Thanks for the useful insight fudj. I was thinking to get liquidator or wholesale from NZ so that I don't have to deal with imports to avoid the high cost. But looks like things are not that simple.
Yup, I agree with you. Settle down on the products that I want to sell and find the most suitable supplier from that industry rather than looking for a wholesaler straight away.
Just stay tuned regarding the issues of not being able to access the US liquidation market because of the prohibitive costs. We are working on something behind the scenes right now that you may just find interesting, and we will be rolling it out here in the forum if we can get all the ducks lined up in a row.
If you are looking to get started on ebay, I always suggest going through the garage and unloading what you don't need anymore. It gives you some experience, and puts some cash in your pocket.
I know a lot of people start this way, but then I often hear people say that they are ready to step up to the next level, unfortunately most seem to think that the next level means you have to find a supplier for new products.
I'm a power seller, and I can tell you fist hand that I became a power seller by selling goods sourced from auction house sales, with the vast majority of the products being second hand.
Of course you don't just find second hand at auction sales, but sources like weekend markets, garage and yard sales, thrift shops, they are all excellent sources of products to make excellent margins on by selling on eaby.
I am yet to find a supplier that can sell me a product that I can make 300% margin on, but if I'm not confident of making at least 100% margin on a second hand item, then I seriously consider not buying it at all.
Plenty of avenues open to people wanting to make money on ebay, just keep an open mind and you'll do fine.