Ecommerce 101: How to Compete With Bedroom Sellers Successfully

Bedroom Sellers Invaded Your Business Model? Ways to go!

The land of ecommerce is open game. That means it is filled with many cowboy entrepreneurs, looking to gun their way to the top using all the methods they can. It goes without saying that some of these methods are more ethical than others, and that some of your competitors are more apt for success than others. Where do you stand, as a serious businessperson? Well, that depends on how you stand up against bedroom sellers.

Here is what you need to know about competing with bedroom sellers:

What are bedroom sellers?

The easy way to think of bedroom sellers is to picture people who operate (or who can operate, if need be) in the ecommerce world from their bedrooms, the implication being that they are not really running a business, per se, but rather are selling as a hobby.

Beach sellers with bedroom sellers same characteristics.

Bedroom sellers may just enjoy coming across great bulk deals and liquidating them, or they may be collectors looking to trade what they have for new, personal pieces. Whatever the case may be, bedroom sellers are commonplace in the world of ecommerce, and they can be your greatest competition.

Why are bedroom sellers such serious competition?

There are a number of reasons for why bedroom sellers are a force to be reckoned with. Simply put, they can often undercut your prices, sometimes dramatically, in order to make a sale. This is because they generally have little or no overhead to account for-no office expenses, employees, etc.

What’s more is that bedroom sellers, because they are not necessarily professional business people, often miscalculate the amount of money they need to make on what they are selling; it is not unusual for them to underestimate shipping and handling costs, accrual costs, living expenses (personal wages), and the like. This fact, combined with the naturally competitive nature of the ecommerce market, makes them quick to undercut your well planned and contemplated prices in order to nab the customer.

How to beat bedroom sellers.

If you’ve done your homework, then you should already know that you cannot beat bedroom sellers by way of price; there simply is not enough wiggle room in that department. However, what you have that bedroom sellers don’t is customer service, and a reputation that hinges on that customer service. Most bedroom sellers are fly by night-here one day and gone the next. You, on the other hand, have the chance to build ongoing relationships with customers that keep them coming back, and referring other people. That means you must get it right the first time, and keep doing it right: send packages right away, respond promptly to customer inquiries, be diplomatic about handling complaints, and be sure to follow-up, to ask how you might continue to improve your business.

Bedroom sellers are tough competition, but only in one arena. If you concentrate on your advantages and focus on providing the best customer service experience possible, then you will come out on top.

About the Author: 

Tiffaney Matheus is working on creating a new ecommerce site for a small retail business. You can click here to see showcases from bigcommerce, showing off some of the great shopping cart options available to any ecommerce store.

Google+ rises to become the second largest social network globally

Global Web Index collected a data on the GWI.8 fourth quarter 2012 shows the growth in usage of global network platforms, a shift from localized ones. Facebook, Google+, Twitter were favored.

Twitter emerged as the fastest growing network in 2013 measuring with the number of active users as in how engaged it was, and the rapidity in contributions within the past months. Twitter grew by 40% (288M) in 31 markets, measuring to engaging approximately 90% of global internet users, but the active usage in a month is around 21% consistently by the global internet users. YouTube got a favor of 21% monthly engagement, 25% of internet users gets busy on Google+ every month, and Facebook whoops a staggering data of 51% each month.

Google+ coming up



Google+ coming up

Taking a glance into previous data collations, from the population of internet users between 16 - 64 in the Q2 and Q4 2012, and comparing it to the present available data on country level, the figures has slightly went down proportionally, but remaining the same collations of the research by GWI.

Facebook has about 903M accounts in 31 markets within 16 - 65 years range, adding the totality of the other 10% global internet users that was un-surveyed, and the under 16s and over 65s, the estimate will fall within the 1 billion claimed by Facebook.

In 2012, Facebook went through a lot of fatigues, but still able to scale through growing to a figure of 693M users, about 33% of global usage.

As for Google+ previously tagged as a failure by majority of the media, experienced a surge in active usage by 27% for 343M users, this made it go to the second social media on rating. Being a Google product, YouTube took the third position, with an advantage of linking Google services via the Google+ social.

Other local social platforms are experiencing a decline at while the big guys grows, MeinVz, Copains d’Avant, Hyves are examples. The local Chinese services are not exception of this; Kaixin, Tecent Weibo, QZone and Sina Weibo are sloping down substantially, the case of Tecent Weibo is worst, going down up to 57%.

Pinterest, Diggs, LinkedIn, Tumblr, Reddit and others are not yet taking a good position, but are fast growing.