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EBay Tips on How Buyers Can Benefit This Holiday Season

EBay Tips on How Buyers Can Benefit This Holiday Season



In eBay's Holiday Selling Hub for sellers, buyers can read through the lines to get tips on how to benefit themselves this holiday season. Sellers are being prompted to offer great deals and selection, and other incentives. Here are a few ways you can benefit when doing your holiday shopping this season:

- Ask for a Better Price and Look for Markdowns.

EBay is encouraging sellers to create markdowns on prices and special promotions: "Research shows it's the items that include a promotional offer that tend to get the sale, so consider adding compelling offers to your listings via eBay Stores tools like Promotions Manager."  If you don't see a markdown, and the item has Best Offer, go ahead and make a fair offer.

- Free Shipping
Another thing eBay is pushing is free shipping. You should be able to find many items available with free shipping, though bear in mind sellers will often build that in to their base price.

- Expedited Shipping

Need it faster, especially as it gets close to Christmas? Go ahead and ask the seller if they offer expedited shipping. Depending on the item and its weight, you may be able to get it for little extra cost.

- Shop Early

Worried those holiday items won't be listed yet? EBay is pushing sellers to get all that holiday merchandise up now. Here are some interesting stats:

- 20% of U.S. internet users started their holiday shopping during the summer
- 40% of consumers planned to shop on Thanksgiving Day
So go ahead and buy those Christmas ornament gifts early and check those off your shopping list!

- Selection

EBay is also encouraging sellers to offer a wide selection. Don't see something in the color you want, or style? Try asking the seller if they can offer it...some sellers do custom orders. (Custom orders are also something Etsy is known for, so consider looking at that site for some unique gift ideas).

- Gift Wrap

Many sellers are willing to gift wrap an item. Don't see the option on the listing? You can still ask the seller if they are willing to gift wrap or a least include a special little bag or box for the item, such as jewelry.

So be sure and leverage all that sellers are being encouraged to offer this season.


A Look at Amazon Handmade Vs. Etsy

A Look at Amazon Handmade Vs. Etsy



It's been a little while since Amazon launched its handmade section, so I thought it would be interesting to take a look at how far its come along, and compare it to Etsy, the latter which of course has had a huge lead.

To be considered for Amazon's handmade area, you need to receive an invitation. But, you can also request an invitation from their Handmade at Amazon page.

When I looked at the Handmade at Amazon shopping area, I got 215 results. Many of these are artisan jewelry items. There are also some whimsical "Mistaken Lyrics Coasters" and an attractive porcelain red flower mug, along with a matching red flower design bowl.  These cost $38.00 and $36.00, respectively.

In general, prices in the Handmade category are going to skew higher than those in Amazon's regular category; this is to be expected for handmade, quality items. The same can be said of Etsy, where prices tend to be higher for items than those on eBay.

Right now on Amazon Handmade, I saw:

- 145 Jewelry Items

- 70 Home & Kitchen Items

and

- 8 Handbags and Accessories.

(Right now on Etsy alone, there are some 8,339,000 jewelry items).

Jewelry items on Amazon Handmade include funky necklaces such as a cat sculpture pendant and some Chevron-designed disc pendants; there are also several "Druzy," raw gemstone-encrusted looking pieces.

While there are of course tons more items on Etsy, a big reason Etsy sellers may want to look at applying for an invitation is for more customers, and specifically the draw of the "two-day shipping" Prime offers.

If you are a seller of handmade items, check out the invitation request on Amazon. If you are a buyer, don't neglect looking at Amazon handmade as an up-and-coming place to buy unique handmade gifts.

In a subsequent post, we will take a look at the eBay handmade offerings.

What do you think of handmade items on Amazon, and would you buy any of them? Do you look for handmade items when shopping for gifts or yourself? Post a comment here!