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Ten Freebies I Have Sold on eBay

Updated on October 20, 2013

Dare to Be Free!

Island Beauty, Grace, and Hospitality--And Always FREE!
Island Beauty, Grace, and Hospitality--And Always FREE! | Source

Loving the Four-Letter Word that Starts with F

F R E E

  • Fantastic
  • Restorative
  • Entrepreneurial
  • Entities

I happen to love FREE.

What I love even more as an online seller is to go on treasure hunts for items that are free and then turn right around and sell them on eBay. Sometimes, the net profit is small. Most of the time, my gain is within the $5 - $20 range. On rare occasions, and if the planets and stars are in the right alignment with a blue moon on the rise, I score big. My biggest thrill to date was to sell an item that I received free of charge for $500.00! You'll be reading about ten items I got for free and sold on eBay.

But, first, let's look at viable sources for these free items.

Where Can I Find FREE Items?

Everyone's blessed with their own special thinking cap. I put mine on just now and, in just a few minutes, came up with the following sources for obtaining free items, some of which I've actually done as well as a few that are still on my eBay bucket list.

Imagine what you could come up with if you sat down for a half hour with your favorite cup of coffee and brainstormed for the next half hour.

  • Old calendars You can sell the calendar in its entirety or sell each photo or art print as a separate item. regarding the latter, in your title as well as item description, be sure to acknowledge the artist or photographer and make reference to the year and calendar you removed the print from.
  • Old photo albumsThat's right! Old photographs are surprisingly in demand by eBay buyers. They don't even have to be that ancient. I've sold quite a few from the mid-1990's.
  • Kitchen drawers, bedroom dressers,and storage trunks are mother lodes for ephemera--old paper items such as movie tickets, graduation announcements, greeting cards, sports programs, newspapers, magazine clippings, church bulletins, etc. These items sell quite well to scrapbook and nostalgia enthusiasts.
  • Bookshelves; the public library In your lifetime, you've most likely accumulated a good-sized cache of books. Maybe it's high time you checked into selling these on eBay. The public library sometimes gives away free books to make room for new inventory.
  • Your kitchen cupboards You'll be surprised to pull out mugs, bowls, and dishes from the far recesses of your kitchen cupboards that you hadn't seen for years. Ask yourself, Am I really going to be using these? If the answer is no, you just found yourself a cache of freebies.
  • Yard/garage/estate/church rummage sales Savvy yard sellers these days set aside a table or a cardboard box full of free items as a draw for customers as well as a courtesy thank you. You'll be surprised, as I have been many a time, to find treasures in there.
  • Magazine subscription samples Magazine companies are literally spending six figures or more each year giving away free magazines as a come-on to potential subscribers. Take entrepreneurial advantage of these freebies, but just make sure you do the right thing and formally cancel the subscription(s) when you receive the follow-up invoice. Keep the magazines in mint condition, and you'll be able to describe them as such when you list them on eBay.
  • Beachcombing (Hiking/Walking) Whether you're fortunate enough to live near an ocean, river, or lake or, in the alternative, landlocked in Iowa, keep your awareness up as you move about your respective terrain for unusual items you can sell on eBay. A uniquely shaped rock; an oddly-shaped piece of driftwood; colorful pieces of glass with sand-smoothed edges; a pine cone; a leaf you can press; an arrowhead; etc. Be bold and list the item for 99 cents and see what happens. Or set a fixed price of $9.99. Whatever you decide to do, it's all good because it was all free to begin with!
  • Grandparents' Attic Antique and vintage collectibles sell very well on eBay. An attic is a veritable gold mine just waiting to be excavated. Don't censor your selections by saying nonsense like, "Oh, that'd never sell!" Some of the craziest sales occurred with items that most people would toss out in a heartbeat. Be different! Be unique! Be special! Be eBay-quirky!
  • Speak Up and Ask (Or Forever Hold Your Peace and Wonder) You happen to be casing a neighborhood...um, let's re-phrase that...you happen to be on a leisurely Sunday drive appreciating the beauty of your community when you happen to spy an old beat-up Singer sewing machine in the tall grass just south of the old maple tree in someone's yard. It's a total eyesore. Immediately search your mental Rolodex of stock lines to use in this situation. As you walk towards the front door, quickly get into a state of mind that exudes confidence and online auctioneer professionalism (you're a successful eBay seller with a 100% feedback rating of 14, so act like one!). I jest, of course, but you get my point. You will never get anything if you don't ask. Who knows? That man or woman who comes to the door might consider you to be a godsend for volunteering to rid their place of that old, decrepit sewing machine from the Civil War days. You just never know...so ASK!
  • Post Craigslist Ads Time for a pop quiz! What is my favorite four-letter word that starts with F? That's right! FREE!!! And if you're a lizard just now crawling out from under that rock, Craigslist is FREE! So put up an ad--something simple like: It's SPRING CLEANING TIME! I'm willing to come by and pick up your unwanted items for FREE! No more trips to the dump site. No fees! No gas expense! It's FREE, and it's definitely a WIN-WIN for you and me! Chances are you'll get a lot of junk...but chances are you'll also find diamonds in the rough! (An alternative idea is to be specific in your Craigslist ad as to the things you are interested in. Be up front and say that you are providing a free service in exchange for free items.)
  • Dumpsters I am not yet experienced in this field. I have been to dumps as a kid to scavenge for parts and stuff or to whip old records with a flick of the wrist to see how far those bad boy flying saucers could go. But I have yet to go inside of a dumpster. The closest was the time I was frantically throwing away bagels I'd burned at my last traditional job in Redmond, Washington, and I found a bunch of coins all around the front and sides of this large green city dumpster. So I made like Hansel and collected Gretel's tossed coins. Made a huge haul of 67 cents that morning!
  • Last Second Strategy This works especially well with moving sales...you know, where someone is very motivated to get rid of their junk. It's the final minutes, and you see the harried look on the owners' faces. Again, suck up your inhibitions--remember, you are an eBay professional, so act like one!--and simply ask, "Sir/Ma'am, your sale is about to end. I am more than willing to help you get rid of any unwanted items. Would you consider giving any of these away for free?" You, my friend, would be surprised at how many responses in the affirmative you would receive. But, you have to ask.

