I just finished setting up an online store that involves selling digital content, tangible items like clothes, events tickets etc. However, I have a little challenge on how to charge sellers to add their products in the store. Here are my options
Please which do you think is the best model and any other options you think might be good.
Each model has it's own pros and cons:
So, if your target audience is big high-volume sellers go with option 1 or 2 (or 4 if you want to minimize the number of products per seller), if you want to sign up a larger number of smaller sellers go with option 3.
Option 5. Run the marketplace for FREE. Build a management interface for sellers and buyers to interact (kind of a FREE EBAY, or YAHOO Stores, but in a mall fashion). Follow the Craigslist model. Ask your merchants to donate so that you can continue to develop and market. In the long run, sell your company to OverStock, ebay or any other Corp that doesnt like to have competition that offers a similar service for FREE>