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Making Money Using eBay!

Updated on August 13, 2013

Making Money

As a you begin college you may find yourself overwhelmed with all the work and extracurricular activities. So overwhelmed that you might find yourself not having time for a job, but you will find yourself needing money. The problem is not having time to work 20-30 hours a week and trying to push through class and school work. As a second year college student, I have found an easy way of making some extra cash while still managing my school work and extracurricular activities. I have found the beauty of eBay.


Oh, the beauty of eBay. I would have to say that eBay is one of the best ways of making money in your spare time. My mother used to do it and now I do it. It is super simple. All you have to do is find things around the house that you know you don't use or need and put them up for sale on eBay. It is literally that simple. When you get more creative, like my mother, you might actually start going to the thrift store finding bargain items and turning a little profit by selling them on eBay, but the best way in my opinion of starting out is just finding useless household items. Its an easy way to get some start up cash so that way when you get more experience, you can get a bit more creative. Now one thing that I found to be a bit difficult when I just started out was figuring out what to sell.

Figuring Out What to Sell

Now after get done finding useless things around the house, you might start to run out of things to sell, which is a common problem many first time sellers come across. So I thought that I might suggest some helpful ideas of different items to sell. When I first began I start selling gift cards, no matter what amount I sold them. Even if my gift card only had $3 left on it, I sold it. I was turning my gift cards into serious cash. I would find old unused gift cards around the house, check the balance, and sell them via eBay. It was great, besides they were super easy to ship just put them in an envelope and stick a stamp on it. Super convenient and super cheap. Another item that actually became my money maker was cell phones. People now a days go through cell phones like its nothing. So if you are one of those type of people, sell your old phones. I can't even begin to tell you how much money I made on selling old cell phones from around the house. Believe me, it is worth it.

Tips for Selling

  • Make sure you describe the item exactly how it is
  • Don't mislead people
  • Try to get as much positive feedback as possible
  • Sell things you don't need
  • Stay on top of things
  • Make sure you respond to all questions
  • Communicate with the buyers
  • Be honest
  • Make sure the buyer gets exactly what they bought
  • Be polite to those who may not be polite to you
  • If the item is broken, say its broken people will buy it regardless
  • Be creative


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