oh - I have to agree... I really can't stand shipping. Unfortunately, I love the shopping and finding deals to resell though
And craigslist is a great resource for selling items too - although I have found a larger profit margin on eBay with the small stuff.
I've been thinking about this question since posting it yesterday - and I think there are 3 types of sellers...
- those who sell here and there... they might be interested in making a profit; however, they don't really depend on an income from anything they sell on eBay. They use it to get rid of their children's outgrown clothes or things they don't need anymore.
- these sellers have built a business selling on eBay. They have a system in place and they use it to bring in the income they depend on.
- These sellers have figured out how to USE eBay as a marketing tool to grow their (other) business. They list occasionally - but, the purpose is to drive traffic to their business sites.
I started out as a hobby seller - then once I realized the profit to be made on eBay, I quickly became a business seller. It didn't take long for me, however, to realize that it was much more lucrative (and flexible) for me to become a marketing seller.
Think about it - eBay is one of THE top visited sites in the world. They get a lot of traffic... wouldn't it be cool to harness some of that traffic and bring it to your business that isn't eBay related?... looks like a topic for another thread