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I bought this perfume from B&M bargains for £5, that was for the smaller 30ml bottle. Still, I do like a good bargain and for a Britney perfume I thought that was a brilliant price. Upon getting the perfume home I noticed that the bottle followed the usual "Fantasy" theme of being round and decorated with crystals. This particular bottle is what I would describe as sky blue and the crystals are coloured red. The perfume sprays well from the bottle and the bottle is actually really pretty. I actually think I prefer the bottle to the perfume!
What does it smell like?
This isn't my favourite Britney perfume but saying that it's not awful either. It's quite spicy and very different compared to her previous scents. The perfume does open up as quite spicy but there are some fruity notes in there too. The top notes of the perfume are sugar-coated raspberry and apricot blossom reminiscent of tempting candy...so it says. I would say it's still more of a spicy scent myself. I can't detect any candy and I have a pretty good sense of smell! The heart notes consist of blue peony, waterlily and addictive red sweetheart orchid.
Once the perfume has settled it still smells quite spicy but it turns into more of a floral scent. I'm smelling my neck now as I sprayed this perfume on me around four hours ago! After settling for even longer it turns into a more musky scent that's detectable but quite faint. It does need a top up after a few hours as it isn't as long lasting as some of Britney's other efforts.
Finally, the base notes of the scent consist of sweet vanilla wood, creamy musks and violet candy. I have also heard that it contains a hint of black pepper which I happen to believe is true as it most definitely smells spicy to me!
This is a nice enough perfume but it's not my favourite scent. I only sprayed it on my neck this morning as I happened to stumble across it. It's good value though. The 30ml bottle is on Amazon.co.uk for just £6.99.
A good effort from Britney but don't expect it to knock you off your feet!
OK, so, like many people, particularly of my generation, I'm pretty skint most of the time. So when I have a birthday or Christmas present to buy, I gather my meagre stack of Amazon gift card codes and head to Amazon marketplace.
It is a really good place to bag a bargain - just this morning I bought three necklaces for under £6 through Amazon marketplace sellers, including delivery. One of them was 80p. I'm not even kidding, and it's new.
But you have to be realistic. If you are spending under £1 on an item, including delivery, don't expect gold, silver, and diamonds - or for that matter designer goods. It will be base metal (perhaps gold or silver toned) with plastic. And there's nothing wrong with that for under a £1. Amazon marketplace is just that - a market. So if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.
That said, you can still get some awesome deals - particularly from smaller sellers who may do handmade goods at reasonable prices.
Payment is through Amazon, meaning the third party will only have your delivery details, not your payment details - which is reassuring. It also means you can use Amazon gift vouchers that you may have been given/earned on a survey or review site without necessarily blowing the whole balance on one item (depending on what you want to buy.)
You do have to watch a couple of other things - if the delivery cost makes it more expensive than it's worth, or than ordering it elsewhere, is it worth buying it? Is it used or new? If it's used how is the condition described? When is the delivery date? Some things come in from other countries, and so can take a few weeks to arrive, do you need it before then? Is there an image? What sort of condition would you expect for the price and would that be suitable for what you want it for?
If you keep your wits about you, and ask the right questions, there's no reason why shouldn't be able to make your money go further.
When Amazon was offering the best value out there, and the website growing because of, I had no real need for Amazon Marketplace. But now Amazon are top dogs they are charging high street prices and so time to look elsewhere for value. Amazon market is simply a resale area and not a biding site like Ebay and so great value to be had on new, nearly new and second hand items, many of them returns from the main Amazon site.
Today the first series of Prison Break arrived on my doorstep for the unbelievable price of 60p. Even with the £1.24 postage that’s very cheap. The box is worn and so I couldn’t pass it off as a Christmas Present but all the four discs are in tact. I wouldn’t be able to get that price even in a charity shop. Two weeks ago I ordered Season 3 of Entourage (part 1&2) and again both box sets less than a quid each. These were in good nick and clearly unsold newish stock. The TV series is defunct now and so they wanted to get rid. This means I can roll through all 8 series for next to nothing. The DVDs arrived within a week and packaged well.
