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Sell It Now — how to make hundreds of dollars on eBay in 37 minutes

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Here’s the exact steps we used to make $1,000 selling things on eBay over the last two months. Plus, we surveyed readers who make more than $1,000/month using eBay (including one who earned $50,000 over the last year), and we spoke to a senior executive at eBay to get insider tips on how to make extra money with eBay.

Below, you’ll find:

  • Specific tactics on how to make a significant amount of money on eBay (with screenshots)
  • Tips from readers who make 4-5 figures from eBay every month: Why the same items can sell for dramatically different prices — and how to make sure your sale price tops the charts
  • Case study: We sell something on eBay
  • Expert interview (audio download below) with the dean of eBay University: Which items should you sell?

How to make money on eBay

One day, I mentioned to my friend, Susan, that I was going to be selling a few things on eBay and she looked at me skeptically. We’re both fans of Big Wins, so I understand the skepticism — can you really make a lot of money selling on eBay?

We decided to spend time to create a useful guide on how to make significant amounts of money using eBay. I’ve earned over $1,000 in the last 2 months by selling stuff there.

Rather than generic advice, Susan went to the source: a senior executive at eBay. We also asked I Will Teach You To Be Rich readers who’ve earned over $1,000 on eBay to share their specific tactics for selling at higher prices.

Here’s an excerpt of what Susan learned.

Selling on eBay: too much work, too little gain

True or false?

You’ve heard Ramit talk about the CEO model – cut costs, earn more and optimize spending. Saving more money isn’t just about cutting spending, and your income ISN’T always fixed.

You already know that you can sell stuff on eBay, but, like me, you probably haven’t ever gotten around to doing it. What’s the point of learning and getting involved in a whole new system if all you’ll get out of it is $15 for a pair of your Sevens jeans?

I was thinking the same thing you’re thinking:

“Too much work, too little gain”

Then recently, I ended up having a phone conversation with Jim Griffith, the dean of eBay University. Griff teaches thousands of people how to use eBay as a platform to build their businesses, was personally hired by Pierre Omidyar (one of the eBay co-founders) as one of their earliest community / customer focused employees (15 years ago), and has been an expert seller since eBay got started.

After Griff shared a few really good eBay tricks and tips with me, I started to feel bad about being such a hypocrite about eBay.

“Your income’s not fixed, earn more don’t just save” … I’d say these things to my friends all the time, but I never lifted a single finger towards it.

So, I decided I’d list something to see exactly how much work and how little gain it would be.

Expert sellers share their eBay tips

Before setting up my listing, Ramit and I asked I Will Teach You To Be Rich readers who’ve made upwards of $1,000 on eBay to share their secrets.

Here’s how they optimize their eBay listings, in order of importance:

  1. Use lots of really good pictures
  2. Write complete descriptions and think about potential buyers
  3. Do your research
  4. Time your listing right and avoid reserve prices
  5. Choose what to sell carefully

1. Use lots of really good pictures

  • Quality: They use really good pictures – not blurry and not old-looking. They don’t have to be perfect, but should show NOT ONLY the item BUT ALSO that the item lives in a nice environment. I don’t care how much of a deal it is – I’m not buying a designer sweater that’s being photographed in a coal plant.
  • Quantity: They use lots of pictures. If you’re buying something from an unknown eBay seller, your confidence goes up with the number of real photos of the item in question. One reader told us her secret was “LOTS of pictures. Use an outside app to manage listings (I use Garage Sale) and to upload photos to your own server so you don’t have to pay eBay’s prices for extra photos.”

2. Write complete descriptions and think about potential buyers

  • Completeness: Fill out all the fields in your listing, and make sure your textual description gives a LOT of information about the item. It’s just stupid not to, and yet SO many sellers don’t do this. Laziness I guess? Whatever the reason, don’t be like them.Think like your buyer – if I’m dropping $200 for a rare book on eBay, I want to know EVERY detail about it. I don’t care how mundane or even repetitive it is, I want every reason to have faith that my $200 will be well spent.
  • Search optimization: Use targeted keywords in your item title AND description. You don’t have to be a tech wizard for this. It’s as simple as asking yourself, what would a potential buyer for this item type into the search box? The more closely your description matches that search query, the more visible your products will be. If it’s a brand name thing, then people will probably be typing in the brand, not just the name of the item itself, so make sure to include the brand –eg. [pottery barn queen duvet] versus [queen duvet]. One reader told us “Don’t misspell brand names” – who’s searching for Calfin Kline, anyway? Yeah, it’s obvious. But people still get it wrong.

