3 Deadly Mistakes New eBay DSers do

3 Deadly Mistakes New eBay DSers do

3 Deadly Mistakes New eBay DSers do

  1. Mistake #1: Out Of Stock approach. Wrong action: In out of stock situation, I immediately cancel the order and refund the buyer. I select the reason “I ‘m Out Of Stock”. This is a 2x critical mistake because: a. I get a “defect rate” for choosing OOS. The more the defects, the less store exposure and seller performance I will have. This is a good way to reach “below standard performance” and eventually lose my account. In other words: We NEVER select the option “I ‘m Out Of Stock”. We select the “Buyer asked to cancel the order” . (lately a 3rd option has been added, “somethin’g wrong with buyers address”) b. I haven’t let the buyer know prior cancelling, thus leading to negative feedback or reporting it to eBay (claim). I should contact the buyer before cancelling the order and indirectly lead them to tell me to cancel the order for them. Correct actions: There are 2-3 commonly acceptable approaches but I’ll write 2 here: I see i’m OOS, I don’t panic. If I want I can wait for a couple of days to see if it comes back, or just search for another supplier with the same item. If this doesn’t work: 1. I mark it as shipped. After some days I inform the buyer that the item was lost in transit. 2. I send a message telling him that the product were damaged: Messages can be like this:
“Hello Buyersname,
Thank you for shopping with us. We strive to provide our customers with products in perfect condition, so it is our duty to inform you that the items of your order have been found with some damage. We are so very sorry and embarrassed for this. However no worries, we can offer you 3 options: 1. We can ship it ASAP if we receive more same items from the manufacturer. In this case, we will be unable to give you an exact delivery date. 2. We can send this great similar item to you/ A number of our customers that have bought it were very satisfied. 3. We can send you an immediate FULL refund. This way you will get your refund much sooner. Again, our sincere apologies… Looking forward to hearing back from you so we know how to proceed.” In most of the cases the buyer will just go for the refund.
2. Mistake #2: Not investing time & money in Tools/Courses/Info (Platform policies/suppliers’ policies/ News regarding DS/Community) That’s an easy common sense one, but some people tend to hope they will succeed without them. When they see no results, they become disappointed and quit. For starting it, DS personal skills and mindset come after commitment and knowledge. It’s that simple: You won’t go far without proper knowledge, eBay will shut you down sooner or later. Try and get at least the basics before starting making your own methods, decisions etc. Find a relative community and make friends/partners etc.
3. Mistake #3: Selecting cheap products located in another country e.g. China VS more expensive located in the same country. Although it is a better idea for other platforms, e.g. Shopify, in eBay -especially when not having an old account/being an experienced seller- it’s not. Unless you have a great plan in mind, or found a great supplier/deal etc, buying from another country is probably a bad idea. And you will soon find it out in time if you do. Here‘s why: 1. Our No1 priority is to ensure the safety of our account and eBay’s high standards make it always eager to punish us for every mistake of ours. Selling from China Warehouses will result in low quality /damaged/ Not as described(SNAD) products, longer delivery times (ePacket service Rocks, but still…), customs problems etc. As a result we get more complains, negatives, returns and time consumption. The most probably poor Chinese suppliers’ services/English language and reluctance to accept returns comes to add to the problem. We must understand that in DS we sell keywords. It’s better to/We can list numerous expensive products with lower profit margin from inside the country, at least until we grow our business enough. That said, there is a method where you sell cheap products from China with high profit margins, so when something goes wrong, you can just give it away without return.

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