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As a seller on eBay, biggest advantage that you gain is possibility of becoming from a local merchant to an international player over night. If you are already selling merchandize to consumers online or offline, eBay gives you an additional sales channel without any extra cost. If you are planning to begin selling goods or services through Internet, eBay allows you to start your business online quickly and with minimum expenses.
You may have difficulty in imagining biggest portal on our planet as a marketplace, in some countries, like Japan and Canada, Yahoo auction is, actually, doing better than eBay. In US market Yahoo has just announced its intention to eliminate fees charged for using its auction site. This is a good news for even many eBay power sellers. Some of them will definitely move to Yahoo in a bid to save on high fees charged by eBay. The good thing about Yahoo is slowly it is becoming a major hub for many small business web stores. As a matter of fact, according to Yahoo, every eighth online store is now hosted by Yahoo.
Amazon, may be is not as popular as eBay or Yahoo as far as auction marketplace is concerned, however, many auctioneers claim that some of products sell better on Amazon than any other auction marketplace.
Why should you consider selling through auction marketplaces?
Here are some reasons, why auction marketplaces are viable sales channel for businesses:
•The auction marketplaces are very popular and each of them has huge community of buyers and sellers. •There is virtually no start-up cost involved. •No extra overhead is required. •You really don’t have to set up a website to start selling. •Easy to learn.
While determining what to sell through auction marketplaces, choose your products very carefully. Don’t try to sell products like DVD, cellular phones and similar common items. There are way too many people are trying to sell those products. Do your research before jumping into online auctions. Go through categories of your choice. See how your competitors are doing. Check out listings of sold items. For how much products you intend to list are getting sold for? What keywords your prospective competitors are using to market these products? On which auction site these products are selling better?
Go with trend! Travel, cosmetics and jewelry sales are expected to do better than other categories of e-commerce in coming years. In every category of goods and services you will find a niche, which is doing fairly well. All you have to do is find that niche by making extensive and thorough research!
Selling through auction marketplaces like any other business process requires sound judgment and careful planning. Be sure to use them before starting your online sales.
Nowshade Kabir, is the founder, primary developer and present CEO of Rusbiz.com – a Global B2B Exchange with solutions to create e-catalog, Web store, business process management and other features to run a business online. You can read various articles written by Nowshade Kabir at http://ezine.rusbiz.com .