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?
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.
Most 3PLs expect to make mistakes. Red Stag guarantees that it won’t, with fast inbound processing, zero losses, and 100% order accuracy.
This post is by Chris Molitor, Vice President for Business Development at Red Stag Fulfillment.
In early January 2013, two ecommerce entrepreneurs stepped gingerly around piles of packing material in the fulfillment warehouse they had hired to ship their products. Their Christmas season had been a disaster, with orders shipped late, packages mis-shipped, and inventory lost.
The owners had come to the fulfillment warehouse in person to do something that most ecommerce businesses do in January: assess what went wrong during the busiest time of the year, the holiday sales season that can make or break an online retailer.
When they walked into the warehouse, they immediately saw the problem. The main floor was a mess. The employee breakroom was filthy. Employee morale was low.
Their ecommerce startup was growing fast, but the entrepreneurs knew they couldn’t sustain their growth without reliable order fulfillment. So, they decided to create their own fulfillment company. In the spring of 2013, they launched Red Stag Fulfillment.
Discover and fix problems with your selling account before Amazon does. Stay clean, deal with dirty competitors and prevent suspensions.
This post is by Chris McCabe, owner and founder of ecommerceChris, LLC, an Amazon seller account consultancy.
Over the past four and a half years, we’ve worked with thousands of sellers facing the pain and anxiety of Amazon account suspensions and listing blocks. One constant remains: sellers will do anything in their power to avoid going through it all again.
What’s the best way to protect yourself from Amazon’s investigators poking around in your account? Identify threats before they do. If you find complaints about item quality, for example, then you can take remedial steps before it blows up into a major problem. Or if you are missing targets on key performance metrics, you can uncover and address the failures behind that.
The steps below will help you devise a complete plan for protecting your business and allow you to grow safely to larger revenue and higher sales, year over year.
Chris Dunne looks at Amazon BSR: what it is, where it can be found, how it is calculated, the Best Seller badge, boosting your BSR and more.
This post is by Chris Dunne, Marketing Executive at RepricerExpress.
This post will examine an intriguing and often confused metric, Amazon Best Sellers Rank (BSR).
Many sellers think that getting the best possible Best Sellers Rank is the aim of the game when selling on Amazon. It’s a clear indication that you’ve beaten your competitors and sales are coming in fast, isn’t it?
In this post you’ll discover the truth about BSR, including why it matters and when it doesn’t, how it is calculated, and what you can do to boost it.
We answer every important question about dropshipping from Amazon to eBay, for eBay buyers, arbitrage sellers, and exploited Amazon sellers.
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.