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Ten Great Items for Newbies to Sell on eBay

Updated on October 20, 2013
Recipient of a Presidential Pardon--Now Looking for a Home on eBay
Recipient of a Presidential Pardon--Now Looking for a Home on eBay | Source

Why I Wrote This Hub

In late September of 2012, a lovely woman from Connecticut, Karen Hellier, issued a Ten Hubs in Ten Days Challenge. Caught in the excitement of the moment and needing a constructive distraction as well as an impetus to take my writing to the next level, I volunteered to take Ms. Hellier up on it. I saw the challenge as a win-win-win in that it: 1) supported and reinforced Karen's presence and impact as an esteemed Hub writer and leader; 2) is a great way to shake off the literary cobwebs we writers sometimes get stuck in and, at best, is a means by which we also determine if we've got what it takes to persevere through the stress of deadlines, writer's block, crippling self-esteem messages, and the like; and 3) might very well result in quality Hubs that have the potential to inspire, influence, and motivate the output of other writers--a kind of mushrooming Hubatomic bomb, if you will.

In addition--perhaps in some measure a result of my comic whining commentary about how agitated and distressed I was over the challenge--chrisinhawaii, a fellow Hubber, responded with a request for me to write a Hub about ten things a new eBay member could sell. Whether Chris was cognizant of it or not, his request was very helpful in spurring me into action.

This Hub, then, is written with the earnest prayer that it can be of some help to the great number of individuals who aspire to become eBay sellers and as a huge Hawaiian Mahalo to Karen and Chris.

The Importance of Doing Your Homework

Before we get to the various niches, or categories, an eBay newbie can sell in, it's important to have the right mindset and preparation. Your success as an eBay seller is immensely dependent on your willingness to mentally as well as entrepreneurially prepare for your exciting new venture.

Mental preparation is everything. I liberally and literally use visualization in everything I do. I assert that you're doing the same thing yourself on a daily basis; the difference is that you may not be aware you're doing it.

The bigger difference is that I am emphasizing the significance of using only positive affirmations in your mental preparation. SEE yourself selling your very first eBay item. BE the very object you are selling--that is, imagine how attractive and appealing you are to the millions of people who potentially have the opportunity of looking at you. FEEL the awesome exuberance of waking up one morning and seeing your item listing price light up in glorious green, a wonderful signal indicating that you have a bid, or bids (if you're using an auction format, that is). Alternatively, if your item was listed as a Buy It Now--that is, at a fixed price--you'll receive a message in your inbox as well as a notification at your eBay site.

Easier said than done because your mind will initially pooh-pooh this new behavior as being ridiculous, silly, and definitely ineffective. You have to fight through that mindset. I would not have the lovely and amazing wife I have today had I succumbed to my negative self-talk. Set your mind firmly on the goal of being successful. It is a definite must !

This next part is optional yet highly recommended. DO YOUR HOMEWORK! Browse at will the eBay sites of successful sellers. If they have stores, click on the respective links and immerse yourself in the quality of the digital images and listings. Some of you who are reading this Hub are already wonderful writers. Channel your talents, therefore, into utilizing your unique style and voice to create listings that captivate your audience. Whether you use prose narrative or bulleted short phrases, include all the information you would want to know about if you were the buyer. Empathy for your buyer, therefore, is integral to your selling success.

Go to your local library and see if it has an eBay section. I read everything about eBay that I can get my hands on. Use today's technology to download eBooks or to visit sites that deal with eBay. Become acquainted with the eBay Site Map (found at the bottom of all eBay pages) and check out the interesting information eBay offers. Drop in at the many forums and threads that other sellers have moderated to learn about specific issues. On HubPages, search for Hubs with eBay themes.

Everything I've addressed here is free. That's an added blessing in itself.

Okay, so now that we've talked about the homework assignments, let's move on to the Ten Great Items for Newbies to Sell on eBay.

April/May 2009 Quilting Arts Magazine
April/May 2009 Quilting Arts Magazine | Source

Magazines

Magazines are an abundant commodity on eBay. You'd think that with the new innovations in technology, magazines would lose their appeal. Just the opposite is true, especially if we're talking about old, or vintage, magazines.

My personal definition of vintage is anything older than 1990. You'll find that the concept of vintage is a slippery slope idea. Every eBayer and his or her uncle has a different version of what it means. Nevertheless, I'm of the mindset that it, as my island peers would say--ain't no beeg ting, bruddah!

Where can one find these magazines? The next time you visit your parent(s) or grandparent(s) or any of a host of relatives from an older generation, ask them if they have any magazines they'd be willing to part with. I always look for win-win scenarios, and in this case, you'd be helping them get rid of clutter while amassing your personal inventory of back issues to sell on eBay.

You can also check out local thrift stores, yard sales, and estate sales. As a newbie, you want to look for free giveaways or pay a low amount. Look for old Life, Saturday Evening Post, Scientific American, National Geographic, Boys Life, and Collier's, for starters.

Also, find old magazines that are specific to your geographical region. Chances are that there'll be less competition selling these. For example, chrisinhawaii would do well to find old Honolulu magazines.

BONUS TIP: Be on the lookout for the June, 1985 issue of National Geographic, the one with the Afghan girl with the haunted/haunting green eyes. I have sold this particular magazine several times over for top dollar. Read the Hub to the upper right to find out more about this unique item.

