I am a typical success story of ebay. I literally sold everything and anything in my house to build up some inventory only cash. I even went digging through my attic. I did not get a store, that can happen later just a waste of money until you are rolling. I did all the hot searches and read all the ebay info on the site.
First, I bought the issue of Entrepeneur magazine that does an issue devoted to building a biz on ebay three times a year. I read it cover to cover at least three times. I still use it now for a reference.
I had so many different types of things listed. The funny thing is I also listed some things from a dropship company. Things I researched on ebay that seemed to be selling, not ones that had 50 listings already. The only thing that sold from the dropship company was an 8.00 SpongeBob wall clock LOL!
This gave me an idea of what to sell and what I wanted to sell on ebay. Everybody has a niche that does well on this auction site. Some people are down on ebay, but I am a big believer in it. I know if I want something I look there first.
So I built up my inventory cash and turned it right around. Now I am doing very well. Just because you list something and it doesn't sell the first time - relist. It just means that the timinig wasn't right. Plus ebay will give you some money back on your relisting fee if it sells.
Okay that is my 2 cents - hope it was helpful.