Okay, Let's Get Started, Shall We?

Alright, then, here we go.

The following are items I acquired over the last year, absolutely free of charge, that I was able to sell on eBay.

Calendar Print

2011 Calendar Print Kuhio Beach Sunset, Original Photographer, Peter French
2011 Calendar Print Kuhio Beach Sunset, Original Photographer, Peter French | Source

Kuhio Beach, Named After a Hawaiian Prince

In early 2012, I dissected a 2011 calendar of Hawaiian beaches that my mother had sent me. I carefully removed and photographed each print and listed them separately on eBay as fixed price listings in my store.

Yesterday, March 12, 2013, I sold the print to the right for $7.99.

Magazine

Michael Jordan's Incredible Dunk
Michael Jordan's Incredible Dunk | Source

Air Jordan--the Dunk!

Sports Illustrated was kind enough to send me a free subscription for two months. Knowing that this particular issue paying homage to basketball legend, Michael Jordan, would be considered a highly-prized collectible, I listed it on eBay where it sold on February 25th, 2013, for $7.85.

Corporate Photo Print

Mt. Rainier Photo Print, Standard Oil of California
Mt. Rainier Photo Print, Standard Oil of California | Source

Standard Oil Marketing Promotion

In the late 1940's, Standard Oil of California gave away free photo prints depicting various geographical locations in the USA to motorists filling up their gas tanks. An elderly female friend had thrown a huge batch of these prints away, so after receiving her permission, I promptly retrieved them from the trash heap. This print of Mt. Rainier sold for $11.98 on February 25, 2013.

Magazine

National Geographic, June, 1985
National Geographic, June, 1985 | Source

Those Haunting Eyes!

I have bought and sold this particular issue of National Geographic magazine several times. It is, arguably, the most sought after cover of this periodical's history. Last summer, I purchased $20 worth of assorted magazines at an estate sale. This issue was thrown in as a freebie.

It sold on November 6, 2012, for $24.99.

Patch

Road Runners Club of America Patch, ca 1976
Road Runners Club of America Patch, ca 1976 | Source

Out of the Closet

Here's something I found going through an old cardboard box in my closet.

In the 1970's, I did a lot of jogging and running. As a member of the Road Runners Club and National Jogging Association, I accumulated a bunch of certificates and patches.

On a whim, I decided to see if these would sell on eBay. As it turned out, this item (that sold for $6.98 on December 16, 2012) was one of several patches snatched up by collectors.

Figurine

My Blushing Bunnies "'Sno Ball When You're Not Here"
My Blushing Bunnies "'Sno Ball When You're Not Here" | Source

Bunnies Don't Just Come Out at Easter Time!

A storage locker acquisition in Seattle resulted in a carload of free collectibles to sell on eBay. One of the collectible figurine sets was the My Blushing Bunnies series.

I sold this cute bunny figurine entitled, 'Sno Ball When You're Not Here, for a Best Offer price of $10.00 on December 28, 2012.

Mug

Pink Panther Mug
Pink Panther Mug | Source

When Pink Goes Green!