1957 Vintage Print Ad for 7-Up
1957 Vintage Print Ad for 7-Up | Source

Vintage Print Ads

Take it from me, I know this niche is a winner!

When I quit my thankless midnight shift bagel baking job a little over a year ago, I concentrated on building my eBay business by adding this particular category. I wrote to several successful eBay vendors of magazine print ads and boldly asked them for pointers. About three of them responded--two of them provided me with some useful tips, and one of them point blank told me that he'd worked too hard over the years to give up any trade secrets. While respecting the position of the latter gentleman, I mentally dictated a note to myself that I definitely would be one to help those who respectfully asked me for help.

I set out to discover for myself how to sell ads efficiently and in such a way that I could have profits to reinvest into my business.

Approximately a year and 230 ad sales later, I am so thankful that I never gave up after first stumbling around.

The nice thing is that this niche complements the first. If the old magazines don't sell, and/or it dawns on you one day that you can produce multiple sales from one magazine by carefully removing and marketing the dozen or more attractive ads in it, you definitely have a convenient backup plan.

BONUS TIP: Along with the ads, vintage magazine photograph clippings, art illustrations, cartoons, and entire articles can be resold. When you're beginning, be sure to experiment with older magazine ephemera. Whenever possible, give gracious acknowledgment to the artist, photographer, and/or writer.

Tori Richard Aloha Shirt
Tori Richard Aloha Shirt | Source

The Shirt Off Your Back

Look in your closet for clothing items that no longer fit you or your present taste in fashion. Again, go visit your parent(s) and/or grandparent(s) and ask them if they still have some clothing from a bygone era that are still in decent condition. Clothing styles have a way of recycling back into the mainstream every couple of decades or so. Shabby chic and hippie chic are great examples of this phenomena.

Experiment with what works best for this genre, the auction or the fixed price format. Play with starting prices. Study the customer traffic patterns.

Aside from finding clothing close to home or family, start going to yard, garage, rummage, and estate sales, as well as frequenting thrift shops like Goodwill, Salvation Army, and similar stores. You'll be amazed at how many expensive name brands you come across in your search.

I've helped my daughter sell a couple of women's apparel items, but, admittedly, I don't have much experience with this particular niche. What I can share with you, however, is that my sister on the Big Island of Hawai'i--who was an eBay newbie just a couple of months ago--has now made over a hundred Hawaiian clothing sales and has earned a 100% feedback rating. You can read about her success in the accompanying two write-ups in the right margin.

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words...or $4.99!

Vintage 1990's Color Photo--A Drydocked Ida Lee
Vintage 1990's Color Photo--A Drydocked Ida Lee | Source

Old Photographs

Did you know that old photographs sell well on eBay? Yes, it's true!

My wife and I were in Hillsboro, Oregon, during a buying trip at a fantastic Goodwill Outlet Center. Instead of selecting items from off of shelves, customers had to line up around huge bins, waiting impatiently until a signal was given. Then, it was Darwinism in action as a wild frenzy ensued that even sharks would admire.

In the midst of this madness, my wife found a discarded album containing family photos. The pictures looked to be from the mid-1990s. Although I didn't know whether they'd be saleable on eBay, I definitely was up to trying.

When we returned home to Washington state, I did my research and discovered that photographs are not only sold on eBay...they are actually sold for surprising amounts. I'm not suggesting that the profits are huge. But when you consider something free selling for, say, $4.99 a print, a large quantity of pictures--listed either individually or as a set--have the potential to turn into a nice windfall for an enterprising eBayer.

Remember...what we purchased in Hillsboro were photos that a family willingly donated to a thrift store. The argument can be made that privacy issues are relinquished at that point and that the photos then become part of the public domain.

Where else can you find old photos? Well, you'll sometimes find a cache of these items in yard or estate sales. I could kick myself for the hundreds of photos I overlooked because I never knew at the time that I could sell them.

You can also put an ad on Craigslist informing people that you are offering to pick up their unwanted items--magazines, photos, postcards, books, etc.--for free!

Since listing about 45 photographs a few months ago, I've sold about a fifth of that amount at $4.99 each plus $2.00 for shipping. If the rest don't sell in the next three months, I'll lump them all together and offer them up as a combined lot of 3 dozen photos for, say, $39.99. At some point in time, someone will buy them.

Kaua'i Postcard
Kaua'i Postcard | Source

Postcards

Like photos, postcards do well on eBay...with one important difference.

They sell even better.

Whether antiquarian or vintage or contemporary, postcards by the thousands are listed and sold on eBay every single day.

The eBay newbie would have an edge by accumulating a collection of postcards peculiar to his or her region. For example, chrisinhawaii could specialize in postcards that depict photographs or illustrations of hula girls. Karen Hellier in Connecticut might think about amassing a collection of postcards commemorating colleges and universities in her state--Yale, Wesleyan, Trinity, and UConn, for example.

Last year, I picked up a handful of contemporary Hawaiian postcards showing various landmarks on my island of origin, Kaua'i. The cards cost me about 35 cents each. I've sold several of them for $4.95 plus $1.95 shipping.

Another time, I walked into WalMart and picked up two Lewis and Clark Expedition postcards that cost me 18 cents each. It wasn't long before I sold one of them.

