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Start Making Money Selling on eBay

Updated on December 28, 2009

This article is the beginning of an eight-part series about how to make money on eBay.  I should make this disclaimer that it is not necessarily an article about how to make lots of money on eBay.  I have seen a lot of offers on television from people who claim that they can make you, the ordinary person, a fortune on eBay.  Unless these people are offering a lot of stuff people along with their start-up kits, it may take a while before you make some serious cash on everyone’s favorite auction site. 

So, where to begin?  First of all, you have to join the club, and it is one where everyone can be a member.  Most of the newer generation has no problem joining up on a new site, but I’ve found that most people ages 40 and up hesitate.  After all, the younger generation grew up on the Internet as a way of life, but the older generation had to adapt to it.

For those that are in that 40 + category, take the time to fill out the registration form on  Don’t let the fear of identity theft stop you.  They have a Privacy Policy.  Yes, you’ll have to provide them with a lot of info like the street address, telephone number, and e-mail address. 

You should probably use an e-mail address that is not your primary one.  The reason why is because once you start to get into the business of selling, you will start to receive several eBay related emails that will clog up your Inbox quickly.  You can easily set up a new account on Yahoo and Gmail, or if you want to use your primary e-mail account, make certain all eBay related emails are organized in a file folder for easy access. 

From here, you pick you username and password.  I figure that you don’t need to hear this again, but yes, you should pick a password that no one would guess.  They usually suggest some combination of letters and numbers.  Unfortunately, when it comes to choosing a username, most of the good ones have been taken. 

Yes, you will need to provide a credit card number.  The reason why is because eBay isn’t free.  As you will learn, it costs to post on eBay, and there is a slight fee if the item sells. 

After you have your account, you should definitely set up a PayPal account.  PayPal used to be owned by eBay Inc., and it was designed as a payment system for auctions.  It is definitely one of the fastest ways to transfer money from one party to another, and most people live and die by it on eBay.  Just go to and set it up.

Now you are ready to get your stuff and start selling.    


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    • profile image 7 years ago from Vancouver / Bangkok

      Oh .. and I rated your article as "useful"

    • profile image 7 years ago from Vancouver / Bangkok

      Hi there,

      I like your article and you have some great ideas. I have written some articles in the past on how to make money on eBay. Unfortunately in recent weeks new eBay policy and new selling limits lead me to believe that it is no longer advised to start an eBay based business. Now instead of writing about how to make money on eBay, I am writing about why you should avoid it all together.