Should your charity store offer online discounts?

If you’ve decided that your charity shop should sell its donated items online, one of the questions you’re likely to ask yourself is whether or not you should offer discounts or run a sale. One look around online stores and marketplaces like Amazon and eBay, and it’s clear there are discounts everywhere. Special offers, reduced…

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How to find, upload and optimise images for online charity selling

When your charity decides to start selling some of its donated items online, one of the first areas you’re going to want to focus on is the images. Why? Because images are hugely important when selling on marketplaces like Amazon and eBay. Better images get more clicks through to your product page. They get more…

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How to optimise your product descriptions on eBay and Amazon

When a customer is looking for a specific product on Amazon or eBay, the first thing they typically do is to search for it. Both marketplaces have powerful search engines to interpret what a user has typed into the search box and provide the most relevant products possible. They both use algorithms to determine which…

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Why Feedback Is So Important on Amazon and eBay

Before you set up an online charity shop or a marketplace account and start selling donated goods to a wider audience, you’ll need to make sure you and your staff understand the importance of feedback. Feedback – or seller ratings – is a key part of the online experience for marketplaces like Amazon and eBay,…

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Understanding Fees and Pricing Plans on Amazon, eBay and Shopify

If you’re considering online selling for your charity shop, you’ll want to make sure you understand everything that’s involved. Although selling used goods on marketplaces like Amazon, eBay, Shopify and Etsy is really simple – and a great way to increase profits for your charity shop – it can cost you time and money. And…

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Why Charities Should Sell on eBay

Before we consider why charity retailers should embrace eBay as a complementary sales channel to market, it’s important to understand some of the history behind eBay and just why it has become the channel of choice for used goods retailers around the world. eBay was founded as Auctionweb in 1995 in California and sold it’s…

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Why Charities Resist Selling on eBay

eBay was founded as Auctionweb in 1995 in California and sold it’s first used item – a broken laser pointer for $14.83. The story goes that AuctionWeb’s founder Pierre Omidyar was so astonished that it had sold for so much that he contacted the winning bidder to ask if he understood that the laser pointer…

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Why Charities Won't Sell on eBay