If you haven’t been in the loop, here is the direct link to eBay’s dropshipping policy.
If you continue to source products from other online marketplaces and then resell those goods on the eBay platform, you will be running the risk of eBay displaying your listings lower in search (throttling), loss of top rated status, removal of listings from the site, and even account restrictions and suspension.
At this point, you’re probably asking yourself what you should be doing to start selling (or continue selling) on eBay without the risk associated with online retail arbitrage. After several months of intense strategy development and coordinated process improvements, we have concluded that there are 2 viable options for sustained dropshipping success on eBay.
Your 1st option is to begin a wholesale dropshipping eBay store. If this topic interests you, please check out Wholesale Dropshipping Champions YouTube channel or request access to the Wholesale Dropshipping Facebook group. However, since Wholesale Dropshipping is not the scope of this article we will focus our attention on the 2nd option: “Espionage Arbitrage”.
Espionage Arbitrage is our manual dropshipping technique which allows us to remain undetected by eBay’s flagging system. Since this strategy does not employ the use of any third-party applications with API integrations, retailer specific tracking numbers (e.g. AMZL US), or item location misrepresentation, we are able to continue selling hot products from popular brands while increasing our overall profit!
THE TOP 5 ESPIONAGE ARBITRAGE QUESTIONS
1. DO YOU NEED A NEW EBAY STORE AND PAYPAL ACCOUNT?
If you already have an eBay account which you have sold on in the past using the online retail arbitrage model, we highly suggest that you open a new eBay store. The reason for this is that either your account has been flagged for violating eBay’s dropshipping policy, or it runs the risk of being flagged.
Luckily, eBay treats new merchant accounts as independent of one another. That is to say, eBay states that they do not crosslink your other accounts’ selling history with any new accounts. The obvious solution to circumvent the effects of eBay’s throttle, is to open a brand new account using the manual dropshipping model. It’s important to point out however, if you do not stop API driven online retail arbitrage or completely cease the use of your old account, you do run the risk of eBay suspending your selling privileges on the merchant level.
This concept holds true for your PayPal account as well. We have all of our eBay stores connected to the exact same PayPal, and we have not seen any adverse effects on any of our manual stores. The tell-tale sign of account throttling is when promoted listing impressions and and clicks decrease over 90% in less than 48 hours and do not recover. Importantly, we have not observed any decrease in promoted listing impressions on any of our manual stores.
Figure 1: A graphical depiction of over 99% decrease in promoted listing clicks compared to the prior 1-month period.
Figure 2: A graphical depiction of over 99% decrease in promoted listing impressions compared to the prior 1-month period.
Figure 3: A graphical depiction of our new manual eBay store promoted listing clicks. We had 0 clicks on January 5th when the promotion went live and it accrued to 13,639 by March 11th.
Figure 4: A graphical depiction of our new manual eBay store promoted listing Impressions. We had 0 Impressions on January 5th when the promotion went live and it accrued to 2,344,249 by March 11th.
2.WHAT SHOULD I PUT FOR ITEM LOCATION?
When you create a new listing on eBay, there is a section which asks you to declare the item location. If you were shipping the item yourself, this is where you put your own home or warehouse’s town, state, and ZIP code. However, as dropshippers, we do not ship from our own physical location, we ship directly from our suppliers location.
If your supplier has only 1 fulfillment center, then we would simply input that into our eBay listing item location. Some confusion arises when your supplier has multiple fulfillment centers. Since there is no option on eBay for us to select more than 1 item location, we do the next best thing.
We input ‘Multiple Locations’ in the City, State field and leave the ZIP Code field blank.
This is clearly outlined in eBay’s item location policy as shown below:
3. IF MY ACCOUNT IS THROTTLED, WHAT SHOULD I DO?
If your eBay account has already been throttled, we highly suggest that you open a new eBay store. Your seasoned online retail arbitrage store should be viewed as high risk. It may also take a long time for you to get un-flagged even if you pull all API software off the account.
eBay treats new merchant accounts as independent of one another, so they do not crosslink your other accounts’ selling history with any new accounts. By opening a brand new account using the manual dropshipping model, we are able to start fresh without the adverse effects of a throttled store.
Additionally, we do not suggest the use of stealth accounts due to the difficulty in setting them up and also the possibility of a lifetime account ban. Lastly, starting a stealth account is not necessary for what we are trying to accomplish (avoiding the effects of eBay’s listing throttle).
4. WHAT SOFTWARE IS SAFE TO USE?
In general, any software that does not connect to eBay’s API is safe to use for a manual dropshipping store. Below are the following 3 software companies that we endorse for eBay manual dropshipping:
This is the program which allows us to reprice our items and monitor quantity levels without direct API access. You can choose how frequently Sku Grid prepares a .CSV file based on price changes at the source and quantity changes on your eBay stores items. Then, Sku Grid utilizes its own chrome extension to automatically send the updated .CSV through eBay’s file exchange uploader.
If you’re interested in using Sku Grid, click our affiliate link below to receive 20,000 Sku Grid Credits (equivalent to a Full month of repricing every 3 hours for with 100 items) and a 7 day free trial: http://bit.ly/SkuGrid
SPOT N’ PASTE
This is a chrome extension that we use for semi-automated ordering. By copying buyers addresses and saving them to a clipboard, Spot n’ Paste expedites the checkout process and decreases human error. It is only $9.99 per month and it can be used across just about all platforms and marketplaces, making it 1 of the most versatile dropshipping tools.
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zik is still the premier product research tool for eBay. This is by far the best sourcing software available. No other software even comes close to the functionality of zik. You can zero in on competition, niches, sales volume, and much more with this software’s filtering capabilities.
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5. WILL MY NEW MANUAL EBAY DROPSHIPPING STORE GET FLAGGED?
As long as you follow all of our suggested steps to mitigate the likelihood of eBay’s ‘flagging’ algorithm, you should be able to avoid detection. This is the entire premise of espionage arbitrage — strategically operating your store so as not to give eBay any reason to suspect that you are sourcing from an online retailer or marketplace.
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