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by Ina Steiner, Editor of EcommerceBytes.com
Thu Feb 22 2018 23:02:26

Would You Pay eBay or Amazon for Coaching?

By: Ina Steiner

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Would you pay eBay or Amazon for coaching services? What if that included advice and access to programs that could boost your sales?

What if it also included access to an account manager with dedicated support and performance consultation can help you troubleshoot and resolve issues faster?

Amazon launched a program this year called Amazon Marketplace Growth, but it's not for everyone - the program costs at minimum $2,500/month. You can read about it in this EcommerceBytes Newsflash article.

Should you have to pay to have access to an account manager on a marketplace like eBay or Amazon? And how much would you be willing to pay (say, as a percentage of sales)?

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by: Barbbie This user has validated their user name.

Mon Feb 26 00:50:04 2018

No

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by: Moonwishes This user has validated their user name.

Mon Feb 26 01:09:05 2018

My first thought when reading this was will they be using the usual Indian/Philipino/other country that speaks English but their brand not USAs kind, to be the coaches. People that can't be understood and they couldn't understand the person paying that kind of money, the coaches, following a script that always starts out with, "I understand that you problem is this...." and then they go and prove that they don't understand anything about the persons problem.

Also will there be any kind of money back guarantee? At $30K for a year for thoe lowest teir of coaching, that looks like you sign up for a year at a time, but find out within the first week that you are getting zilch out of the program, will you still have to pay for a years worth of coaching anyhow. What a great way to make money! Perhaps I should set myself up as a coach because I would sure make a whole lot more doing that, then selling on line.

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by: Tiffee Jasso This user has validated their user name.

Mon Feb 26 03:49:42 2018

No.  

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This user has validated their user name. by: Rural artist

Mon Feb 26 08:08:42 2018

No. Any new seller want some real advice? Look at yourself and be realistic. Selling comes in all forms the small hobbiest, the dabbler, the steady seller, will sell grandma, the truckload seller.  The sad thing is the seller to sell sale  that can fall under the sell grandma type. They’ll promise the moon have you dancing on every social platform and those platforms will ask you to depart from your money with promises too. If you have a fair platform to sell on and a audience you might sell your item that is the real magic!  Try Toucandeal.com. And keep in mind truckload sellers can screw Fairness to all at a site by demanding change.  

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This user has validated their user name. by: Bidonmine

Mon Feb 26 09:39:52 2018

I have been in sales since I was 12 (48 years). i started at 12 repairing TVs & Radios and selling them.
I was selling on computer sites before there was an internet (think CompuServe Classifieds). I have been selling in physical stores, flea markets , antique stores all my business life. I have sold on the internet since the internet started. I have managed retail stores, including Heathkit, Radio Shack and Kmart... For the last 25 years, been self-employed. I have also taken many training courses on selling throughout my life.
If I have learned one thing, education never ends and you can always learn something new... so, yes, I would avail myself of any training information made available to me (as I always do), as long as it were free.

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by: spooky This user has validated their user name.

Mon Feb 26 09:41:41 2018

in the very rare times I am solicited by eBay for help with my selling I always politely ask how long the person has worked there. The usual answer is less than 1 year up to several years. I tell them I have been there for 20 years and probably know a lot more about selling than most. Normally that ends the conversation.

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by: Whatever This user has validated their user name.

Mon Feb 26 12:16:46 2018

Holy crap - what's next? signing over our social security checks and giving them a key to the front door? Shoot me now

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This user has validated their user name. by: RKTOYS

Mon Feb 26 13:32:14 2018

@TomH
Long tail is about the only viable market for toys on the managed venues.  The margin on new stuff is usually lower than venue fees.  I've seen as low as $2 on a $55 MSRP (SHF TMNT).  After distributor shenanigans, you miss the early adopters that might actually pay MSRP.  Once somebody sees them at Walmart, everybody waits.  Doesn't matter how barren 99% of Walmarts are, they won't pay 1% over Walmart's price.  After a year, it finally sinks in that the local Walmarts won't ever get them in.  Thus begins the wait for Ollies, which lasts about another year.  If Ollies doesn't get them, then there's another year searching and begging for leftovers.

When I started, long tail started at 6 months.  Even a shelfwarmer only had to be off shelves for just 6 months before prices doubled.  Now it's 2-3 years at least just to get a few percentage points over retail.  Carrying inventory for 3 years was just too much for having no upside.  The fallout is evident - prices are higher, supply is down, bundling is up, corners are being cut, etc - and collectors can't connect the dots so they're doubling down on exactly what put them in this situation.

Whatever.  I'll just ride this last wave of the long tail until it's all cleared out and be done with it.

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by: donald This user has validated their user name.

Mon Feb 26 23:49:48 2018



I prefer to leave if I have to pay them more money.

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by: Will This user has validated their user name.

Tue Feb 27 10:37:15 2018

Hahahaha such a boondoggle for cash! If they didn't intentionally make things so difficult, there wouldn't be a need for "coaching"!

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by: Ichabod This user has validated their user name.

Mon Jun 11 02:07:31 2018

From what I read here and through experience it seems like it is only a matter of time before Amazon and/or ebay both make it mandatory that you buy a coaching package before you can become a seller on their platforms, you know, like a driver's training course. Get your driver's training/seller training, your learner's permit and, after you have accumulated XXX sales with no complaints or "defective transactions", you get a permit to sell on your own, And, if that works, it wouldn't be difficult to imagine one or both of these guys to sell you seller's insurance. If you have a clean selling record with no "defective transactions", you can buy seller's insurance for XX per month and they will intercede on your behalf in case there is a dispute about a sale. If you have one or two or more "defective transactions", your policy would be XXX per month. If you fall "below standards" like I have recently, you would be able to purchase your ecommerce SR-22 for XXXXXXX per month so you could keep selling and keep that shiny reputation as a seller. It's all extortion anyway, no matter how many smiley faces you paint on it. Why not bring it out of the shadows and be upfront about it? That way, if they pull you over for reckless selling or something, you have your 'get out of jail free card'. Happy selling!! That could give birth to a whole new level of corruption and extortion, getting your seller's card renewed annually, get recertified ya know, take your inventory in and get it rotated every 3000 sales, changing your descriptions and pictures twice a year, etc. All would have to meet company regs of course.  

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