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    How do they make money???

    Sellers on ebay sell sim cards (many with credit) for a fraction of their real cost. 120183163998 for example, 99p for a sim card with £10 credit. Now after ebay fees, paypal fees and postage I can imagine he made pretty much nothing from me. So how does he make any money, where is he getting sim cards with £10 credit from for virtually nothing?

    I assume he gets a commission from the networks to make it worth his while, does anyone know anything about that? Does he get a fiver for example when someone registers? Or a percentage of people's top-ups? I assume if they all went to the same person who never topped up then he'd get nothing?

    120182554062, what about that one? That's approx 8p a sim delivered? Surely there's no money in that? Are they assuming that people then take them to car boot sales and they then get a commission when they're registered/topped-up?

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    Banned

    maybe they just assume they will go for more than they do

    Original Poster

    sassie

    maybe they just assume they will go for more than they do




    They're buy it now!

    Tons and tons of them available.

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    Benjimoron

    They're buy it now!Tons and tons of them available.


    and whats the postage costs?

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    sassie

    and whats the postage costs?




    All included in the figures above. (Look at the item no's)

    99p delivered for sim + £10 credit

    8p delivered for sim (when bought in bundle of 200)

    They must get a commission, I'm just trying to work out how they get it and if there's scope for a possible venture???

    Weird

    Item 120183163998, why is the sim with £1 credit (price £1.29) dearer than the sim with £10 credit (price 99p)?

    Arent they just the free sims that the networks give out?

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    barneydog

    WeirdItem 120183163998, why is the sim with £1 credit (price £1.29) d … WeirdItem 120183163998, why is the sim with £1 credit (price £1.29) dearer than the sim with £10 credit (price 99p)?



    Not sure, think it was a one off, normally it's £3.98 delivered but still, can't see why so cheap and how they make money?

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    stanley

    Arent they just the free sims that the networks give out?




    yes and no, they aren't the 4 at a time ones that we sign up for. They are retail packs that they get from the network I assume, but to make it worth their while there must be some sort of commission for registrations or top-ups???

    I just thought, perhaps the person is trying to get a high eBay seller rating so in the future they can scam unsuspecting people?

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    TehSheep

    I just thought, perhaps the person is trying to get a high eBay seller … I just thought, perhaps the person is trying to get a high eBay seller rating so in the future they can scam unsuspecting people?




    Don't think they're gonna sell 100,000+ items without making any profit just to be able to scam a few people in the future. Much easier ways of getting better feedback than that guy is getting.

    TehSheep

    I just thought, perhaps the person is trying to get a high eBay seller … I just thought, perhaps the person is trying to get a high eBay seller rating so in the future they can scam unsuspecting people?



    No, very unlikely

    Feedback: 98.4% PositiveMember: since 15-Sep-03 in United … Feedback: 98.4% PositiveMember: since 15-Sep-03 in United KingdomAccount type: BusinessMembers who left a positive: 103980Members who left a negative: 1742All positive Feedback: 119703

    Most networks pay for you to distribute them, on the same principle as giving you quidco for taking them sometimes (such as previous o2 offer).
    They can then sell them for nothing, or next to nothing, to bump up their sales numbers, which are recorded by when the numbers they are given are activated. £10 credit is nothing to hook a customer really, as most aren't savvy enough to change SIMS every few days/weeks.

    Banned

    thank you sean, i will sleep better tonight now:thumbsup:

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    seancampbell

    Most networks pay for you to distribute them, on the same principle as … Most networks pay for you to distribute them, on the same principle as giving you quidco for taking them sometimes (such as previous o2 offer).They can then sell them for nothing, or next to nothing, to bump up their sales numbers, which are recorded by when the numbers they are given are activated. £10 credit is nothing to hook a customer really, as most aren't savvy enough to change SIMS every few days/weeks.




    That's what I thought, so how do I go about getting in on this deal???

    If they are prepared to give £10 free on a sim how much are they getting for each registration?

    I assume they're getting a few quid per genuine new customer they sign up?

    It's usually around 35p per newly activated SIM from what I recall, but giving them away means a massive volume. Plus some networks offer extra if the user registers details, and or tops up within specified periods or a certain amount cumulatively.
    I'v seen them advertise in Student Unions, but might be easier to either ask in a phone shop, or call the network about it.

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    seancampbell

    It's usually around 35p per newly activated SIM from what I recall, but … It's usually around 35p per newly activated SIM from what I recall, but giving them away means a massive volume. Plus some networks offer extra if the user registers details, and or tops up within specified periods or a certain amount cumulatively.I'v seen them advertise in Student Unions, but might be easier to either ask in a phone shop, or call the network about it.




    35p each? That's not a great payout! If they give more for when people top-up etc then it may be worthwile.

    Who do you reckon contact? Surely not just customer services at the networks?
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