When we first started selling on eBay we joined several large Facebook groups that were dedicated to reselling (or so we thought). I commented on a few posts now and then and tried to be helpful but mostly just read and absorbed what other people were saying. One day, I ran across an awesome info-graphic about eBay that I decided to share on one of the largest groups. *BAM* I was instantly banned. It turns out that the purpose of the group was not to help sellers, it was to promote the group owners personal brand and her eBay courses. Since I shared something from a "competitor" I was banned. Other Facebook groups were the same story, this one was designed to sell a lady's mystery boxes, this one was just to push traffic to a resellers YouTube channel. So we moved on to try and find a tribe elsewhere.
How about the eBay Community? Well we had high hopes! We thought it would be a community of like minded people who wanted to talk about how to grow their businesses. We were wrong. We found a face melting amount of complaining and negativity. Everyone was talking about how eBay sucks and is dying, how all buyers are idiots trying to scam people, or asking whether they really had to pay eBay fees. No exactly our kind of place. Not to mention the face that everyone advised us to create an anonymous username to post with so there wouldn't be any retribution towards our account if we said the wrong thing...
So where could we find a group of positive people dedicated to growing their reselling businesses? Instagram of course! The reselling community on Instagram is awesome with tons of love and support to go around! It does have it's limitations though. Everyone has to keep asking the same questions because they don't know what other people have asked, people miss questions, and it's very difficult to have any actual conversation or discussion in a comment section of a picture. Combine that with Instagram's new algorithm and we were lucky to see 1/10 of what we hoped to see from the community.
Eventually we started toying the with idea of starting a forum of our own. We looked around and find a few other similar things but nothing quite like what we wanted. The perfect reseller forum had to:
Since there wasn't a perfect space to connect with other sellers, we decided to create our own! It's hard to stay mentally healthy and maintain a realistic view of things when you're working on your own every single day. So if we have to chance to create two way interaction with positive people who share our goals? Yes please!
We started the site but wanted another way to interact with people instead of just talking at them. Also, some of our best sales have been when we listened to an learned from others!
Who are the forums for and what's on them?
Eventually we want to expand the forums but, for now, they will be focused mainly on reselling on eBay. We welcome discussion about all aspects of sourcing, selling, shipping, alternative platforms, etc. So if you are an eBay seller (or flipper of any sort) then the forums are for you!
But...how much does it cost?
Our goal is to build the absolute best forum for eBay sellers, flippers, resellers, and hustlers of all sorts. So if you have questions about sourcing, listing, shipping, selling, identifying items/brands, or whatever, bring them over and let's grow together!
My wife and I are a young couple, still in school, and doing our best not only to make ends meet, but to excel! We feel like we have so much to offer and can kick this world's butt if we can just get on our feet. Join our journey!