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30 April 2013

Preparing to Sell on Online Marketplaces

Posted By: AIB Business
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Selling on the internet can open up a whole world of opportunities for your business, but make sure you are ready before you jump online.

So, you’ve got over your fear of the internet and decided to set up an online shop. What do you do next?

One of the easiest ways for businesses to gauge whether e-commerce is something they want to explore is to try out online marketplaces such as Amazon, Ebay, Etsy or Adverts.ie.

What You Will Need

Before trying to sell anything online, retailers will need the following:

  • photos of the products for sale
  • a title and description for each item
  • shipping times and costs of a fully packaged item (regular mail/post services and international couriers)
  • a breakdown of the costs in relevant currencies
  • a business logo or photo of physical shop front
  • a written description of the business: history, specialities etc.

Give Good Service for Good Feedback

Buyers can review feedback from other customers before choosing whether to buy an item from a specific seller. Feedback can cover quality of items, speed of service and delivery.

Therefore it’s important that sellers ask themselves if they have:

  • items for sale in stock
  • time to prepare items for delivery (packaging and posting)
  • internet and email access to check for orders and customer queries. 

Without these, feedback and reviews from customers could quickly get unpleasant. Remember, start as you mean to go on.

Written by : Web Content Partners

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