April 15, 2016 by Andrew Minalto - 7 Comments

Your eBay & eCommerce Questions Answered #60

questions-answers-60Welcome back!

So this is it – our last ever weekly Questions & Answers blog post! I already mentioned this briefly in last week’s post and today I’ll give some more info on why I’m ending this series of posts and more importantly – what comes next.

There are three main reasons as to why I’ve decided not to continue with these posts as they are at the moment.

1) Repetitive questions. As we have covered HUNDREDS of questions in these 60 posts, I find that I’m receiving the same questions more and more often and it just doesn’t make sense for me to keep repeating the same things over and over. Instead I could just point you to the previously answered question.

2) Hard to find information. All 60 of these Q&A posts are named in exactly the same way – “Your eBay & eCommerce Questions Answered” followed by the number. This makes it very difficult to find previously covered topics via my blog search or via Google.

3) More in-depth answers. Many times you ask questions that would require a much deeper response, with me giving more detailed tips and advice. With the current format that’s really not possible as it would take up too much of my time to give detailed answers to every question. Plus it would make these posts extremely LONG.

With all this taken into account, I think it will be better for all parties involved to change the FORMAT of these posts.

So here’s what will happen from now on – you’re still more than welcome to send your questions in! I still WANT them! And I will still answer ALL emails personally as usual BUT the weekly post won’t consist of multiple questions anymore.

Instead, I will do whole posts on ONE of the questions you have sent it! So that I can dig deeper into that topic and give more detailed advice.

This way I can fix all 3 problems I previously mentioned and in my opinion, this will help grow this blog as we move forward, by building a valuable archive of real life problems and topics that you can always refer back to in the future. (more…)

April 8, 2016 by Andrew Minalto - 4 Comments

Your eBay & eCommerce Questions Answered #59

questions-answers-59Welcome Back!

It’s time for another Questions & Answers blog post.

This week we had an interesting post comparing prices on eBay and Amazon to test if Amazon’s buyers really are willing to spend more on the same products.

And next week I plan to publish an updated Best Products to Sell on eBay2016 UPDATE! The idea to update some of the most popular posts came to me as I went through my blog’s analytics data and noticed how many people read these posts every day. I think for such posts, The Best Products to Sell on eBay for 2013 being a perfect example, it’ll definitely be worthwhile to keep them up to date with the latest information.

But let’s get back to the subject at hand, today’s Q&A, and here are the questions we’ll be covering:

  • Do you need to register a domain name together with hosting?
  • What time management software do you use Andrew?
  • Do you pay extra taxes when ordering from DigitalRev?
  • How to make money dropshipping if you’re VAT registered?
  • Do you have to cover return shipping costs for eBay orders?

Let’s get started!

Hi Andrew,

Thank you for all of the very helpful information on your website, following your advice I’m finding planning the set-up of my online business a little easier.

I have read your very informative write ups on image hosting and registering domain names, but I would like to clear up a little confusion please.

Would you recommend registering a domain name with a company such as Go Daddy and then using that domain name when signing up to an image host, Host Gator in your example?

Or

Registering a new domain name when you sign up with the image hosting site?

I’m inclined to register my domain name first and use that domain name with Host Gator, therefore using two separate sites. What would you recommend?

Many Thanks,
David

Hi David,

It doesn’t really matter where you register your domain name – both Go Daddy and Host Gator are big, reputable companies and you can trust your domain registration to either one of them.

The reason why I usually recommend registering domain names with Go Daddy separately is that: (more…)

April 1, 2016 by Andrew Minalto - 5 Comments

Your eBay & eCommerce Questions Answered #58

questions-answers-58Welcome Back!

Another week, another Friday and time for our Questions & Answers blog post!

For those of you who are new to these Q&A posts, this is how they work – every Friday (well, almost every Friday) I post answers to questions sent in from my blog readers so that more people can learn from the same mistakes or learn about the same topics.

All you have to do to be featured in these posts is to send in your question(s) via the contact form on this page! I’ll personally reply to all requests within 24 hours, Monday – Friday, and the most interesting questions will be featured in next week’s Q&A blog post.

Today we’ll be covering the following questions:

  • Can I list on eBay USA via eBay’s international visibility option?
  • Do you need a registered business to import from China via sea freight?
  • How to automatically send 100-300 eBay invoices a day?
  • Ecommerce VS eBay VS Amazon – which one is best?

Let’s get started!

Hi Andrew,

Thanks for your previous help with listing an item on ebay.de – it’s going well!

I wanted to now list the same item on ebay.com but I noticed when you list an item on ebay.co.uk, right before you confirm the listing at the end, it gives you an option to list on ebay.com and ebay.ca for 25p or something like that.

Is this the same thing and should I just take that option? Or should I ignore this and simply list directly on ebay.com?

Thanks Andrew!

Regards,
Christian

Hi Christian,

Yes, this is exactly the same thing as if you had listed directly on ebay.com.

Unfortunately this feature is currently only available for eBay UK, USA & Canada so we can’t use it for European sites at the moment. (more…)