It seems no matter where you sell online there’s always something not so “ideal” for sellers. Indeed, we should be grateful such platforms exist but are these sites taking advantage of the sellers ?
It’s no secret that sites like Ebay and Amazon clear multiple, sometimes tens of billions of dollars per year. There’s nothing wrong with making billions. What’s in question is how well are the sellers faring in the process?
Yes, many do quite well. But could they be doing… BETTER?
Considering the percentages derived by these platforms per sale… YES!
In addition to listing fees, Ebay makes 10% off of every dollar generated via the platform. And depending on which program and category one sells through, Amazon can make up to 40% of every sale! Why? If these platforms have millions of users, why take 10, 20 and even 40 cents from every dollar the sellers make? Why not let the sellers fare…better? Since after all, the sellers are the heart and reason these websites make one red cent. Yes, the sellers NEED these platforms! But, the platforms EQUALLY need these sellers!
Then there’s Craigslist… and it’s free for most users. Now this sounds ideal! And, they even make a handsome income. Far from being a multi billion dollar site but they do quite well and rightfully so. It’s wonderful that they’ve provided a platform that is so functional and realistic for the common market while making their income off of big city rentals. Sounds like a win/win.
But even Craigslist is not ideal.
We’ve established that professional sellers must sell via the former expensive eCommerce sites while the non professional sellers will sell through Craigslist. Then there’s everything in between such as “free business listing” websites. And we all know how these sites pull funding in the least so that they can maintain their websites. They are polluted with external sponsored ADS that drive page viewers crazy at best… or taking their attention away from the reason they’re there in the first place! This is NOT ideal for the obscure sellers that give these sites their existence. All these free sellers or posters are doing is helping to provide a platform for companies with healthy advertising budgets to promote themselves even more. It’s all “almost” fair at the end of the day but hardly ideal.
Let’s not forget Facebook. They’ve tapped into people’s need to promote themselves big time with their CPC ads that’re much like Google Adwords! In 2012, Facebook pulled a net profit of One Billion dollars.
So… Just what would be an IDEAL website through which sellers can sell?
- It would be a website where professional and non professional sellers alike can sell all over the country -OR- to a particular city and state – whichever works best for them. No restrictions either way.
- It would be a website where sellers can sell unlimited product without having to pay listing fees, percentages of sales or monthly subscriptions.
- It would be a website where sellers can direct prospects to their personal online store or website without restrictions.
- It would be a member supported website, OF the members, BY the members, FOR the members… FREE of external sponsored ads. Not overwhelming or congested, either.
- It would be a site that provides members a profile page where members can make their own statement and be found with ease.
- It would be a website that enables a way to for sellers and consumers alike to connect with (friend) each other, giving everyone direct access to favorite sellers.
- It would at the same time be a website where professional service providers and other types of businesses and employers also advertise.
- It would be a website that allows its genuine members to feature their product or businesses at an extremely affordable price so that the site never needs to have external advertisers imposing on the pages.
- It would be a site where non professionals can advertise their yard sales, free kittens or FSBO (etc) unlimited and 100% free ongoing.
- It would be a site where sellers, professional service providers, employers and businesses could sell and advertise unlimited for a single, low, annual fee with no hidden costs, monthly subscriptions or absurd annual rates.
The good news is a new website fitting this unique description has now come to the playing field. It’s brand spanking new, fully functional and capable of unlimited selling and advertising!
It’s called Nettingtogether.com. And right now, while non professionals can and will always be able to join and set up their profiles absolutely FREE, businesses or professionals can do likewise for just $5.95 per year forever!
Colleagues still strongly suggest, “People want things free or they’re not going to be interested! Let external advertisers sponsor themselves through your site so that you can make the money to keep the site going while letting the actual members be free.”
Look, I know this is the going trend, but… No. No. And No.
People who need to promote their yard sales, a room for rent, used cars and free puppies aren’t really making a living off of advertising so, YES, Nettingtogether should and will always be free for them to put their advertisements out there.
People who make their living or supplement their income selling or advertising on the internet, however, don’t do it for free by far. We’ve plainly disclosed the fortunes professionals need to spend to make a buck online! This means paying $5.95 per year to advertise your services or sell your products UNLIMITED with NO other costs through a site where there’s no intrusive, external sponsored ads… is more than inviting. It’s the alternative to costly facebook “boosts” and losing percentages to eCommerce money pits.
But yes… As per the writing of this blog, Nettingtogether.com has only just been launched (March 2016). As my son so frankly stated, “This site needs millions of users for it to be any good to anyone!”
Indeed. It does. So please come aboard today. It is free, afterall. And just $5.95/yr for business profiles.