What are good items to start selling on eBay?

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alcal949
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30 Jun 07 03:04:35 pm
when you first start your ebay business

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gulfy13
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30 Jun 07 06:21:14 pm
The best way to start is to sell items that you have around your house. I'm sure that you have stuff that you have stuffed into your closet, attic,garage, etc.
Dvd movies that you no longer watch, kids and baby clothing, anything like that. Just like you would do if you were having a yard sale.

I know you are probably thinking, I don't want to sell junk and I won't make any money from things like that. That's mostly true. HOWEVER, you will accomplish several important things by starting this way.

a: you can quickly build up your ebay feedback by selling these cheap items.

b: you will learn what works best for you from your successful and un-successful listings.

c: you will learn how ebay actually works, get a feel for the site, and how to use it to your advantage.

I could just tell you where to buy a dozen playstation 3's, and say go list those. But most probably you would LOSE a bunch of money, become frustrated and that would be the end of your ebay business. Building a successful ebay business is like building anything. You have to start with a good foundation and then work your way up to the roof..

Start slow and try just selling small items from around your house or from neighorhood yard sales. This way if you make any mistakes they will be lessons learned and not very costly. It also helps to choose to sell something that you have an interest in. The reason behind this is that by doing this, you are somewhat knowledgeable about your product. This is a huge plus when customers start asking questions about your products. Also if you are selling something that you like and have an interest in, it will be much more enjoyable and not more like a job. You will look forward to doing it, which in turn will increase your chances of being successsful.

I started out selling my old video games, some dvd movies, and a few other small items that were just taking up space in my house. I learned how to list them and which shippings methods to use. And I also asked everyone who would listen, a ton of questions. I built up my feedback quickly doing this, which gave me more credibility to ebay buyers. I also learned how to save money on different shipping and handling methods, and things like that. I took the small profits that I made on the original items and went to my local thrift stores and bought some more cheap items, listed them and slowly built up my business, learning along the way, what I liked to sell best and what worked and what didn't.
I know alot of people who jumped right in, listening to all the ' Get Rich overnight on Ebay' and lost all of their budget overnight.
Many new sellers don't really understand how ebay and other auction sites work. They don't take time to understand how the listing fees, fvf (final value vees), paypal fees, shipping and packaging cost, work. They see an xbox selling on ebay for $400 and think, 'Hey that guy is making a ton of money selling those!' So they try to find a wholesaler, (but don't know what true wholesale is) buy a dozen xboxes for $350 thinking they are going to make about 45 to 50 dollars reselling them on ebay.
And then they list them, they sell for the expected $400. But after they pay all the fees, they end up losing twenty bucks on each unit.
Wouldn't it have been much better to have lost twenty cents on a dvd?

Really, just start slow with a few small items. But doing this you will learn what you are doing and how to make improvements doing it. You will establish a good feedback rating, and get an idea of what you want to sell.

Think of a few things that you have an interest in, then go on ebay and see who else is selling those items. Look at their listings and see how they are listing them, such as titles, item descriptions, font and colors, which methods of shipping, different types of listing options they are using, photos, etc. Then try to use these same methods on your items..Let me know if I can be of any help...

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2 Jul 07 04:01:30 pm
Find niche type items and auction inspector is a great tool in helping you save the time and energy finding these exact items that are high in demand and low in competition.

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5 Jul 07 04:21:08 am
thanks for ur comment.. what u said is very valuable. and all the beginner should read and have a good think of it.

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avantipc
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5 Jul 07 07:45:51 pm
Personally and respectfully, I think the Advice is thinking SMALL. I know if I am able to find a supplier and sell not the lowest, but reasonable I can be successful. My biggest problem is finding the right supplier.

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6 Jul 07 05:07:54 am
Personally and respectfully, I think the Advice is thinking SMALL. I know if I am able to find a supplier and sell not the lowest, but reasonable I can be successful. My biggest problem is finding the right supplier.


Yes you are correct, finding the right supplier is can be very frustrating. But the key thing is finding your niche. If you can find that and be able to use the tools which eBay gives to you for free and have excellent customer service then people will keep coming back to you because they trust you.

You should understand that eBay is growing exponentially and it really doesn't matter where you go to find your supplier, when what a lot of eBayer's who are just starting out don't really understand and that being that your reputable suppliers can be found right on the site in which you are trying to sell from.

Everyone is so concerned with outsourcing products and finding the cheapest, yet brand name products that they can find to have a competition...when what they really need to do is not worry about getting rich overnight and build it for long term growth and wealth.

**noveltytease.com** (ebay id)

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10 Jul 07 04:38:29 am
Well this is what I did.

