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WHY I MOVED MY ON-LINE STORE
eBay announced their latest round of fee "reductions" effective April 1, 2010. I ran my 2009 listings and sales through their fees analyzer and discovered that
my fees paid to eBay would have been 240% greater than before.
Should I stay with eBay and raise my prices 5% or 6% to cover their fee increases? Of course not! Raising prices is terrible business policy, especially during such tough economic times. So I searched the internet for a new on-line store home. I've found
www.bidstart.com to be my — and your — best option. BidStart used to be known as stampwants.com and has been around for quite a few years now.
In 2012, Stanley Gibbons purchased BidStart and has done nothing but
good things with the website.
BidStart has many advantages, for both you and me:
First, much lower fees help keep my prices down. This is despite
BidStart's frequent full color, full page advertisements in the philatelic press, something which eBay
Second, I can accept checks and money orders on BidStart. eBay eliminated
these options in 2008. Many collectors prefer these options over PayPal. And, once again, I can ship to foreign buyers without fear of PayPal seizing funds from my account when I have to ship via registered mail to countries with dicey postal systems, like Italy and Brazil.
Third, you can order search and category results into alphabetical and then Scott catalog number order if you want. This makes browsing a delight. This is also something eBay vendors had been asking for since at least 1999, to my knowledge, and probably before.
Fourth, BidStart vendors and buyers enjoy an exceptional level of
communication and customer service. A perusal of the BidStart discussion boards shows just how committed they are to keeping the website running well and implementing suggestions for improvement.
Fifth, I'm enjoying the company at BidStart. Lots of the best eBay sellers have left eBay for various reasons over the years. Many of them
are now at BidStart. BidStart usually has about 3,000,000 philatelic items for sale. I've run many searches: I'm impressed by the
variety, quality and prices of BidStart offerings.
So, with all these factors in bidstart's favor, It became a total no-brainer for me to move my on-line store.
Here's the link to my bidstart store:
Mostly Classics at bidstart
Also, do yourself a favor and check out just what bidstart's other sellers have to offer you. Here's the link to the home page:
I think you'll be pleasantly surprised by what you find.
— Tom Kendall