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I'm a WebStore seller. I registered several years ago, but only began listing in mid 2014. Now, about 6 months later, I have 1465 listings and have had 118 sales. They've been helpful when needed and they offer the features that most sellers have come to expect.
Selling is slower than on eBay, but if you list regularly, have reasonable prices & shipping fees, and treat the customers well, success will be yours. As with all business, the keys to succeed are having a viable plan, determination, a positive attitude, and then work at it regularly.
((HInt: View those who are already doing well, see how they do it, then modify their plan by expressing it in your own words.))
I just opened my account on webstore in late July. I had my first two sales in early October. This website is more primitive then eBay and you can only have up to four pictures. But you can easily host pictures on a photo hosting site like imgur.com and have them embedded in the description.
Other issue is that nobody really knows about this website so YOU have to drive your own traffic. I also sell on eBay but I send out business cards to attract buyers. This website is perfect as a secondary sales channel for repeat customers as there are no sellers fees and the buyers can use guest checkout if you setup you account to accept them. If you sell you items on ebay and at the same time sell more of them on webstore for 10% or whatever less (since you save 10% on not having seller fees) you will get repeat buyers that want to buy more. YOU just have to advertise with every item you sell.
Tip for consumers: There is a $10 account verification fee on this website but it is completely optional. What it is, you pay the fee & webstore.com mails you a letter with a code to the address you entered on your account. On the letter is a code that will allow you to verify your address allowing you to remove the initial seller restrictions of 10 items or so at a time.Ask Annoyed about Webstore
Webstore is OK takes a little while before you can get your items sold.
EBAY has been involed with crimes online, and it is on record, also ebay has lost multiple lawsuits ! !Now ebayi is spending money fake reviews against webstore, because they fear no fees, and they met their match, ebay is trying to quickly block new members from joining webstore with false acusations, all the things they are saying, are the things ebay themselves are responsible for, these bastards need to lose all business, please make you're own decision, watch this youtube video to understand ebay: Ebay The World's biggest online Crime Ring : By Bugsy Cline
Perfect site, No fee, auto relist, more than perfect
A previous post by an administrator of the site claimed they had 300,000 active members. Whatever it meant by "active members" is unknown, buts it not showing up on the site as a quick addition of the total number of items available for sale was just over 615,000. I recall seeing some of the same exact stuff 1-2 years ago and its still unsold, but of course this would not represent the total number of items unsold as many of those have been removed from the site. How have quit the site?
I hate ebay, but at least they regularly have over 200 million items. I hate ebay's final value fees and paypal's fee which typically work out to a total of 12.9% of the item price and shipping + a $.30 transaction fee, but I list items in auctions that need an actual audience. There is no traffic on this site to generate bids, especially for higher ticket items. Its an utter waste of time. If I need to list fixed price items why would I bother going out of my way to list on this site as it is highly inconvenient.
I can't indicate the type of payment I want to use on the listing form and am told I can't because I could be a potential criminal.
There bulk listing tool consisting of a text file is years behind the norm. Check out a tool like say GarageSale whereas I can construct thousands of html listings with a graphical user interface and embed images in the listings - uploading these to eBay whenever I want.
Exactly how do you print labels from this site? With eBay I click a button to print a label, edit the shipping weight and service if needed, and save the label as a pdf file and then print them out in bulk. If I have to go to the USPS web site and manually insert all this information or to the post office I would not even bother to sell the items in the first place as time is money.
Exactly how do I get a shipping label discount with this site? I hate ebay and paypal, but I end up getting a 37% discount with some shipping services over higher counter prices.
The staff of this site does not get it. Online sales is all about the time it takes to make the sale as time is money. It makes little difference that this site is free because it costs much much more in lost time. With 15 years of experience listing items is pretty much a assembly line; however, this site in its current form is a broken cog that slows down the machinery.