My wife has a knack for finding treasures in the trash. We were shopping at a liquidation warehouse site near the Walla Walla Airport. This outfit would often put a lot of the merchandise they couldn't move onto the loading dock outside the warehouse.

One of the freebies she picked up was a Pink Panther mug. Cute, but nothing classy or fancy about it, right?

Funny thing is, it was purchased by a woman in Canada for the amount of $73.00 on September 18, 2012.

Sewing Pattern

1985 Stretch & Sew Pattern--Cardigan Jacket & Sweater
1985 Stretch & Sew Pattern--Cardigan Jacket & Sweater | Source

You Reap What You Sew

The moment I became acquainted with my feminine side, the more successful I became as an eBay seller.

Gentlemen, I say this with tongue firmly embedded in cheek, of course, but there's something to be said about being open to the things that appeal to the fairer sex.

Case in point: I found a stash of sewing patterns on a freebies table outside of a thrift store in the Tri-Cities (Pasco, Kennewick, and Richland)--about an hour's drive from my town. I snatched them up and have sold a few thus far. The 1985 pattern to the right sold for $6.50 on January 25, 2013.

Yearbook

1904-1954 Golden Anniversary Album of Madison College
1904-1954 Golden Anniversary Album of Madison College | Source

Yearbooks? Cheer Books!

An elderly Christian lady friend was in the process of downsizing her possessions in preparation for a transition from her home to an adult retirement home. I noticed she was throwing away a lot of old yearbooks. My wife and I asked for and received her permission to keep the yearbooks.

I sold this 1904-1954 Golden Anniversary Madison College Album for $50.00 on February 19, 2013.

Lunch Can with Thermos

The Beatles 1964 Lunch Can with Thermos
The Beatles 1964 Lunch Can with Thermos | Source

Oh, I Believe in Yesterday...

One could summarize what I do on eBay as a metaphorical Time Machine.

I take a bit of Yesterday and list it Today with the hope of selling it Tomorrow.

That said, I can think of no more appropriate way to bring this illustrative segment of Ten Freebies I Have Sold On eBay to a close than to get a little help from my friends, The Beatles.

Again, from the storage locker acquisition in Seattle, I listed a 1964 Beatles Lunch Pail on July 26, 2012, with a starting bid of 99 cents. It sold, seven days later, for an astounding $540.05.

The Bottom Line

My motive in writing this piece was not to toot my own horn--something I have yet to find for free, by the way--but to demonstrate for you that the most incredible opportunities still exist on eBay.

In the current national and global economies, one would be wise to consider sources of income that are not dependent on the traditional employer/employee work dynamics or the rigid eight-hour shift structure or, especially in the case of working moms, separation from your children for 1/3 of their youth...and more, if the commute is long and the traffic heavily congested.

eBay is making it easier than ever for new members to sell. Once again, we consider the word, FREE.

  1. It's FREE to join eBay.
  2. Each month, you get 50 FREE auction listings.
  3. With those 50 FREE auction listings, you also get an added option of setting a fixed price--a Buy It Now price, if you will--for FREE!
  4. If you charge the customer for shipping, your shipping charges are FREE.
  5. Even if you offer FREE shipping, a wise eBayer knows how to incorporate the shipping expense into the starting bid, thus ensuring that your shipping charges are still FREE.

Are you seeing why FREE is my favorite four-letter word that starts with F?

Ten Freebie Items I Have Sold on eBay

Item
Cost
Sold For
Calendar Print: Kuhio Beach Sunset
Free
$7.99
Sports Illustrated Magazine
Free
$7.85
Mt. Rainier Print
Free
$11.99
National Geographic
Free
$24.99
RRCA Patch
Free
$6.98
My Blushing Bunnies Figurine
Free
$10.00
Pink Panther Mug
Free
$73.00
Sewing Pattern
Free
$6.50
Madison College Yearbook
Free
$50.00
1964 Beatles Lunch Can with Thermos
Free
$540.05

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Pinkchic18

    Hi! Thanks for stopping by and participating in this Hub experience. Yeah, I really lucked out on that Beatles lunch can. Wish I could have something like that to sell each and every week. : ) How about you? Any eBay selling experience? I'm glad you stopped by. Wishing you the very best, along with continued success here on HubPages! Aloha!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @grandmapearl

    Well, I am blessed that you did, Connie! I have an open door policy with my writing peers here on HubPages. In my eBay experience, I've encountered a few kind people who have bent over backwards to show me the ropes. In turn, I'm here to write about the human interest stories I'm blessed to have been a part of as well as help others along the way. Your kindness to the lovely birds who frequent your neighborhood speaks volumes about who you are and what you''re made of...your grandfather bestowed upon you a precious gift when he taught you and your siblings to appreciate and become well acquainted with nature. I'm learning a lot from engaging in your Hubs and "conversations" with you. Aloha, my new friend! And thank you so much for your wonderful support.

