless there is something really good or bad to share. More often than not, it is the latter. Stories about delayed deliveries, damaged products, late response from sellers while catering to exchange / return requests etc are very common. In very simple words, to get product reviews that are essentially good can be very challenging.

    em>How to generate good organic product reviews…

    Generating good reviews may be a trying process but it is not impossible either. Here are three of the easiest ways that can win desired results over a short period of time.

  • Communicate politely – ‘Dear, so and so… we understand that your product so and so has been delivered. Please share your experience so that we can improve our services’ etc can win the softer corner of the buyers. Communicative messages as such can be sent via SMS alerts, mail or even through notifications in the buyer’s marketplace user account.
  • Build a review hall of fame – It is basic human nature to nurture the desire to be heard. If you build a review hall of fame on best user experienced, many buyers can feel motivated to leave a good and helpful word or two.
  • Use review aggregators – Using product review aggregators is the easiest way to get reviews with least hard work. These tools are available affordably with many third party sellers and are just as easy to use.
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    5 Shopping Channels That Can Bring Home The Best ROI In 2016

    Steve Burns Posted On - August 12, 2016

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    Multichannel ecommerce is not easy. If you are taking the trouble to spread your venture into (around) 5 different platforms or more, you will have to ensure that your efforts count. Choosing the right platforms will compliment your efforts and win you maximum ROI than squandering your time and money in marketplaces that simply does not suit your way of business.

    If you are a seller dealing in popular items like fashion apparels & accessories, home décor and home improvement products, health and beauty products, electronics and gadgets, sports products etc. the following 5 shopping channels can bring you the best lot of prospective buyers thus improving chances of conversions many times over…

    Rakuten

    Rakuten may have been called Amazon of the East, but this platform is exclusive in itself and it could only be a while before it spreads its wings for global domination. On establishing presence in this marketplace, you can access almost 90% of Japan’s online shoppers who are always on Rakuten looking for the best deals and best shopping experience. Rakuten is growing real big real fast, so anytime is a good time to start.

    Sears

    Sears may not be anywhere close to Amazon, eBay or Rakuten in terms of profit statistics, but you make a real deal out of this platform while it is still in its growing phase. Sears costs as little as 40$ a month with an additional 40$ if you wish to use FBS (fulfillment by Sears) to get a complete selling package. Competition is low in Sears right now with the numbers of unique visitors increasing by every passing week. Gaining visibility at this very moment will now be easy thus contributing to good profit levels.

    Newegg

    Newegg is one of the most favored platforms of top online retailers who deal in electronics. However, this platform is equally open to all categories of popular products ranging from fashion apparels and accessories to health and home and many more. At this very moment, there are more sellers looking forward to join Newegg than Amazon or eBay.

    Google Shopping

    It is tried tested and proven than presence in Google Shopping can open a floodgate of traffic to your store anytime of the day. Sellers have experienced exponential growth of at least 33% within the first month of their presence in this top comparison shopping platform.

    Amazon

    Amazon is still the King of all marketplaces. This is still the leader in innovative e commerce, best deals, impeccable purchase experience and most importantly, it is a platform that has won unshakeable trust from buyers. Anytime is a good time to start in Amazon and expect the best returns out of it.

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    Top Comparison Shopping Sites That Sellers Must Get Into Before Christmas

    Stephen Posted On - August 10, 2016

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    Anytime is a good time to start preparing for catching the best of buyers in the festive season. With the onset of the 8th month of the Roman calendar, sellers should by now, be prepared with their comparison shopping engine strategies to make their products best visible. Sellers, especially the new ones who are yet to get into the comparison engine roller coaster, here is a list of options that can be considered for a healthy start…

    Google Shopping:

    Merchants may crib about costs and the life changing rollouts that are introduced time and again, but the truth remains… no other comparison engine can beat this top unchallenged master that gathers more than 20,500,000 unique visitors per month! Ranked as the best among all other comparison shopping engines, Google Shopping can literally help you dominate search results. All you need to do to stay in the safer side of this platform is to…

  • Gain thorough understanding about how the platform works
  • Export select and thoroughly optimized listing to the platform
  • Set a ceiling on how much you wish to spend in CPC per month
  • Use professional assistance for set up and integration
  • The rest will fall in place with unexpected ease.

    Shopzilla:

    This may not be among the best comparison shopping engines, but it certainly is good! With 6,500,000 unique visitors per month and growing, you would want your products to be featured in this platform for an ever curious set of buyers. This again, is a paid platform but you have ample avenues to make your penny count.

    Nextag:

    Nextag is yet another platform that bears the possibility of exposing your products before 8,000,000 unique visitors per month. While it is true that this platform requires you to set minimum bids on all categories while planning on a monthly budget, you can make up the expenditure with a healthy click to conversion ratio. You can also make the most of the fact that the listing rules in Nextag is not half as stringent as many other e commerce marketplaces or other shopping comparison engines, helping you list a wider variety of product under a wider variety of categories.

    Besides these, you can also consider other names that are currently very popular among sellers like, Bing Shopping, Price Grabber, Bizrate, Fat Wallet, Woot.com, Shopping.com, Slick Deals, Pronto and many more. You must however, emphasize on strategizing from the very first day onwards to ensure minimum drainage of investments while attracting maximum conversions.

