Very Low Profits, Poor Inventory Control, Bad Search Engine Optimization, High Wholesale Prices
25 Jan 2008
Shopster is not search engine friendly so you will have a very hard time getting customers. If you visit and analyze their model estores and look at the page's source, you can see what I mean. You cannot control the description, metatags, url, page titles. This leads to very low rankings on search engines.
Shopster also marks up the "wholesale" price of the products so much that you hardly earn a profilt when you do sell something. You also have to pay a monthly fee to keep the store open so if you sell nothing you still have to pay! Also their inventory is not always correct!
Shopster has also been trying to encourage people to use Ebay to sell their products. You can't make money on ebay through shopster because shopster has a very high wholesale price. So after you pay your listing fee, final value fee, and paypal fees, you end up with nothing or you even lose money! You barely make a 5% profit on your own shopster store so this 5% goes to pay ebay and paypal!
Another big problem is Shopster doesn't keep their inventory up to date. So if you auction off a product that ends up out of stock, you lose the sale, piss off the customer, get a negative feedback, and get reported to eBay for violating their rules. Ebay doesn't allow seller to back order sales so you can get your account suspended!