BONUS TIP: You might be wondering why I charge so much for shipping a light item like a postcard. Top Rated Sellers on eBay are required to upload tracking information in a timely manner. The United States Postal Service does not provide tracking for first class letters unless the contents of the envelope are somewhat rigid or exceed certain dimensions. Compliance with two standards that are not in sync with each other requires creativity. I therefore insert my postcard into a sandwich baggie, folding and taping the excess neatly, and then place the wrapped item between two cardboard pieces, taping the four sides securely. This provides the first class letter with the rigidity it needs to qualify as a first class parcel that can then be given a tracking number. The resulting postage is $1.64 for up to three ounces.

Flying High With My Biplane Disorder

An Old Handmade Biplane Found at a Liquidation Center
An Old Handmade Biplane Found at a Liquidation Center | Source

Something Old

Okay, so far, we've covered the selling of magazines, vintage print ads, clothing, old photographs, and postcards. We're halfway there in looking at the ten great items newbies can sell on eBay.

The next four categories were drawn from an old saying that is familiar to anyone who has ever had anything to do with a bridal party. We'll move at a quicker pace through these categories because they collectively and conveniently serve as a mnemonic device for reminding the eBay newbie what to look for whenever he or she goes picking --i.e., hunting for items to sell on eBay.

Something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue.

Whether you're attending a garage, yard, porch, or estate sale on Friday, Saturday, and/or Sunday, or frequenting a thrift or consignment store or liquidation center during the week, keep these four categories in mind as you pick through other people's trash for the treasures of tomorrow.

First up, something old.

How can you tell if something's old? Well, sometimes just by looking at it. The usual telltale signs are cobwebs and rust. No, I'm not kidding. Some people are in such a hurry to set their wares up for sale that they place zero to minimal emphasis on proper presentation.

Another way to determine the age of something is to enact the ancient Hawaiian ritual known as okole maluna, or bottoms up. Turn the item upside down. More often than not, you'll find pertinent information such as the brand or company name, where the item was made, and the date it was manufactured, You can then use this information, along with a rough description of the item, to search for exact or like items on eBay.

Okay, so imagine that you're getting out of your car, locking it, and are now walking on a lawn that's filled with tables full of stuff . Do the visualization thing, and say to yourself something silly yet surprisingly powerful like, I am Captain Jack Sparrow. Having just disembarked from my pirate ship with the skull and crossbones proudly displayed, I am on a beach looking for buried treasure. Ah, hello? What's this? as you take off your sunglasses and put on your reading glasses. Just a bit of humor, there, newbie, because that's how I roll these days following cataract surgery on both eyes.

There in front of you, displayed in all of its wonderful glory, is a table filled with old die cast trucks, cars, and airplanes. The woman running the sale is motivated to rid her house of her son's junk , as she refers to these vintage collectibles, and you, Captain Jack Sparrow, have arrived just in time, scoundrel that you are, to rescue the poor damsel from a life of wretched hoarding. 'Cause you bad, Jack, you really bad!

Every weekend in America, barring inclement weather, you will find these treasures waiting for you. And even when the weather is nasty, there'll be indoor estate sales--my favorite kind of treasure hunt because this is where you'll find some expensive things going for really cheap prices or where you can place bids or make verbal offers for a lot --or a set--of items.

BONUS TIP: If you ever come across fancy china that others are passing up because there's a chip or crack in the otherwise beautiful design, don't you dare make the same mistake! Give the owner a lowball offer. Chances are he or she will gladly accept, thinking that they've scored by selling you junk. Take the same broken dishes and sell them as is on eBay. Be very honest about the flaws. You'd be amazed at how many people are looking for broken china in order to cut the items up into small chunks for the purpose of producing beautiful mosaics or even jewelry. Like 60-year-old Hawaiian Odysseus, old is just a temporary state of being; old is just a step away from becoming refurbished beauty.

1990 Chickadee by Andrea, an Andrea by Sadek Creation
1990 Chickadee by Andrea, an Andrea by Sadek Creation | Source

Something New

Okay, so now we're into something new.

On one hand, this niche is self-explanatory. Go to enough yard, garage, rummage, and estate sales as well as thrift stores, and you'll sometimes find NIB (new in box), unwrapped, still in its original sealed packaging, and definitely in mint condition items. Examples include records, cassette tapes, DVD's, VHS movies, book sets, figurines, calendars, sports cards, and so forth. More often than not, this will be one of the easier categories for eBay newbies to be successful in.

I have found more of these mint condition items at estate sales where surviving family members of the recently deceased or the ex-spouse in a divorce case are extremely motivated to get rid of the departed party's belongings. Whether you're working on a $5, $20, or $200 budget, if you do your homework and use your God-given wits and talents, you can easily make ten to twenty times your investment (and sometimes, even more).

The concept of something new can also refer to an item that is so unique you just can't let it go. Like that little chickadee you see in the photo in the upper right. I saw that item at an estate sale in Milton-Freewater, OR, and I immediately told my wife, "I got to have that!"

On a whim, I listed it as a Buy It Now on eBay for $34.99 with free shipping. It sold three days later, and even after the dust of expenses cleared, I pocketed $25.46 or over 12.73 times my original investment. Do that several times a month, and you can truly become addicted to eBay.

BONUS TIP: If you're like me, and you follow your gut, you might very well end up in a doughnut shop. Then again, you might just end up with a winner.

