How to start and what to sell? - Your tips needed

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6 Apr 13 08:12:47 pm

I'm a new member of both Salehoo and Ebay. So I'm confused with everything. Could you please briefly and directly give me some advice where to start, like how to choose products. I want to be a great seller. I'm not afraid of hard work. Thank you very much!

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7 Apr 13 10:38:39 pm
Hi aarmars, and welcome aboard, nice to have you with us!

Starting from the ground floor with no real understanding of the online business, I would suggest the very best place to start would be reading through the forum to start with, some great advice can be found in past threads. I would also suggest the read through our Education section, the tab of which is found above i the red title bar.

The information you find may well create more questions, but that's what we're here for : )

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8 Apr 13 04:34:45 am
Welcome aqrmars :)

A great way to find niche markets and hot products to sell is by selling stuff from around your home.

There are two excellent reasons for starting out in this way:

(1) Feedback is hugely important for any eBay seller. With a feedback rating below 10, it is going to be difficult to get people to take you seriously. The first 100 sales are the hardest as buyers look for high feedback as reassurance that they can trust the seller. Generally, the higher your feedback, the better - with powerseller status being the ultimate goal.

(2) You get to sell a range of products and see what works well. The results may surprise you!

Nothing beats knowledge gained from experience and selling stuff from around the home is the best way to get it without any risk.

After some practice with goods from around the home, I recommend buying small wholesale lots of products that most people use on a daily basis.

Many of these products are excellent sellers, plus they are fairly easy to get hold of. A lot of new sellers make the mistake of trying to be all things to all people. In fact, it is far better to target a specific market, e.g. ‘back to school’.

Some ideas:

* Clothing: accessories, plus sizes, maternity, night wear.
* Kitchen: recipes, knife sets, toasters, microwaves
* Beauty: sunscreen, insect repellent, cosmetic & toiletry bags, men's grooming
* Homewares: towels, sheets, rugs, throws, cushions, vases, mirrors
* Special occasion: wedding supplies, party supplies, mother-of-the bride outfits, bridal shoes, birthday cards
* Garden : lawn mowers, gardening tool sets, composter

Hobbies and Interests

One of the big reasons why people use eBay is to find unique items that they cannot find elsewhere. Before online auctions, collectors were limited by geography. The internet has enabled hundreds of communities to form around shared interests and this provides tons of niches to target. A quick browse of eBay's community groups will give you some ideas. There are groups as diverse as knitting, stay-at-home moms, business, hiking, gluten-free support group, vegans, travel, children's theatre, dieting, parenting, re-enactors, crochet, stamp collecting, pet care - the list goes on.

Remember that many of these hobbyists will also need components. For example, you may decide to sell embroidery threads, tools and patterns and how-to books; car parts; fabrics and trimmings.

Other places to find hot items:

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Hope this helps you off to a good start :)


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