Bad eBay listing title - this is NOT how to make money on eBay

Bad eBay listing title – this is NOT how to make money on eBay

Good eBay listing title - THIS is how to make money on eBay!

Good eBay listing title – THIS is how to make money on eBay!

3. Do your research

  • Is there a market for your item? Taking 5 minutes to Google your item and learn its true market value – on eBay AND on a bunch of other e-commerce sites – helps you to sell it more competitively because you’ll find out whether or not there’s a market for your item, you’ll see the right price, and you’ll figure out the right search keywords to write into your listing.

4. Time your listing right and avoid reserve prices

  • One reader gave us a good tip for timing your listing: “Use the 10 day listing starting on a Thursday, that gives you two full weekends of eyeballs. Weekends typically have the highest traffic.”
  • This same seller told us even more about reserve pricing: “99.999% of the time I never use a reserve price. My goal is to make as much money as I can, so I reduce the amount of upfront money I have to pay. I also do this by using a low starting price of $0.99. This keeps me competitive with everyone. I would rather get little for it than have it sit on my shelf and have it COSTING me money.”

5. Choose what to sell carefully

  • The survey respondent who made the most money off of eBay ($50k+ in the past 12 months) gave us an interesting tip on what to sell: “Find a niche market, and go deep (do you have a hobby – if so, can you sell supplies for it? If selling hobby supplies, make sure your customer has purchased everything necessary for a successful project (i.e. provide fantastic customer svc/support. Selling “irregulars/seconds” can be lucrative.”
  • This was also one of the key takeaways from my interview with eBay’s Jim Griffith. Keep reading for more on this point.

Case study: How to make money on eBay

With all these tips in mind, I decided to go for it myself.

Here are the 6 exact steps I used to sell my first item on eBay in just 37 minutes:

  1. Sign up for an eBay account (2 min)
  2. Find something to sell (2 min)
  3. Research the product and the price (5 min)
  4. Market your eBay listing (15 min)
  5. List your first item on eBay! (5 min)
  6. Fulfil your eBay sale (8 min)

Step 1: Sign up for an eBay account

Sign up for an eBay account to make money on eBay

This was very straightforward. If you know how to use email and read this blog, then you don’t need additional explanation.

Time taken: 2 min

Step 2: Find something to sell

Selling my Seychelles shoes on eBay

Almost everyone has something lying around for eBay. Last month, for example, Ramit sold his broken laptop (the one he ruined with a latte, of all things) for $661. (In fact, he used an assistant to do the market research, write the eBay page, and ship it, but that’s a story for another time).

Apparently, someone out there knew how to fix it. This highlights one of the greatest things about eBay – its wide reach means that you’re likely to find a buyer for almost anything that you have to sell. While most people don’t have tons of spare high-value electronics laying around, you probably do have something else. As for me, I had these too-big shoes in my closet that I’d never worn.

Remember, the point of this post to understand and optimize the process, so let’s use the shoes as an example.

Time taken: 2 min

Step 3: Research the product and the price

Under Step 3 Research

I didn’t want to make the mistake of setting an arbitrary price based on emotions, or not knowing what the hot keywords are for describing these shoes.

Here’s how I researched:

  1. Searched for the product name with Google Product Search [ Seychelles Share the Wealth ]
  2. Looked at the top 5 ecommerce sites selling the product. This gave me the price AND, more important, lots of details about the shoe and the brand to put in the description to make it look super professional.
  3. Saw the item I have has one major distinction – a hard-to-find color. I’ll highlight this in the description.

Note: it’s hard to Google ‘value of broken laptop,’ but in this case, Ramit’s damaged computer was making $0 sitting on his shelf. Remember the tip about pricing at $0.99 we heard from our power seller-it’s always better to make some money from your item than to get all emotionally attached to it and not make any at all.

Time taken: 5 min

Step 4: Market your eBay listing

Since I already did the research, this was the easy part. I took photos and then determined the title and description copy from the other sites I saw that were selling this product, making sure to highlight the major distinction (its color) along with the standard brand distinction.

