Amazon VS. eBay for selling?

by Roell
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For someone considering getting into dropshipping, is there any difference between being a seller on Amazon vs eBay?
Which one is easier to "break into" and be successful at?
#amazon #ebay #selling
  • Profile picture of the author Jon Patrick
    They're both pretty tough venues, and the performance standards for sellers are, frankly, absurd. If anything more than a passing glance at the item title is required for buyers to fully understand what you're selling, you will have a very hard time meeting the stringent performance standards, because a lot of people simply don't read what they're buying. I've made a lot of money on eBay and a little on Amazon, so I'm not discouraging you from trying it, but it's definitely not an easy way to do business.
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    • Profile picture of the author Eduard Ruppel
      Why don't you just build an e-commerce site?
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      • Profile picture of the author Roell
        Originally Posted by Eduard Ruppel View Post

        Why don't you just build an e-commerce site?
        My concern is the time needed to build and rank an e-commerce site; in comparison to placing products on Amazon/ebay.
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  • Profile picture of the author GarrieWilson
    I like Amazon better now since I can list and not pay fees until it's sold. But for quick sales, eBay is better IMHO.
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    • Profile picture of the author Eduard Ruppel
      Well yeah it takes some time, but if you want a real business than better nuild your own site. Not that Amazon is not a real business. But I think you get my point?
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  • Profile picture of the author aeri
    Actually, from my experience, I have an easier time selling on Amazon than on eBay, but maybe it's because I was selling textbooks for classes instead of other items But yes, I do agree, if you want to go big, you should have your own website!

    Probably for gaining some reputation in the beginning, either Amazon or eBay should be fine
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  • Profile picture of the author danlew
    For quicker results, eBay is quite better to sell your products. But if you don't like to pay fees for the listing, Amazon will be your choice.
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  • Profile picture of the author aaaa33030
    When it comes to dropshipping, ebay is less strict than amazon with rules especially if you're accepting payments with your own merchant account. You will get paid faster
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  • Profile picture of the author paulie123
    An e-commerce website is far better for dropshipping than either Amazon or eBay. You are at greater liberty in creating a sales funnel with your own site as opposed to the other two.
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    • Profile picture of the author Roell
      Originally Posted by paulie123 View Post

      An e-commerce website is far better for dropshipping than either Amazon or eBay. You are at greater liberty in creating a sales funnel with your own site as opposed to the other two.
      good point, hadn't thought of the sales funnel.
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  • Profile picture of the author swood
    Ebay is quicker for sales. But it all depends on what you're selling and the quantity. You could use both, that way you'd have a larger audience
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    • Profile picture of the author Eduard Ruppel
      You know that you can actually rang higher than Amazon for Products. So an own e-commerce is from my opinion the best. Yes Amazon has a big trust factor, but if you build your site right with trust symbosl etc...THan you could make good money. I'm in the middle of it, just finished registering my company i the US, and by the way I don't live there. Now I need to contact some suppliers for dropshipping. You need start some where...
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      • Profile picture of the author Eduard Ruppel
        Best way is you contact straight the manufactorer, as they as well now understand that dropshipping means actauuly as well good businbess for them If the manufactorer don't do it, than just ask them for a list of their wholesales suppliers they might be than dropship for you...
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  • Profile picture of the author jblinzy3
    Amazon's Market place is more predictable I would say! :-)
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  • Profile picture of the author AymanGham
    you get higher sell on amazon if they fulfill your product because they will be more exposed (Good for long-term) EBay will sell really good when you start but have to build some reputation. If i were you i would sell on both and then with the money i make, i will open my personal website.