It’s an online store so companies of all sizes can use the website to sell their stuff and so a place for sole traders. I’m not sure how those traders can make a profit selling DVDs at less than charity shop prices but who cares. The marketplace operates as a third party website and so consumers payment details never passed on to the seller, a big plus. Like most I’m extremely weary of rogue online traders and online fraud. There is the merchant seller surcharge charge option for professional bigger online sellers there and they pay slightly higher fees. In America they charge a sales tax but to only 23 states. Amazon are not very good at paying taxes. Obviously if you are in another country and order overseas the haulage cost shoots up.
Amazon and the marketplace are good with refunds and return policies and if agreed the refund in your account pretty quickly. If you want to keep online custom you have to refund unhappy customers. I bought a thermometer online last year and wasn’t able to return it as they do operate a dangerous liquids policy that doesn’t allow certain damaged goods to be sent back again, meaning the more unscrupulous sellers can send them out broken knowing your stuck with them and they have your cash.
The problem with Amazon marketplace apparently is, that it does not protect you from dishonest seller. Yes, there are some guarantees (A to Z) but they are pretty limited as I will explain further. Basically Amazon bears very little responsibility for their sellers wrong doings. And it seems even your dog can become an Amazon marketplace seller. I ordered a "stainless steel quality guaranteed potato ricer" from a company that is called Cookware company (35 Maple Avenue, Harrow). I wish I didn´t. The product was delivered extremely poorly packed but that wasn´t a huge problem as it looked alright / undamaged. I washed it in a dishwasher (according to the seller description it was dishwasher safe) and it got rusty immediately. I claimed refund and it was processed promptly. I had no reason to think that the seller was dishonest when he asked me to send the product back. I double checked that he would refund the return postage and he confirmed he would. I also took detailed pictures of the ricer and emailed them to the seller to prove my words as I thought he wouldn´t insist on the return after he has seen them. He did. Once again I had no reason to mistrust him at this point. However I warned him that I was an international customer and the postage would therefore be higher than the price of the product itself. He had no problems with that so I followed his instructions, packed it properly and posted it back. Once I emailed him the scan of the postage receipt, he started being funny sending messages like "good quality product, no need to send it back" or "the ricer is burnt, not rusty". When I challenged him to explain how you can burn stainless steel, he did not know. It would be funny if it wasn´t so annoying. He confirmed he received the ricer but claimed there was no defect on it. I have like 5 pictures that prove otherwise. Whenever I email him and ask him to refund the return postage, he pretends he doesn´t know what I´m talking about. I wish I have just binned the product after I got my refund. I would never do this mistake again. I contacted Amazon and their representatives confirmed that the seller should indeed refund the postage as he made this promise before I went to the post office but they also said that the problem is between myself and the seller which is funny because Amazon gets a commission from every placed order so it should be their business too. I am done with Amazon, their marketplace and I have cut my online shopping by 90 percent. It´s just not worth it. I can imagine to be emailing this company every day for the next month or so just to make them as miserable as they make their customers.
The Amazon Marketplace allows those of us who hoard, to clear out and sell our unwanted items - books, CD's, videos, DVD's etc. - through the Amazon website. I have been a marketplace seller on and off for about five years, and over that time, I think I've learnt a lot about the site, and indeed, selling online in general. Over the past 12 months, I've done it more seriously, though still selling unwanted 'junk'
**HOW IT WORKS**
The concept is simple; when you come across something you no longer need, you search for it on the Amazon site, then click on the 'Sell Your Item' link - you select the condition, where you are prepared to post it, and how much you want to sell it for, then your listing goes live. When a buyer purchases one of your listed items, Amazon send you an e-mail which provides all the necessary information to dispatch the item.