    Joe

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    Connie Smith 4 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

    I have to tell you that I have seen your wonderfully well-written and supportive comments on other's hubs, and they piqued my interest. Then when I read your interview this morning, I decided I'd have to check out this cool writing dude for myself--and boy am I glad I did!

    You have inspired me to start selling on ebay. I have said so many times that I wanted to do that; to clear out the still useable items and make a little money on the side. I am bookmarking this and will return to read more of your excellent writing. I enjoy your style very much.

    Voted this Up across the board, shared and pinned!

    Just thought I'd stop by and say 'hi--I'm glad to meet ya'

    ;) Pearl

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    Sarah Carlsley 4 years ago from Minnesota

    Wow! This is awesome! That beatles one is incredible!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Nancy C Moores

    You got it, Nancy! Welcome anytime! I mean that, okay? Will now hop on over to read one of your Hubs. Aloha, my friend!

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    Nancy C Moores 4 years ago

    Thank you so much for offering to give me help. I really appreciate that a lot, and I will take you up on that offer. Let me get things in order, and I will get back with you. I haven't had a chance to read anymore, but I am going to. I wouldn't mind any feed back on my hubs either, hahahahaa. We all can use a helping hand. Thanks again. Have a wonderful day.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @David Trujillo

    De nada!

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    David Trujillo Uribe 4 years ago from Medellin, Colombia

    Thanks for the reply

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @David Trujillo

    David, I hope so, too. Maybe I'll have a chance to take a look at Mercado Libre in my spare time. Spare time? What's that? Ha-ha!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Nancy C Moores

    Nancy, thank you so much for stopping by and gracing my Hub with your cool comments. Listen, Nancy, if you ever care to do so, please email me your user id on eBay via the HubPages Fan Mail link on my profile page. I would be more than happy to take a look at your listings and give you helpful feedback as to things you can do to attract traffic to your listings. My mission statement is to be a blessing, not a curse, to my community, and HP is certainly a community of people helping people. Have a great evening, Nancy! Aloha and blessings from SE Washington state!

    Joe

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    David Trujillo Uribe 4 years ago from Medellin, Colombia

    Hope I had acess for selling in Ebay down here in Colombia. We have Mercado Libre, something similar to Ebay but I doubt as effective.

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    Nancy C Moores 4 years ago

    I too am so impressed. I have sold one large t-shirt that was way to big for me and I lost money one eBay. hahahahaaa I didn't understand the shipping thing, so I didn't charge enough. Oh, well, have listed things on eBay, and few people look but no buys. I just don't get it. But, you have given me a new en-site on eBay. I have been trying to regroup and see what I can do there again. I am going to check out some more of your hubs. I love the way you write. Thanks for being here. I can see I can learn from you.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Writer Fox

    That's what we collectively do here on HP, my friend--encourage each other! You have very interesting Hubs, and I learn a lot from you. Please know that if and when you have an opportunity to try your hand at eBay, I'm always available for help should you need it. Thanks for stopping by! Aloha!

    Joe

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    Writer Fox 4 years ago from the wadi near the little river

    You've got some great ideas here. You've encouraged me to check out the opportunities at E-bay. Thanks!

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    Barbara Badder 4 years ago from USA

    This hub made me think of my sister Kathy who is no longer here. We have pine cones in our area that are extra tiny. Every year she'd pick them up and sell them on eBay. Crafters couldn't get them in their area, so she was able to sell all she could find. I should give eBay a try again. Thanks for your ideas.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @kikalina

    I would love to learn more about selling on eBay from any of my peers. If you like, please send me your eBay link via my contact email so I can follow you and your progress. Thank you for sharing, kikalina! Aloha!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @kikalina

    I do believe the mug was vintage, but I'm not certain. Similar mugs are not selling as well currently. Perhaps I just was blessed that a mug theme enthusiast went searching for it online at the same time I listed it. One thing's for sure--the strangest things happen on eBay! : ) Thanks for stopping by and sharing in this experience. Aloha, my friend from Europe!

    Joe

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    kikalina 4 years ago from Europe

    Just wanted to add that I also do well selling keychains, character figurines for $10 each and vintage toys.

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    kikalina 4 years ago from Europe

    What a great read. This was amazing. I still cant understand why the mug sold for that price. Was it vintage?

