How to Make Money on eBay: 9 Pickers With Purpose
Know What Treasure Looks Like
Do You Want to Become an eBay Success? Watch and Learn from Those Who Know
Are you looking for a new way to make a couple extra bucks on the side?
Who isn't, am I right?
Learning how to make money on eBay--without losing your shirt--takes time and experience. A great way to develop your picking-and-selling muscle is to learn from successful sellers who share their experiences on YouTube.
A couple of months ago, I didn't know much about valuable clothing, collectibles, or household items. Ok, maybe I still don't know much, but I know enough to pick up a profitable thrift store haul.
In spite of a few mistakes here and there--flops are inevitable and part of the learning process--I'm gaining more experience each day. I'm confident that one day this hobby will become a fruitful family business, as it has for many other sellers on eBay.
Enough about me.
The point: if you want to make money on eBay, whether it's with the goal of supplementing your income or developing a home-based business, an online community of experienced people can help you get there.
All you have to do is take the time to listen and absorb.
I'll share several of my favorite YouTube pickers to provide some inspiration, or at least to give you a little swat-on-the-butt to help get you on your way.
Making Money with Mad Maine
Look at Mad Maine's about page on YouTube to see her motto: "Be ferocious AND kind--and stay classy". It's evident that Mad Maine lives by her motto in her life and in her business. Her Scandinavian accent is a delight to listen to, and her global knowledge of collectibles is fascinating.
Mad Maine's real-life name is Kay. She rents an antique booth near Maine's picturesque Atlantic coast.
EBay is one of Kay's selling outlets, but her heart is in the local antique mall. She has quite a gift for finding the most unique and interesting objects, presenting each one to her viewers with a story of its background and worth. She's also an avid bibliophile and offers tips on picking the most valuable volumes.
A Shirt NWT (New With Tags) is Always a Nice Find!
Take a Ride With Bonafide
BONAFIDE HUSTLER! is a spicy Texan who has been buying and selling on eBay, Amazon, and in his local antique booth for years. He's a mountain bike expert and offers useful information on sporting goods and remote-control cars.
But that's not all! Tune in now and you'll see that BH has a wide range of knowledge about what sells on eBay and what doesn't.
Many of his videos are ride-alongs: he takes you on picking journeys to garage sales around his hometown of Austin. A stop at a Starbucks is always part of the trip, and a necessary reward for hard work and perseverance.
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Help From Harts Pickers
Harts Pickers sells a variety of items on eBay. Ronnie is the man behind the name, and over time he has developed quite an eye for valuable clothing.
His videos are mainly "haul videos", showing you the items he and his wife have picked up during their local thrift store combings. Every so often he'll pepper in a sales video to show you how they've done.
Over the past month, I've made a number of clothing sales thanks to Ronnie's videos!
Like panning for gold, finding valuable garb in the thrift stores is not an easy task. But it sure is exciting to generate 20 or 30 bucks from a shirt that cost you a dollar!
Enter The Paper Castle!
The Paper Castle
Heather from The Paper Castle is the real deal. She discusses family matters and yard sale stories as if you're sitting there in her living room. Her treasure-hunting tales are both valuable and entertaining.
Over the years, Heather's experiences on eBay have taught her quite a bit about collectibles, including what sells and what doesn't.
Many viewers ask Heather how she knows so much about picking valuable items from garage and estate sales. She credits hours of dedicated research for her success.
After all, if finding valuable items at yard sales and thrift stores were easy, everyone would be doing it. Hard work and determination are the keys to making it work.
Suzanne Wells: eBay Coach
Suzanne Wells vlogs on YouTube under the username eBayCoach. She creates video tutorials for both new and experienced eBay sellers.
She is also one of the moderators of a closed group on Facebook called Pinterest Exchange Marketing Group. This group provides a way for eBay sellers to promote each other's listings using Pinterest.
It's simple to join if you're an eBay seller and have active accounts on Facebook and Pinterest.