Charming Tails by Dean Griff--Reginald's Hideaway
Charming Tails by Dean Griff--Reginald's Hideaway | Source

Something Borrowed

Hmm...something borrowed. What in the world could that be? And specifically in regards to a newbie selling on eBay?

Well, after selling some of your own items, you might consider stepping things up a notch and exercise your entrepreneurial muscles by selling other people's stuff. There's good reasons for doing so:

  • It's a win-win-win for the three parties involved--the person wanting you to sell his or her item; the happy customer; and you.
  • You will have greater access to higher ticket items without having to fork over your own money.
  • You develop a clientele base that increases your earnings potential.
  • With successful transactions over time, your reputation spreads via word of mouth or free advertising (blog posts, eBay reviews, Hub articles, Craigslist posts, etc.) throughout the community, and you'll have more than enough work to sustain your business.


At first, I was afraid to do this. But I carefully did some research in order to minimize the risks, and soon I was selling a few pieces here and there. Today, after several successes and, thankfully, no botched attempts, I am very confident that I can do this on a greater scale over time.

What kinds of things have I sold for others? Furniture and collectibles, for the most part. My most exciting eBay transaction was the sale of a Beatles lunchbox. My research indicated that I could post this item in an auction format with a starting bid of just 99 cents. My hunch was correct, and the item sold for $555.05. After expenses, my commission was 33%, or $159.68. Not bad for zero investment.

BONUS TIP: Start with family members, neighbors, and/or friends who have expressed an interest in having you sell things for them on eBay. In time, as you build a solid reputation on eBay, you may even consider submitting a formal application to become an eBay trading assistant. I've set that goal as a bucket list item for the coming year.

Churchill Staffordshire Blue Willow Dinner Plate
Churchill Staffordshire Blue Willow Dinner Plate | Source
Staffordshire Ironstone Liberty Blue Dinner Plate--Independence Hall
Staffordshire Ironstone Liberty Blue Dinner Plate--Independence Hall | Source
Baum Bros. Blue and White Bird Cage Candle Holder
Baum Bros. Blue and White Bird Cage Candle Holder | Source

Something Blue

eBay newbie, your assignment is to make a list of all the thrift stores in your local community--Goodwill, Salvation Army, St. Vincent's de Paul, etc. If, by some quirk of fate or poor city council planning, your community does not have a thrift store, find a WalMart or Ross or some other discount store. If all else fails, drive on over or catch a bus to the next town and do some sightseeing.

The point is, no matter what store you walk into in your treasure picker mode, you'll find something blue.

For the sake of brevity--Ha! That's a joke!--I'm limiting this section to dishes, ceramics, porcelain, and general things of that nature.

I don't understand the psychology of it, but for whatever reason, blue sells.

The upper echelon of something blue is the world-famous design of blue willow. The easiest way to spot a genuine blue willow item is to look for the pair of doves. These symbols of star-crossed Chinese lovers appear on all items utilizing this design. Look for the birds in the top photo in the upper right corner of this section.

Other world-famous brands produce lovely blue and white pieces--manufacturers like Delfft and Baum Brothers, for example.

Even no-name blue and white pieces sell well. There's just something universally appealing about the blue and white color on dinnerware, stoneware, ceramics, porcelains, and pottery that drives sales up in the something blue category.

BONUS TIP: Enhance your marketing of blue and white items--or any items, for that matter--by taking good pictures that show the item in its best light and from different angles. Write great item descriptions that give the customer ample information with which to make an informed decision that will hopefully drive the sale.

Pink Panther? Warm Fuzzy!

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Pink Panther Soars On eBay (An upcoming Hub about a freebie adventure!) | Source

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Freebies

This is my favorite category of items for a newbie eBayer seller's consideration.

Free is good! And in a topsy turvy economy, free ranks right up there with Mom, apple pie, and the girl next door!

I don't know what a bank robber feels, but I gotta tell you--the exuberance and power that courses through my veins when something I acquired for free sells on eBay has got to be just as adrenaline-ridden! And the nice thing is that what I do is legal.

So, sporting with my friend, chrisinhawaii, once again, the next time you're walking on the beach, have a basket or a pail with you. Pick up things you've long overlooked--small yet interesting pieces of driftwood, sandworn chunks of old glass, the occasional old bottle (bonus points if there's a message, ship, or genie inside!), rocks with unique and enigmatic shapes, crab shells, fish skeletons, sand dollars, and, yes, who can forget? seashells.

As for you, Karen, perhaps there are old battlegrounds in your area where the occasional musket ball or arrowhead can be found. Or in the designated free area of the yard sales you attend, are there old toys, marbles, books, or magazines that are still in great shape? Or would a Sunday after-church stroll in a nearby meadow provide you with the opportunity to pick wildflowers, weeds, and grasses that could be dried and later made into a field bouquet or scrapbooked between the pages of an old notebook and adorned with your beautiful poetry?

Point being, we need to be challenged on a daily basis to tap into the other 90% of our brains that we chronically neglect to exercise. The way we do this is to challenge ourselves to think outside the box.

Another way I like to refer to this innovative process is to play the fool. To dare to do something different. To challenge yourself to get out of the comfort mode and experience the dense jungle terrain of novelty. To run uninhibited with your imagination as a playmate. To physically languish at a desk at home or at a table in a coffee shop, your fingertips kissing the keys of your laptop, while your mind runs naked and uninhibited in the nth dimension of creative joy.