I took the reader tip and decided to list on a Thursday, for a 10-day auction to get in two weekends’ worth of eyeballs.

Here’s what I did:

  1. Borrowed the title and best descriptions from the other sites I saw. (5 min)
  2. Took photos and did some minor editing. (10 min)

Note: when Ramit was trying to sell off his broken laptop, he used brand identification (it was an Apple Macbook), photos of the actual item being sold, and added an honest, thorough description – ‘this laptop has some damage, but it’s definitely reparable and it’s a steal if you know how.’ The brand name draws in lots of viewers, and the honest, thorough description targets the listing to just the right person who’ll end up loving the purchase.

Time taken: 15 min

Step 5: List your first item on eBay!

Listing my first eBay item

eBay makes this really easy. I chose to offer free shipping because this attracts more buyers. I bundled the estimated shipping cost into the price of the item.

Time taken: 5 min

Step 6: Fulfil your eBay sale

It’s really, really important to get those good seller ratings, even if you’re not quitting your day job. Fullfillment means being a reliable seller, packager, and shipper, and getting the item to your buyer ASAP.

Time taken: 8 min

Total time taken: 37 min

My completed eBay seller's listing

Bonus tip from my interview with Jim Griffith, from eBay University

When I asked Griff for any secrets on getting inventory to sell on eBay, he told me, “think local.”

Instead of thinking only about how to sell YOUR stuff on eBay (like your old stereo, computer, designer jeans), think about how to make a micro business selling OTHER stuff on eBay, that you obtain locally, such as….

  • Stuff that’s on major sale at retail discount stores (TJ Maxx, etc, may be selling stuff for really cheap that’s actually going for full price in other marketplaces, like eBay. Griff has a great, real-life example of this.)
  • Undervalued things you find at garage sales, swap meets, thrift stores
  • Brand name stuff or items with a certain following that are being discontinued
  • Items already listed on eBay that are undervalued (either badly marketed and not using any of the tactics discussed above, or just priced wrong). Ok this one is not local, but it’s a similar idea.

Audio excerpt from my interview with Jim Griffith

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Alex K
Alex K
7 years 7 days ago

Great article!
I sold about $100,000 on ebay in 2008.

You can make money selling just about anything but you have to know your product. Otherwise you won’t be able to spot the great deal when it comes along (they always do).

If you don’t know about anything in particular, just jump in selling something that interests you. You will make mistakes at first and possibly even lose some money but eventually you will be a pro as you learn from those mistakes.

sagar sahu
1 year 9 days ago

Can i sell any thing…jst like hardware products and games??

Sam
Sam
8 months 25 days ago

I made my first million using popularonebay.com, best resource of what to sell online period, hope it helps 🙂

sam
sam
8 months 23 days ago

Hey, I use PopularOnEbay.com, tells you Exactly what sold most, million dollar sales, keyword searched most, inside data, this cheat sheet is simply amazing, hope it helps, know what to sell and get to the point 🙂

sam
sam
7 months 24 days ago

I have been very successful with PopularOnEbay.com, plain and simple actual data as to exactly what is selling the most, tripled my profits, and you’ll be surprised at the items, just sharing the knowledge, hope it helps 🙂

Michael
Michael
1 month 20 days ago

Hi alex can u teach me a little thing about selling on ebay

Baker
7 years 7 days ago

Very thorough article. This is the type of stuff that I crave.

While we haven’t done a business buying & selling, etc… We did have plenty of success selling the majority of our possessions in the year leading up to moving overseas.

The research part of this is important. It doesn’t take long, but you can quickly find which items sell better on Ebay and which are better to sell on other online vendors or even in person, newspapers, etc…

Scadman
Scadman
7 years 7 days ago

For someone so smart I find it absolutely shocking that you use a Mac, especially after such a lovely insult to the a-holes who drive 2 door Beemers. Go read Steve Jobs Wiki for god sakes. How could anyone support that, not to mention the complete lack of functionality offered by a Mac Book. I thought you favored functionality over price?