You have to be very careful listing items to sell - buyers expect the exact copy or edition of the item you're listing, so beware. For books, I always list by ISBN number, then there is absolutely no question about whether or not it's the right item. Equally, as a seller, you also have to be honest about the condition - buyers don't necessarily want perfect items, especially if it's a rare one - nevertheless, they do want their purchase to arrive in the exact same condition it was described in. Amazon allow you to rank your items as 'New', 'Like New', 'Very Good', 'Good' and 'Acceptable' - there is then space to add comments such as 'Small tear to cover' or 'Minor scratches on case' etc.
When selecting a price for your item, you have to take a number of things into consideration. Firstly, what price are Amazon selling it at (if they are selling it at all) and what price are other marketplace sellers selling it at. If Amazon is selling it, you also have to take into account the fact that for many items, postage is free, unlike marketplace items. Secondly, you have to calculate how much profit you'll make after Amazon have taken off their fees, and you've paid the postage. This can be a bit complicated to start with, but I've now devised a very simple spreadsheet to keep tabs on this. A set of postage scales is essential so that you can pre-calculate the postage cost before you list. I'm sure everyone wants to make a profit on anything sold! Amazon charge to buyers a postage and packing fee, and part of this is passed on to the seller - sometimes it won't cover the total postage cost, so you have to factor this in to your listing price.
You can select to post items just within the UK, within the UK and Europe, or worldwide; bear in mind that the further you post, the more it costs, so again, factor this in to your listing price.
When an item is sold, Amazon e-mail you with the buyer's address and you then have two working days in which to dispatch the item. I try to send things the same or next day, and save money by posting Second Class. Buyers have never complained about this, as in most cases, they're still getting their purchases within two days. Of course, you'll need to factor the cost of envelopes etc. into your listing price. When you post, make sure that your parcel includes a return address, and make sure you get a proof of posting. I have had items returned to me because buyers have not given a correct address, and occasionally items go missing, in which case you need the proof of posting to claim back from the Royal Mail.
Once items have been listed, you have to remember that other buyers and indeed, Amazon, may lower their prices - always aim to keep your item the lowest priced, but make sure you'll still make a profit on it. I now try to look through my listings every couple of days to ensure prices are kept competitive. Sometimes, items get to the stage where if you lower the price anymore, you'll make a loss. On these occasions, you have two choices: sometimes, if the item is popular or rare, I leave it as it is, but sometimes, I simply remove the listing and send it to the charity shop.
There is no rhyme or reason to what sells on Amazon. In terms of books, the only consistent area where sales remain regular is religious themes. I find that CD's go less well these days as it's so cheap to buy them new. Apart from that, you just don't know unless you try - you'd be surprised what sells, and at what price! I bought a religious book for £6 about four years ago, and as in the end the print run turned out to be short, it sold on the Amazon Marketplace for £60, so there is money to be made.
**DOES IT MAKE ANY MONEY**
Yes, and no. I find it goes through phases - some weeks I sell nothing, and others, I'm selling two or three books a day. Since about October 2009, I've sold about 120 books and CD's, and made about £1,000 profit, so a pretty good return. It sounds complicated, but once you get going, like anything else, you get into routines.
If you've got unwanted books to sell, give it a try; it's much better than eBay.
Update 27/09/10 **SELLING CDs**
I have in the past sold unwanted CD's on the Amazon Marketplace, but this now seems to have become a bit of dead end, unless the CD discs and cases are in MINT condition. With the advent of downloading and with Amazon offering brand new CD's at such low prices, there appears little or no market for the Marketplace sellers in this arena anymore. I would say this is an area I'll probably not waste any effort on in the future.
I have been a home user of the Internet for about 10 years now and in that time I have seen Online Shopping become an astonishingly huge business, with many more people working longer hours and enjoying the convenience and choice which comes with shopping online. Amazon has become one of the Internet's biggest success stories and one of the key sections of their website is the subject for this review, It's Amazon Marketplace of course. Which is something that I use quite regularly when I am on the amazon site.