    Nothing to loss to try both anyways.
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    • Profile picture of the author busterjack
      It depends on what you are selling. Amazon does not accept any new sellers in certain categories (ex. clothing). Click on selling at the bottom of Amazon's page, it will tell you the categories you can sell in.
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  • Profile picture of the author Asix750
    If you know the rules & the "tricks" to list and promote your products - than amazon is the best place to sell by far!
    I have conversion rates of over 20% on amazon! I can't get even closer on ebay OR in my Shopify website
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  • Profile picture of the author divitis
    Hello! I Like Amazon! convenient to operate...
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  • Profile picture of the author iVlog
    Between the two, and if it's a high priced item, I'de go Amazon.
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  • Profile picture of the author DeanSoto
    Both are good. The good thing about Amazon is that you can pretty much have your own dedicated listing if you do things the right way which means that you won't have any competition for that particular item or "items". The only problem with Amazon are the fees and you have to be careful that using their prime service for shipping if you are using FBA is against their terms. One big downside is that they are starting to restrict a lot of types of product categories that yo can sell. You have to get approved for them.

    eBay is great since it's still kind of like the wild west and there are a lot less restrictions but you can to constantly list and re-list. A good example of less restrictions is that Amazon is starting to require that you have official invoices for certain licensed products - at eBay you can sell them no problem.

    Both are great places for dropshipping but it just depends on what you are selling.
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  • Profile picture of the author shakeer619
    I think ebay is kinda better than amazon
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  • Profile picture of the author vishwa
    Amazon and eBay both are good for selling products. I preferably using eBay to sell some electronic goods and its convert better than amazon.
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  • Sell on both platforms and gauge it for yourself for a few months? I prefer Amazon myself especially FBA but there are stricter rulesto follow than ebay.
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  • Profile picture of the author porterpioneer
    I tried Amazon for a while but it was very difficult. Lots of rules and specifications that have to be met. Ebay is not much better but has some flexibility and more understanding crowd base. But both required you to work hard and be nearly perfect in customer satisfaction if you want to be a recognized seller.
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  • Profile picture of the author agmccall
    Originally Posted by Roell View Post

    For someone considering getting into dropshipping, is there any difference between being a seller on Amazon vs eBay?
    Remember this, a huge number of people that lose their selling privileges on amazon are dropshippers. Why? because you have no control over inventory or shipping. Screw these up on amazon and you will be on the outside looking in

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  • Profile picture of the author Stuiebee
    I can't speak for Ebay but i make a very comfortable living from Amazon. It's an exciting time to be involved there!
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  • Profile picture of the author earnrupee
    am a ebay buyer its good and still am selling my products i just hate the commission they charge and paypal fees , iam from india we use paisapay and don't have experience with amazon now am creating my own shopping site to sell my products. My experience should have own shopping site to sale faster our products
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  • Profile picture of the author abigailclark
    Check out the article "Ebay vs. Amazon - The Battle of Online Retailers" and then decide which one is better.
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  • Profile picture of the author Umangpharma
    amazon it better then ebay.
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  • Profile picture of the author simplio
    Amazon and e-Bay are both e-commerce heavy hitters.Amazon and Ebay are set up differently and attracts different customer behaviors.When selling on eBay, you'll be tied up in a lot more busy work then when selling on Amazon.But that's not the only thing to look at. Customer Service, Fulfillment, Promotions, Ease of Use, and not to put to fine a point on it, making you more money online, all these factors are critical to your success.
    There are some reasons:
    1. Marketplace trust: Element of trust is the seller ratings. Yes, you could find a trusted seller on eBay, but Amazon has created a trusted seller marketplace with their A to Z guarantee system.Better trust means more sales.Amazon created a system where customers have better trust for seller.
    2. Simplicity for the Buyer Makes things Better: Amazon.com for having only one listing per product.eBay is trying to be better about this, when you search for a product on eBay, everybody's listings come up.
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  • Profile picture of the author Abserve Tech
    Amazon is better than ebay because maximum of products are selling by no cost EMI. Then low price than all other sites.
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  • Profile picture of the author Cagesent
    I am also using Amazon for my products and its better than ebay because of low prices.
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