After registering on this site I've already had an identity theft issue with one of the advertising affiliates that pop up on their site(Car Loans)somebody filled out an online application in my name,address and phone number for a car loan.I've never had problems with identity theft and know the webstore is somehow connected.BEWARE OF THIS SITE!!!
Free to buy and sell; easy to use , alot like ebay posting.
Try it you will like webstore.com
Great Seller support--no fees--buyer appreciated and needs to be advertised more. I have sold and shopped here and I also do other auction that have fees to buyer and seller. Webstore is the least known but the best .
1 Questions & Answers
There is no seller protection for any of the payment options they offer on their site.
PayPal - If you use PayPal buyer theft is as easy as eating a piece of pie. As a buyer just contact PayPal or the credit card you use and say anything. Claim the seller sent you box of rocks or anything else you want. You need not provide any actual proof. This results in the seller loosing the item, the shipping, and the funds.
Check - Bad checks are routinely written. Even a good check can be cancelled by the buyer. In this scam the buyer sends the seller a good check, but after getting his goods the buyer calls his bank and says to cancel the check. Sure, the buyer may be accessed a cancelled check fee by his bank, but the buyer will be glad to pay this fee for high ticket items (i.e. pay the bank a $35 fee for $300 of goods). The seller will also likely be accessed a fee by their bank for the returned check in addition to being out the item and shipping costs.
Assuming you have a good check the seller then needs to wait for it to arrive, deposit it in the bank, then wait it for it to clear (assuming of course the buyer is not going to later cancel it). How is that worth the seller's time?
Money Orders - There is no security for money orders written through private firms such as convenient stores - its a secure as the paper its written on. These are routinely stolen and faked which like a bad check could result in the seller paying returned check fees.
Postal money orders are also NOT SECURE. They are routinely stolen and USPS continually publishes a list of known stolen money orders on their site. They are also faked. USPS has the legal write to demand a return of the money order funds for up to 2 years after the money order is written (so yes, 2 years after the seller was supposedly paid they can suddenly find their bank canceling the money order deposit and likely accessing a fee for the cancelled deposit).
Credit Card - This requires your own expensive merchant account. This is just as insecure as PayPal for sellers as buyer theft is so easy any child could do it.
Bank Transfers -
So what is the only way a seller can be paid securely? That method is by a direct bank transfer whereas cash from the buyer's bank account is transferred to the seller's bank account. This is the preferred method by many people in Europe as it helps the buyer to avoid high transaction fees often accessed on various forms of payment. It also beats the old way of avoiding high banking fees - European customers sending U.S. cash in the mail to U.S. based sellers.
Yet webstore.com refuses to add this popular form of payment to their selling form or at least add "Other - See Description" as a payment option. So sellers wanting to indicate that they accept ach payments must choose one of the payment methods they do not use on the listing form (because one must be chosen) and then explain in their listings that they do not actually accept that form of payment, but were forced to choose that method because webstore refuses to add ach or a generic choice of "other" to their listing form.
Webstore's reply to these requests has always been that they can't do this because it insecure for the buyer. Why on earth would I bring my 15 years of online sales experience and my customer base to a site that treats sellers like criminals? If I want to be treated like a criminal I';; stick with eBay which at least has the traffic and customers to generate sales.
Do not sell on this site using PayPal - you have NO PROTECTION AT ALL. You are asking to be ripped off.
This site's WARP program is a joke and a sign that what is offered on the site can't generate traffic on the site. This is about as bad as asking for donations.
"best part is YOU keep all the profits!"
Time is money!
No traffic. I don't need to market my eBay or Amazon sales on social media because they have the traffic to move the items in a short period of time. Like many people I find people who market their crap on social media to be extremely rude like a carnival con man suddenly jumping into your private conversation to try to sell you a chance to win a prize in one of their games.
No secure method of payment for sellers.
No modern mass listing tool such as GarageSale. Instead they expect you to use a text file.
Lack of practical online sales knowledge by the staff.
Don't read the content of email. This is not a mistake - they obviously didn't read the emails I sent and instead replied with a canned response base upon just reading the first few words.
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