So what is Amazon Marketplace exactly? Well everyone has heard of Ebay and basically this part of the website is Amazon's ebay which allows users to sell their unwanted items online as well as some people who trade as a online company. This section of the site gives users a huge database of sellers who also have a wide range of items for sale from Music and Movies to anything for the house and garden as well as much much more. Marketplace is a section which I use regularly and I find to be a very strong part of the site.
It is quite easy to setup an account and start trading with other members of the site. All you need to do to put the items up onto the site is list them and put a price and fill in the details about post and packaging which you will need to account for. When you are a seller you will get your own site which will be your shop with your items listed and when someone is looking for an item which is listed in your store then when they view the item page they will see your link with information about the status of the item whether it's new or used and what condition it is in.
If you are not interested in selling your collection online then you can of course just buy from the Amazon marketplace. When you purchase an item from a seller on Marketplace you are able to write a short message to recommend the seller if they have been an excellent seller or whether you had a problem with an item you can warn other users about the particular seller. I have not had any real problems with sellers on amazon marketplace and I have used several sellers more than once and a couple of sellers around ten times.
With any site there are of course the Advantages and Disadvantages but I am pleased to report that the Advantages far outweigh any disadvantages on the site. I find that the main advantage of the Amazon Marketplace is that you can find a lot of rare music which would cost a lot more if it was sold on the main section of amazon. I have found so many great bargains for both CD's and DVD's on Marketplace and with the rating system you can really get to know good sellers due to several trouble free transactions with them and of course their very high ratings.
I suppose the main disadvantages of shopping online in the Marketplace are that you could get some cowboy sellers but as I mentioned I have not experienced this yet on Amazon Marketplace. The main disadvantage with Amazon Marketplace however is clearly the postage and packing which you need to account for when comparing it to the Amazon item so it's worth checking the prices because when you see new or used in the Amazon Marketplace it does not account for the postage and packing and this could mean that the same item is sold for a cheaper amount from Amazon direct.
I am a very satisfied user of Amazon Marketplace and have found many albums for much less than I would have without it. This is a great way of adding to your music collection and buying excellent products from like minded sellers. The feedback system is simple and gives other users a great example of how your transactions with the sellers have been handled. I will go on using Amazon Marketplace for as long as it continues to offer sellers who are all about the service and the quality.
There are a lot of people who actually don't understand what Amazon Marketplace is all about, and actually think that what they are buying is off Amazon. As a Marketplace trader for a few years I hope I can put the record straight.
Amazon have a huge catalogue of books/toys/dvd's and many other products. I would guess that their catalogue must run into tens of thousands of items. These are basically 'on tap' and ready to send straight away. Their prices are usually extremely competitive.
However there are times when Amazon run out of stock or don't stock a particular item. This is were the Marketplace comes into its own, as individual shops/traders can sell their own items. These can be in either new or used condition, and it is extremely easy to list. It is also free to list, although a small commission is charged at the end.
Marketplace traders can of course also sell items, even if Amazon have the items in stock. However as Amazon are very competitive and also offer free delivery, it is very difficult to beat them on price.
I have been very fortunate to find books that have been out of print, and buy other items which were extremely difficult to locate locally. The service I have always received has been excellent.
Like ebay, the buyer also has the opportunity to leave feedback and ratings This is ideal to see what kind of company you are dealing with. If the ratings slip too far, Amazon close the account. This leaves the customer with the confidence that they will receive the items ordered.
When a buyer purchases an item from Amazon, they are charged a delivery fee, and the items are obviously dispatched from a different location. This leaves a problem, if you buy multiple items from, multiple sellers, as you end up paying a lot of money on delivery.
If you are not happy with an item you have bought, you can return the item, under the distance selling regulations. This gives the buyer the assurance, that if they are not happy with quality or colour, or in the case of clothes - maybe the size, it can be returned.
So Amazon Marketplace may be for you. You could be a buyer. You could be a seller. You could list hundreds of books at no cost at all. A great little service offered by Amazon, and highly recommended.
