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can anybody tell me what i should be prepared for if i start selling shirts on myspace using the paypal widget...

I am just curious what i should expect before i start doing selling anything. also let me know how it works and if it's even worth it.


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Myspace allows selling from profiles? That must be new because I remember they made a HUGE stink about artists selling their music from their profile. There was a highly publicized article about Tom (the myspcae guy) personally contacting Tila Tequila to tell her that Newscorp (the parent company of Myspace) didnt want ppl to sell things on their profile.

Anywho, I dont know how that would be as a sales chanel. Personally, I would never buy anything off a myspace profile because it looks to low budget and ammature.But good luck, let me know how that works.
 

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Myspace allows selling from profiles?
They didn't in the past ... but I guess that has changed since there is a PayPal widget specifically for it.

But I still wouldn't advise it. It doesn't come across as very professional. Not only that, one person (or competitor) can report you as a spammer or abusing MySpace and all of your outgoing links will be disabled. I don't even sell shirts from my MySpace page and I have never spammed a soul but one hater reported me and after contacting MySpace over a dozen times my links are disabled and forever will be. So all of the time I spent on MySpace and adding/requesting friends is now pretty much wasted.
 

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Myspace has always allowed the selling of [and promotion of] apparel within it's community. Once they became the home of millions of indie bands and startup clothing companies, not only did they allow it, they encouraged it.

Music [digital or otherwise] however, was never allowed for sale until they figured out the SnoCap system and how to integrate it and make certain that the music for sale was being sold through the proper channels.

This whole thing is really nothing new, the actual "widget" may be new, but Paypal users have always had the option of writing their own code and creating Paypal "Buy Now" buttons which could be placed on Myspace [and Facebook, for the comment on the Paypal blog who said they needed one for Facebook]. To make the whole thing semi-automated, all you need is MS Excel and a base Paypal code to generate new listings from. You could make the pictures any size you want, add any features or options you want and have your whole inventory digitized in about 10 minutes of computer time [assuming you already have pictures of your items hosted online somewhere].

I had been doing this from 02/06 until 05/08 and sales have been moderate as compared to elsewhere. For the comment above who said they ran into trouble for "spamming" I see how that could happen and urge anyone who wants to do this to walk a fine line with their Myspace promotion. Posting to Myspace groups and posting bulletins on occassion is one thing, but if you post bulletins every hour and spam every group forum board with your self promotion, you may have the opposite effect of what you're trying to achieve. You could end up losing "friends" more rapidly then you are gaining them.

If anyone here is interested in this and needs help setting up the code or going through the procedure, then post your interest here. It's relatively easy to do [and free].
 

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i don't think i will need help setting up the code (as i will just use the widget) but i am curious as to how the whole buying process works. Are there requirements for customers to buy things? What happens when someone places an order on my end? How can i find reasonable shipping prices?

just a few questions i want to get out there before i forget.

thanks for the response!
 

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Are there requirements for customers to buy things? What happens when someone places an order on my end? How can i find reasonable shipping prices?

Everything is exactly the same as if you were to sell a shirt through a website. Maybe I'm not sure what you're asking, but the whole process is the same. Someone sees your shirt on Myspace, decides to buy it, you get an email from Paypal saying that someone bought something and then you ship them the shirt.
 

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does the email provide all the shipping info? What about receipts and stuff like that? is that all covered by paypal? All i am responsible for is shipping the package to the correct address?
Yes..all that information is on Paypal. You can also create a shipping label and / or invoice.
 
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