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You can also perform a completed listings search on eBay to find out what the going price is for something you wish to sell, and what the demand is like.
Another idea is to check eBayâ€™s Want It Now listings. How many people are searching for something versus the number of suppliers supplying it?
You can also check sites such as Amazon and Yahoo to see what is selling elsewhere.
Now keep in mind, these, while useful as a starting point, can also be accessed by every other eBay seller. â€˜Hotâ€™ products usually have so much competition that it is always most profitable to come up with your own niche market.
Some ways to find niche markets -
Magazines, newspapers and blogs can be very useful for brainstorming and researching new markets. It's also a good idea to keep tabs on what is happening in the news if you want to pick up on new trends. The trick is to analyze what you hear and read for product opportunities.
Sometimes, friends and family can be the source of an idea. Perhaps they are all having the same trouble finding the perfect baby carrier, ergonomic gardening tools, or kitchen grill. Just 3 or 4 people looking for the same thing can indicate an opportunity waiting to be grabbed.
Your own hobbies and interests can be the catalyst for a great product idea. Itâ€™s highly likely many other people also share your passion and need the same items you do, whether that be art or a collectible, craft tools, or essential piece of equipment, such as a snorkel, bird watching binoculars, baseball bat, and so on. Not only are most hobbyists prepared to spend to support their interest, but you as a seller will already have a lot of knowledge about the product, which will make sourcing items and marketing a lot easier.
Or, if you haven't yet, try selling stuff from around your home that you no longer need anymore. In the process, you will often stumble across items that sell really well that you would never have otherwise picked. Everyone makes mistakes when they start out and itâ€™s best to get some practice â€“ to find out what sells best â€“ before you start investing in inventory and selling seriously.
A quick search in the forum for ideas on what to sell may bring up a few posts, you'll also find our blog very useful for getting tips on what to sell.
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