I signed up eBay recently. Since then I have been thinking:
What sort of things is suitable to be sold online?
(That is, not just on eBay, but all e-commerce sites.)
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As seen on eBay...
I am perplexed as to why people buy dresses online. Don’t you want to try them before making payment?
Anyway, I think one category of thing we can sell online is the hard-to-find items. As a shutterbug, I naturally think of such specialty photographic gears such as tilt-shift lens and light meter. Past issues of magazines also fall into this category. I have plenty of National Geographic magazines, the oldest of which was published in 1930s. Somehow, I am reluctant to part way with my collection.
A second category of merchandise great for online trading are things people don’t feel easy to buy in brick-and-mortar stores. These include condoms, and the “nipple cream” I mentioned in another post.
Finally, if you can price your merchandise at lower price compared to in brick-and-mortar stores, you can sell them online. One advantage of online trading is that you don’t need to pay for the rental or installment of a physical store. The drawback, however, is that postage doesn’t come cheap.
Have you bought anything online? Tell us your story!