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @ChristyWrites

    Hey, Christy! Thanks for stopping by! About the yearbook... I have sold several yearbooks to a couple of individuals over the last year, and I'm pretty sure that both of them are in the business of having those annuals re-copied in order to sell them from their business websites. Some of the prices I've seen for these refurbished yearbooks are $75 or more. Have a great rest of the week and a fun weekend! Aloha! Joe

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    Christy Birmingham 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

    Just so cool that you got so much stuff free and turned profit on it! I wonder if the yearbook sold to someone who graduated that year and wanted the memento? Chat soon!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @sydneyspence

    Glad you made it over to this hub, and thank you for your fun and uplifting comments. I'm honored that you shared this on Facebook! Have a great rest of the week, Sydney! I'm thankful I learned a little bit more about Austin and its legendary Mt. Bonnell from you this evening. Aloha!

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    Sydney Spence 4 years ago from Austin Texas

    I love FREE and I love EBay :) This was a great hub with a load of great information! Thank you for sharing :) Voting up and sharing on Facebook!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Kejanny

    Thank you very much! I have a lot of respect and admiration for Heather and her diligent work as a writer, eBayer, and--let's not forget the most challenging profession of all--motherhood! If our individual as well as collaborative articles have helped inspire others to get involved with eBay and to have fun with it, then it was well worth our effort. I'm glad that you stopped by to share in this experience.

    Aloha!

    Joe

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    Kejanny 4 years ago from Port Moresby

    Aloha, Joe. This is one of the best and humorous hubs on E-Bay I've read. In fact, I like both you and Heather (Mommymay's) honest and informative hubs on how you sell on eBay. Great stuff. Voted up.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Crystal Tatum

    Good for you! I'm so proud of you! Just remember...if ever you have any questions or just want to share some good news about your selling on eBay, I'm always willing to help or be a good listener. I promised myself when I left a traditional job to do eBay and write full time that I would always be willing to help others. Thanks for your enthusiasm and support, Crystal! Best wishes for your continued success!

    Joe

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    Crystal Tatum 4 years ago from Georgia

    Wow, I can't believe that people buy pictures from calendars! That's amazing. I guess you never know until you try. I just sold my first two items on ebay. I'm hoping to sell more. I wasn't clear at first that ebay charges a fee if you sell, but now I know, and I'm still happy to have $35 coming my way!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Good afternoon, ignugent17!

    Thank you so very much for your uplifting words. I'm glad that you stopped by to vicariously share in this experience. The invitation is out there for you to contact me at any time should you need any information about selling on eBay. That goes for all my loyal readers and peers here on HubPages.

    Take care, and have a productive and memorable rest of the week, my friend!

    Joe

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    ignugent17 4 years ago

    Joe,

    This is really awesome. Thanks for sharing your brilliant ideas. There are really things that we think worthless but for others are like precious gems.

    Enjoy the rest of your day. :-)

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @KoffeeKlatch Gals

    Hi, my Floridian HubPages peer! Good morning! It's bright and beautiful over here in southeast Washington, and I imagine it must not be much different in your area. Thank you kindly for stopping by and reading my hub as well as leaving such uplifting comments. Truly, we writers are significant in motivating each other to keep on working hard at our craft. Have a terrific and productive week, KKG!

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    Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

    What a great article. You are creative not only in your writing but also in your selling. Up and awesome.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @torrilynn

    Anyone who puts their mind to it can sell items on eBay, even freebies! Please let me know when you decide to get started, Torrilynn! I'll heartily root you on! Thanks for stopping by to share your wonderful feedback. Have a great new week!

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    torrilynn 4 years ago

    this was a nice article

    I never knew that you could sell free goods and make

    a profit on them. will be using your tips in the future

    Voted up

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @xstatic

    Hi, Jim!

    Thank you for your perceptiveness. Working on eBay has its challenges, but for the most part, it's a genuine reflection of one's work ethic--you get what you put into it. What makes it intriguing are the pleasant surprises every now and then--the kind that make you scratch your head in bewilderment. Like, go figure! The Pink Panther mug was a great example of that. I think it's especially entertaining to me because it's a great life metaphor for those of us who are middle-aged and in our senior years--just when you think you've seen it all, here comes a lullapalooza!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Rajan, my friend, I just saw a wonderful movie tonight--Life of Pi--and while I understand that it is a work of fiction, I was amazed by the stellar performances of its Indian actors. That is my segue into responding to your kind words regarding my hub. You already have a stellar online presence, and you have excellent research, marketing, and social media skills. It would therefore not be too great a leap of faith for you to be an excellent seller on eBay. eBay.in is an excellent next of kin to eBay, and with the population that it primarily serves, should catapult any aspiring entrepreneur who's willing to do the groundwork. You are more than welcome to send your questions my way, Rajan. Thank you for stopping by to share in this experience.

    Joe

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    Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

    Up all the way Joe! This is a fantastic article about the way to sell on eBay. You have so many good ideas and are such a good writer, that you make it sound easy, though we know you work hard at it.

