Most eBay sellers don't start out using an eBay store. The majority get their feet wet by running auctions. However, eventually a number of sellers determine that setting up a Store is in their best interest. How do you know when it's time to use an eBay store?
One of the first questions to ask is how serious are you about selling? If you want to dabble in eBay to make a little extra cash, then it's not recommended you set up a store. Conversely, if you're serious about a long term relationship making profits from reselling goods on eBay, it may be time to consider opening a store.
Opening and maintaining an eBay store is not for the faint at heart. It takes a good deal of devotion and commitment to develop a professional store. You should be willing to invest financial or human resources to create a professional looking storefront. The standard eBay template is fine for the beginner, however if you are going to realize brand recognition, you will need your own identity.
The good news is that a majority of eBay Store sellers state that opening an eBay Store increased their sales. Consider an outlet, strip or shopping mall; eBay Stores are eBay's online shopping mall. Buyers have the opportunity to shop in individual stores just as you do on any retail brick and mortar or website.
Have you ever walked into a garage sale or even a retail establishment to find very little product for sale? Odds are you didn't stay long and likely walked out without making a purchase. If you're going to open an eBay store, you need to have goods to keep the “shelves” stocked.
Many eBay sellers use wholesale suppliers to keep their store stocked with inventory. Additionally some direct sales consultant agreements allow for eBay sales. Basically you need to have a consistent supplier in order to create a successful store.
If you find yourself saying that you enjoy listing auctions on eBay but that you'd really like to step it up a notch, then it's time to consider opening a store. Store ownership requires ongoing, consistent attention. Are you ready? Visit http://pages.ebay.com/storefronts/seller-landing.html to get started.