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Originally Posted by makecoldplayhistory;13614054 
Move the business outside of eBay and it could be much more viable.

Make your own website. Host it for very few $s per year. Lets face it, sell one or two locally and it'll pay for the site.

That's the avenue I'd be exploring.

I did something similar with bikes. Bought old frames (mostly old racing bikes) and made them single speed, cleaned them, spray painted them, sold them locally. Usually cost me $75-$100 for the parts. Sold for $500. It's hard to say how much time it took as I'd usually be working on more than one at a time. Perhaps 4-5 hours per bike. Advertised in the local free-ads. The real thing working in my favour was the local recycling center / dump. A set of wheels that only needed truing and a little TLC would be $4. $10 for a frame, usually c/w handlebars, stem and a few other usable bits. If you can build low-end PCs from salvaged parts you could do much better. Lower priced but much, much cheaper to build.

The idea is nice, but to seriously build a good website in the US or similar countries costs several thousand dollars, more if you want a shopping cart. I'm talking good quality website here, not some $400 build it yourself Content management software. Really the only way a website is feasible is if you can do it yourself. Furthermore you then need to generate your own business, where as ebay does this for you.

Ebay is free to start selling, so no upfront costs needed for website or advertising, this makes it a good place to start, but as soon as you can get out, the better.

But the fact still stands, there is no money in selling computers or computer parts on ebay. The only way the idea will work is to sell services and upgrades with your systems.
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Originally Posted by r2tbone;13613889 
I sell PCs locally and I put the prices of all the hardware out in the open and charge a $100 (basic)-$175 (SLI/Xfire/WaterCooling) assembly/installation fee. I also throw in 1 house call at 6 months for free and offer other house calls @ $75/call. I will never sell anything on eBay because all it will take is that one buyer who disputes the transaction and you are screwed from there on out. eBay and PayPal will ALWAYS side with the buyer.

Ive been down that road, the buyer has much more power than the seller now. (I think the new CEO has been, or knows someone like his wife, who has been scammed royally by an eBay seller in the past and is now taking it out on all sellers lol, just a thought) I would end up losing alot of money on ebay, all i need is that one bad buyer and its $600 down the drain taking with it about 2 dozen PC sale profits thinking.gif

i think i would be better off selling barebone PCs on CL, ill look into that.
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Originally Posted by eggs2see;13614171 
The idea is nice, but to seriously build a good website in the US or similar countries costs several thousand dollars, more if you want a shopping cart. I'm talking good quality website here, not some $400 build it yourself Content management software. Really the only way a website is feasible is if you can do it yourself. Furthermore you then need to generate your own business, where as ebay does this for you.

Ebay is free to start selling, so no upfront costs needed for website or advertising, this makes it a good place to start, but as soon as you can get out, the better.

But the fact still stands, there is no money in selling computers or computer parts on ebay. The only way the idea will work is to sell services and upgrades with your systems.

Think smaller.... no need for a big fancy site. A friend and I made this. No shopping cart, but does all we want. Before making this I knew what html stood for and that a combination of Photoshop and Dreamweaver could make a simple site.

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Get a url that includes the local area. eg. manhattencomputers.com that should be enough SEO to get traffic to the site.

I still think that selling low end, refurbed PCs could make enough money to make it a viable 'beer-money' business. Esp. if you can include a user friendly (read MS-like) Linux. Advertise it as such but be sure to extol the benefits ie. "fully loaded with Office suite, browser, anti-virus and image editing software"


I'm off to look for sources / costs of cheap PC parts locally smile.gif This has got me wondering!
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No offense, but no fee profiting $125+ per rig, but with fees only $5-20, thats like 90% fees in total, which is completely incorrect. I just sold $700 worth of stuff on eBay in past 2 weeks, and only got fee for about $80. Not counting Paypal, but still, less then $100 fees in trade for my sales
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Would I build and sell PCs over E-bay for $5-$20 profit?

Short answer? No.

Long answer? Absolutely not. I build and sell PCs locally, and I make ATLEAST £100 profit (like $160) (yes I know that's abit much, but let me explain why).

The people.

People are stupid when it comes to PCs, if I made any less than £100 per PC, I wouldn't even consider it. They break stuff, blame you, be stupid etc etc. It's just not worth the hassle if you're not going to make a lot of money from it. I've built and sold around 60 PC's now, but I've stopped doing it, purely because of how stupid people are. You seriously would not believe it.
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Originally Posted by Cyph3r;13619880 
Would I build and sell PCs over E-bay for $5-$20 profit?

Short answer? No.

Long answer? Absolutely not. I build and sell PCs locally, and I make ATLEAST £100 profit (like $160) (yes I know that's abit much, but let me explain why).

The people.

People are stupid when it comes to PCs, if I made any less than £100 per PC, I wouldn't even consider it. They break stuff, blame you, be stupid etc etc. It's just not worth the hassle if you're not going to make a lot of money from it. I've built and sold around 60 PC's now, but I've stopped doing it, purely because of how stupid people are. You seriously would not believe it.


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