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    Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

    Hi Joe,

    This is truly motivating and as I keep on reading these ebay success stories by you I'm getting motivated to give it a shot. I've no idea, firstly, how to get started and secondly, if it can be done from where I live. Any advice is more than welcome.

    This hub is a treat to read, a great lesson to learn and a visual treat. Thanks for sharing your expertise, my friend.

    Voted up, useful and awesome and shared.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @bac2basics

    I found my items on the Spanish site. It involves doing an advanced search. When you get to the very next page, find the Spanish word for seller, something like vendido? Type my userid, snugchat, in the window again. Then click on Buscar. I'm so sorry that you ran into those external dating links. Anyway, I'd leave the link here, but I think that's against HubPages rules. My best to you!

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    Anne 4 years ago from Spain

    Hi Joe.

    Many thanks for more fantastic tips. I do not have a ebay account yet but will try and remember everything for when I get back to the UK, too busy whilst in Spain to start another venture.

    I did the advanced search on eBay.es and nothing came up for snugchat except some external dating links and stuff. I will try again though when it´s not so late at night and see if I can find you. I will of course let you know if I do.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @sarahshuihan

    Hi, Sarah! Good to hear from you again! And congratulations on the great start on half.com.

    Are you using eBay's mailing labels? If not, that's a great way to save. I do believe that even for people who are just starting out, there is a discount that eBay provides for shipping. I don't know if that discount applies to the parcel or media mail services, but I do know for sure that I get discounts for first class and priority mail. So in a way, you make a little bit off of shipping which helps to offset some of the other fees. You can also print mailing labels from the respective PayPal site. This site's discounts are equivalent to eBay's discounts. As you know, postal rates went up, especially for international mailings. I used to use the USPS parcel service, but it dawned on me that the priority mail packages got to my customers a lot quicker, and the service is of higher quality. Plus, with the discounts, the price wasn't that much higher. Also, Sarah, be sure to compare one service with another...for example, might flat rate be cheaper than the regular priority mail service? What about the regional rates for priority? By using the drop down menu at the printing labels site on eBay, you can see in seconds which price would be the least expensive. Thanks for dropping by, and good luck to you!

    Joe

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    Sarah 4 years ago from USA

    I love the pink panther mug! Oh, by the way, I started selling my books on half.com and already sold two! I'm hooked! I'm going to get a few more positive feedback (waiting on the buyers to receive their books!) and I'm going to post some things I want to get rid of on ebay.

    Do you have any tips on saving on posting/shipping supplies?

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @wetnosedogs

    Yes, all that rain you got over there in Alabama nurtured those good old weeds. I gave my lawn a bit of a haircut yesterday. Some of the newer grass grows faster, so I had to bust the old lawnmower out. Come Sunday, I'll probably have to mow the entire yard. It's that time of year, alright! Hope all is well with you and the furry friends! Have a good one!

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    wetnosedogs 4 years ago from Alabama

    Hawaii,

    In response to your question, right now I am just selling books on Ebay. Amazon is in the future - what I don't sell on Ebay, I will try Amazon.

    Thanks for telling me the slow times for Ebay.

    Just got done cutting my weedy front yard -weeds grow just fine! I will be doing more yard work this weekend.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @wetnosedogs

    Hello! Thanks for stopping by and sharing your kind words.

    I meant that for what I sell, it's kinda slow. Also, it was so busy during the Christmas rush that started in October and began slowing down in late February that the norm at this time seems so much slower. But it's all good because I need the time to work on my writing and catch up on my reading and research as well as finish my tax reports. If I recall from past years, the sales will surge for a bit from April to June and then slow down again as people save up for and go on vacations. Just before school starts, there's another wave...and then the big one starts happening in the fall as people shop for the holidays.

    Do you sell your books on eBay, Amazon, or both? Which works better for you if you do both?

    Thanks always for your great support and feedback. Best wishes for a good rest of the week and weekend!

    Joe

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    wetnosedogs 4 years ago from Alabama

    Hawaii,

    That is a great way to go with all your freebies and the fantastic sale on the beatles lunch box.

    In the one comment, you mentioned ebay is slow right now. How long do you figure that to last?

    I get a few books on here and there and sometimes other stuff. It's always fun.

    Have a great Hawaiian time.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

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    Hey, Anne!

    Awesome freebie, I'd say! I'm glad you were the one right there to benefit from their obvious lack of interest. Just a quick tip...whenever you get to a point in your own boot sales where you believe you've saturated your selling, DON'T throw away whatever's left. Instead, if you can tolerate the clutter for just a bit longer, see if you can put a free ad...don't know if there's anything like Craigslist in Spain that you can post an ad for free, but you just might have something similar. Anyway, you can lump everything together into one lot, take a few pictures, showcasing the "pricier" items and downplaying the rest, and do a BEST OFFER. Double win for you because you potentially make a sale while getting rid of the last bit of stuff.

