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Where do people get cheap product to sell on Ebay?

Discussion in 'General Marketing' started by the_monk, Jan 23, 2007.

  1. reapr

    reapr Peon

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    #61
    What did he buy? And from what company? PM me if you like.


    SEMrush
     
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  2. blademaster

    blademaster Peon

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    #62
    Nobody seems to be responding, i posted a link to a great site for wholesale items. You can make money on ebay with a ton of them. Look at http://www.wholesalecentral.com they have thousands of items and thousands of wholesalers there.
     
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  3. blademaster

    blademaster Peon

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    #63
    Another thing, if you want to make good money with on ebay is t-shirts. They have high profit margins. YOu can buy a blank white shirt from .90-1.09
    buy transfers from distributors from .25-.75 and flip the t-shirt for $10-$12

    A good heat press will set you back around $700-$1000 but you may find a used one cheaper on ebay.

    Now if you buy a vinyl plotter to make your own tshirts with adult and humrous sayings on it you are literally able to almost print your own money by doing custom designs.
     
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  4. adam1987

    adam1987 Active Member

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    #64
    I can hook you up with anything from china , i have product sourcing agents working for me :)
     
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    30k Challenge Peon

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    #65
    In general you will be hard pressed to make a dime on dropship items.
     
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    dominicw Peon

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    #66
    You can hire an 'agent' from china or india by searching google. These agents will help you identify companies that are legitimate and have a track record. From experience I have found that many of the established companies online through alibaba and other sites may start out great but will leave you by the wayside unless you are ordering mass amounts from them. Find a single niche that you want to sell inside of (leather goods etc.) and research going prices on ebay before purchasing.

    Back to the agent idea: most are skilled in knowing manufacturing standards and can find you a legitimate manufacturer in almost any niche...and most work relatively inexpensive. Shipping is a higher overhead for trade goods, you will share a container on a ship to the west coast, then you will have to arrange for shipment through a carrier to your house/garage/business location. Most carriers either will not deliver to a residential address or will charge extra. You can usually rent warehouse space cheap.

    Dominic
     
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    ShiftChip Active Member

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    #67
    Alot of the legit sellers are making next to nothing on ebay. People want things cheap and on ebay alot of times you'll find users selling for a few pennies to a dollar more then what they paid for it. There is a very nice article on this in Business 2.0, go to cnn.com and look it up.
     
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    reapr Peon

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    #68
    Have you had luck with them at one time or are you continuing to have good results with them. Are you affiliated with them in anyway? Any clues on what to look for in a legit merchant?

     
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  9. Kink

    Kink Banned

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    #69
    Normally they sell old or unwanted stuff they have... :D
     
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    Codythebest Notable Member

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    #70
    If you google for wholesale merchant, you will find lots of them.
    JMake sure you know that these product are sold AS IS and , usually, with a misleading description.
    NEW: read as "open, tested by customer and back to merchant
    Open box: "broken from the factory, not working"
    Customer return: "completely unusable"
    Broken: "twisted 1000 times"
    Salvage: "a truck got it flat like a pancake"
     
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    #71
    no im not affiliated with them in any way, they are not 1 business but a directory of hundreds if not thousands of businesses. (referring to wholesalecentral.com)

    i have bought stuff on there to resell on ebay and at flea markets.
     
    blademaster, Feb 4, 2007 IP
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    creztor Well-Known Member

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    #72
    Forget ebay, as posted above its flooded with HK/China based sellers who are selling at wholesale or even less and make their profit on shipping. They sell based on turnover and can happily make a dollar or two knowing they will sell thousands of them. If you arent in HK/China I see very little way you can compete with these ppl directly on ebay. Ebay is great if you have a product no-one else has, but in this day and age thats not easy to do. Not saying its impossible but I stopped selling on Ebay a few years ago due to competition making it not worth my time.
     
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    #73
    Even with competition you can still make a good living on eBay. Does it take some work and determination ? Of course. However the people saying you cannot make good money on eBay are misinforming you. This coming from someone who has over 10,000 ebay sales under his belt.
     
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    I can sell you viagra for $0.50 a pill :)
     
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    pipes Prominent Member

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    #75
    If you get to the point of actually importing a substantial quantity from China for example, it is often suggested to take a trip to the country, hire cheap translator for the day and see that the manufacturer actually does exist.

    At first it seems like a lot of effort but it could save you thousands of lost $/£ etc.

