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    01-30-2011, 03:43 PM
Thinking about opening an Ebay store...Input wanted!

So...I've been tossing this idea around a lot. I buy a lot of things on Ebay from seller's that I trust and have worked with over the years. One of the things that has always bothered me about Ebay is that a lot of sellers really like to inflate shipping prices from items that could easily be shipped flat-rate for much less. Obviously I know that people want to make a bit of money but sometimes it goes to extremes.

Enter my idea. I am thinking about opening an Ebay store for horse items. I go to a lot of different tack and feed stores and find great deals on things all the time...but obviously I don't need everything that they have. I'm a busy girl with horse grooming, homeschooling and part time I'm thinking this would be a great idea for me to start.

My question to you is...what types of things do -you- look for on Ebay? Or online in general....? I want to make sure I'm getting things that people will be interested in. =-) I would also be posting things here as well so horse forum people could take advantage of the good deals and decent shipping.

Thanks in advance for your help. Hopefully this type of post doesn't break any rules here. If it does, I'm sorry and please delete!!!!!
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    01-30-2011, 04:02 PM
I look online for good deals on saddle pads and turnout blankets because it seems to me that they are always overpriced in stores!

And you could probably never go wrong with grooming supplies like shampoos, mane & tail conditioners, etc... all that stuff.. I just wouldn't waste my time selling things like brushes/hoof picks just because they're already super cheap and I'd imagine people would rather just go down to the store to grab what they need rather than order it online and wait for it.

Also... side thought.... I don't really know what your style is, but I'm always looking for PRETTY (but good quality) equipment for my horse! Example: I bought lilly pink bell boots and pink & black leopard print wraps yesterday. I'm buying her a cute plaid pink turn-out blanket soon, and a black and pink saddle pad to go with her black and pink saddle. That stuff is surprisingly hard to come by (good quality, at least), probably because the majority of horse people don't really care about that kind of "look".
    01-30-2011, 04:10 PM
You bring up some good points. =-)

Me myself, I do like the pretty stuff....but I'm not sure if NPC (being a gelding) would be too happy about it. =-) I'm currently buying all his new stuff in dark forest green so he can be a handsome boy.

BUT....I know what you mean and yes, I see that stuff all the time. The one lead rope that is a specific color or design that would suit one specific person. Funky stuff like that. And yes...the grooming stuff I'm ALL over since I do most of the grooming at our stable.

Honestly, I just want a nice E-Bay store where people get good quality items for less. I know -I- am always looking for stores like that. I don't want to gouge people because times are tough and regardless, we like to pamper our horses! I get it...and I want to help others that feel the same. Plus, it's something for me to do with my spare time.

Thanks for the thoughts!
    01-30-2011, 04:16 PM
I think it's a great idea! Especially because, to your point, times are tough... I think you'd make MORE money by selling things at affordable prices and getting more sales that way than keeping them expensive so fewer people can afford them. I forget, what color is NPC (for the record, I think the nickname Naughty is kinda cute! ;) But that's just me)? Forest green sounds like a nice color for a gelding!
    01-30-2011, 04:23 PM
He is classified as a liver chestnut quarter horse...but he's got this funky thing going on around his legs that I've never seen before. Like small stripes....not sure if the pictures I took show them. I'll double check the picture and if I can handle people seeing him in his 'frog' form, I'll post it. =-)

I've mulled over the idea of calling him 'knothead' too. A play on words so to speak.
    01-30-2011, 04:35 PM
Oooh that's such a pretty color. If he's on the darker side, forest green will look ESPECIALLY stunning on him :) As you can probably tell from my earlier post... Lilly's colors are pink and black. Some of her stuff is purple too :)
    01-30-2011, 04:59 PM
Well then, I will make sure to keep an eye out for pink and black things for you! Oh...and some purple too.

Okay's my boy. My daughter managed to sneak into the shot without me noticing. You can't see what I'm talking about on the legs...(will take a better picture after he gets settled...) and luckily his mane is over to the other side so you can't see what a mess it is. He's got some bare spots on his shoulder from a bit of a skin condition but I'll take care of that soon enough. Not the best pictures.
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    01-30-2011, 05:08 PM
Awww, he doesn't look that bad! He is a cutie, and will look stunning in the summertime once he starts shedding his winter coat :)

Hey..... maybe you could give him a Harry Potter related nickname... looks like he's got a lightning bolt on his forehead! ;)
    02-02-2011, 07:05 PM
I like very detailed descriptions. I really hate finding an item I'm interested in, but not having the details listed. Sometimes I'd rather pass it than take the time to send a question to a seller. Lots a pictures help a ton too :)

Also, if you were to sell red plaid stuff, that'd be awesome! Think "Christmas Plaid", ;)
    02-06-2011, 01:39 AM
Haha! I'll keep my eye open for red plaid stuff! =-)

I'm getting my first round of stuff ready to sell. So excited!

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