A Basic Checklist for a Business ecomm-site

I put together a basic list of what a typical business site should include. This list is the basics that all shoppers follow, and if not readily available, they may leave without spending a dime. Bad for you, huh? A site that has the basics on this checklist stand a better chance to have repeat clients. Good for you, huh?

The list is, and not in any type of order:
1- Contact information: telephone number, address, contact name or department
2- Business hours with a clear understanding of when you are closed (holidays do not cover it)
3- Return and exchange policy: restocking fee, fees for opened packages, warranty issues, clear-cut-guidelines for returns
4- Properly labeled items/products: communicate with the client. be as descriptive as possible. HEIGHT x WIDTH x DEPTH could also be described
5- About: tell us about your business and what you are about. If you have locations, then show us pictures. Staff photos (or photo) with names is great. It's always great to put a name to a face
6- Directions: if you have a retail store, then tell us how to get to you. Mapquest offers free directions and picture. Use them. Also use popular land marks to find you that much easier.
7- What it is you actually sell? 1st hand, 2nd hand, refurbished, dead stock, estate, consignment etc. etc.
8- Are you an authorized seller?

Having a few pictures on a screen and a brief description doesn't cut it. We can't hold it, smell it, move it... so describe it. Make us think it's right in front of us.

Tips on Buying Quality Quantity Cheap:
These sites below I personally have used at one time or another. They are great ways to put extra money in your pocket while still staying below the suggested retail price. But before you start buying and trying to sell... you need a game plan. What is hot and what is cold (in terms of selling)? How much time are you going to put into selling?

Before I closed my online stores I was able to pay off my brand new car. I also purchased and sold items that I could use either everyday or once in awhile. This helped to keep my spending down allowing me to concentrate on my bills. Now I buy/sell in small amounts only when I need to make a big purchase or two.

I am now debt free (minus my house payment) and planning on staying that way. This can happen for you and even better. You could create a presence unmatched by other online stores.

Website Communities To Sell in:
eBay.com - Millions of people can't be wrong? A sell every second?
eBay's StoreFront - Keep a presence even if an auction ends.
StormPay - They have a market place which has proven "fruitful" for many sellers.
uBid - A great auction site that monitors their sellers. I would label them an "upscale" eBay.
LiveDeal - The web’s fastest growing online marketplace for local buying and selling.

Purchasing Your Merchandise:
Liquidation - A great place to get factory fresh 1st's or 2nd's at extremely low prices. You could compete and beat the "big guys".
uBid - A great auction site that sells "bulk" items cheaper than eBay. Save 100's to make 100's.

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