What was the $$$$ amount of your largest eCommerce sale???

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I thought this would be a fun post for those who are established in the eCommerce field and for those looking for some motivation... I personally love hearing success stories so if you have one about a HUGE sale please share it here! (and of course, I don't expect anyone to share their niches)

My largest sale ever was a few years back for $65k... Yes, $65,000!

I use a call center to handle inbound sales calls and they know to email or call me if something important (out of the ordinary) comes up.

I got an call while I was out golfing from a rep at the call center I use and she said that said a woman called in who wants to talk to me about purchasing 120 xxxxxxxx from one of my stores! I thought it was a joke because I knew this was a pretty expensive item that I sold and I typically only sold one or two at a time....

I called the woman back right away (from the golf course) to see what was going on and she explained to me that she was a buyer for a catalog company and they wanted to buy in bulk and warehouse the items then ship them to their customers. She told me she would be able to send a bank wire as soon as I sent her a PO and her boss approved it... I literally wrote all of her info down on the back of a scorecard and left the golf course before I was done playing to get home and back on my computer.

I went home and researched their company, learned that they were legit, sent out the PO, then called the woman back the following morning to follow up. They requested one sample product to make sure they wanted to proceed with this order (which they paid for). I had the item overnighted to their HQ and the woman told me she would get back to me within a week and sure enough, she did. They confirmed the sample met their standards and they sent the money for the full order, I negotiated a GREAT bulk deal with my supplier and had the items delivered.

I was freaking out the entire time the items were in transit because this was such a big order but once they arrived the woman I was dealing with told me their warehouse workers confirmed everything arrived safely.

I took a huge sigh of relief and then proceeded to go on a VERY nice vacation!

Does anyone else have any HUGE sale stories?
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  • Profile picture of the author KingRoyal
    I sold a 15,000 dollar car, and got 34% commission from it last year haha via ecommerce.
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  • $60,000.00

    It was a bulk order to a city in Florida. I won't tell you what the product was (as I don't think anyone should tell people what they sell) but an entire city bought items for an event - and it spawned and idea for me to target other cities for similar events.

    Needless to say, it opened up the opportunity for other bulk sales!
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    • Profile picture of the author alksense
      Originally Posted by Auctiondebteliminator View Post

      $60,000.00

      It was a bulk order to a city in Florida. I won't tell you what the product was (as I don't think anyone should tell people what they sell) but an entire city bought items for an event - and it spawned and idea for me to target other cities for similar events.

      Needless to say, it opened up the opportunity for other bulk sales!
      Nice! I had a sale like that to a huge hospital once. They bought the same item for all of their employees as gifts around the holidays. The next year I did a HUGE direct mailing campaign to other similar hospitals all around the country.

      It's crazy how much you learn about your businesses potential once you're actually already in business. I've got sales from places and people I would have never considered my target audience when writing my business plans.
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      • Originally Posted by alksense View Post

        Nice! I had a sale like that to a huge hospital once. They bought the same item for all of their employees as gifts around the holidays. The next year I did a HUGE direct mailing campaign to other similar hospitals all around the country.

        It's crazy how much you learn about your businesses potential once you're actually already in business. I've got sales from places and people I would have never considered my target audience when writing my business plans.
        Business begets business.
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  • Profile picture of the author brangry
    I sold a truck for a client on ebay for $3,000.
    it didn't sell for the reserve price, so I didn't have to pay ebay a final value fee, and the buyer flew up to PA from Georgia, and paid cash (no paypal fee!) and then drove home.

    take that ebay!
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  • Profile picture of the author j40u
    Approx $60k too! Not exactly an ecommerce "purchase" but it was a warm call from a customer who saw our ecommerce store, and after a decent chat he purchased a container worth of goods from me
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    • Profile picture of the author alksense
      Originally Posted by vision025 View Post

      Approx $60k too! Not exactly an ecommerce "purchase" but it was a warm call from a customer who saw our ecommerce store, and after a decent chat he purchased a container worth of goods from me
      That's awesome! That's kind of the same deal that I had. If my customer would have looked hard enough (or known where to look) they would've been able to buy direct but instead they found me and I was able to make a nice profit
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  • Profile picture of the author JoeVlcek
    I never did anything that big for products, but I sell services around that size all of the time.
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    • Profile picture of the author Night Train
      Just under 10K was my largest online sale. The same customer came back 2 more times that month for 4k and 2k worth of products and then stepped up to my supplier after that. Not bad considering all the products were dropshipped and literally took me maybe 20 minutes to do up the orders and send them in. It did make for a great month and I took the family to snowmass for a nice snowboarding trip off him
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  • Profile picture of the author Pusateri
    20k for a painting. Sold a rare book for 17k.
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    • Profile picture of the author KabirC
      Originally Posted by Pusateri View Post

      20k for a painting. Sold a rare book for 17k.
      I sell artwork, so definitely wouldn't mind selling a painting for 20k, nice man!
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    • Profile picture of the author ZachRobinson
      Originally Posted by Pusateri View Post

      20k for a painting. Sold a rare book for 17k.
      Thats awesome, how did your credit card processor let it go through and not hold the $$$.

      Let me guess, you use PayPal right?
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      • Profile picture of the author Pusateri
        Originally Posted by ZachRobinson View Post

        Thats awesome, how did your credit card processor let it go through and not hold the $$$.

        Let me guess, you use PayPal right?
        They didn't bat an eyelash. We had the funds in 48 hrs.
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  • Although it's not my biggest sale to date (I already posted that I had a 60k sale) I just had another substantial sale today at $19,454.

    38.2% profit margin after deductions.

    'snot bad day's work for 'something on the side'.
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  • Profile picture of the author dswconsulting
    You guys make me sick.... my ecomm site that i just finished 4 days ago had a $200 sale. Only to find out my drop shipper was out of stock. Had to offer a full refund plus store credit! That was bitter sweet considering it was one of my higher end items and sold so quickly.
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    • Profile picture of the author pski007
      $3,600 on for a large original artwork. Very happy customer.
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    • Profile picture of the author Audarah
      dsw consulting: with most processors, you can set it up to not take the order until you AUTHORIZE that order- meaning you can check the stock before you actually push it through your processor I have mine set up this way so I dont have to offer out of stock refunds all the time. I dont want my merchant score hurt.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ryan David
    I knew my sales processed thru the shopping cart wouldn't be that big, but my biggest in the last 6 years was around $2500. As a basis of comparison, my average order size is around $50. I've had some bigger sales in the $5-$10K range, but those are mostly handled offline.

    This year I closed a sale that was around $50K, but I only made around $8K on it. I mostly just brokered the sale.
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  • Profile picture of the author ronrule
    $5.5 million.

    Sort of...

    I had mentioned one of my clients' products to a producer of a DIY network show and they featured the product on the show. When the show finally aired a couple months later, a buyer for a major retail chain saw the product on the show and wanted it for their stores. The first PO from the retailer was for $5.5 Million.

    I don't know if that counts or not, but I sure like to brag about it to other clients
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