Remember, a while back, I wrote about how I planned a “two pronged approach” in selling on eBay? I was planning to source items from the Philippines, where I live, to sell on eBay.com, and I was going to source items from the USA to the Philippines. Being an American and living in the Philippines for a decade, I have a bit of an advantage, in that I know what things are available in each country, and also what things cost in each country. I can use my unique knowledge in this regard to find items where I can have a real cost advantage on each side of the fence.
I didn’t really disclose everything, though. I have been able to work a deal in which I would be able to ship the stuff each way for free. I am not going to give details on how I am going to do it, because that is part of my competitive advantage. I will only say that there is a way to do it. Absolutely zero out of pocket cost to me to ship between the USA and the Philippines. This was going to give me a real leg up on any competition.
For about 2 months now, I have been testing my shipping technique, which I thought was foolproof. Unfortunately, almost every step of the way, there have been hitches in the system, though. I am expecting my first shipment from the USA any day now, and I am able to track it online. It appears to be coming, but because of the other problems I have experienced with it so far, I am a bit worried. If the package arrives as it should, I expect to see it sometime this week. If I do see it, I will update you and let you know.
However, these little problems that I’ve had to chase down and fix every step of the way have me a bit worried, though. With the problems occurring so readily on this first trial, if I can’t get this straightened out, I will certainly end up losing shipments, and if I do that, it will be difficult to make money. I am happy though, that if there were to be problems, they happened in the first trial run, because it gives me things to think over. Can I still make money if I must pay for the International Shipping? Probably I can, but it cuts into my share!
Well, I still have more testing to do. I am not actually selling on eBay yet, because my testing is not complete on this. So, this will slow me down a bit. Hopefully, though, I’ll have everything worked out soon!