Conner Nantz
1 year 1 month ago
Im 15 you know my name ^, I just read all this and subscribed to the scrooge thing and everything. I am a soon to be “aspiring” millionaire. I agree apple is controlling and ridiculously over priced (only because they are smart marketers), but extremely simple. Its all you need if you just sell stuff on eBay, and have a email, and contact people. Microsoft is a lot more customizable, but harder and way more complicated and intricate. You sir though are a dick I met a great guy (hard working as well) the other day that drives a 2… Read more »
guinness416
7 years 7 days ago
Really good article! And really, what people need to take away is that you can literally sell ANYTHING on ebay and make a few bucks – as long as you’re upfront about what the hell the item is. In fact the more obscure the item almost the better. As a few examples I sold a collection of scratched up CDs without covers/liners at one point and made good money; I sold a collection of beermats I’d accumulated in pubs a decade ago in my drinking/bartending student life in Ireland for several hundred dollars; and almost to my own disbelief I… Read more »
April
April
7 years 7 days ago

This might be a dumb question, but how do you estimate shipping costs?

Scott
Scott
7 years 7 days ago
I made a few hundred selling my old Lego sets. Some of them went for $80-100 for one complete set. I was really surprised at how much some of them went for. The only drawback was the time it took to build them up and photograph them completed, but it took me back to my childhood for a while. I’d say any older collectible item that you are knowledgeable about can make you money. Don’t forget about Craigslist ads. Post up a “want to buy” ad for any item that you want to sell. Most people don’t know the value… Read more »
ek
ek
7 years 7 days ago

This is great for ebay, but most of what I see are textbooks. Any specific strategies for half.com where marketing, etc are structured differently?

adam
adam
7 years 7 days ago

I assume you will be emailing the full interview to scrooge strategy members? I don’t see it yet.

Chad
Chad
7 years 7 days ago

Your shock headlines are getting a little OLD and STALE….

Lenny
Lenny
7 years 7 days ago

Seriously, eBay? Why not use craigslist? We used to sell stuff on eBay. With the listing time, seller’s fees & shipping hassle, we started using craigslist. People will say that craigslist is local and you don’t get exposure outside your city. I saw baloney. We have sold stuff to people all over the US on craigslist. eBay is sooo 2000.

adam
adam
7 years 7 days ago

Glad to be getting two free books from you… so I hear 😉

Evan
Evan
7 years 7 days ago

And avoid accepting paypal. They will freeze your money and you will never get it back. Paypal destroyed my first online business and stole over $2000 from me, which has not been recovered. I’ll start using ebay when they allow alternatives to accepting paypal.

Kevin@OutOfYourRut
7 years 7 days ago

Ramit–“Craigslist is good too, but in my experience, CL people are largely looking for extreme deals (which is why I use it as a buyer, not a seller). As a seller, I’ve been able to sell things on eBay for a LOT, while people on CL laugh if you’re charging over something like $25.”

An EXCELLENT example of the “buy low/sell high” theory put into practice! That was worth as much as anything else in the post!

Stefanie
Stefanie
7 years 7 days ago
It may take 37 minutes to list that one item, then you must pay ebay’s fees, paypal fees, and if you are eating your shipping, you pay shipping fees. You also must package and ship the item, which could take at least the same amount of time, and you may need to take the package to the shipping location, adding it to a possibly huge to do list. If you are selling an item for $25, you’ve got $2.00 in ebay fees, $2.00 in paypal fees $6.00 in shipping, (we’re not even looking at the cost of the item you… Read more »
Scott
Scott
7 years 7 days ago

Always use Paypal. It’s worth the extra 2% selling fee to re-coup money from dishonest buyers.

Even more worthwhile if you’re a buyer trying to recoup money from a dishonest seller.

Susan Su
Susan Su
7 years 7 days ago
@Baker I find the research part to be the most fun of all. It makes me feel like a business owner (on a micro-scale), where you get to do the fun stuff without taking on all the risk. @ek That’s a great question. My favorite high school history teacher made hundreds of dollars a month selling books on Half.com. It’s a complex topic worth its own post, but in general, I’d say that people are looking for a certain set of quality criteria when purchasing text books, and that the best way to learn is research and trial. Look at… Read more »
Ben
Ben
7 years 7 days ago
There are a few easy ways that you can estimate shipping if you don’t want to offer free shipping. 1. Ebay offers the option to enter the package size and weight. When people bid on your item, they enter their zip code which determines how much they will pay for shipping. That amount just gets added if they win the auction. 2. You can go to UPS.com and use their estimate tool. I live in Wisconsin so I always just pretend I’m shipping to 90210 and use that as what I figure the max shipping will cost me. Then I… Read more »
Kaytee
Kaytee
8 months 17 days ago