All of this, and I mean ALL of this, is absolutely free and yours for the asking. You just have to reach out and grasp the possibilities.

Okay, All Pau (Finished)!

So there you have it. We covered ten great items a new seller on eBay could successfully promote:

  • Magazines
  • Vintage Print Ads
  • Pre-Worn Apparel
  • Old Photographs
  • Postcards
  • Something Old
  • Something New
  • Something Borrowed
  • Something Blue
  • Freebies.

If you're still with me after this marathon of a Hub, I salute and congratulate you for reading every single word.

Chris, you asked for it! Karen, you jumped on the bandwagon! Now all I ask is that you both--and this goes out to bruddah Ka'imi'loa at benisan85745, wetnosedogs, Georgie Lowery, kashmir56, and all the other writers who've expressed a desire to get started selling on eBay--provide me with updates now and then as to your progress in this endeavor. Please also know that my welcome mat is always out for anyone who has any questions about selling on eBay. To help you would be an honor and a great way to express my gratitude for all of those dear souls who so generously assisted me in my writing and entrepreneurial pursuits.

God bless you all!

© 2012 Hawaiian Odysseus

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Lady Guinevere

    Honestly, I don't write here anymore, but I do try to answer comments for which I'm notified via email. You can still get in touch with me at the other writer's site. Aloha, and thanks for stopping by!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @grand old lady

    Thank you so much for stopping by. This was one of the most challenging yet extremely rewarding articles that I've ever written. I"m glad that you enjoyed and found it to be helpful. Blessings and aloha to you!

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    Debra Allen 3 years ago from West By God

    Hey there! Glad to see you here my friend. I tried to keep up with you on Bubblews but alas I could not. This is really a very informative hub. I tried the ebay thing and it didn't work out for me. That is not to say that it may work out for someone else.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Blond Logic

    I'm honored, Mary. Although I'm not on here anymore, I do try to respond to recent comments. God bless you with your endeavors.

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    Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 3 years ago from Philippines

    I never tried ebay before, but there are a few things I have on your list, so this is the time to begin. Thanks for the tips, and wishing you greater and continued prosperity as you sell on ebay,

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    Mary Wickison 3 years ago from Brazil

    This is excellent and just what I am looking for. I personally can't use it as being in Brazil poses a few problems with posting. That said, I was looking for an article which could explain how and what things to sell.

    I am linking to this one of my hubs.

    This will help many experience the joy you find in your Ebay business.

    Thanks

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Crystal, I mean it...anytime you run into a snag with eBay-related issues, send your question or concern my way via one of these hubs or the HP messaging system, and I promise to get back to you asap. Aloha!

    ~Joe

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    Crystal Tatum 3 years ago from Georgia

    Thanks very much Joe, you are so kind.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    I've learned, Crystal, that the demand for different niche items fluctuates inexplicably throughout the year. There's also no telling yet how the government shutdown has affected consumer spending, either. In any event, it's a wise move to research and/or, via trial and error, make progress along that learning curve to see how certain things might fare on eBay, Amazon, Craigslist, etc. Please keep in mind that I am available to provide you with any assistance along the way. God bless your every endeavor! Aloha!

    ~Joe

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    Crystal Tatum 3 years ago from Georgia

    Had to stop by this one too to get a little more info and advice for a newbie like me. Wow- can't believe postcards sell so well! This helps me to be more open minded about what might sell on ebay. I'm kicking myself for donating all the leftovers at a recent yard sale. I really just wanted to get rid of them, but now I realize I might could have made a little more money.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @liesl5858

    Well, hello there! Along with the warm greetings you've already received from some of our peers, I'd like to extend my own hearty WELCOME TO HUBPAGES! Yes, in order to find motivation, I often write my hubs with key fellow writers in mind. In Hawai'i, we have this pidgin English concept of "talking story" with our friends. Writing for me, then, is all about sharing the latest with family and friends while sitting comfortably on the porch somewhere just "talking story." So stop by anytime--there will always be room for you on that porch. Aloha!

    Joe

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    Linda Bryen 4 years ago from United Kingdom

    I like the way you write your hub, very informative and very useful to newbies like me. I just joined over a month now and I really like the people like you here in hubpages. Everyone seems to help one another by writing informative hubs. Thank you for sharing your tips about ebay, it is something I might get my teeth into inn the future.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @tillsontitan

    You are most welcome any ol' time, Mary! And, remember, you have an open invitation to contact me via email whenever you have specific questions about eBay or comments about anything else. Aloha, my friend!