Copyright stebiz 2010 - also on ciao.co.uk
I'm a bit of a hoarder but living in a small flat there comes a time when you need to have a good clear out. I used to sell a lot of unwanted items on ebay.co.uk but my recent selling sprees have left me disappointed with goods no longer seeming to command the prices they would have reached a couple of years ago and high seller and PayPal fees taking a large chunk of your earnings too. I started selling my books, DVDs, CDs and DS games on Amazon marketplace several months ago and have found that it has mostly been a positive experience.
Amazon marketplace is part of the amazon.co.uk site which allows private sellers and businesses to advertise their goods for sale on the same page that Amazon sells the goods. When you click on an item for sale on Amazon and it says "X used and new available from £ " then you know that these goods are being sold by a private seller.
It is simple to set up a seller account, you do need a home telephone number which an automated number will call giving you a code to type into the website to reduce fraud and to give your bank account details so that Amazon can transfer your money directly to you but the whole process only takes a few minutes.
There are two levels of seller accounts, the basic account which I have which has no monthly subscription or a pro seller account recommended for those who sell more than 35 items per month which costs £28.75 a month. Amazon also charges a fee for each item that you sell at a rate of 17.25% of the items selling price and also levies a charge on the postage fees it charges the seller of between 16p for a DVD and a charge per KG of weight of large household items. Vat at the rate of 15% is also charged on top of these fees, for some reason they charge Luxembourg rates of VAT I'm guessing that Amazon marketplace is registered there for tax purposes.
I will attempt to put these fees into some kind of context, a book I am currently selling for £1.76 with a fixed postal charge of £2.75 will attract a total of £1.44 in fees leaving me a total of £2.86 which will leave me a small profit after I have posted the item. A camera which I am selling for £18.50 will attract a total of £3.01 in fees which with the postage charge will give me £19.05 into my bank account. Postage is charged at a fixed rate per item, the £2.75 no matter how heavy the book. I ended up posting a cookbook the other day weighing over a KG which cost me £4.50 but a small light paperback may cost just £1 to post.
I have often seen items for sale for 1p on the marketplace, these are the very popular items such as bestselling books and DVDs. One of these DVDs is March Of The Penguins and just out of interest I inputted one for sale and it said I would receive only 23p if I sold it which would not cover my costs. It seems that it must only be pro-sellers that sell these items making a very slim profit on them and their fees spread over volume sales.
It is easy to upload your items, just go onto the page of the item you want to sell and click that you want to sell one and you will be taken to a page where you input details on condition and price and choose to ship either domestically or worldwide. There is a page where you can view your current inventory and it also tells you if you are the seller offering the item for the lowest price. The marketplace has thousands of sellers all trying to get rid of stuff and you will often find that another seller will come and undercut you a few days after you have listed your item. It is up to you whether to then drop your price or hold out and hope for a sale anyway. The positive aspect of selling on the marketplace is that you do not have to take photos of your item and upload them like you do on eBay making the whole process a lot quicker and easier.
When a sale comes through you are alerted by email and then log onto Amazon to find out the details, the seller is charged when you ship the item and you alert the seller to this fact by using a drop down menu on the site. I keep my costs down by either bulk buying plastic postal bags in from Ebay where they cost roughly 5p per unit. I also buy rolls of brown paper from Poundland which will wrap around 20 books which I will then secure with heavy duty postal tape which costs less than a penny per package. I always use new packaging materials when selling on Amazon as I think it looks more professional.
I have had mixed experiences when it comes to selling items. I have found that DVDs always sell really quickly, often within an hour of being listed. Out of print books and textbooks also sell well but tend to sell more slowly but often command a really good price. I have listed several CDs, some of them special limited editions I bought from Ebay when I was in a music collecting phase when I was younger and some more mainstream but not a single one has sold. DS games also sell really well but the market here is saturated and I have seen popular titles such as Brain Training go for as little as £4. Unusual books or books still in the charts always sell well but the price for popular items will always fall really quickly and the likes of a Jodi Picoult book will be selling for 1p a few weeks after release.
