An email/newsletter went out recently to Ebay Power Sellers, encouraging them to stock up on holiday items for their Ebay Stores by purchasing brand new items from brick and mortar stores. The article, entitled “Sourcing for Profitability”, had a tip called “Returns means low risk”. Yep, you read it right – Ebay is telling its Sellers to buy from offline stores, and if they can’t sell it on Ebay to use the return policy and take it back.
Their words, as re-posted on their forums:
“Returns mean low risk — When sourcing at retail check the return policy ….. You can always return the inventory if you find it does not sell …..”
As noted on the Ebay forums, what’s to stop people from pulling the same stunt on Ebay sellers?