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    have, or ever had a web-based business, or know someone that did/has?

    Pros/cons, good/bad? Anything you know would be helpfull.

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    Did ebay for quite awhile...you can make some extra fun money but unlikely ya will get rich...I did sales of classic ob boat motors...it was a pain as they weigh alot and shipping was a headache...my daughter still does ebay but does sales of horse related products...she does quite well as a side income along with being a certified Income tax preparation specialist..

    I also tried a business directory web page...too much competition to make any money worthwhile!
     
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    I was going to say ebay but arch beat me to it. That's what I do. Don't use Paypal. They take a smokin' huge cut if people pay with a debit or credit card.
     
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    Really? Tell me more. Seriously.
     
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    Not much more to say. If you sell something on ebay, and you use Paypal as a means of accepting payment, if the buyer uses a debit or credit card, it's going to cost you dearly to get that money from Paypal. They charge a "FEE" for you to withdraw it to your bank account. A "HUGE" fee, considering. If you sold something for say $200 on ebay, accepted payment through Paypal, and the buyer used his/her debit or credit card, the "fee" from Paypal would be somewhere close to $8.00. That's fucking outrageous. I WILL NOT use Paypal on ebay. They're sons a bitchin' thieves.

    Look closely at ebay, and you'll find that most all who have an "ebay store", DO NOT use Paypal. They all use other means for payment. Paypal is "OWNED" by ebay, so in reality, ebay is soaking you TWICE for ONE SALE if you use Paypal. Paypal is for all the new ebayer's that don't know any better. They soon learn though. They're getting raped using it.

    I just accept money orders, cashiers checks, and even personal checks on ebay. That way, I pay ebay for the auction, AND THAT'S IT, the rest of the money is mine.
     
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    If you're just selling things you have laying around your house for a little extra cash, yeah, you're getting "raped".

    If you're running an actual, licensed business, you learn to work those figures into your starting/opening bids, and you recoup them, just like any other "cost of business".

    To say that nobody accepts Paypal that runs a store on there is incorrect. Those that are properly licensed through whatever state they live in, take all forms of payment, just like any other business. There are few exceptions - those are the ones that don't take Paypal. Those are the ones that are unwilling to offer the buyer the <b>security</b> of paying with a credit card.

    Those are also the ones that say "If the post office loses your package, too bad - it's not my problem." THOSE are the sellers you want to <i>stay away from</i>.
     
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    Thanks guys. I'm sure ebay would be an option for a store front.

    I'm looking for any experience more along the lines of Ecommerce.
    Did it work for you? Did you have a Web site? How did you choose a target market/product/s? Did you inventory or drop ship? Stuff like that..
     
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    If you are going for a store front and want your own web page that is okay..however you must remember you will then need to pay extra to list on other sites or purchase e-mail addresses for those interested in your products...it is cheaper and more efficient to list your site on established sites such as ebay...I listed on ebay as well as specialized antique and classic marine related sites...I also used paypal as they offer a guaranteed secure payment program for both the seller and buyer...It is worth the extra fees...IMHO!
     
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    I've found a service for $7.25 a month (there are some cheaper). Includes domain name, 30 e-mail addresses, secure CC transactions, and a bunch of other stuff. Ebay is only an option for an ad of a store front at this point.
     
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    sounds like a good start...however 30 free or included e-mail addresses won't get ya too far...ya really need multiple thousands...and listing a ad on the ebay store section is a great start!
     

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