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Is it worth enough to invest my time and list my product on Rakuten
R.H

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October 26, 2014 - 1:35 am
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If you have 100 products to list them on amazon and eBay and Rakuten.

How many would expect to sell on each site within a week.

I have a feeling that customers don’t know much about Rakuten.
My friends don’t know about it.
So I expect that I list I will not make any sales ?

But may be this is only an impression and I am missing some sales over there.
If any one has some input on this it will be great.

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Dave Furness

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October 26, 2014 - 3:57 am
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Hey R.H.

The key information here is what are you selling? This will determine if Rakuten will likely be a worthwhile market for you. Historically Play was great for media products and gadgets etc. The rebrand to Rakuten is aiming to change that but with very little marketing being done currently I can’t see the audience changing too much just yet.

Does this help at all?

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Matthew Ogborne

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October 27, 2014 - 2:31 pm
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Howdy R.H.,

As Dave suggests, really depends on the products. Something that isn’t that desirable isn’t going to sell at any great velocity.

As a general rule for most products expect a gross sales breakdown similar to this, assuming an established business on all 3 sites:

eBay: 49.5%
Amazon: 49.5%
Rakuten: 1% (if you’re lucky).

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R.H

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October 28, 2014 - 2:52 pm
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Matthew Ogborne said

Howdy R.H.,

As Dave suggests, really depends on the products. Something that isn’t that desirable isn’t going to sell at any great velocity.

As a general rule for most products expect a gross sales breakdown similar to this, assuming an established business on all 3 sites:

eBay: 49.5%
Amazon: 49.5%
Rakuten: 1% (if you’re lucky).

Matt

Very discouraging but I guess this will save me lots of time .
As Already I sell handmade products and i guess this is not the place at all.
I guess I will study Etsy as an alternative to it.

But from my experience I my amazon sales is faw away higher than eBay.
I would rather say 90% AMAZON
10% eBay.

Also that amazon customer is able to pay a higher price for the products.
They make many returns..
eBay customer wants things for free all the time.
But the return rate is lower but they send to many questions and e-mails.

They always have the feeling they are dealing with another seller personally and too many time they send special requests assuming I am a simple home operation.
While I fulfill all my orders via FBA and I don’t have control over it.

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October 28, 2014 - 8:52 pm
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Wow I am surprised that you have a higher returns rate on Amazon…I would have thought eBay would have had the higher returns rate…I guess it goes to show how much the marketplaces can differ depending on the categories you sell. Everything else you say I would agree with completely.

As for Etsy I am unsure if this will ever manage to be integrated into a software like M2E Pro due to the niche market and also the number of small sellers who purely sell on Etsy.

But for your product range I would definitely not invest any time with Rakuten right now, or until they massively increase their audience.

Dave

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