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So im dealing with ebay and made a nice income for a long time got the house with picket white fence, raised gran kids now retired and bored housewife who sells on ebay to take my grankids out on weekends for ice cream and a car or two (de ja vu isn't it)

Question is Amazon? I know nothing about it, is it like ebay and can us experience ebayers use it as another selling site? I have the feeling more for the Americans.
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Nice success story.

You can sell on Amazon, but you would need a US, UK, or Eurozone bank account.
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Amazon is doable - there are US, UK, Japan, etc - many countries but the approach is different than eB - linking, deletion is harder...ghost guide explains a lot good read
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Default Re: Amazon - For Aussies - Quick rundown please

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Question is Amazon? I know nothing about it, is it like ebay and can us experience ebayers use it as another selling site? I have the feeling more for the Americans.
Not restricted to Amercians.

They even let Canadians sell on amazon ca.

To get an idea google sellercentral amazon.

Read there and read this forum.

It opens more trading doors, if you have the bottle. It is complex, involved but fun.

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The good thing about Amazon is that administration is much easier, the listing is generally already done for you, you just say you have that item to sell at X price. Also managing existing listings is very easy, eg. Altering prices etc.

In terms of Ghost accounts, then Amazon is tougher than Ebay, you may try to log in one day and it wont work. Game over.
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I keep reading the thread title wrong Meow. Would be a good name for a book.
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Amazon is just as lucrative as eBay. But being retired and from Australia I'd say stick with eBay.au. It depends on what you are to sell but I so think you would find it difficult competing on any of the main amazon market places when exporting from australia

But if you wish to stick with it this is a great place to get some help. Good luck either way
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This where you are wrong Barry, he buys his goods in AU, can reclaim the VAT/GST as the goods are exported and not pay VAT/GST on his sales in the various marketplaces. In the UK this gives me a massive 20% advantage on many top sellers.
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Well I can't say I know much about exporting from oz but I know that the price of just about everything over there is not competitive with North America/ Europe prices. Do you export from oz Micky? Interested to know as I just could not imagine it being competitive on price, even with the 20% saving.

Add to that this person is retired, will they really be turning over enough to be vat/gst registered and exporting around the world? To make it worth selling good to the USA they will have to be selling higher value goods and that will leave them/ customer open to import taxes. Not to mention the cost alone of exporting items from Australia.

I'm sure it can be done but I don't think it would be worth while/ profitable enough for someone retired to take serious interest in it when they can just sell on eBay Australia.

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Barry, I understand what you are saying, but I was only making a point regarding saving on VAT etc. FYI we have a distribution in Switzerland which benefits us with similar VAT savings on goods priced less than 18.00.
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Appreciate the words people, but this oldduck is staying home on the au of ebay
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