It's no secret that I've been a rather loud naysayer of the Hipstamp site. Between abysmal sales results the last time I tried selling there back when it was still Stampwants, and the (still) horrible layout of the item pages that forces you to play clicking games because all of the information is split across multiple tabs rather than a single continuous page, I've avoided it.
At the beginning of last month I decided to give the site a shot again from a selling standpoint for a month, figuring that my downside risk was minimal: (1) a basic store subscription was only $5 for the month with no long-term commitment, unlike eBay
, and (2) with some minor tweaks I could sync my eBay
inventory without any manual listing on Hipstamp proper.
I did have some trepidation, as the last time I did this in earnest, the sync between Stampwants and eBay
was buggy AF, omitting listings, not removing eBay
listings when something was sold on Hipstamp and vice versa... so I didn't know what to expect.
Well, a month in I have to say I'm pleasantly surprised. The sync with eBay
has worked 100% in all respects:
1. When I started sync, all my eBay
listings within the stamps hierarchy were ported over within 24 hours, retaining the shipping costs I had specified on eBay
2. When I add a new listing on eBay
, it shows up on Hipstamp within an hour.
3. When a item is sold on eBay
, it is removed from my open listings on Hipstamp; I haven't checked the timing of this.
4. When an item is sold on Hipstamp, it is de-listed on eBay
with a "[SOLD]" tag added to the front of the title, which is handy when browsing closed/unsold listings on eBay
5. When I delisted me entire eBay
inventory on Nov. 30, all the listings were removed on Hipstamp, and when I relisted them all on eBay
on Dec. 1, they were dutifully added on Hipstamp.
I've made many more sales in the first month on Hipstamp this time around, not necessarily in number of items (about a dozen total), but the dollar amount was well worthwhile, above $400, with virtually all of the items being ones that had languished unsold on eBay
for relatively long periods of time.
My only real complaint is that the post-sale actions aren't as streamlined on Hipstamp as they are with eBay
; it's a more manual process: leaving feedback, marking as shipped, etc.
All things considered though, the faults are minor at this point.
Given that it's a virtually labor-free endeavor and the cost of entry is nominal, I have to do a 180 on my previously held opinion: for anyone that has an existing eBay
store, it's worth trying out Hipstamp at least for a month or two.