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Moving from an eBay Seller and Taking My Customers With Me!

Postby gronesy » Sun Dec 02, 2007 11:44 am

I have been selling mint and near-mint childrens books on eBay for almost 2 years and have been reasonably successful with them (1589 positive feedback, 100% rating) and need to brainstorm ways to offer my current customers products so I can continue selling to them after this collection of vintage books is exhausted.

Could anybody point me in the right direction? I'm considering sending a surveymonkey survey out to ask the people on my list what they would like to see but that's only so accurate. Is there a tool that helps you predict what other products buyers of one type of product are most likely to want?

I've considered just re-tooling the site to utilize the viral ebook products to drive traffic to other sites but I think that would leave a lot of current customers saying "huh?" and jumping ship.

Oh, and did I mention that every title I retire means a little less traffic to the site so time is of the essence in making a decision.

I've worked very hard to get where I am (5500+ transactions) with eBay and really want to take advantage of that rather than changing gears completely which is always seen as a bad idea?

One of the things I've been interested in are CJ and NetShops if I could find the right products. I guess what I'm saying is I don't care if I keep selling on eBay as much as being able to capitalize on my success in other ways.

I'm a firm believer that when you're stuck you need a new set of eyes and ears to help you.

Thanks so much in advance for any ideas you may have.

Jeff

PS-My signature is to my store so you can take a look at how I do things if it helps.

Sorry this post is so long but I thought background would be useful.
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Postby Lynn Terry » Mon Dec 03, 2007 1:14 pm

Hi Jeff,

You mentioned that you have a list of your buyers. Have you contacted this list at all since their original purchase, or no?

How would you describe your typical buyer? Are they parents, or are they collectors? Anything else you know about them?
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Postby gronesy » Mon Dec 03, 2007 3:20 pm

Hi Lynn,

I originally had a newsletter set up on ebay and contacted those people once a week because that's all that ebay allows.

Since then, I moved that list to an Aweber list and email them at least once a week. The cool thing is that moving from ebay's newsletter to my own I got rid of the deadwood and this tiny list is now comprised of repeat buyers and massive repeat buyers only so it is finely-targeted.

My customers tend to be mostly middle-aged females with college degrees and lower-middle to middle-middle household incomes. I have a few mega customers that break the mold but most tend to be working-class people who appreciate quality goods and are willing to pay for them.

Collectors vs people just trying to restore a piece of their childhood are split right down the middle.

It is a ripe market especially if I can attract more of the higher-end buyers that are attracted to fine collectibles.

Jeff
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Postby Lynn Terry » Mon Dec 03, 2007 6:23 pm

It seems to me that the key is to find other sources for products that would also interest this same market.

Are there other sellers on eBay that were your "competition"? If so, what about ways to strike a deal with them so that you can both profit from your list?
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talk with an other

Postby lmm_phpauction » Wed Feb 06, 2008 8:53 am

hello,
it is possible if you have enough traffic. I have a customer that did it.
Maybe you can contact him and ask how he did it.
http://www.opalauctions.com/
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Postby KansasDragon » Sat Mar 01, 2008 10:06 pm

You may also want to brainstorm for "retail" dealers of this type of book, and offer to become their Ebay marketer.

You have the skills and the list, so there may be a great many retail dealers who need your kind of assistance.
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ebay alternative

Postby deannatroupe » Sun Sep 21, 2008 9:18 pm

I don't know what to say about finding sources for more books. However, I do know of another auction site that you might want to check out to sell on. It's called ioffer. Go to http://www.ioffer.com/users/deannatroupe
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Postby karynsolo » Fri Sep 26, 2008 1:15 am

I do not hold auction sites that allow the sale of prescription medications by individuals to be very reputable. Selling prescription medications such as cialis and ****** over an auction site is gutsy for one and for two it is illegal to do, and such a site that allows such activity I have to seriously question.

http://www.ioffer.com/i/Men-Pills-Ciali ... s-69794676
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Postby karynsolo » Fri Sep 26, 2008 1:17 am

I do not hold auction sites that allow the sale of prescription medications by individuals to be very reputable. Selling prescription medications such as cialis and ****** over an auction site is gutsy for one and for two it is illegal to do, and such a site that allows such activity I have to seriously question.

http://www.ioffer.com/i/Men-Pills-Ciali ... s-69794676

also the same seller is fencing so called armani shirts for 15.00 plus 25.00 shipping. My son buys true armani and let me tell you it is very easy to blow 150 bucks on a shirt.
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Postby nar321 » Fri Sep 26, 2008 9:35 pm

karynsolo wrote:I do not hold auction sites that allow the sale of prescription medications by individuals to be very reputable. Selling prescription medications such as cialis and ****** over an auction site is gutsy for one and for two it is illegal to do, and such a site that allows such activity I have to seriously question.

http://www.ioffer.com/i/Men-Pills-Ciali ... s-69794676

also the same seller is fencing so called armani shirts for 15.00 plus 25.00 shipping. My son buys true armani and let me tell you it is very easy to blow 150 bucks on a shirt.

I agree, but Houston there is a problem you managed to post twice unless the Forum software borked

:)
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