Getting Started Selling On eBay

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Most people who start selling on eBay are in a hurry to make money. However, it takes time to learn the ropes and early mistakes can cost you, in time and money and perhaps even in bad feedback. It is a good idea to begin by selling a few smaller items you have around the house and build up both your experience and feedback. After all, most savvy buyers won’t buy expensive items or drop shipped items from newbies because they tend to mess things up.

But, what should you sell to get started?

That’s hard to say because the answer is different for everyone. It’s best to sell what you own already and that you have a lot of knowledge about. For example, my first 100 sales were mostly for old wargaming books I had stored after college 20+ years ago. They went like hotcakes and some went for surprisingly high prices too. Look around your house and I’ll bet you’ll find stuff you can easily part with.

But, if you don’t have a lot of stuff, then you might want to scout out local yardsales, thrift stores, and discount stores for things to sell. Look for items in good condition that you know the current sales volume and price for on eBay. Discount stores like TJMaxx or Marshalls usually offer good quality merchandise at low retail prices so check them out too. You don’t want to get stuck with a lot of items you can’t move so go slow and cheap. Only list about 10-15 items at a time. At this point, you won’t be making a lot of money but the objective is to build up your feedback and develop your own system for managing your new business.

Once your feedback hits about 100, you’ll know if selling on eBay is right for you and you’ll be ready to kick it up a notch. In later columns, I’ll cover other vital parts of kicking off your eBay business and growing it into a source of extra income and beyond.

This entry was posted on Saturday, December 23rd, 2017 at 8:45 pm and is filed under Online Auctions. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.

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