Advantages Easy to run
Disadvantages Postal charges aren't enough - Amazon' s overheads
Previous instances of my use of on-line auctions and second-hand market places can been counted on the fingers of one hand (of a sloth!). I’ve bought a bike from e-Bay and three years ago I made a successful bid for a Sony TV at FSAuctions.When it comes to getting rid of stuff, I’m afraid I’m a bit of a squirrel, or sometimes, I actually manage to sell things via word of mouth.
I had been slightly put off of selling on e-Bay from my daughter’s experience as a small-time retailer of refurbished cell-phones – this being a side line to her actual cell-phone shop. She somehow managed to get herself into a slanging match with someone who persistently made claims that the goods never arrived (when in fact they were sent Recorded Delivery – it was hardly her fault that a postal strike was declared after she posted them).However, owing to the fact that my wife is an avid reader, and given that she always seems to opt for the hardback version of her current read, the old shelves are straining a bit. Most of these books will either have come from Amazon or BOL.com in the first place. In the past, we’ve pushed them on to her mother to either read, or put into a car-boot sale, but when we found that she was giving them away at the end of the day, rather than take them home again, we decided that enough was enough.
Most of these books are in pristine condition, at most having been read by both of us, and so are eminently saleable.It doesn’t stop at books. I recently ordered a larger 256mbyte Compact Flash module for our Canon IXUS 400digital camera, leaving me with a 128mbyte chip that I’d probably have no use for. Then I remembered that I’d bought it from Amazon in the first place, and yes, they still sold it. Being a small item, it seemed ideal to give the Amazon Marketplace a go, since even recorded delivery postage was not going to be a major expense.
FIRST TIME ROUNDSigning-up as a seller is relatively painless on Amazon, provided that you are already a buyer with an account and are logged on, with one of those pages headed ‘Hallo, Charlie, if you are not Charlie Farnsbarn, click here’.
This tells Mr Farnsbarn that he is already logged on, at which point he clicks on the link to ‘My Account’. From here, a link takes you through the process of becoming a ‘seller’, including taking your credit card details, and your bank account details (sort code, account number). You may wonder why they need your credit card number, since the cash flow is supposed to be in your direction, but if you are forced to make a refund, which is greater than the credit in your Amazon account, they need to be able to charge something. For example, they pay your income balance every two weeks into your designated account. At this point, your credit will be zero. If a refund becomes necessary after this point, they will charge your credit card.MECHANICS OF SELLING
Access the Amazon.co.uk website. Check that it is you who is currently logged-on.Click on ‘My Account’
Find The ‘Your Seller Account ‘ link and use it.
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