    Joe

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    Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

    I'm back but know I'll have to come back yet again to let your advice penetrate this thick skull!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @seanorjohn

    Postcards are a great idea. I read some excellent articles written by an Englishwoman who specializes in ephemera, and she has made a small fortune selling topical postcards she's acquired from the various English hamlets. I wish you well, my new friend! Best wishes for continued success here on HubPages and in your eBay endeavors. Aloha! Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Rusticliving

    Hi, island girl! First of all, know that you can ask me for advice about eBay anytime, and you know where to reach me. Secondly, regarding a niche or two that you can research further and perhaps initially implement in your eBay comeback : )...if you have a Salvation Army or Goodwill or similar type of thrift store in your area, check out the men's and women's clothing. Suburban areas might have higher end brand names of women's jeans, for example. I'm an absolute dud when picking out clothes, but I am very adept at gleaning useful tips from the hundreds of YouTube videos regarding thrift store hauls. Watching one or two of these at your leisure each night will give you wonderful tips as to what to look for at yard sales and thrift stores. My wife started selling in December, and she's done well with vintage glassware, kitchenware, and collectibles such as Mary's Moo Moos. She was a this yard sale in Walla Walla, and a woman was selling an entire box of these brand name collectibles, so my wife purchased the entire box at a huge discount. Didn't know what she was doing, came home and did the homework, and is turning a nice profit by selling each one separately and in small sets. I like bird figurines under the Andrea by Sadek name. Homco figurines such as its owl line do pretty well. Don't be afraid to ask for what you want. I'll see people undercutting each other all the time. I refuse to be a part of that because it's like undercutting myself and the economic balance of all things eBay. So I'll set my price at, say, $24.99, put it in my store (I have the $50/month subscription, but for most people, especially newbies, the $15 subscription is more than adequate) and forget about it, going on to the next project. Eventually, most items WILL sell. I re-invest a portion of my income into the business and acquire inventory once or twice a week. The problem my wife and I have is not having enough storage space, but we somehow find a way. Again, you are welcome at any time, Lisa, and I mean that sincerely, to contact me with specific questions. Good luck, Ms. Kauai Girl! Me ke aloha pumehana!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @rajan jolly

    I am deeply honored, Rajan, that you favor this hub and and are willing to share this at some point. You have so many faithful followers that the sharing of anyone's hub is HUGE! Thank you so much, and know that the Welcome Mat is always out for you! Aloha, my friend, and have a wonderful week! Joe

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    seanorjohn 4 years ago

    Some great tips. I think i will give this a go. Postcards and something blue for starters. Voted up.

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    Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

    Aloha Keala! What a fabulous hub! I've been an eBayer off and on for years but haven't really gotten that niche that I'm looking for. I sold bedding and home décor items from my physical store as well as my drop ship vendors, but I have always wanted to do the "Shop the yard-sales and thrift stores" bit and re-sell on eBay. I think for myself that I have always been too nervous on picking the right stuff to sell, you know..like the stuff I would never ever buy for myself, yet many out there would pay through the nose to have it! LOL I guess I need to just start with everything I have right in "my own backyard" so-to speak and get those items up and running. You hub has certainly gotten me motivated once again to start selling! (any secret tips ya wanna give a Kauai girl???) ♥

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

    Another valuable lesson for those wanting to start out on Ebay or even newbies to ebay. Thanks, Joe for mentally preparing me for this. I just checked we do have an ebay India site. I'll be exploring it further as time permits.

    Thanks for keeping me motivated. Voted up and useful and sharing this ahead.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

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    Hi! Thanks for joining in on the fun! The collection of vintage print ads as well as other "old school" items contrasts sharply with today's throwaway mentality. Still, I have fun looking around a room these days, trying to determine which items will become tomorrow's phenomenal collectibles. Good to have made your acquaintance! I look forward to the next time we meet here on HubPages!

    Joe

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    idigwebsites 4 years ago from United States

    Dang, we long had our magazines either given to our neighbors and friends, or thrown away over 20 years ago. They could've been collectors' items today. :(

    I learned your lesson now in your hub. No matter how smelly the magazines will become. Thank you very much. Up and useful.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Welcome, my friend, to the world of eBay and the potential for some of the most memorable experiences in your life. I work with humble niches that provide steadily for my family and me, but anyone can apply similar principles gleaned from my articles and choose to sell commodities with higher profit margins. I wish you the very best, and I'm blessed that you took the time to share your input with all of us. Aloha!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @L.L. Woodard

    I am very grateful for your visit and supportive comments. My human interest stories about the behind the scenes experiences of an eBay seller are certainly written with the sincere message of..."If I can do it, anyone can do it!" I favor "old school" methods, and nowadays, I'm waging all out war against economic dependency on institutions and capitalist entities that are more concerned with ridiculous mega-profits at the expense of old-fashioned "helping each other out" and thus strengthening the community as a whole. Through both my successes and failures, I would love to teach others about the joy, freedom, and practical facets of selling on eBay. Thanks for stopping by and contributing generously to the positive impact of this hub. Aloha and blessings from SE Washington state.

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @mary615

    Thank you, Mary, for reading my hub and sharing your comments. Like you, I am scratching my head as to why these magnificent Hummel plates are simply struggling on eBay at this time. In my humble opinion, they are worth ten times what they are going for.

    One thing I'm in awe about is that you've been very successful selling book son eBay. That's a niche I would really like to study and learn more about.Congratulations on doing so very well in that category.

    I appreciate your visit and hope I'll "run into" you more in the future. Aloha and welcome back anytime!

    Joe

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    Subhas 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

    Very nice informative hub. I have not started ebay selling but is going to and this hub will certainly help.

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    L.L. Woodard 4 years ago from Oklahoma City

    Never, ever have I given serious consideration to becoming an eBay seller, but your explanations here and low-key salesmanship have got my gears crunching. It certainly helps to have insights from successful people and those who are willing to share their failures too to feel empowered yourself.

    Great hub; voted up and Shared.

