So you’ve got a lot of stuff you want to let go. Or maybe you’ve got a knack for selling stuff, buying more stuff and then selling them again. Before, the world of buy-and-sell needed an actual space to sell the things you buy, but in this modern age, the internet is slowly replacing the physical store with a more cost-effective, cyber option.
If you’ve got internet business idea that will work well with your lifestyle design, then go for it! Here are some simple tips to help you get started in managing your own online buy-and-sell business.
Quality and Honesty
The thing about the buy-and-sell world is that it is heavily based on quality. Selling a pre-owned and pre-loved item means that it has gone through some considerable handling – and thus, may have damages, whether physical, mechanical, or if it’s a gadget or something, software-wise.
Make sure that before you buy or sell an item, you inspect it thoroughly. Never buy something that feels dubious, and subsequently, never sell anything that feels dubious (especially if you actually know that something is wrong with the product.) Nobody likes the feeling of being cheated into a purchase, so always ensure the quality of your products and be transparent and honest about it. Does the product have some surface scratches? Does it have a wonky screw or lever? Have it fixed, and mention it. Don’t say an item is brand new, even if it looks like that after being serviced. Being completely honest with your products is a big plus in the world of internet business – it’s tempting to just flat out omit certain unflattering details about a product to make it more attractive for purchase over the internet, but doing so will just harm your reputation, especially if your customer decides to post negative feedback on your stuff. Plus, that’s just really mean.
Pictures Don’t Lie (Or Do They?)
Unfortunately, in this age of Photoshop, it’s easy to rub out scuffs and cracks on your product. Never, ever, ever do that, unless you want your online business ideas to become an internet business memory. You can get sued, and as mentioned, it’s just really evil.
The great thing here is, it’s easier to take a good picture nowadays, too. Grab a decent camera and take photos of your products in good, even lighting and in front of a clear background (if it’s small enough). Don’t just take one picture – take shots from different angles and show the product’s different facets and features. If you can, take a sample video of your product in motion. These pictures and videos make your items more sellable, and your shop more credible.
One of the totally attractive aspects of online buy-and-sell products is the fact that you can haggle prices and negotiate with buyers and sellers. Don’t think of negotiation as a bad place to be in – think of it as a fantastic opportunity to build relationships with people in your market. Keep a friendly attitude and talk about the pricing and benefits; why it can’t go beyond a certain price, why it should cost a certain amount.
Negotiating with clients will also be a great opportunity for you to up-sell (or buy more products for a haggled price). Throw in another product to balance things out, or to make the item more attractive. It’ll have your inventory moving in no time.
Becoming an online entrepreneur is easy. All you need is a little honesty and a bright idea, and you’re well on your way to becoming your own boss, in the comfort of your own home, and with the largest and most powerful marketplace on your side – the internet.