How do you transfer your pay pal money into another account ,,?? I just started selling on eBay

Kyle Parisi
Kyle Parisi
7 years 7 days ago
I’ve sold everything from VCRs to a full wakeboard beginner kit. I often use Ebay to supplement the cost of other things (i.e. new iphone). One thing that I didn’t see on this post was to use advanced search in Ebay. If you’re selling anything, I recommend you do an advanced search of “completed listings”. This way you’ll see how much other items sold for and how often. It will help you gage price and whether it is worth your time. You definitely need shipping for large items like wakeboards. I once posted a used 1st gen. ipod touch and… Read more »
Russ
Russ
7 years 7 days ago

Susan,

In your final recap you gave a total time spent of 37 minutes, but you never tell how much the shoes sold for. I know that any amount over the listing fees is a gain for you in the form of more cash in your pocket as well as more closet space and that this was mostly an exercise to gain experience using ebay, but it would be nice to know what return you received for the 37 minutes you invested in this learning experience.

GARY
GARY
7 years 7 days ago

Do a 4 hour work-week style thing and pay someone in India $10 an hour (max 2 hrs) to research all of your items at once for price and make you a spreadsheet on Wed. This is of course if you’re listing several things per week.

I’m gonna sell all my CDs/DVDs/Comics/Baseball Cards and whatever other useless stuff I have laying around. Even if I make zero money, I free’d up some space finally for junk I don’t really need to keep.

Khirod
Khirod
2 months 12 days ago

I am from India. I am ready to research and listing part to sell your product. I will very happy to work @10dollar per hour. If you have the requirement then mail me.

Gagan
Gagan
2 months 11 days ago

Cal me if u have knowledge to work and list things on eBay and Amazon USA….gagansharma07@hotmail.cm

sagar ganatra
2 months 3 days ago

It not just easy to just sell on eBay or outsource work to Indian freelancer. eBay SEO now a days sellers using. I’m having knowledge & 6 year + experience in it. Let me help you all in it.

April
April
7 years 7 days ago

“RE: shipping: One thing that Jim mentions in the interview is that free shipping has become the standard, and that sellers need to factor this into their listing price.”

Yes, but how do you estimate what dollar amount to factor in? I don’t want to sell something only to lose money because I didn’t factor in enough shipping. It sounds like you need a scale if you need to enter the weight of the package to use eBay’s shipping calculator.

Duddes02
7 years 7 days ago
I didn’t see where you mentioned how important your seller’s RATING is. It can make or break a sale if you do not have 100% positive rating. A negative comment can destroy your reputation. Make sure not to lie about the condition of the product. If the heel is worn, WRITE that in the listings AND post a picture of the “damage”. You’ll still get bids but the bidder will know what to expect. ALWAYS ship on time too. It really irks buyers when they paid you money for a pair of shoes that takes 3 weeks to get to… Read more »
malia
7 years 6 days ago
Aloha! Great tips here… I’d also like to add as part of the “research” process, it’s very helpful to use ebay’s “completed listings” option on the search feature. I normally do this before any sale to see what similar items have sold for recently, so I know how much I expect to get for my item. From there I can judge whether it’s worth my time or not, or if I’d have a better shot getting rid of it at a garage sale or craigslist or something where I don’t have to pay fees. Then price super low – I… Read more »
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Rosanne @ ComparedForMe
7 years 5 days ago

Thanks for this very informative post. I used to think that no one can get rich from eBay anymore. This post just proved me wrong.

Joey
7 years 5 days ago
Hi Ramit! I love your book and blog, found you through the blog of Mr. Tim Ferris and the 4HWW. You guys are doing awesome things…you saved my wife and I over $500/year by cutting down our car insurance, our cars were more insured than our own bodies! I’m a powerseller on eBay and one book that really helped my business was Tim Ferris’s recommendation on marketing and branding titled, “The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing,” by Al Ries & Jack Trout. It helps to examine your brand/would-be brand and attack a niche OR develop a new niche…I’m in the… Read more »
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Kristen from FiLife
7 years 5 days ago

“Thinking local” and taking advantage of your location is huge.

