All posts by Andy Geldman

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Andy is the founder of Web Retailer. He can be found on Google+, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Alternative Marketplaces at Home and Worldwide: Roundup 2019

It’s not all about Amazon and eBay. Here are our best articles on alternative marketplaces both domestically and all around the globe.

Selling Internationally? Look Beyond Amazon and eBay

One of the biggest challenges for online sellers is deciding on the right platform to sell their products. For many, there will be a natural inclination towards one of the heavyweights – Amazon or eBay. Both have their merits and downfalls as we discussed in our recent article on eBay vs Amazon.

But why put all your eggs in one basket? “Alternative” marketplaces are making an impact all around the world. In the U.S., niche players such as Etsy and Reverb have emerged, and internet giants Facebook and Google have launched their own business-friendly marketplaces.

In many other countries, including Japan, China, India and Brazil, ecommerce has long been dominated by online marketplaces other than Amazon and eBay.

So, in this roundup I’ve pulled together our best posts on alternative marketplaces in the U.S. and across the world.

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Private Label Selling: Roundup 2019

Our best articles on selecting products, finding suppliers, marketing, brand protection and what the future holds for the private label business

Line up of private label products

Private labeling is where you buy a generic item and add your own branding. For some, the appeal of this approach is obvious – it can require little time and effort but be incredibly lucrative.

It’s certainly one of the most popular strategies for people who sell through online marketplaces, especially Amazon sellers.

If you’re looking for inspiration, we spoke to Will Tjernlund about how he sold $6 million of private label products fresh out of college, and Adam Hudson built sales of $1 million annually but only puts 15 minutes a day into the business.

There’s certainly a lot of success stories out there, but are these star sellers the exception or the norm?

For this roundup we’ve selected our best ever articles on the topic of private labeling. As an introduction, Will Tjernlund talks us through some of the biggest rumours and myths around private labeling.

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Importing Products from China: Roundup 2019

Our best articles on finding manufacturers, using Alibaba and other sourcing sites, ensuring product quality, and complying with regulations

Container ships importing products from China

Importing goods for sale is a profitable business model for many online sellers, but it is complex and can be a minefield of problems from poor product quality to shipments being held up at customs.

Many things can go wrong in the import/export process. There are several examples in private label seller Danny McMillan’s nightmare story about importing a shipment from China. Danny also covers everything he learned from the situation.

Thankfully, there is a wealth of knowledge and experience out there to help sellers import products from China. For this roundup we’ve selected our best importing articles.

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eBay vs Amazon: The World’s Top Marketplaces Go Head to Head

These online retail giants have millions of buyers and sellers, but in the battle of eBay vs Amazon, which is the best marketplace for you?

eBay vs Amazon

There is no doubt that eBay and Amazon dominate online retail, with hundreds of millions of customers worldwide. But they are very different creatures.

eBay has expanded from auctions and collectibles to a huge consumer marketplace, with gross merchandise volume (GMV) running at around $94 billion a year. eBay has been struggling for years to cast off its flea market image and find a new identity, but remains one of the largest ecommerce sites in the world.

Amazon, on the other hand, has grown from a humble bookstore to one of the largest companies in the world. Amazon’s GMV is estimated at over $250 billion, with marketplace sellers accounting for around half of those sales. Its image is businesslike and ruthless, constantly innovating and generating buzz around its products.

So, sellers, what are the main differences that you should know about before choosing your preferred platform? Which one is right for you? In this article we compare the two online retail giants in ten different categories to see if there is a clear winner.

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Amazon to eBay Arbitrage: Everything You Need to Know

We answer every important question about dropshipping from Amazon to eBay, for eBay buyers, arbitrage sellers, and exploited Amazon sellers.

Amazon to eBay Arbitrage

Amazon to eBay arbitrage, or “dropshipping” from Amazon to eBay, makes some people very angry.

It’s where someone lists a product for sale on eBay, but they don’t actually possess the item they are selling. Once a sale comes through on eBay, they go and buy it on Amazon at a lower price and have it shipped directly to their eBay buyer. Their profit is the difference between the selling prices on eBay and Amazon, less fees.

Why does that make people angry? Well, buyers can get upset if the item they bought on eBay arrives in an Amazon box, and they realize that they could have saved money simply by buying from Amazon instead. The Amazon seller, if they figure out what happened, might be unhappy about being used as a dropship supplier without their knowledge or permission.

The arbitrage seller, though, can feel like they have found the perfect work-from-home business. They don’t have to handle products or deal with suppliers. They just find large price differences, list on eBay, and buy from Amazon.

This article covers everything you need to know about dropshipping from Amazon to eBay, whether you are an eBay buyer, Amazon seller or one of the arbitrage sellers working in between them.

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