I take it that you have had bad experiences with eBay and PayPal. Can you expand on that? We have sold on eBay for more than 2 years now and have had very few negative experiences - only 3 non-paying bidders in all that time, over 500 sales. Most buyers request payment by PayPal. That is how we can handle credit card sales, and their 2.9% fee is no greater than we would have to pay if we had our own credit card accounts. We prefer money orders or cashiers checks when we can get them, but it is inconvenient for the buyers. We resisted using PayPal for a while at the beginning, but found out we had to offer something easier for the buyers than money orders. Just wanted to present a view from the sellers side of the experience.
Mike... Count me in as well. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help.
Im having trouble trying to place an ad on Swaybay. It keeps telling me that I must fill in the field for the location of the Item (state/Country). I do not see this field. Can you help?
You have to make sure your Account information is completely filled out.
And fill out all the required fields.
Let me know if that works.
thanks Mike. I'll try my post later on this evening.
sounds good, would like to be able to buy or sell stuf and not have to search ebays millions of hits...
obviously its costs the runner of swaylocks money to provide these services, so some kind of fee's are in good order...
maybe a yearly fee of 50$ could buy you a page, where you can sell as many items that fit there
(myspace style maybe, where you keep your photo's elswhere like photobucket etc))
Then I suppose a debate could be , would you (as a seller)
prefer to have an item fee
(say $2.50 for items upto $100 , $10 for items $100 or more)
or a small percentage of each product sold (2.5% - 5%)
that would be the first thing swaylocks would have to sort out..
Then I would say its compulsory that a comment section remain on that persons page.
Only for customers to write reviews, not general public, (they may like to include a general public reveiw section though)
If only buyers can leave feed back, then rival companies cannot slander them, (unless they buy somthing I suppose)
as some bonus protection ,(maybe) sellers and buyers must make all their personal details available to one another, (not the world)
could even go as far as having to provide photos, so if one party renigs, thay can be banned/slandered etc
Hope you go through with it, these are only some of my quick thoughts...
A solid idea....set up and run correctly, it would be beneficial to all participants. Still, anything business related comes down to the numbers . If members with large amounts to spend on their marketing programs dominated, it would be just another shop and thats all .........I am only a recent member to Sway's , and wouldn't like to see it changed in style , spirit or the integrity that exists in here . It's one of the few places on the web thats not flashing like a pinball machine every time you sign in, so I hope that stays the same ...........basically , If it helps both small and larger manufacturers to increase their sales , at a fair price , it will succeed. Protecting and preserving what currently exists in Swaylock's should always be a given.
It's a big undertaking but the potential is there. You only have one Ebay & Paypal hater here but using them as a model makes good sense. Why reinvent the wheel when they have already laid things out for you?
My understanding is that Ebay owns Paypal.
W/O getting into some issues over what constitutes a monopoly, my own personal experience for selling globally has shown Paypal to be the easiest and cost effective method for both my domestic & international customers to pay me, whether using a credit card (which I do not have set up) or some other means. You can even create an invoice and bill someone thru their email address that IS NOT a Paypal account holder.
Paypal was a godsend when I discovered a Canadian check drawn on a bank in Vancouver would be subjected to an immediate $35 charge and "6 to 8 weeks needed for processing". I was also told that Postal Money Orders were subject to the same terms as the banks had managed to get a law passed putting this into effect. It is the same for my credit union.
This is the case for ALL non domestic payments coming into the United States. My Australian account gets around this and other transaction fees by having a domestic bank account. My Japanese distributor has a similar set up based in Southern California. These are a blessing for me doing volume. But for the many individuals contacting me and wanting to have peace of mind in their transaction, Paypal works like a charm. It is a quick easy way of sending and receiving payment.
You may find that the new marketplace gets flooded with Asian companies promoting cheap products. There quite likely will be a torrential flood of them once they catch wind of your venue. Some consumers will love that, while others will have mixed feelings or even resentment.
I wish you all the best in whatever you decide to do, and I will be watching closely to see how it fares, offering any constructive ideas along the way.
I was wondering - I have only a single board for sale - a 1957 Balsa board shaped by Wayne Land from Burland Surfshop in La Jolla ( a Double Ender). Single owner, my pops, who grew up here in La Jolla. I have been told it is really a one of a kind board that is priceless to the right collector. Do I need to set up a store to sell this single board, or is there a different thread that I should post this to?
Please let me know!
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