An old co-worker of mine took advantage of our office’s great shopping location in Chelsea, New York. He’d buy clothing items in the area’s shops when they went on sale and then would sell them for almost full price on Ebay. He found there was a big market for nice men’s shoes in large sizes. Most of the buyers came from the Mid-West.

Basically he funneled deals happening in NYC to other parts of the country. He found his niche and his market and prospered.

Lea
Lea
7 years 4 days ago

This article is great! Although if you are an occasional ebay seller or a full time one how to you go about paying taxes on what you make? or even what specific forms to fill out? Ive been trying to google this but cannot get one straight answer.

Brandon
Brandon
7 years 4 days ago
I JUST completed my first sale on eBay yesterday, before I saw this article. I was a bit skeptical about actually selling what I had (a relatively new, irreparable laptop given to me in hopes of a repair) but it ended up going pretty decently. There were parts on it that worked perfectly, and I could have disassembled the computer and sold each part separately (and made more money), but I just didn’t have the time then. I DID do the research and put up a full description though, but as for the pictures I just used something I googled.… Read more »
Bill
Bill
7 years 4 days ago

[Edit from Ramit:] I deleted Bill’s comment. Totally cool with critical comments, but please leave a working email address so I can get in touch with you.

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Farrell
Farrell
7 years 4 days ago

This makes me want to sign up for Scrooge.

Question for members of Scrooge, or Ramit: If I sign up now, is there an archive of tips that I could search through?

Thanks, and excellent post!

Matt Dunlap
7 years 4 days ago

Headline: Sell It Now — how to make hundreds of dollars in 37 minutes

tag line: Today, tips on how we’ve earned $1,000 over the last two months from selling things on eBay

making $1,000 over 2 months is not exciting… Your next post should be about the thousands of ways besides Ebay to make $1,000 over 2 months

Liz
Liz
7 years 4 days ago
@ Matt Dunlap: As a ‘starving’ college student, I think that making $1000 over 2 months is awesome! I may not be able to sell as much since my apartment is smaller and I simply don’t own a lot, but for a young person (or even someone who’s making a good living for themselves) making an extra $500/mo can go a long way, from paying off your credit card bill faster to being able to go on that trip you’ve been planning for a while. Since I am still semi-dependent on my parents for financial support and in college, a… Read more »
Jermaine Holmes
7 years 4 days ago

This brings me back memories. I used to be an occasional eBay seller. I went to garage sales and Craigslist to get inventory. I didn’t strike it rich but I did make decent money, had fun researching the items, and learned about international shipping. Only reason I stopped was because of all the travel by public transportation. Would like to get into it again (despite all the fees), but trying to decide which niche. Sure I’ll come into it one day!

Kevin@OutOfYourRut
7 years 3 days ago

If you’ve never done the ebay thing, a good book on the subject is Marsha Colliers book “Starting a Business on Ebay for Dummies”. You have to get the latest edition since ebay is constantly changing.

It answers a lot of the questions asked here, and I’ve used it to get into ebay sales. I’m no expert, nor am I a frequent seller, but I have made a small number of profitable sales just using the advice in that book.

Credit Card Chaser
7 years 2 days ago

Great tips although the thing that has always bothered me about selling on eBay is that it seems hard to be able to find a strategy that can be scaled in any type of real way. Certainly scaling is easier when you have specialized knowledge about a certain product niche (i.e. basketball cards, pottery, etc.) and I guess most people if they think hard enough about it probably have some sort of specialized knowledge about a certain product niche but the trouble is just that those niches are not always in demand on eBay.

xmasy
xmasy
7 years 2 days ago

I used to sell ‘aibos’ on ebay! Look it up
As the article says, find a niche market. People are willing to pay crazy money in niche markets.

JimE
JimE
7 years 2 days ago

This is the most functional post I’ve seen in a long time on this site. Good work, more please.

Agustin
Agustin
7 years 2 days ago

I agree with JimE

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7 years 1 day ago

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Omar
7 years 1 day ago

Have to look into this because I want to increase my income and I have a lot of unused books, clothes, etc. Thanks for the article.

