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As the title states ... Which do you prefer?? High ticket items, low volume OR Low valued items but high quantity?

Right now I find myself with low valued items and having ALOT IN STOCK which means I am selling items everyday. However, it takes alot of sales/work to see the numbers I like to see. Which makes me think, should I switch my product to something of higher value or I'm in the right playing field??

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If you're working solo high ticket/low volume is way better imo, less time to pack and ship, less inquiries, returns etc. I shoot for $50 profit per item nowadays, especially for stealth accounts that start at only 10 items per month. You're gonna need a lot of stealth accounts if you're only making $5-$10 a sale.

Plus my brother does low ticket/high volume with body jewelry. It looks like a pain in the ass all the packing he does everyday. 100+ padded envelopes takes up too much time, then he has to deal with returns, questions, more listing. Ugh I actually cut my body jewelry account after it started taking up half of my working time for a fraction of the profit.
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I like your concept. Makes alot of sense. Now my question for you is, to achieve making a $50 profit per sale. Does it matter how much money you have invested into the product? Let's say $300 at cost to sell for $400 (than subtract shipping/pp/ebay fees) Or is there a limit on how much your willing to invest to clear $50 profit?!?

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I agree with Jamblix.

I did low value/high volume and it was soooo not worth it in the end. too many sales can also lead to a lot of cases/disputes which will in turn compromise your account.
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I use the Low Value/High Volume approach.
I would rather make $5 Net 25 times than $100 Net once.
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I used to fluctuate between the two in my heavy wheeling days. I still like the big yield-low volume in general because of all the packing and hauling off to the postal office.
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I like my lower value 25-100 items and high volume.

I do toss in higher value items as well and do well but I have found after all the years of buying and selling my type of items I keep my 75-80 sell through rate because of my pricing etc.

Very high items create risk and issues, low price items tend to not give you much hassle.

I can match most high dollar sellers probably in dollar amount. Sure I do a lot more work but in the end less time and hassles.

Most high dollar items have to be relisted and relisted in most cases. I want my items to sell the first time and they do in a high rate.
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I used to fluctuate between the two in my heavy wheeling days. I still like the big yield-low volume in general because of all the packing and hauling off to the postal office.
this.

I wouldn't be surprised if some people on here shipped over 200 items a week while I ship 200 max. in an entire month lol
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If anyone's willing to share, how much (quantity wise) do you sell/ship monthly?

I'm kinda curious
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I wouldn't be surprised if some people on here shipped over 200 items a week while I ship 200 max. in an entire month lol
I have taken more then that to the PO in a single day.

I would be disappointed in myself if I did not take 50 or more any time I went to the PO.
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i like my lower value 25-100 items and high volume.

I do toss in higher value items as well and do well but i have found after all the years of buying and selling my type of items i keep my 75-80 sell through rate because of my pricing etc.

Very high items create risk and issues, low price items tend to not give you much hassle.

I can match most high dollar sellers probably in dollar amount. Sure i do a lot more work but in the end less time and hassles.

Most high dollar items have to be relisted and relisted in most cases. I want my items to sell the first time and they do in a high rate.
totally agree with you! <3
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I have taken more then that to the PO in a single day.

I would be disappointed in myself if I did not take 50 or more any time I went to the PO.
My best weekend EVER was over 1200 items.
2012 Black Friday weekend.
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I prefer to sell items that average $100 profit each and sell 1 per day per account, much simpler, less work and more money in my pocket=)
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If anyone's willing to share, how much (quantity wise) do you sell/ship monthly?

I'm kinda curious
There is a thread from a while back with many posters stating how many items they sell. Some amazing numbers if I remember.

Search for it, you might be shocked.
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There is arguments for both tactics.
High volume with low margins usually means less problems but a lot more work dealing with it all .
Low volume with high profits can be problematic as you only need see 1 or 2 returns to ruin your month and customers who have paid a high value for an item seem to think they own you so customer relations must be spot on.
I think the trick is a combination of both so it balances itself out.
Why limit yourself with guidelines .
As long as your selling your earning regardeless of what it is.
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Whatever works for YOU is the way to go.

A bit of both works well for me.

More lower price brings me just a much money and sales volume and more profits but I also toss in the higher priced items as I do them the higher price antiques a lot.
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im tight profit, high vol... you bust it everyday, but I enjoy that. I'm a workoholic robot.

im slowly ramping up a little more each week.
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I use a mixture of both. low profit, high volume items on accounts with lower feedback until I can get the numbers up a bit. Once my accounts are proven to be good, I switch to low volume high profit items.

My low profit items avg 10-40 dollars profit per item in auction format. My high profit items, can range from 50-300 dollars per item. It really just depends. I shoot for 300 low profit items per month and 50 high profit per month. Of course, there's only a few months out of the year where I can hit these numbers with that profit. The rest of the year it's much slower and less profitable.
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im kinda lazy so high profit is what i look for

why would i spend 10x longer doing everything when it makes me the same amount of money?
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95% $10-$30 items x10,000+ a month, 5% $100-1,000+ x20 a month

Low Cost High Volume is the key to success.
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I agree with Jamblix.

I did low value/high volume and it was soooo not worth it in the end. too many sales can also lead to a lot of cases/disputes which will in turn compromise your account.
sadly I saw this on my hacked account. I rather sell high ticket/low volume items... less stress, less complaints, win-win.
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I use a mixture of both. low profit, high volume items on accounts with lower feedback until I can get the numbers up a bit. Once my accounts are proven to be good, I switch to low volume high profit items.

My low profit items avg 10-40 dollars profit per item in auction format. My high profit items, can range from 50-300 dollars per item. It really just depends. I shoot for 300 low profit items per month and 50 high profit per month. Of course, there's only a few months out of the year where I can hit these numbers with that profit. The rest of the year it's much slower and less profitable.
This is normally a good way to go as well . I'd wait till I get to 100 SELLING feedbacks before selling high ticketed items like iphones, high end tvs etc, etc. It helps having more than one account too
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