How to Make a Living on eBay

If you are planning to earn money through eBay, remember that it is not just about opening an account, auctioning items and waiting for bids to come. It is more than that. There are many things that sellers need to know before they start making a living with eBay. In fact, past sellers would be the best source of information when you want to know how much time you need and how to sell well on eBay.

The first important thing to know is to start your business with what you are really passionate about and do not just present your products on the site and not say anything about you as a seller. You should at least give some personal information so that buyers will trust you.

Then as a seller, you need to be aware of what buyers like, their interests and what goods do they want to purchase. These ideas are needed to become a successful eBay seller, you need to sell products that customers need and like.

Furthermore, you need to know how to research which products are currently in demand and have high sales. To have an idea which products are being looked for by customers, you can go to eBay’s forum site. People discuss in this site which goods do buyers require. The articles you can find on the site will help you find which kind of products you can sell and thereby giving you the opportunity to be a successful eBay seller.

The next thing you need to do is to learn how to do drop shipping. Then after that, you can already start making money on eBay where you can be able to know how to be a successful businessman without investing a big amount of money.

So, what makes many people want to shop on eBay?

The main reason is because buyers can almost find all kinds of products on eBay and as a seller; you can almost sell anything. However, once you already know how it is done to make money on eBay, you should also learn how to find a product that could attract a great deal of customers.

You should also remember that not all brand new products are the best products to sell on eBay. There are lots of sellers there and so it means that you need to find a product that could really compete with them. One great kind of products to sell is second hand items which still have great quality and still in best shape. So, sell your used items on eBay as long as they can still function well.

One more option is to find a product which is very special. This means things which are not common and products with few sellers selling them. The most common used items that can be sold as second hand are toys, CD player, television, radio, books, clothes, and other old electronic equipments which are still good as new.

So, if you have lots of used items which are still working and in good condition, selling them on eBay would make you earn some money.

Comments 6 comments

Ghost32 5 years ago

I tried selling on eBay in late 2007 through early 2008. Learned a lot, had a net loss, and finally decided that while it was obvious some people were doing well, it was not for me. Except for buying; purchasing on eBay has worked out rather well. Just ask the swords hanging on my bedroom wall.

One point in you Hub that I missed entirely: The eBay forums. That does sound like a key piece to the puzzle and could possibly had made the difference--had I even known about them, which at the time I did not.


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Jennie Demario 5 years ago from Floating in the clouds

I have been wanting to try this but with some stuff I have that I need to get rid of. I have been contemplating between ebay and craigslist. The only thing that makes me nervous about ebay is the shipping. Do you have to estimate the shipping costs yourself? I'm afraid to estimate to low and lose money.


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yesitsushere 5 years ago from Atlanta Author

The thing is you can make up all the rules in your auction. If, you want to use a cheaper shipping do the reseach.The weight of the item and the size of the package. You don't always have to use first class shipping. There are cheaper options.


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