Nate
6 years 11 months ago

There will always be a “yeah but…” excuse out there, but I think this captures the essence of finding a market, and having a marketplace to sell without having to do extreme marketing. People COME to ebay and search there for a product first. You get listed by “ending first” not who has the most backlinks etc. If you have a product to sell or want to get into ecommerce, this is a great testbed to start….or a great platform to base your business on.

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6 years 11 months ago

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6 years 11 months ago

Personally, I love eBay and the big variety of products you can purchase or sell. I’ve seen people purchase $2K in one day on eBay.

Thanks for your article. It was very informative.

Dave
6 years 11 months ago
I used to sell used and rare books on ebay. I was doing $300-$500 a week many years ago (pre-2000). Then after the dotcom bubble the used book biz got really slow. Back then I sold 80% of my auctions! Today the success rate I’ve heard is 40% or less. But I could never make big money on ebay. I heard about one guy doing $25k a month selling DVD videos about how to make better videos (LOL). I think ebay is becoming a desert though. I can’t see the potential anymore. I prefer to sell books on amazon and… Read more »
Vas
6 years 11 months ago

Ebay is a fantastic platform to start a business and to test your market. You can start generating income from day one and have bugger all overheads. If you compare this to building a website:
1. Build site = $
2. SEO – content – back links = a lot of time and $

And even after all this outlay it will probably take around 1.5 to 2 years before Google starts to rank you and before you start making some coin.

Ebay has it’s place in the future – great company and has given many people opportunities to become rich.

Axel (Germany)
6 years 11 months ago

Great article, I always use ebay to sell my old stuff and even use old newspapers and boxes to make the parcel. So get some extra space in your home, make someone happy and even get some extra bucks! It’s the best of 2 Worlds.

Cassie
6 years 11 months ago

Thanks for the tips.

With regard to handmade items (such as pieces of art) what’s the recommendation for Etsy.com versus Ebay.com?

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6 years 11 months ago

I am such an ebay fan! This post was great, I too often see terrible posts on ebay, but the items are great.

Good guest post, I hope she will give me some insight on how I could write an ebook on my blog.

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6 years 11 months ago

I’m not an Ebay seller, but I know a couple of people that are. One of the strategies they use is to find local products that either don’t exist in other markets or may be much more expensive. For example, if you live in Portland (Nike headquarters), maybe you can find cheap Nike apparel and then sell it to buyers on the East coast at a price that would make you an nice profit but still be cheaper for the person on the east coast to purchase.

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ryan
1 year 3 months ago

Good advice but because ebay high fees and you get a double whammy with Paypal which is owned by Ebay it’s just not feasible to sell on ebay any more.
Craigslist is great but again there are some safety issues. I personally like Amazon but I guess you have to find what really works for you.
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1 year 2 months ago
Razi
1 year 1 month ago

Great article. using tools that automates searches works, as well as Bid Snipers. I am using segbay and segbayxp APPs that automates my searches to run every 10 min or less (many items on ebay are Buy Now only) (saves search time) as well as the build in sniper

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1 year 1 month ago

Great info. Thanks for sharing; Jesus Christ Bless! 🙂

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1 year 17 days ago

I will do anything for quick money

Augusto
Augusto
11 months 29 days ago
Great tutorial, seems to be a lot of costs that the seller should have to cover. For example I have this Product “Led Floodlight cool white 20W”. i receive this product from china, my cost is 10$. after i Research this product price on ebay, i Found up that the product sells on 17.5$ on ebay. When i calculate the cost i have to pay 10% to Ebay fees, 2.4% to paypal Fees. That makes me a 11.3$ but when i see the shippment price. The cheapest that i found was USPS on 7$. That makes me 18.3. And i… Read more »
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blaine
11 months 1 day ago

As of yesterday I’m an official business seller on eBay so I’m really taking this journey into selling on eBay seriously.

Thanks for the tips.

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7 months 28 days ago

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7 months 9 days ago

Always good to learn new ways to make extra income. Definitely needed in this day and age.

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7 months 23 hours ago

Its a lot of work for very little gain. Use your time wisely & forget about eBay it’s a waste of time. eBay makes the money while you do all the work. It’s Just Not Worth It. Trust Me, Ive been selling on eBay since 1998. Your Simply Wasting Time…

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2 months 12 days ago

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