Dropship Basics: 5 Tips on Being a Better eBay Seller
If you are just starting out on eBay, a few tips to help you be a better dropship
seller might not come amiss.
eBay is a massive marketplace, second only to Amazon as an online shopping venue. While its policies and rules for sellers are a bit on the strict side, you can be very successful on eBay if you learn your way around. When it comes to dropshipping on eBay, what not to do is as important as what to do.
Many a hopeful eBay entrepreneur with a newly started dropshipping home business has started out with high hopes and then quickly fizzled out or gone up in smoke due to being unprepared. Like many other endeavors in life, success on eBay comes with preparation and going into it forearmed with the knowledge you need.
Here are 5 basic tips that will help you be a better dropship seller on eBay:
1. Choose your niche product or products wisely. You might be a superlative seller in every respect, but if you aren’t selling what people are looking to buy, you’ll fail miserably. Before you choose a niche, look around on eBay and see what the hottest sellers are. Check out the eBay Pulse, which shows the most watched items. Check completed listings for your niche to find out the general selling price and how many went unsold. This will help you make a shrewd and informed decision when you select a niche for dropshipping on eBay.
2. Decide to go with an auction format for your listings or a Fixed Price format. Here’s the thing: you will have to pay listing fees to list your dropship items. You pay those fees whether your item sells, or not. Be aware that auction listings have a considerably higher listing fee than Fixed Price listings, although a slightly lesser Final Value Fee. You can list a Fixed Price item for $.20 regardless of its price. Auction listings, though, are charged fees determined by the starting price. If you have researched similar products on eBay and gotten a good idea what they sell for, you might well be better off to stick with Fixed Price instead of auction style. That way, if an item doesn’t sell, you’re only out $.20 rather than a pricey fee for an auction listing that bombed.
3. Proofread your descriptions and titles carefully. If you misspell words and have sloppy grammar and typos, you are giving readers the impression that you’re not only unprofessional but not too bright as well. This does not inspire confidence in potential buyers. People take a leap of faith to buy online as it is. The last thing you want to do is make a bad impression, plus it tends to make viewers think that your products are probably as sub-standard as your writing. Don’t shout in all caps. Don’t use goofy looking titles that have a combination of caps and lowercase letters. This looks like something a first grader might do. Again, not a good way to build trust in viewers.
4. Use buyer requirements to filter out as many problem buyers as you possibly can. eBay has a special place for this and you can actually block people who have had X amount of non paying buyer disputes, policy violations and other transgressions. Unfortunately, these buyer requirements, while helpful, aren’t enough. Be proactive about protecting yourself by checking the feedback and feedback left for others of those making offers on your products or bidding. If you have a bid from a buyer with a scary habit of leaving apparently undeserved negative feedback for sellers---cancel that bid. (Yes, you can. It’s your stuff, remember.)
5. Here is one that may be a bit unorthodox but will prove to be very helpful to you if you want to be a successful eBay dropship seller: don’t use the same ID to buy and sell. Big mistake. Sadly, some eBay sellers are less than scrupulous and if you end up getting burned by one of them when a widget you bought is a worthless piece of junk…you don’t want to get your seller ID involved in a dispute. Leave another seller negative feedback using your selling ID, even if richly deserved, and there is a good chance they’ll retaliate and buy something from you just to neg you back. Nor are they likely to do it under their selling ID, so you wouldn’t be able to prove it. Keep the two activities separate. You’re allowed two IDs on eBay, use them.
These 5 tips can help you be a better dropship seller on eBay!