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« on: June 29, 2004 12:19:53 PM »

I want to go into business with my friend, but I don't know how we should approach it. Should we use ebay, or should we put items up for sale on our website? Huh
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« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2004 12:58:16 PM »

It really depends what you are selling and how much traffic you get to your site already.  You also could put your stuff in local shops.  If you really aren't getting much traffic to your site, there are website companies that help with that.  Make sure to ask about optimizing which is the order your site shows up when people google say handmade bags...

eBay already gets good traffic, but sometimes items are sold too low, so make sure to have a starting bid.

I hope my advice helps.

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« Reply #2 on: June 29, 2004 01:00:57 PM »

I've found this thread about ebay really useful! Many people have weighed in with their own perspectives and experiences - https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=2972.0
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« Reply #3 on: June 30, 2004 10:25:39 AM »

i say use both!! ebay can be used as a side to attract more traffic. like dramaqueen said though, items are usually sold too low. like i was just searching for "diy handbags" and was watching this auction, http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3489367648&ssPageName=STRK:MEWA:IT
and i think that bag was worth more... and i think it's also good to ebay cause i think people are hesistant to buy through an "unknown" website.
but ebay would be cool if you could make something nice, but quickly and fairly cheap to make, i think you'd make a profit. 

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« Reply #4 on: June 30, 2004 01:57:36 PM »

Thank you thank you thank you all so much! I've really been at odds wondering what to do. I don't really know what my friend is going to sell besides purses and random articles of clothing. I will be selling reconstructed purses, jewelry, accesories, knitted and crocheted thingies, and whatever else. I've already thought of a name for the website and all, but I haven't made it. The webbie I have now won't do, so I'll have to make a new one.
Question: Does ebay charge you for putting stuff up for auction?
« Reply #5 on: July 02, 2004 07:25:14 PM »

in response to your questions, basic ebay listing is .35 for insertion.  if you want to display a photo along with the listing (gallery item) add .25...they offer lots of other extras but if you stick with these two, you'll do great.  oh, and ebay also takes a percentage of what the final selling price is, i don't remember what that percentage is. ssorry.  hope that helps.
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