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The Amazon Files, hosted by Kristin Ostrander, Amazon business strategist and one of the founders of Mommy Income, hits the airwaves every Tuesday with the real truth about selling on Amazon. This show isn’t about sugar-coated reality. It’s real truth - the good, the bad and the ugly - shared with practical action steps and strategies to help both new and experienced sellers tackle the world’s largest retail sales platform.

May 13, 2019

As the trend of online selling continues to grow, two kings emerge in the digital domain—and burgeoning online sellers often find themselves torn as to which platform they should pledge allegiance to: eBay or Amazon. However, choosing is certainly not as simple as it may seem, as both platforms offer a wide variety of pros - and an equally diverse set of cons - that one needs to consider before fully committing.


The question, then, boils down to the seller: Their priorities, their living circumstances, and their preferences.


Today, we share our thoughts and experiences on using both eBay and Amazon as primary income-generating online platforms. We discuss the specific pros and cons of each platform as well as why certain strategies that work on one platform may not work on the other. We share our insights on the profound differences between eBay and Amazon, and why either platform would work better for a certain type of seller. We also answer the simple question of whether you should use one or both.


“It really depends on where you are in your business and your life - and where you’re trying to go with it.” - Amy Feierman


This week on the Amazon Files:


  • Why people are so attracted to eBay as a platform.
  • Why Kristin got started on eBay — and how things changed when she shifted to Amazon.
  • The do’s and don’ts of selling on eBay and Amazon.
  • The importance of being honest in what you’re selling, regardless of the platform.
  • The pros and cons of selling on eBay.
  • Using eBay’s data to know what to sell and what not to sell.
  • The difference in dealing with unsatisfied customers on eBay versus Amazon.
  • The particulars of scalability on eBay and automation on Amazon.
  • The pros and cons of selling on Amazon.
  • The ease and freedom of selling on Amazon.
  • The sheer variety of items people tend to buy on Amazon.
  • The issue of returns on Amazon.
  • Reasons to use both platforms - and why each platform addresses a specific seller issue.
  • Using eBay as a platform for recovering expenses and facilitating cash flow.
  • Using Amazon as a primary income-generating platform.
  • The factors to consider in choosing which platform to use - and how consistency is ultimately what matters.


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