Small business forum: Will People Buy from My Website if eBay Has it Cheaper?

by: RoseMakh January 13, 2013 12:24 PM PST

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Will People Buy from My Website if eBay Has it Cheaper?

by RoseMakh - 1/13/13 12:24 PM

Hi everyone!

I'm opening an online fashion jewelry e-store soon, geared towards young folks ages 16 to 30. I want to source some of my inventory from eBay (they have some super-cute stuff there). The items would be coming from places like China and Hong Kong. I'd be buying each item for $0.99 to $5 and reselling them in my e-store for $10 to $12, plus shipping.

My questions are:

If my customers can just go to eBay and buy the exact same items for far less than what I'm charging, would it be a bad idea to source items from eBay?

Do most online shoppers in my target market check sites like eBay and Amazon for items that are available on more expensive sites? If so, can I overcome this with an agressive marketing campaign and a strong company identity?

Even if you don't have experience in the jewelry industry, I would really appreciate your help with this. Thank you!

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