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Amazon sellers who also sell elsewhere
« on: August 06, 2008, 08:28:57 AM »
If you sell on Amazon and other places, how are your sales trends on sites comparing?

I ask because I checked with another seller and both our Amazon sales have been in the crapper for the last month (picked up Aug 1 for me), and I'm wondering if this is something specifically wrong with Amazon, or if it's happening all over the Internet.


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Re: Amazon sellers who also sell elsewhere
« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2008, 09:11:38 AM »
My sales with Amazon stopped.

I can tell you the day it happened.

It's like Amazon pulled the switch on the server I'm on.

I was selling consistently with Amazon and my sales with eBay weren't doing well.

Then my sales with Amazon came to a dead stop and my eBay sped right up.

As of last week, I'm in the lazy days of eBay summer spending. I've come to expect this after selling on eBay for 10 years. This has traditionally been the slowest time for me on eBay, and I was expecting it.

This is my first summer with Amazon, so I didn't/don't know what to expect.

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Re: Amazon sellers who also sell elsewhere
« Reply #2 on: August 06, 2008, 10:25:06 AM »
Thanks, Donna, for explaining why my eBay sales have slowed. I did great in July which was very surprising but the last 10 days has been slow. And, the final auction are not as good as they have been. I really wanted to make as many sales as I could before going back to work.

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Re: Amazon sellers who also sell elsewhere
« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2008, 10:32:36 AM »
My Amazon sales were almost nonexistent for a few weeks in July, then Aug 2 they picked back up. I don't have a ton listed plus stuff comes and goes, but it was strange to have NOTHING then have great (for me) sales volume for a few days.

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Re: Amazon sellers who also sell elsewhere
« Reply #4 on: August 06, 2008, 10:49:25 AM »
Thanx for the input.

I'd like to hear as many more datapoints as possible, but this sounds to me like there's an internal problem at Amazon.  Either people aren't getting thru, searches aren't working, they're not being allowed to check out, or something.

When my sales drop 75% and I can't see where it's anything I did, I start to wonder.  When I don't have any sales for a week, Amazon announces that they're having some sort of problem with orders, then suddenly I get six orders in a day, that makes me think even more that it's an ongoing Amazon problem.

All the more reason you shouldn't put all your eggs in one basket.
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Re: Amazon sellers who also sell elsewhere
« Reply #5 on: August 06, 2008, 10:53:09 AM »
Our sales on Amazon were down in July, but only by about 5%.       

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Re: Amazon sellers who also sell elsewhere
« Reply #6 on: August 06, 2008, 11:24:37 AM »
I was looking for your input especially.  How about other venues?
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Re: Amazon sellers who also sell elsewhere
« Reply #7 on: August 06, 2008, 11:29:51 AM »
FWIW, sales at the shows have also plummeted.

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Re: Amazon sellers who also sell elsewhere
« Reply #8 on: August 06, 2008, 11:34:52 AM »
While hardly good news, that's good information.  Keep the observations coming.
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Re: Amazon sellers who also sell elsewhere
« Reply #9 on: August 06, 2008, 11:51:54 AM »
When I don't have any sales for a week
A week?

Try multiplying that by now three plus weeks on Amazon. 

I can't play in the big boy featured merchant sandbox on Amazon, however even as a small player I was steadily making book sales.

Once the Kindle sales skyrocketed, my book sales took a dive and eventually came to a standstill.

When they just stopped dead in their tracks...that's when I knew something was up with Amazon and me, the little player in featured merchants.

Perhaps it isn't just me...it's across the board so to speak.

modified to add: My website is getting hits, lots of hits, yet I'm not receiving near the sales that I used to. Of course, I had an eBay business that fed buyers to my website, too. Now that I no longer have Suthrnjewl's Recipes on eBay...I don't have the constant website business.


 
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Re: Amazon sellers who also sell elsewhere
« Reply #10 on: August 06, 2008, 12:47:48 PM »
I am not an Amazon seller, but I have not had a single sale this month, were last month, between all my venues, I had several sales each week.

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Re: Amazon sellers who also sell elsewhere
« Reply #11 on: August 06, 2008, 03:07:04 PM »
I only sell on my own website but I did notice that the  beginning of July started out with a bang and the end really fizzled. August has almost come to a standstill.

Time to jack up the prices and have a sale. :0240
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Re: Amazon sellers who also sell elsewhere
« Reply #12 on: August 06, 2008, 10:59:20 PM »
I don't sell on Amazon, but my ebay and ecrater daily sales increased 50% over July daily sales, starting August 1st.  I don't sell Back to School, so have no experience with peaks and valleys based on same.

July was pretty much a wash for both sites - and I have my own website just directing to above until October 1st.

I have customers emailing me for specific items already, which usually doesn't happen until weather cools and they start thinking about the holiday season.  Have no idea what has sparked their early buying enthusiasm.

I'm not complaining, however.




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Re: Amazon sellers who also sell elsewhere
« Reply #13 on: August 07, 2008, 12:13:00 AM »
Seeing the holiday barbie dolls at Mall-Wart...
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Re: Amazon sellers who also sell elsewhere
« Reply #14 on: August 07, 2008, 08:57:20 AM »
Haven't had anything listed there in awhile but did sell the TiVo posted there last night and for more then the guy on Craigslist was willing to pay :up

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Re: Amazon sellers who also sell elsewhere
« Reply #15 on: August 07, 2008, 09:21:19 AM »
I awoke to an Amazon sale....finally.

I had sales on eBay and one on eCrater.

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Re: Amazon sellers who also sell elsewhere
« Reply #16 on: August 07, 2008, 11:51:16 AM »
I had my first sale of a custom design from my website yesterday...hooray! Hopefully, the first of a lot more to come.....

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Re: Amazon sellers who also sell elsewhere
« Reply #17 on: August 07, 2008, 12:39:19 PM »
 :D! Congrats! Hope your site brings you many more sales!

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Re: Amazon sellers who also sell elsewhere
« Reply #18 on: August 07, 2008, 05:02:26 PM »
My one ebay id did great during the 25¢ listing sale.  Now that those have all ended it's much much slower BUT that's because I have ALOT less listed.
Sold 52 items so far in August on ebay and 210 in July - all during the 25¢ listing fee deal.

My BISI store has been selling a couple items a day.  Even had a few ecrater sales happening.  Considered I haven't advertised since May I can't complain.

End of July my Mens Store was hoppin!  Been dead since.  Which is ok since I am 1000 miles away and have to get someone else to ship things out.  Dropshipped items are great when I am out of town!  lol




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Re: Amazon sellers who also sell elsewhere
« Reply #19 on: August 07, 2008, 09:37:33 PM »
Like Donna mentioned, the featured sellers make a big difference in the Amazon climate. I have an item I have a quantity of and was selling steadily...until a featured seller listed it below my price and a few others matched it. Then I got multiple orders for it in a short time period and looked...the lowest featured price had nearly doubled and mine was a deal compared to other listings. I quickly raised my price and sold one more for more money. A couple of days later, there are a few featured sellers with it listed low again. I hate it when that happens. Everyone could be selling these for more if they'd just keep their prices up closer to retail, especially since featureds can sell for more than marketplace. (It's something I bought a lot of on clearance.)

Today I sold an Amazon item I've had listed for months. Finally! Let the trend continue!

  

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