eBay and Amazon e-commerce APIs

Selling Like Hotcakes

Article from Issue 151/2013

Thriving online stores are rare and the result of hard work. If you are just beginning to peddle your wares, you might be better off building a custom interface to sell your goods on eBay or Amazon.

Few web shops are productive the first day. Search engine optimization does not guarantee a high click or purchase rate; your site will need some time to build a reputation. In the meantime, you will still need to pay the cost for setting up the online software, advertising your site, and supporting access to a payment processing system.

Many aspiring sellers see large, thriving e-commerce platforms as a solution. Instead of setting up your own e-commerce site, you can market your goods through eBay or Amazon. These large e-commerce companies have long since expanded beyond auctions and bookstores, and they now offer a rich collection of e-commerce features for independent dealers.

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