See Ann Save
See Ann Save hosts a couponing website as well as an eBay store. Ann has been selling on eBay for years. She offers practical advice on details that are often overlooked by newbies as well as experienced sellers.
Ann has a personal, down-to-earth way about her that makes her suggestions easy to follow. She recently presented a series titled "eMay", where she shared useful tips for successful selling practices, including photo tips, organizing tools, and picking advice.
See Ann Save's eMay: eBay Tips and Tricks
Rakin' With Raiken Profit
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Raiken Profit is a positive, upbeat presence on the YouTube picking scene.
He has a generous spirit and friendly demeanor, making his videos a joy to watch. Steve also has a new blog on how to make money on eBay. His favorite outlets are eBay and Craigslist.
Like Ronnie from Harts Pickers, Steve offers valuable advice on how to pick and sell clothing on eBay. He has a passion for the business side as well, teaching his viewers how to improve customer service and hone their craft.
Steve also buys and sells bikes locally. He admits that his bicycle knowledge is limited, but making a hundred bucks or more on a bike flip often requires little more than a bucket of soapy water and an ad on Craigslist.
Chill With Jarran and Kelcey
Jarran of Jarranslife is the stereotypical Southern California guy: he has the accent, the long blond hair, the perpetual beaming smile, and the adorable girlfriend who records it all on an iPhone (which always loses its battery power somewhere in the middle of a take).
Watch just one vid and you'll know exactly what I'm talking about.
Jarran calls himself the Rookie Picker, but watch his haul videos and you'll see that he's earned his stripes.
His mantra is "scan, scan, scan", referring to a scanner app that you can download for either iPhone or Android.
I guess this means I should trade in my Tracfone for a smartphone.
Take a Lesson from the College Picker
The College Picker
CP is from my neck of the woods. This Tampa picker is an expert in electronics, video games, and sports equipment. But that's not all: he has quite a bit of experience and can spot a winner anywhere. He'll even buy the shoes off someone's feet.
That's probably easier to do here in Florida than in other parts of the country, but still . . .
As we speak, the College Picker is on a cross-country road trip with his buddy (they even stopped in Austin to visit the Bonafide Hustler on the way).
In order to fund the expedition, they're picking from thrift stores, flea markets, and other treasure troves. And, of course, sharing their picks with faithful subscribers. Genius!
Score on Vintage Finds Using Cherry's Tips
The Cherry Vintage
Would you believe there are people who pay good money for those acid-washed jeans we used to wear in the 80s?
Did you know that certain pieces of costume jewelry from years gone are actually valuable?
Cherry has a passion for vintage clothing and accessories as well as other timeless collectibles. She will take you on a trip back in time as you learn about the fashions of yore, how to spot these money-making finds, and how to present them in ways that will generate a profit.
Throwing My Hat into the Picker Video Ring
Want to Make Some Extra Cash? Watch and Learn
This sample of vlogging eBayers is by no means exhaustive.
I have developed quite a list of subscriptions on my YouTube account, but this should be enough to get you started. More and more kind and generous sellers use YouTube to share their experiences and pay the good will forward.
They don't view eBay as a competitive sport, but rather as a community effort.
Are you intrigued? Do you want to earn a little side cash for date nights? Or would you like to establish a work-from-home business for your family?
Whatever your goals are, listen to the wisdom of these popular YouTube pickers. Do the research, and before you know it you'll be making money on eBay!
Watch Hawaiian Odysseus Work His Magic:
- $120.28 For Less Than an Hour's Work on eBay!
My eBay sales during the late spring months were slumping. I had to do something! So I went in search of a new niche, and I think I found something worth developing. Here's the story of what happened.
Mahalo nui loa, Joe!
(Please don't ask me to pronounce that.)
This Hub is dedicated to my friend Joe. You probably know him as Hawaiian Odysseus.
And if you don't, follow that link now because you're missing out.
Joe is a crazy-good writer and an all-around great guy who continues to inspire and cheer me on.