    You will find many companies in your own country claiming to be Wholesalers but few are truely wholesale and wholesale prices.

    Of course you may not be thinking about going that far into what ever you may want to sell but just incase you do its worth checking out everything.

    I once heard of a horror story where a guy lost £5000, he paid for Italian leather sofas in a 20ft container, he received the container, opens it up and its full of sand. :(
     
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  17. Dazzacazza77

    Dazzacazza77 Greenhorn

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    i can help you with your search please email me
     
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  18. profb

    profb Greenhorn

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    #78
    I dealt with Chinese manufacturers since 2004 in electronic goods and finally pulled the plug dealing with them after I found an American supplier with similar product which cost more but was far less headache to deal with. The biggest problem that I experienced dealing with manufactures from Asia included very poor quality assurance and there is no such thing as getting a refund for anything.

    It seemed that the products from Asia kept getting worse and I think this was happening because they started shipping all the defective goods that were shipped back to them which they would re-furbish and sell again as new. I wonder if they also do that with the left-over food at the Chinese Buffet's?? ;))

    Drop-shipping worked out very well until you had to ship something back to manufacturer. And if you do not have high volume shipping account, you will pay 3 to 4 times more to ship back than the original shipment cost!! For example, I would drop-ship from Hong Kong manufacturer to South Africa and would cost me 40.00 to ship an item. To have the item shipped back for repair from client using same courier was $212.00!! Since I offer a lemon policy on my electronics and offer free shipping back to manufacturer for first year, I was starting to lose money!

    To top it off, when you do send something back on warranty, you have to constantly hound them to fix and return it which is very lame indeed!

    If possible, do not sell Asian products or you will have a lot of disappointed or angry customers, besides, chances are the product you are interested in selling from China is more than likely already on ebay for a cheaper price than you can sell in order to be worth your time and effort! I now believe that that the majority of Chinese sellers on ebay are selling knock-offs and why I would never purchase anything from ebay that is from Asia.

    You must also be very diligent that the product you want to sell is not a knockoff which is very difficult since one product normally has 10+ other knockoff's that use cheaper quality components, like the junk you get on ebay. It is important to demand to see the companies various certifications such as CE for electronics since many of them use the similar logo but actually means "CHINESE EXPORT" ..lol!!!

    I actually got to the point were I could very easily recognize fake Chinese certifications which is very common in this day and age..

    Best to market an unique product from USA which offers far better quality and market as "MADE IN USA!!" since many people are now supporting USA made goods to support the economy. I do not live in the USA but willing spend an extra 50-100 bucks on similar product and be assured that it will work longer than three months..!!
     
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    johnnyr860 Greenhorn

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    What I like to do in cases like this is go to a store that sells things for cheaper prices and then resell them for full price (as in wholesale or outlet markets). For this I use a store called DSW (Designer Shoe Warehouse). They sell designer brand name shoes for up to 70% off the original price! You walk into the store and go all the way to the back where you then see the racks with brand name shoes that they were unable to sell and you can get them anywhere from 30-70% off the original price (never used and comes with original box too).

    I usually just go right for the shoes that have a purple tag on them because every pair of shoes with a purple tag means 70% off and best of all you don't have to buy a certain amount of shoes to get the 70% so if you wanted to start and try one pair only then you could do that. Just take this 70% off pair of shoes you just bought and sell them on ebay for full price. Since most people will probably make a fuss about how they can get the shoes at the store for full price and not have to wait in the mail or pay shipping then you can give them free shipping on the shoes and you will still make a profit.

    I got a pair of Timberland boots that were originally priced at $130 for just $40. When I went to make my ebay listing I made it for $130 with free shipping. So now when I go and sell the shoes I will have made $90 in profit on the boots alone. When you take away the 10% commission that ebay makes on your sale plus the shipping you will have to pay yourself (about $13 commision for ebay and about $10 to ship) you will still make $67 in profit on a pair of boots that cost $130 but that you paid only $40.

    The only problem I do see is that ebay has a lot of competition out there so sometimes it is hard to sell things at full price but I just gave you one great store here in the US that sells shoes for up to 70% off so you go out there and sell the shoes for less then the original price so you can beat the others who compete against you and you will still have won in the end. Just gotta find the stores that are willing to give you the most money off for their brand new brand name items.
     
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    DEBooks Greenhorn

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    Dollar stores Are a great source for merchandise - most of their products are obtained from reputable manufactures or other retailers that are over stocked . You could then sell it for regular price on ebay
     
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