The downside to listing things on the marketplace as opposed to Ebay is that you have no idea when an item will sell meaning you need to log onto your email daily to make sure you do not miss any sales. This is fine for me as I have a post office round the corner so no problem making frequent trips there but for somebody who does not have a post office so close this could be a problem.
The money has always been transferred into my bank account with no problems, you can also request a payment of any amount if you have money in your account before the automatic payment is due. I would like to see the option of converting your balance into Amazon vouchers since I am dealing with small amounts of cash which tends to just disappear into my account and get swallowed by normal living expenses.
I have also bought many items on the marketplace, often you will find that other businesses such as M&M direct, CDwow or others are selling here and using Amazon as a platform to reach huge audiences. I have never had a problem with an item I have bought but I am reassured that if I did you return the item to the seller at your expense for a no quibble guarantee which is backed by Amazon for security. I have never bought a big ticket item for the marketplace because I have found Amazons own returns service to be excellent and would rather pay more for that peace of mind but savvy shoppers can pick up a bargain. Sellers have a rating next to their name where they have been rated on speed and quality of goods by other buyers so you can avoid any sellers with low feedback.
You can contact Amazon for support on your marketplace transactions and there is also the auctions board of moneysavingexpert.com where sellers congregate and give advice to each other and is a good place to get advice.
Selling on Amazon is a hassle free experience and you know that by listing your goods for sale here you will reach a huge audience and have a high chance of a sale. You will pay quite a significant chuck of money in fees to use the services provided by Amazon but it is still a good way to declutter and make a little bit of cash at the same time.
For the most part the marketplace is a great was as a buyer to pick up new or used products at a much cheaper price. I've bought many books/CDs/DVDs from the marketplace and have been very happy with the service. What the marketplace does is make Amazon.co.uk a portal to buy both things that amazon.co.uk sell but get them cheaper from other providers.
How does it work?
Just like any other amazon.co.uk purchase. You search for the product you want, add it to your shopping basket like any other item and check out as you would normally. Amazon.co.uk take the payment and only release it once the seller confirms the item has been dispatched.
How do you know what you're buying is from the marketplace?
When you 'add to basket' using the buttons on the right of the amazon.co.uk store it tells you what seller you're buying from. If the item is sold by amazon.co.uk there's often a 'by new' or 'new & used' link underneath the price amazon is displaying. When you click this link you are taken to a page that compares a number of sellers and you can select whichever seller you prefer.
Amazon.co.uk offers a rating service (similar to ebay) whereby buyers can rate the seller - this feedback can help you decide whether to buy from a seller or not.
Generally my experience with Amazon Marketplace has been good, i've bought many things from marketplace sellers which have arrived exactly as described and in good time. I have had one negative experience where, despite good ratings, i had to contact the seller repeatedly to find out what was going on after weeks of no communication. Whilst Amazon do specify that sellers should communicate with buyers this is not always the case as i have found out - once you have bought the item your dealings with Amazon.co.uk cease and you have to contact the seller directly. That said there is a safeguard, as i mentioned earlier Amazon.co.uk do not charge your payment card until the item is dispatch - in this instance i was able to get the transaction cancelled and my card wasnt charged. Amazon also guarantee all transactions and have a dispute resolution centre if needed. For me it feels safer than other sites like ebay.
Cheaper products; wider choice of products; amazon.co.uk handle all payments; Amazon resolution centre
Things to watch out for:
Check feedback, choose your seller well; Marketplace purchases are not eligible for free super saver delivery.
Amazon marketplace is a good place to buy from alternative companies or individuals trying to sell their old stuff - alot like ebay in many ways. In my experience its a good addition to Amazon.co.uk but you do need to take a bit more care as its not Amazon you are buying from.
amazon marketplace is where any of us can tap into Amazon's brand image and sell our second hand items. This is free at the point of use if you sell items which Amazon is also selling but once sold you will have to pay commission to Amazon.
