When I started Writing this blog, I questioned whether anybody would actually read it. I put it off for so long because I convinced myself that my efforts would fall on deaf ears.
It seemed like every time I would sit down to write, I would feel an overwhelming resistance; keeping me from accomplishing my goals. I won’t try to deny that resistance, I know it’s real and that it doesn’t tire. Everyday, I feel that resistance that wants to keep me from doing what needs to be done. Every time I conquer resistance, it seems to get weaker. Like I’m wearing it down. Does anybody out there feel this when you’re trying to work on something creative? Anyway, lately I’ve been getting great feedback. Overwhelmingly positive. Thank you to those who shared your fears and personal challenges with me. I’m starting to think that when I write truthfully about my personal fears and challenges in life and in business, people respond with kind, sincere intentions. I’m honored and grateful for the opportunity to help anybody that wants it.
That’s enough of that, now back to business. If you’re new to this blog, we’ve been talking about how to sell items on Amazon and drop-shipping those items directly from eBay.
Now to answer some of your questions…
1. What happens if someone returns an item?
When someone wants to return an item they will request a return through Amazon. When you receive that request, you go to eBay and make the same request to your eBay seller. Meanwhile, make sure to respond to your buyer within 24 hours. There’s no need to lie. Tell them that you have sent a note about their request to your vendor. They may take 48 hours to respond. Apologies for the inconvenience, Thank them for their patience. Let them know that you have a sincere desire to help them solve their issue. Essentially, offer great customer service, and they will respond kindly. It also helps to vet your eBay sellers thoroughly to keep issues down to a minimum. Generally, I only deal with eBay sellers with 99% positive feedback and above.
If your buyer wants to return or exchange the item because it is defective or damaged, your eBay seller will supply a prepaid return label. When they receive the item back, they will release the refund. That’s when you refund your customer as well.
So far I haven’t had many requests for returns. I’ve learned to sell items that have a lot of positive reviews. With 3, 4, 5 star ratings. I try to avoid selling items with 1, 2 star ratings. Unless the margins for profit are really good. Then I’ll consider the risk, reward ratio and make an executive decision.
2. How do you know they returned it?
For the most part your eBay seller will notify you that they received it, and issue you an instant refund. If they don’t, check the tracking information and see if it’s marked as “delivered”. If it is, send them a message and ask “what’s up with the refund”? So far, I have not had any big issues. For the most part, your eBay seller wants to be as helpful as possible too. Positive feedback is important to them as well.
3. How do you keep track if the Powerseller is running low on merchandise?
If you have an item that sells a lot, you need to keep an eye on your eBay seller’s inventory. It will say if they have more than 10 items available. You have to keep track of when that item goes bellow 10. If your eBay seller has sold hundreds, it’s safe to assume that they still have hundreds available. As a rule of thumb, I never list more 10 items at a time. Just in case there’s price fluctuation that I’m not aware of. If I have to take a loss on an item, at least I won’t sell more than 10 items, if I don’t notice right away.
4. Do you check your account daily?
Yes. It’s important to realize that prices fluctuate all the time. It’s impossible to be on top of all the items you have listed. It’s safe to assume that you might have to take a loss at some point or another. To keep these occurrences down to a minimum, daily monitoring is a must. You cannot expect to set it and forget it. If you treat this like a real business, your business will be profitable and lucrative. If you treat this like a hobby, it will cost you money. As hobbies tend to do.
5. How do you cancel an item in your Amazon account if the Powerseller is running really low?
If your eBay seller runs out of merchandise and you can’t fulfill the order with any other eBay seller. You’re going to have to cancel the order. Amazon does not like it when you do this, so try to keep these occurrences down to a minimum. I once canceled 4 items in a row because I was going to take a small loss. Amazon dropped my rating from good to fair, and advised me against canceling orders. Since then, I just take a loss on the order, and make sure to change the price on that item immediately.
6. Have you been approved for other categories that require approval?
Yes, I have applied and been approved for several other categories. Including Grocery, Beauty, and Automotive… To qualify for these categories, I submitted receipts from Costco. The contents of the receipt didn’t even matter. I submitted the same receipts for all categories. There is, however a trick to getting approved. The trick is to submit an application every 8 hours until you get approved. I’m currently applying for the “sexual wellness” category. As I found an eBay seller that focuses most of his inventory on sex toys and other sexual related items. Amazon doesn’t require receipts for this category, they require a picture approval. They have pretty strict guidelines on the photos used in this category. I had to find someone on fiverr.com to fix some pictures to Amazon’s standards. Still waiting on Amazon approval. Keep in mind that Amazon is great with their service to us, the sellers. They make it really easy to communicate with them through phone or email. They really want to help us succeed.
The following link will take you to Amazon’s category application page. (Can’t click? Copy & Paste) https://sellercentral.amazon.com/gp/help/help-page.html/ref=ag_200333160_cont_scsearch?ie=UTF8&itemID=200333160
How to make money online Where are all these online jobs I keep hearing about? I think this method is a great way to get your foot in the eCommerce door. How is your work from home job working out for you? No matter what stage you’re in, there’s always room for improvement. Please don’t think this is an easy way to make money online. It takes work, focus and dedication, like anything else in life worth doing.
Here is an updated spreadsheet screenshot. As of March 23rd, I’m just over $2,700. My sales have been a bit slow today, but they usually are on Tuesdays. It’ll be close, but still on Track to $3,500 for the month.
Here is an updated screenshot of my Amazon seller page… I was going to show how Amazon lowered my seller rating from “good” to “fair” because I canceled 4 orders in a row, but they just put it back to “good”. I guess I fixed the issue.
Next time, I’ll talk a little bit more on how to use “retail arbitrage” to have Amazon take care of all your fulfillment needs.
Do you find this information helpful? Do you have any doubts or questions? Please reach out to me. Forward any questions you may have to email@example.com or comment below. I look forward to hearing from you.
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