I know this post is old but this applies to any new person starting...
welcome and as stated before watch your back. everybody and their brother will try to sell you something. Ebay is soo hard right now. I feel that a store is a bit much and you should walk before you run... imho.
tip #1 stay away from monthly paid membership crap that will bleed you dry.fake clubs like doba,megagoods,
shopster, simplx just to name a few.
stay away from ebooks that promise you they have the secret list. all lies. stay away from alibaba. I cannot lie I have sourced products from china before and even returned items and got compensated but I have heard and know quite a few people that have lost a small fortune.
tip #2 do ALOT of research. Everything you ever wanted to learn about ebay is found right on ebay.. get a good ebay calculator to figure out what your breakeven price will be before you list. use theresearch demo at terapeak.com until you understand what you are doing.
read through forums like this one and
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check out Jimcockrum.com/blog/, terry gibbs info at Link hidden: Login to view. they are generous people with alot of free info.
If I were starting out I would do research on terapeak for the last 2 months and then zero in on a niche. alot of products have outlets. call and find out the price they have it for at the outlet and start that way. you can always return the item after 7 days if it does not sell. Ex. Coach mens wallets,belts. Movado watches,Ralph Lauren shirts sweaters.
*** I sell allot of american brand items to people overseas.
forget the product sourcing and go the affiliate route. Join the ebay network , it's free. Want to sell rolex watches without the inventory? create a store with rolex watches from others that have auctions on ebay, amazon etc...only and drive traffic with articles. Don't know how to write? hire people on digitalpont.com,seoarticles.com,elance.com.
hope this helps.