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The 4Sale4Now forum is live and ready for discussion. If you have a question or comment, stop by and share. Or, just drop in to read what others are saying.

For Buyers

For buying members of 4Sale4Now, who haven’t yet started selling their own products at the site, we have an entire category dedicated to sharing shopping tips that you’ve come across.

Have you tried adding search terms that worked well for you? Found a new feature on 4Sale4Now that you weren’t aware of? This is a great place to share what you’ve discovered about shopping on 4Sale4Now.com and find out what others have been doing to make their shopping experience more exciting.

For Sellers

Our tips and tricks section also has a category for sellers. Here you’ll find what other sellers are doing to maximize sales on 4Sale4Now. This category will help you get your products noticed more frequently and help you make more sales.

If you’re running a storefront on 4Sale4Now, this is your training ground. You can read what other sellers have tried and proven to work, and you’ll be able to share techniques you have tested yourself.

Questions & Answers

There are many ways you can get in touch with us here at 4Sale4Now. You can send us an @reply on our Twitter account, you can connect with us on our Facebook Fan Page, or you can email us. We’re happy to answer any questions you have.

However, the best way to get your question answered is to simply post it on the 4Sale4Now forum. That way we can keep a running thread, as your question might bring out more questions. Plus, anyone who has the same question can get an answer quickly.

Make sure, before posting a question, that you do a search. Someone has likely asked the question before you.

General announcements

Finally, the forum is a great place for us to get general information out to members and non-members alike. Keep an eye on the general announcements to see special deals we’re having, and to take part in the newest promotion at 4Sale4Now.com.

Side Note: Congratulations to the winner of the Vespa Scooter (pennywise), the Nikon CoolPix (scolunga99), and the Nintendo Wii Fit (sgabot).

The 4Sale4Now forum is a great place for 4Sale4Now members to join in discussion with staff members and even soon-to-be members of 4Sale4Now.

Stop by and share. We’d love to hear from you.

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Mom’s are Driving Internet Sales

online shopping momsMom’s have been managing family purchases for centuries, and now they’re taking to the internet in droves to find simple and convenient ways to shop for their family’s needs.

Don’t Miss Out on This Huge Online Shopping Market

According to research by emarketer, in 2008 33.9 million women with children shopped on the internet at least once a month. That number is expected to grow to 36.1 million by 2013.

Selling stuff to internet moms is a great opportunity. You make life easier for a busy mother by allowing them to shop from home and have their items shipped directly to their home. And you can make some sizable, consistent income.

If only 1% of those moms sees your product that’s 339,000 product views. If you can get a meager 1% of those to actually make a purchase, you just made 3,400 sales. At $20 profit per sale, you just made $68,000!

And these are conservative numbers. Actually, a 1% conversion rate is on the low side.

Who are They Shopping For?

Research shows that 44% of these online moms are shopping for something for themselves. 45% are shopping for something for their kids. Online or off, moms continue to be the family managers.

Tap into this by offering products that help these moms supply their families with the things they need and want.

Don’t forget about the other 11%. It represents all the things that moms purchase for their husbands, other family members, and friends. 11% of 33.9 million moms amounts to 3,729,000 moms shopping for someone other than them or their kids.

What are They Shopping Online For?

What kinds of products do online shopping moms buy? Here’s a short list of the most popular items they purchased in 2008. Chances are good they’ll continue shopping for these items online.

Clothing
Food/Cooking
Baby/Parenting
Electronics
Cars
Find a niche in any one of these areas and you’ll tap into the massive online mom market.

The greatest challenge of course is getting your products in front of these 33.9 million online moms. At 4Sale4Now, we take care of that for you. We heavily promote the 4Sale4Now website allowing you to focus on finding a line of products that will make you consistent income.

We find the moms and you find the products they need. Together we make a great team.

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Standard Internet Business vs. Business with 4Sale4Now

internet businessI know what you’re thinking. This is the 4Sale4Now blog, so obviously we’re going to be promoting a 4Sale4Now business over a standard business.

It’s true that we think 4Sale4Now has the most revolutionary and exciting way to sell stuff online. However, some people would be better suited to a standard internet business.

Here’s how to tell which you are:

How Computer Savvy Are You?