    I was blessed to have been able to sell the freebies highlighted here. eBay work is certainly not a get rich quick scheme, but it can be rewarding for those who have a passion for it. And, Anne, for me, it sure beats having to work for someone else.

    Do me a favor...I've always been curious about this...Spain has its own version of eBay, right? See if you can find me as a seller by doing an advanced search for snugchat, my user ID. I've had people from Spain order stuff from me before, and I was always curious if they accessed the US version of eBay or from the local version.

    Final quick tip...if you have an eBay account, pick up a Starbucks mug with a Spain theme and list it on eBay for $34.99, buyer pays shipping. Guaranteed, you'll make a sale!

    Aloha, Anne!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

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    Hi, Tom!

    How are you doing, my friend? I hope Spring has begun to show her lovely head around your area of New England. It's a slow time for my eBay business right now, so I'm using the spare time to do more writing, reading, and research. Got some lollapalooza Hub challenges up ahead so this is also a good time to start making a list of possible Hub topics. Thanks for stopping by and sharing in the experience, Tom! Aloha!

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    Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

    AWESOME ! He can't leap tall building nor is faster than a speeding bullet, but he can sell anything on ebay ! Well done my friend ! :-)

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    Anne 4 years ago from Spain

    Hi Joe.

    Another very thought provoking hub, you really are turning me into a junkie. I have to admit though that when I was car booting in the UK ( you would call it a yard sale I suppose, except they are usually held in fields not yards) I used to take along bits of this and bits of that, off cuts for example from curtain rails, well I may not have needed a 15 inch piece of curtain rail, but someone with a very tiny window may have LOL.

    I once had my stall set up alongside a young couple who had inherited a lot of stuff or where moving house and having a clear out, whatever the reason they turned up with a large amount of stuff but weren't´t really enjoying selling it and they hadn´t bothered to clean anything up and make it look salable either. In the end after a few hours the man was so bored and fed up he just told me he was going and I could have the lot, he had some really great stuff too but just hadn´t made the effort to present it properly. I managed to sell some of it , keep someof it for myself and dump the rest. How´s that for a freebie ?

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Hawaiian Scribe

    Thank you, Stephanie, for your positive response and kind words. You know, the funny thing is that I sold three calendar prints from that 2011 calendar Mom sent me, but the one print that I matted has not sold yet. Go figure, huh?

    What's really helped me a lot with my eBay business is to take full advantage of the local library, especially the inter-library loans. I read everything I can get my hands on related to eBay, Amazon, Craigslist, auctions, collectibles, antiques, etc. At the thrift shops and yard sales, I embarrass my wife because I'm outwardly searching with my eBay app what current prices other sellers are asking for on any given item. It's helped me tremendously to have an iPhone to instantly determine if something is worth picking up, especially items that i'm not familiar with. The other big reference aid I use a lot is YouTube. We have a ton of FREE resources, so why not tap into them, right?

    Hey, five days and a wake-up till BIG ISLAND, HERE I COME! LOL! So when you hear the volcano rumbling, it's just me. Ha ha!

    Always so nice to hear from you, Stephanie! Thanks for sharing in this experience.

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi!

    So nice to hear from you again! Thank you for reading and participating in this eBay experience. Yes, it can be very challenging at times, but I do have a passion for my eBay business, and I find cathartic relief in writing human interest, behind the scenes, stories about this work. I'm delighted to receive your wonderful feedback. Aloha!

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    Stephanie Launiu 4 years ago from Hawai'i

    Another excellent hub! Do you mount the prints, such as the one of Kuhio Beach from the calendar? Or do they sell without mounting? I'm constantly amazed at your Ebay success and creativity. You have such great ideas. Voted up, useful, interesting, tweeted and pinned. Aloha, Stephanie

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    the girls 4 years ago from Los Angeles, California

    Interesting article and you are indeed a genuine salesman :-) One man's trash becomes another's treasure. Hats off and voted up!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Wow! Now this is the kind of response, as was the case with the others who led the charge with their gracious sharing in this hub experience, that reinforces my diligent efforts to improve my writing skills while maintaining a level of integrity and quality conducive to HP standards.

    You successfully sold your daughter's outgrown cloth diapers! AWESOME! That tells me in its brevity that you can sell anything! Good for you!

    The point of the sale is made at the time I purchase an item at a yard sale or at a thrift store. I instantly visualize the profit I wish to make. It has to make sense that early in the game, and if one can master that, there will be lots of joy and triumph ahead.