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    Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

    I was sent to your Hub by a mutual Hubber and friend, xstatic. So nice to meet you! I am selling lot of Hummel plates due to a foreclosure on my house so I'm interested in selling on eBay. I have sold many books on eBay; probably hundreds. I'm never bothered with fragile stuff cause of the extra expense and trouble packing it to ship.

    I started collected Hummel plates years ago expecting them to appreciate, well they are like real estate in our area now, ALMOST WORTHLESS. The same plate I paid 50.00 for 10 yers ago is now worth about 5.00.

    Great Hub, I enjoyed reading. Voted UP and will share.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @JPPhilips

    Hi, JP! I encourage you to stick with it, tweak your listings or experiment with price points until you find that optimal combination. An open invitation is extended to you to contact me via the profile page should you ever have any specific questions. No obligation whatsoever. I write about eBay on HubPages because I believe that what I do is a mission to salvage that which has been thrown away, not unlike the restoration that a certain Carpenter/Fisherman has done with my life. Thanks for the visit and for sharing your comments. Blessings and aloha from the Pacific Northwest! Joe

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    JPPhilips 4 years ago from SC Piedmont Area

    Thanks for the tips. I have just started on ebay and have been selling plants like canna lilies and bearded iris. I sometimes get impatient and drop the price. Maybe I should be more patient.. Great hub.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Prasetio

    Wow! You are my first hub commentator from malang-indonesia. Thanks so much for stopping by and being part of this experience. I am hoping to expand my eBay business by trading with China and other parts of Asia. I'm especially keen on Starbucks and other collectible, limited edition mugs. Let me know at some future time if you're also an eBay seller or other specific kind of entrepreneur. Aloha!

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    prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

    Very informative hub. I had never heard about this before. Ebay still good opportunity for us. Thanks for writing and share with us. Voted up!

    Prasetio

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Pamela Kinnaird W

    I'm always honored when you stop by to visit and comment, so to have had your cyber presence not once, not twice, but THRICE, is indeed a wonderful and gracious gift. Thank you so much, and not to worry, I totally understood what you meant. : ) Blessings, and have a wonderful rest of the week and weekend!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @ Pamela Kinnaird W

    I remember when I first began selling on eBay, oh, about a dozen years ago or so, and I was so insecure that my stuff wouldn't sell. The days of that first week seemed to creep by because I was on the computer monitoring for any sign of life with my respective listed items, only to be super disappointed to see nothing but red. My adolescent son, my go-to high techie guy, had to pull me up one day and have a talk with me..."Dad, relax! You're going to sell! Just be patient! I guarantee you, before the week is up, your monitor will be all lit up in green!" Sure enough, the little rascal was right! And the rest is history, as they say. Now, here I am, writing about eBay adventures on one of the best writing sites in the world--and loving every minute of it--and blessed to have great writers and potentially successful fellow eBayers like you joining in the experience. Thank you so much for sharing and reminding me that newbies and veterans alike rock this planet!

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    Pamela Kinnaird W 4 years ago from Maui and Arizona

    lol -- I meant to say 'I have re-read this'. The way I worded it made it sound like I'm being bossy and telling everyone else to re-read it. (No, I'm not that bossy -- but it is worth their re-reading it.) Have a great day, hawaiianodysseus.

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    Pamela Kinnaird W 4 years ago from Maui and Arizona

    Re-read this. It's just so good. I had a date to put my little homemade pattern on Ebay and sat down at the computer to do it, but got so entranced with all the stuff on there that I spent four hours just in a whole different world. I also got a little discouraged and thought no one would buy what I thought was pretty cute. Since then I have spent many hours looking at fabrics and such on Ebay. And I've decided I'd better not ever join Pinterest or I won't have any hours left in my day. I did already comment on this hub, but it's worth a second read. I hope you're still selling, selling, selling and I hope your wife and sister are doing great at it, too. Sharing.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @travmaj

    Now that's the kind of wonderful response I enjoy the best from my readers. : ) I'm so glad you enjoyed the article and are moved to try selling some of your items on eBay. Let me know if I can be of any further help. Thanks for stopping by, travmaj! Have a great week and lots of fun!

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    travmaj 4 years ago from australia

    This is fascinating - I'm going to start my own treasure hunt right here at home. I had no idea about any of this. Thank you.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @shahpriya

    It'd be very interesting to read about your initial entrepreneurial ventures on eBay. I look forward to checking out your articles as you produce them. Thanks for stopping by! Aloha!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @shahpriya

    Hi! I really appreciate you for taking time to read and comment on my hub. Have you had an opportunity to sell on eBay yet? If not, I encourage you to give it a try. If you have, I'd love to hear about your experiences. In any event, it's great to make your acquaintance, and I look forward to further sharing of our hubs with each other. Have a wonderful and Hub-filled day!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Hawaiian Scribe

    Thank you so much, Stephanie! Every bit of sharing, linking, and other social media connections is a huge help, so I'm very grateful for your kokua. You mentioned linking your hub on Kona coffee to the one I wrote about Starbucks City Mugs. Great idea! Is that easy to do? I'd be interested in the process involved. I am so backwards on this high tech stuff. Please feel free to contact me via the profile page if you are more comfortable doing that. Also, if I can be of any assistance to you regarding your future eBay endeavors, you can count on me to advise in any way. My sister in Hilo just started a few months ago, and she is doing really well. I wrote a hub about her. Have a great week, Stephanie!

