German Online Marketplaces: The Essential Guide
This post is by Carsten Brassel, UK Country Manager for plentymarkets – an all-in-one e-commerce solution from Germany that combines stock management, online stores and multi-channel sales.
The Internet has turned our world into a global village. We can chat with friends in real-time despite living thousands of miles apart. And we can purchase items from online stores on the other side of the planet.
In our globalised world, expanding your business to another country comes with both big challenges and big rewards. When done correctly, international expansion allows you to tap into a new base of customers and take your company’s image abroad.
We recommend Germany for sellers who are interested in reaching out to a new international audience. Germany is not only the most populous country in the European Union, but is also Europe’s largest economy and the world’s fifth largest economy in terms of purchasing power parity.
The Crucial Story: How Chad Rubin Built a Brand Selling on Amazon
Chad Rubin has achieved a rare thing amongst marketplace sellers: a genuine, recognisable brand name that stands for something.
Not only that, his business was built selling on Amazon’s marketplace – a channel that gives sellers little control over how they market themselves. And he did it selling products that seldom get people excited: vacuum cleaner spares and accessories.
In 2013 Chad’s company, Crucial Vacuum, made Inc.’s list of the fastest-growing private companies in the U.S., with $5.1 million in revenue the previous year. Another rare achievement and recognition for a marketplace seller.
I caught up with Chad to talk about ecommerce, branding, marketplaces and his latest project co-founded with Damir Kunovac, Skubana – a brand new ERP system for marketplace sellers.
Exclusive Offers for Web Retailer Members
At Web Retailer we’re always looking for more that we can do for our members, so today we are launching a set of special discounts exclusively for you.
At launch, there are a dozen offers in place from leading providers of software for online marketplace sellers, worth hundreds of dollars. We hope to add even more very soon.
The discounts being offered include extended trials, up to 50% off normal prices, increased usage allowances and more.
The Truth About Amazon to eBay Arbitrage
Have you ever bought an item on eBay then received a package from Amazon, with a gift receipt inside?
Maybe you’ve come across DS Domination, or another site like it, promising to teach you how to run an automated ecommerce business?
Or if you’ve dug deeper you may have found tools for repricing eBay listings when prices change on Amazon, or even for automatically purchasing items from Amazon.
If you’ve encountered any of those, you’ve dipped a toe in the frankly murky world of “Amazon to eBay arbitrage”. In this post I’m going to explore it in depth. Yes, it’s dominated by get-rich-quick schemes, but that’s only part of the story. Beneath all that, there’s an interesting phenomenon going on, with innovative technology available and genuine businesses in operation.