I browsed an auction website for a popular item that only had one seller. Bought an item of them to hopefully find any clues that led to the supplier of the product. Sure enough, they left a clue although it took me a few weeks to find but thanks to google I found the supplier. Now I am selling the same items as they are and making just as much profit as they are per product. Only thing is, I have to save all the money I make to be able to order in a larger variety of the product and beat them at it. (like they say' you gotta keep feeding the goose that lays the golden egg')

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10 Jul 07 05:53:53 am
Very helpfull advices. Thank you very much!

The best way to start is to sell items that you have around your house. I'm sure that you have stuff that you have stuffed into your closet, attic,garage, etc.
Dvd movies that you no longer watch, kids and baby clothing, anything like that. Just like you would do if you were having a yard sale.

I know you are probably thinking, I don't want to sell junk and I won't make any money from things like that. That's mostly true. HOWEVER, you will accomplish several important things by starting this way.

a: you can quickly build up your ebay feedback by selling these cheap items.

b: you will learn what works best for you from your successful and un-successful listings.

c: you will learn how ebay actually works, get a feel for the site, and how to use it to your advantage.

I could just tell you where to buy a dozen playstation 3's, and say go list those. But most probably you would LOSE a bunch of money, become frustrated and that would be the end of your ebay business. Building a successful ebay business is like building anything. You have to start with a good foundation and then work your way up to the roof..

Start slow and try just selling small items from around your house or from neighorhood yard sales. This way if you make any mistakes they will be lessons learned and not very costly. It also helps to choose to sell something that you have an interest in. The reason behind this is that by doing this, you are somewhat knowledgeable about your product. This is a huge plus when customers start asking questions about your products. Also if you are selling something that you like and have an interest in, it will be much more enjoyable and not more like a job. You will look forward to doing it, which in turn will increase your chances of being successsful.

I started out selling my old video games, some dvd movies, and a few other small items that were just taking up space in my house. I learned how to list them and which shippings methods to use. And I also asked everyone who would listen, a ton of questions. I built up my feedback quickly doing this, which gave me more credibility to ebay buyers. I also learned how to save money on different shipping and handling methods, and things like that. I took the small profits that I made on the original items and went to my local thrift stores and bought some more cheap items, listed them and slowly built up my business, learning along the way, what I liked to sell best and what worked and what didn't.
I know alot of people who jumped right in, listening to all the ' Get Rich overnight on Ebay' and lost all of their budget overnight.
Many new sellers don't really understand how ebay and other auction sites work. They don't take time to understand how the listing fees, fvf (final value vees), paypal fees, shipping and packaging cost, work. They see an xbox selling on ebay for $400 and think, 'Hey that guy is making a ton of money selling those!' So they try to find a wholesaler, (but don't know what true wholesale is) buy a dozen xboxes for $350 thinking they are going to make about 45 to 50 dollars reselling them on ebay.
And then they list them, they sell for the expected $400. But after they pay all the fees, they end up losing twenty bucks on each unit.
Wouldn't it have been much better to have lost twenty cents on a dvd?

Really, just start slow with a few small items. But doing this you will learn what you are doing and how to make improvements doing it. You will establish a good feedback rating, and get an idea of what you want to sell.

Think of a few things that you have an interest in, then go on ebay and see who else is selling those items. Look at their listings and see how they are listing them, such as titles, item descriptions, font and colors, which methods of shipping, different types of listing options they are using, photos, etc. Then try to use these same methods on your items..Let me know if I can be of any help...

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10 Jul 07 04:05:13 pm
Just a quick tip. If your watching how another sellers sells his product. Whaen you make your own listing, make sure you dont copy his listing or his pictures as that can get you into trouble on ebay.

The hardest problem I face with most new members is that all the infomercials and ads on the net lead everyone to believe that wholesale prices are like 90% off the retail value.

What most dont understand is that Wholesale is really only about 15-20% off of retail value. And can be even less then that if the item is electronic and popular.

Your best bet is to find cheap products that are'nt worth alot of money that you can get in liquidations which can be 90% off of the retail value. That way you can sell the item cheap but still make alot of profit on the item and not have to worry about listing fees and final value fees eating up your entire profit line. If you sell 200 items that make you 5 bucks each per month your off to a good start.

Now another little tip. I just recently used myself and have had good success. Always leave a buy it now price on your auctions. And keep it low, not high. I have increased my own sales by an additional 20% just by having a buy it now price on everything I have on auction.

With any thing you choose to sell make sure to run it through out products research section before you buy into it.


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10 Jul 07 06:53:17 pm
hi to one and all,a quick question as an ebay beginner,i listed an item not long ago with a buy it now price and an opening bid of


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10 Jul 07 07:39:22 pm
If you use buy it now, you will want to make the starting bid like $1 or $5 less than the buy it now price if not the same.

Otherwise once someone places a bid, the buy it now will disappear.

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