However, it is being taken over by people who sell items for a penny and make a profit on the postage which Amazon gives them from the customer. This makes it almost impossible to sell your own items for a decent price. In my opinion these people should be banned as it is simply killing competition and stopping the non professional 2nd hand dealer from having a look in to shed their old stuff.
As a buyer though you can get some really good almost brand new items for half price or less which can only be good. For uni i got all my books this way. Just sadly I cant sell them now due to the problems mentioned above. The only other thing is the postage you pay as a buyer does not cover the cost of postage for large or heavy items and this is of concern if you are a seller
To get on to the marketplace you have to have a sellers account on Amazon. This is not a difficult as it is just an adjustment to your existing account. Anything that Amazon sells you can sell via your account. It is very easy to use. The site is easy to read and the instructions are very easy to follow as it is self explanatory and even a technophobe like me can set something up to sell. I have only sold books and audio books on this site and to do this, use the ISBN number and it then brings up all the details so you don't have to enter them. Enter the condition of the item and your selling price. Amazon enters the carriage fee and confirm details and your items are on site. When something has been sold, an email is sent to your account and it is then up to you to dispatch the item, preferably within two working days confirming shipment and carriage details via the website. This is a really easy process to follow and buttons are in red that need to be clicked to complete the selling procedure. Once this has been done the money which has been taken from the buyer at completion of transaction is then put into your account. Amazon is great as there is no need to use Paypal, Amazon do take a higher percentage of money of the entire transaction than Ebay do however I think it does work out easier and sometimes more efficient than using Ebay as Amazon automatically send you the money direct to your account without a request from you or reaching a certain limit. Of course there are no fees for Paypal either. The transaction fees are listed on the site and are very easy to understand so you know exactly what profit you have made and how much in fees has been paid. If your item does not sell it stays on the site and no fees are taken until the item sells.
E-bays recent increase in fees to a whopping ten percent of sales has sent the sellers looking for alternatives and there are lots out there. Many of them are auction sites mimicking E-bay but without the reputation to attract a large number of buyers prices seem to stay low making them a bit of a gamble. Either you start your prices lower and hope people bid or you start them high and risk paying out a large chunk in unsold fees if that puts potential purchasers off.
The natural place for buyers to gravitate is Amazon. It's well established, it has a vast database of products and, like E-bay, you can purchase just about everything.
A spin off of the main Amazon site is Amazon Marketplace, essentially a giant bazaar where items are graded by quality, pictures are catalogue shots of the items rather than grainy photos taken by sellers on their mobile phones and where postage is clearly stated. These new and used items are listed alongside the new versions supplied direct from Amazon but with the added cost of postage whilst Amazon shop purchases are free over £5 those from the Amazon Marketplace are charged per item and aren't always realistically priced. As an example a paperback children's book with 10 pages attracts the same £2.75 postage fee as a 600 page novel.
As a seller there are no fees for listing and your item remains on the site indefinitely or until you choose to remove it. Should it sell the fees are clearly stated at the time you list the item as is the postage fee that the customer is charged however these fees may not be sufficient to cover the cost of posting so its worth bearing that in mind if you list an item at 0.01p to guarantee a sale as many users have ended up out of pocket thanks to Royal Mails complicated system of charging by size as well as weight. The maximum size permissible for a large letter is 25mm in width but, and this is the bit that's frustrating, that's not the overall dimension of the package but the size of the slot it should comfortably fit through. If on arrival at the Post Office your item is a bit snug you will be charged for sending a packet which can make all the difference between a healthy profit and a hefty loss.
Signing up an account is easy. Simply input your name, user name, address, credit card details and a phone number. A four digit code is then displayed on your PC screen and Amazon immediately contact you by phone to request this number thus verifying your account. After that you input your items ISDN number or barcode and the item is immediately displayed on screen. Add a brief description and click on the appropriate description of condition and then upload the information. It takes under a minute to add each item which is so much quicker than waiting for E-bays tediously laborious way of uploading photos which has on occasion taken over five minutes for a single picture.
