I'm just wondering if anyone has or is using ebay as a distribution channel? it's something I'm considering, I've noticed alot of beans (green and roasted) (aprox 500) listed in the USA but only 3 listings in canada...so it has me thinking...should I jump into ebay here in canada? What is the success rate, does it provide any significant revenues? any problems? Thanks

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I've never used ebay, and have no idea how easy or hard it is to get green beans in Canada. Are you planning on using ebay to buy or sale. I just need some clarification. Thanks.
I would love to also hear comments on this. Ebay is 100% not viable for us in Asia, however the NZ equivalent (a site called Trademe) has a number of roasted and green sellers on it. So I am thinking along similar lines for our NZ opperation. I would have thought that using Ebay potentially could weaken the perception of a roaster or trader being quality focused...however in hindsight this might just me my old fashioned views on using a site like this for retail. Any comments on real experiences would be really interesting to read...
I would be using it to sell fresh roasted coffee (in any quantity) and green coffee (in small quantities).

Eric Hammond said:
I've never used ebay, and have no idea how easy or hard it is to get green beans in Canada. Are you planning on using ebay to buy or sale. I just need some clarification. Thanks.
I've never made any money off ebay. I've sold a few things personally. And made a few bucks here and there. But never anything related to coffee. I used to keep a grinder, a espresso, and brewer on there, but never got any real traffic. And they were up at prices that were 15% over my cost and I was getting undersold.

As far as coffee, have fun. I really hope it works out for you.

Dennis said:
I would be using it to sell fresh roasted coffee (in any quantity) and green coffee (in small quantities).

Eric Hammond said:
I've never used ebay, and have no idea how easy or hard it is to get green beans in Canada. Are you planning on using ebay to buy or sale. I just need some clarification. Thanks.
Its great for exposure I have sold on there for about three years. Don't plan on making any money as there too many selling costs involved and shipping one pound of coffee is very prohibitive. I just pulled my fair trade store last month over 40 varieties listed.
I am definitely biased, but I think you would be better off selling on ROASTe. We proactively market to thousands of coffee lovers and you would not have to spend time/money on promotions. Do check us out, and just let me know if I can help.

Eyal / ROASTe

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