You might be perfect for a standard internet business if you can:

  • Handle a computer well
  • Develop ecommerce websites
  • Set up merchant accounts on those websites
  • Promote your site
  • Organize products for sale
  • Take care of customer service
  • Handle shipping
  • Manage the employees you need

I know that seems like a lot and it sounds like I’m trying to present standard online businesses in a bad light. And, frankly, this list will scare off a lot of people. But, if you’re the type of person that can manage all this and get a great sense of pride and achievement from it, a standard internet business might be for you.

The list for starting a 4Sale4Now business is much shorter. You have to be able to:

  • Register on the website
  • Upload photos
  • Ship products

Time Investment

It takes a great deal of time to start a standard internet business, especially in the first year or so. You’ll be pouring hours every day into your internet business before even selling your first product. Before you can sell a single product you need to develop and launch your site. Speaking from experience that is an awesome task.

But the launch is only the beginning. Once the site is launched, your visitors will start finding bugs that you need to work out, features that you need to add, etc.

The nice thing about starting a standard internet business is that, once it’s established and you have reliable people running it, you can walk away from it and let it do it’s thing while you make money week after week.

Of course, at 4Sale4Now we’ve already done the monstrous “up-front” work so you don’t have to. If you have a product for sale and a photo of it on your computer, you can have it posted for sale in no time.

While you don’t need to invest a large amount of time, you do need to be consistent about the time you invest in your 4Sale4Now business. You don’t have to spend a lot of time every day, but you do need to spend some time every day.

  • Monitor products for sale
  • Find new products to sell
  • Test different discounts to find which makes you the most money

You’ll eventually hire someone to manage all this and walk away from your 4Sale4Now business just like you can walk away from a standard business.

How Much Money Do You Have?

This is the granddaddy of all internet business questions, and the one that stops most people from getting themselves a piece of the multi-billions of dollars that are spent online every year. And, the shaky world-wide economy isn’t helping matters much.

A standard business can cost thousands of dollars:

  • Hiring a designer to create the website
  • Hiring a developer to make it function properly
  • Hiring a marketing agency to promote your site
  • Merchant account fees
  • Web hosting

The list can go on. If you have a big chunk of extra money lying around, developing a standard business might still be an option for you. But, if you don’t have any extra money lying around…

You can start a 4Sale4Now business with very little money. In fact, as I’m writing this, we’re offering to let you post items for free. So, for a limited time, you can start a 4Sale4Now business for absolutely nothing.

Which is a better fit for you? A standard internet business, or 4Sale4Now?

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Correct Packing Means No Damage Returns

package the products you sell onlineVery few things hurt your income more than replacing items that got damaged during shipping. Here are a few tips to help you not only ensure your products will arrive at their destination, but give the type of professional image that wins you return customers.

Get the Right Packaging Materials

Boxes

Use double-walled boxes in all your packing. Look at the edge of one of your box flaps. If you can see two sheets of cardboard with a wavy cardboard cushion between them, you have a double-walled box. If not, get rid of it and get another.

If you’re reusing boxes, make sure their integrity isn’t compromised. A box that has one of the corners slightly crumpled might be ok. But if one of the edges between the corners is dented, the box could collapse even further at that point. Replace the box.

Tape

It might seem like one kind of tape is just as good as another. And we all know the jokes about duct tape being the handyman’s perfect tool. Still, one type of tape is not like another. Each has their own purpose and each has situations in which they can fail.

When packaging your products, use true packaging tape. You can use the brown kind or the clear kind, but make sure it’s true packaging tape. The adhesive is specially designed to adhere to box material without tearing loose. Both duct tape and masking tape can fail while your package is being delivered and both present a sub-professional image.

Packing Tips

Do You Need to Double-Box

If you deal in extremely fragile items, you might want to consider double-boxing. Double-boxing is exactly what it sounds like. You put your item in a box and put that box inside another box.

Pack your fragile item in a box that it properly fits making sure to wrap the item in bubble wrap. Seal the box and wrap the entire box in a layer or two of bubble wrap. Then lower the entire package into another box.

This technique is especially good if you’re shipping things that are not only fragile, but also rare, such as antiques.

Electronics

If you ship electronic equipment and you include batteries, ship the item without the batteries actually installed. Remove the batteries and pack them separately before putting them in the box with your product. Make sure the batteries are obvious though, so your buyer doesn’t accidentally throw away the batteries with their box.

If you take the time to package your items properly, your products will arrive safe and sound, and you packaging efforts will make it obvious that you’re a professional.

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