|Fri Oct 18 2013 21:53:56|
How eBay and Amazon Stack Up: A Seller's Comparison
With all of the new rules eBay is now forcing upon sellers such as forced managed returns for anything including buyers remorse, as well as next day shipping, and free shipping and even their own global shipping program, which costs buyer more. Is there really any reason for eBay sellers not to just go to Amazon?
From my perspective I see no advantage to stay on eBay anymore and see many more advantages to go to Amazon. Especially when Amazon does not use search results as a weapon and the fact that Amazon is not constantly changing the rules.
There were really only a couple of advantages to selling on eBay verses Amazon and that was the sellers right to not accept returns and more flexible shipping time. Now that eBay is eliminating all of these things and forcing even more restrictions on to sellers than Amazon does, there is now absolutely NO advantage to sell on eBay, and because eBay has constant glitches and constant changes and decides who is seen and who is not, as long as you can deal with Amazon rules, which are now better than eBays, which includes Amazons 2 days ship requirement ad you still handle your own global shipping, you again are better off hands down with Amazon.
Then when you figure that fact that Amazons traffic and sell through rates SMASH eBays, staying on eBay is like selling in a graveyard filled with overbearing grounds keepers in comparison. Amazon also has a MUCH better reputation than eBay from buyers and sellers.
I also just contacted Amazon and learned that if you sell multiple items in one transaction and let's say that person for whatever reason gives you multiple low stars in ratings, that rating only counts against you 1 time, NOT for each item in the transaction. If any Amazon sellers know this not to be the case please it would important to know. This is big for me because I usually sell multiple items.
On eBay I risk this very issue every single day and have been hurt by this more than once through the years. I average 6-8 items each but 20-30 is not unusual at all, and I am not selling .99 cent items. And on several occasions sell more than the invoice limit, which is like 39-40 items.
Ebay reps claim they do not count multiple items by one person in one transaction against you and it only counts as 1 but I have proof this is NOT true. And the few times it has happened to me and I showed them, all they could do is try and SPIN it.
An Amazon store costs just $39.95, you pay up to 15% on most categories which includes the processing fee. With eBay you spend a minimum of $49.95 for small stores up to $199 for the Anchor store, and then pay additional fees for items over the store limit plus PayPal processing fees.
For most it costs LESS to be on Amazon. Some may pay a little more in fees but when you consider the traffic and the sales, you should be far better off with Amazon.
With eBay we pay for services we do not even get, such as being in search result. On eBay, unless you spend plenty of time figuring out who left you ones or two, you cannot even address the issue(s) you are supposed to have because they are done in secret.
Amazon wants you to be able to address any issues so they make sure you know who is claiming you have the issue(s).
Bottom line is, sellers walk on eggs shells with both companies. Amazon is not perfect for sellers by any means, and buyer fraud is just as high as eBays, and with eBays new policies it will only get much worse, but when you compare apples to apples, if you want much more and steady traffic which leads to many more SALES on a constant basis, and to always be SEEN in search results, AMAZON is the clear WINNER.
So I close with a slightly different question as I opened with; WHY sell on eBay instead of Amazon?
A Reality Check!