When the item sells you receive an e-mail informing you of this with details of the recipients address. Payment is made by bank transfer into a bank account of your choice after Amazons fees have been deducted so you don't end up with a bill at the end of each month either.
As a buyer the items I've purchased have been exactly as described and have arrived promptly usually with an insert offering me a discount for a repeat purchase from the same seller.
Amazon is a well known on-line retailer and has successfully been selling books, DVD's, electronics and much more but it also boasts an excellent place for you to sell your own products. The Amazon Marketplace is quickly becoming the place to sell your old bits and bobs, and due to Ebays ever increasing fees it may soon overtake it in ratings.
Amazon is different to many of the other sites which allow you to sell your stuff on-line. Instead of creating your own product description and uploading pics, instead Amazon have a large catalogue of goods where you simply add your selling cost and your item is listed for sale. The only drawback to this is that you are only able to sell goods which are in the catalogue unless you pay the £25 premium membership fee which is only worth it if you are going to sell a lot of items. However, it must be said the catalogue is extensive and if you are selling books, DVD's or electronics you are sure to find it listed.
Like most other sites Amazon has a feedback option where buyers can leave feedback on the seller and if the seller wants they can respond to it. This is a great way of checking out anyone you are potentially going to buy from and is also a great way of letting your customers know that you are efficient and reliable.
Overall I would say the Amazon Marketplace is a lot easier to use than other sites like Ebay and Ebid and also has the added benefit of only charging fees once your item has sold! The Amazon community is growing more and more each day (especially with many becoming fed up with Ebays seemingly monopoly) and the sites traffic has been steadily increasing for years. I would recommend the Marketplace to both personal sellers looking to have a clear out as well as businesses looking for an extra revenue source.
Have fun making some ££££'s!
For detailed information on fees etc. check out Amazon's own selling guide here... http://tinyurl.com/Dooyoo-Amazon
Amazon marketplace is where you can sell items on the amazon website or buy items through sellers other than amazon- this can include individuals as well as businesses. I have used Amazon marketplace to both buy new and second hand items and to sell my own unwanted gifts or dvds which I may have only watched once.
Buying items through amazon marketplace is simple- you add an items to you basket and procedure to checkout and paying as you would normally. The main drawback to buying items this way is that you have to pay the seller postage and packaging, so even if the item is cheaper than what amazon is selling it for, you can end up paying more after delivery.
Selling items is also simple- if you search on the catalogue for the product you want to sell you will see a button on the right hand side saying sell yours here- click on this button, give some information on quality of the item you are selling and list at the price you choose. Amazon will email you when someone has bought your item so you can post it. Listing items this way is free to list however amazon will take a percentage of the cost you are listing it for. Amazon also charge set delivery fees on your behalf- if you want to create your own delivery fees then you would need to register for their premium seller service which there is a charge for.
Once you have completed a selling transaction, payment usually takes a few days to reach your account.
In my opinion Amazon Marketplace is the best website to sell your goods on. Of course, unlike Ebay, Amazon doesn't have listings for every conceivable item but if like many people, you need to get rid of some old CDs, DVDs, books or electronics and you'd like some extra cash, Amazon is your best choice. You are only able to sell items which are already on their website unless you have a Premium account (which you have to pay for) but Amazon has such a large catalogue of items for sale that this is rarely a problem.
I will say that Amazon charge a larger commission on your sales than websites such as Play.com but this is offset by the fact that your items sell much faster on Amazon because of the amount of customers using it. Also, Amazon automatically charges a delivery price which means that you don't have to pay for sending any packages out of your profits.
I'd recommend reading the guide to Amazon Marketplace because once you have you'll know everything you need to start making money from your unwanted goods.
All in all, Amazon Marketplace makes selling easy, quick and profitable.