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    Webinar: Pricefalls Marketplace Seller Success

    Robin Smith Posted On - August 9, 2016

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    Keynote Speakers:
    Matthew Twitchell – Director Seller Support, Pricefalls
    John Schewe – Director Seller Recruitment, Pricefalls

    Scheduled date & time: Thursday, August 11, 2016 at 3 PM EDT.

    To participate in the Webinar & to uncover successful selling practices on Pricefalls.com marketplace, please register on link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6588160800296934660

    Here’s what you can expect to know from the Webinar:

    • How Pricefalls marketplace operates
    • Best suited sellers
    • Best practice methods for successful selling
    • How to activate selling on Pricefalls via ChannelSale

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    Choose These Marketplaces To Pile Up On Profits This 2016

    Steve Burns Posted On - August 7, 2016

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    We have been learning it since good old Grandma’s days that it is never a wise idea to put all your eggs in one basket. And somehow and in some way, this applies to e commerce as well. Banking on one platform of sale as your only road to e commerce success is as good as limiting ‘the eggs of your scope’ to one ‘basket’ which is either your own website or a single e commerce marketplace. These are the times when the opportunities of maximizing growth and profits are available aplenty. All you need to do is choose the most suitable platforms of sale and get going.

    If you are in the process of spreading your presence across truly profitable marketplaces this year, here are a few sure shot choices that you can consider to literally pile up on profits…

    Newegg – If you sign up to sell on Newegg, the sky could be your limit. This is one of those upcoming trustworthy marketplaces that support a healthy number of unique visitors especially for tech based products. However, with slow and steady expansions happening over the months, avenues have opened up for fashion and accessories, home and utility, sports, health and beauty and many more. Any new seller can rejoice the fact that competition is far lower in Newegg as compared with top marketplaces like Amazon or eBay.

    Jet.com – When you sell on Jet.com, opportunities become your middle name. This barely one year old company has been brought to existence to give Amazon a tough competition, and the platform has been living up to this ambition tooth and nail. Jet.com hosts a very wide variety of product types which enables almost any type of sellers to establish presence with hope and scope for growth.

    Commissions and payment policies are agreeable which does not usually leave any scope for losses. Competition in this platform is very low at this very moment, making it a very good time for any enthusiastic seller to establish setup right now.

    Rakuten – Rakuten is yet another platform that can expose your endeavor to the rich and fertile markets of the East. When you sell on Rakuten, you invite buyers who are more product motivated than price motivated, giving you a greater edge to sell high-priced items with ease. The fee per item in this platform is 99 cents which is applicable only when the product is sold. This gives you the opportunity to make some extra saving.

    Besides the mentioned platforms, you can always choose to sell on Amazon or eBay or both, for the simple reason that these two are seated unshakably in the top two positions in ecommerce.

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    Rakuten.com & ChannelSale Webinar

    Robin Smith Posted On - August 6, 2016

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    Register today to know more about Selling on Rakuten.com

    Reg: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/656994409164633446

    Wed, Aug 10, 2016 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM CDT

    Keynote Speakers:

    David Pourjahan (Director of Business Development – Rakuten.com).
    Austin Tingley(Partner Development – Rakuten.com)

    Rakuten Webinar

    Here’s what you can expect to know from the Webinar:

    1. How Rakuten marketplace operates
    2. Best suited sellers
    3. Best practise methods for successful selling
    4. How to activate selling on Rakuten via ChannelSale
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    Profitable Selling Twists For New Google Shopping

    Robin Smith Posted On - August 3, 2016

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    Of late, Google Shopping has been posing as a scare machine to merchants who are yet to warm up to the new twists and turns introduced by this top comparison shopping platform. Many sellers have also gone on to admit that selling on Google Shopping had actually been easier before, mainly because of the absence of the CPC program and the existence of product listing ads (PLAs). If you come to think of it, things are just the opposite now, leaving innumerable merchants in complete loss for solutions to get back on their feet. Many small and midsized merchants with average performance have chosen to opt out of the platform as a solution to avoid losses.

    For those who remain, the ongoing question is…How to sell on Google Shopping without losing profits to trial and error with the new system? The good news is, things are not as difficult as it may seem at first. Sellers only need to be slightly more enlightened and power their Google Shopping efforts with these basics…

    Firstly, did you know that optimization of your data feed can be just as productive as PLAs if not more? As has been witnessed over the past half a year, sellers with optimized data feed have outperformed their PLA efforts. Optimization of product feed / listing can be summed up as easily as using proper keywords for titles and descriptions making them compatible with the search engine to an extent that they feature in the first page of search results. Sellers can have their listing / feed optimized by using softwares for the purpose or calling in professional assistance which again can win the advantage of customization.

    Secondly, Google Shopping costs money and it is imperative for the sellers to pay up in time to stay featured in the platform. If you miss paying your dues in time, your listing irrespective of optimization would suffer a setback.

    Thirdly, this is the phase where you need to establish an impeccable account with Google Merchant center and keep track of your performance through the same. The Google merchant center is equipped with innumerable facilities that will allow not just improving your feed quality but also opening up doors for tangible conversions. In fact, you can also get an edge in making your loyal visitors your direct store customers.

    For new sellers who find it too difficult to understand and implement the processes of optimization or setting up Google merchant accounts, seeking professional assistance is advised.

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