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Old 01-05-2012, 06:02 AM
 
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Hi all, on ebay I find many sellers selling brand new smartphones, computer equipment, etc.. and I see that many use the buy it now price which is more attractive than amazon or other retailers.

So, I'm wondering how would someone make money with electronics these days and what are the typical profit margins on a typical smartphone or a notebook computer these days?
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Old 01-05-2012, 06:15 AM
 
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Not sure what you are asking. The stuff sold through legitimate channels generally is returnable and fully warrantied -- on ebay that stuff, even in "new packaging" might not work at all. For sellers that have good (manipulated...) reputations they probably have sources for quality products and if they are working out of their own home with no other employees they can probably get by on tiny margins compared to any other seller.

Unfortunately an awful lot of stuff on ebay is "misrepresented", sometimes by sellers that are more than a little dishonest.These sorts of sellers do hurt the overall reputation of ebay, but apparently ebay is more interested in the profit that having so many sellers brings to their immediate bottomline more than regulating their marketplace for a longer term profitable business..
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Old 01-19-2012, 09:09 PM
 
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Average margin on Electronics is about 15%. That's before any other expenses, such as advertising, eBay/Paypal fees, and shipping costs. Many sellers ship direct from China and use heavily subsidized shipping.

It takes hard work, expert knowledge on supply and demand, great product sources, lots of capital, and a lot of luck.
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