    Where my lovely wife surpasses me is in her intuitive knack for seeing the possibility in things that others--of whom I am chief--walk away from. I've learned to be a lot more attentive to her and those goofy knickknacks whenever we're off on a buying trip.

    But, then again, I should've known all along...she married me almost 31 years ago! LOL!

    Have a great rest of the week, Liz! It's a pleasure making your acquaintance.

    Aloha!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Thank you, Carol, for your faithful support. Yes, I've been encouraging you for some time to make the eBay move. Your energy, great writing skills, art talent, and natural ability to connect with people are all great traits to bring to the eBay venture. I have no doubt in my mind that you will be a success on that gigantic global marketplace. I'm just a good old island boy at heart, and if I can do it, anyone can do it. I hope I convey a sense of that to my HubPages peers. Glad you were able to share in this experience, Carol. Have a wonderful rest of the week, and I look forward to visiting with you again real soon!

    Aloha!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, Sheila!

    If there is one drawback I can expound upon regarding the eBay lifestyle, it's the constant lack of and search for storage space. Fortunately, we have a storage locker park a little bit further than a stone's throw away, and so it's convenient to either drive or walk there to get stuff as needed or put away current inventory.

    I heartily encourage you to get started with the eBay venture...but I also see, after checking out your lovely website and awesome recipes blog, just how very, very busy you are. Congratulations on utilizing your writing and photography skills to establish--solidly so, by what I've observed--these alternative streams of income. Isn't it great to not have to work for someone or something (State of Oklahoma) else anymore? Ah, the freedom of being your own boss, under God, is simply fabulous!

    Thank you for stopping by...one last thing, I had no idea that hibiscus flowers grow in Oklahoma. : ) You must've loved my lead photo for the hub! My sister on the Big Island captured that shot. I'll be there next Tuesday and stay a week as we celebrate my mom's 80th! More hubs ahead from that part of the world!

    Aloha, Sheila!

    Joe

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    Liz Davis 4 years ago from Hudson, FL

    This is awesome! I've sold many things on eBay over the years. I've even had success selling my daughter's outgrown cloth diapers. You've inspired me to get back on it and be a little more creative. That Beatles lunchbox was quite a find! And the Pink Panther mug . . . who would've guessed? Thanks for this inspirational hub!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, Chantele!

    After reading your profile, I'm curious to find out more about Neath. What a cool name! Immediately, I wondered if that's how the word, "underneath," might have originated...like a directional guide, for example.

    In the United Kingdom, I believe boot sales is the comparative term to our garage sales. Was wondering if you've ever engaged, either as a host or buyer, in those events. Also, I am present on eBay.co.uk as well (user id: snugchat), and it's always fun to see my items priced in terms of pounds and shillings.

    I'm glad to engage in a mutual followship with you and look forward to reading your delightful hubs. Blessings and aloha from SE Washington state!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    I meant it when I wrote that you inspired me.Perhaps the rush at Christmas time underscores this huge disparity when the March doldrums on eBay come around. Even a long-time eBayer can get a bit wrinkled with his or her motivation.

    So it's always exciting to get caught up --when the sales are slow--with the eBay fever of others...and you certainly leave a huge wake on the eBay waters with your enthusiasm and energy. When I read your most recent hub, a light turned on once again inside of me. Again, this is the sort of compelling magic that Hubbers of substance and the ability to connect with others bring to the table.

    Thank you, Heather, for renewing the joy and fun of selling on eBay!

    Joe

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    Chantele Cross-Jones 4 years ago from Cardiff

    Great article, off to watch a few more of those videos they look helpful!

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    Heather May 4 years ago from Ohio

    LOVE IT!!! This is an amazing set of ideas especially for someone just wanting to dip their toes into the Ebay game! It is such a fun way to see what sells!! My best freebies by far are coupons! Formula coupons sell in just minutes when you offer a "buy it now" BUT that is a way lower profit margin than your freebies!! I had always wondered what the garage sale "last day-buy it all" people did with my stuff. After joining Ebay..I now know! Thanks for the nod to my hubs and for the suggestions!! Now...I am going closet hunting! VOTED UP AND SHARED!

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    Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

    For quite sometime, I have been saying that I am going to sell some things that were left behind when my parents passed away. I have old records, cameras, dishes and such. I have never sold anything onEbay, so I have been procrastinating. I can reduce some clutter and make a little extra money at the same time. You may have given me the motiviation I needed. I'm so glad I came across your hub! Voting up, useful and interesting! :)

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    carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

    I am so impressed with this. Obviously you have done your homework, And found a way to make dollars, get rid of old stuff and make someone happy. Great work. I am voting up, sharing, pinning and tweeting.