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    Stephanie Launiu 4 years ago from Hawai'i

    Oh oh, I was in the process of linking my hub on Kona coffee to yours on the Starbucks City Mugs and discovered this hub about eBay. I think the eBay Gods might be calling me back...yikes! Don't know if I'm ready to get back into it again, but we'll see. Maybe old magazines or ads??? Anyway, voted up, useful, interested and sharing on Pinterest. Aloha, Stephanie

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    My wife has helped me in both my part-time and full-time involvement with eBay. In December, I finally convinced her to become an official eBay member and seller. Rules have changed for newbies, but in one month's time, she is well on her way to meeting the three qualifications--she has one month in of the three required; sold 15 of the 25 required; and has had sales of more than the $250 minimum required. Of course, I'm excited and happy for her and will be hubbing more about her progress and linking it with hubs like the one here in order to further illustrate that all of this is indeed possible for newbies. Everything she sold, even those that fall into a collectible niche, were things she either bought at yard, estate, church rummage, and liquidation sales, or got as freebies from family and other sources. Presented well with simple yet warm and respectful descriptions and photos, and always accompanied by great customer service, anyone who sets his or her mind to it can be successful on eBay. Wishing you, Millionaire Tips, a very blessed and prosperous new year. With resourcefulness, we'll vanquish the tax cliffs!

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    Shasta Matova 4 years ago from USA

    This article is chock-full of good advice! I usually just give away my junk as I am clearing it out, and did think about selling it on e-bay, but wondered whether the time it takes to store, market and package it is worth it. It sounds like from what you are saying that it is. That makes it very very tempting. I would imagine that volume would help in this regard - you could make a trip to the post office for a number of items instead of only one, and assembly-line the photographing and packaging. Great article! Voted up.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @tillsontitan

    Mary, I like what you said about "coming late to this party..." Essentially, that's how I feel about my presence here on HubPages. But the really cool thing is that there are so many wonderful people who are willing to help me learn along the way. The same holds true for eBay. I want you to know that you have carte blanche, as do several others here on HP, to ask me for help with eBay matters anytime. You see, it truly is a win-win because the questions and comments provide me with lots of angles with which to strategically plot even more eBay niche hubs. Which only serves to underscore the truth--here on HP, smart hubbers give and take with good humor and camaraderie.

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    Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

    I think it's a sign of the economy that more and more people are looking to eBay. I'm coming late to this party but second everything that was said. You carry the reader through this hub with your "middle age manner" and style. I'll have to bookmark and come back as there are some collectibles I would like to sell.

    Voted up, useful, and very interesting.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @carol7777

    Thanks, Carol! One of the great side benefits of writing on HubPages is that you encounter wonderful money-making ideas. I've taken a good look at your art pieces that you've showcased as complementary photographs for your hubs, and I think you'd do very well on ebay and other online sites. You probably have other things you might consider putting up for auction. Just convinced my wife to open an ebay account for herself, and within a week or so, she's made her first sale. So proud of her! Newbies, by the way, get to list for free, a huge savings! If I can be of further help to you, please feel free to contact me via the profile page. Aloha, Carol! PS Love Newport, OR! We stayed at a couple's condo overlooking the beach for our 30th anniversary this summer. That place is the Bomb! Lots of cool shops to get the ebay seller juices flowing. Beautiful area, and I'm sure you miss it. Nice chatting with you. Have a great day!

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    carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

    What a great hub for learning about Ebay. I think with anything you just have to do it ..to get over the newbie jitters. I am bookmarking this for future..Thanks and voting UP+++

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    You are most welcome, quildon! If I can be of any further help, please feel free to contact me via the personal email link on the profile page. Thanks for participating in this experience by reading and commenting on my hub. Happy Holidays to you and yours, and best wishes for lots of success on ebay! Aloha!

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    Angela Joseph 4 years ago from Florida

    I had been thinking about selling on eBay for a long time but never knew how to get started. Thanks for all the valuable information. I'm going to return to it again and again.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Good for you, twoseven. It's never too late to start a new adventure. Regarding the magazines, study what others are doing and tweak a few things to generate sales such as putting several issues together into one lot. My sister began selling Hawaiian attire she found at yard sales on the Big Island. She only started about 4 months ago, and she's doing quite well. As a young mom, you'd be surprised to see how easily and quickly you can get a stream of income going. Because you're a fellow hubber and we follow each other, feel free to ask me for advice or suggestions any time at all. I hope you do kick this off, and I wish you the very best.

    Aloha!

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    twoseven 4 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

    Great advice! I have really been wondering if it would be worth it to try to sell some of my good quality maternity clothes on eBay, and now I'm thinking it would be! I also had no idea that older magazines were in demand - I have some relatives who have saved a ton and I will see if they are willing to part with any of them. Looks like it's time for a new adventure!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, sarahshuihan! By all means, I heartily encourage you to share in this ebay experience. There's such a great feeling of empowerment, a sense of accomplishment, and an awareness of how awesome it is that modern technology enables us to connect instantly with others on a global scale. I wish you the very best in your entrepreneurial endeavors as well as continued success here on HubPages. Aloha!

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    Sarah 4 years ago from USA

    What a wonderful and detailed article! I have some old LPs that I would like to sell. Looks like it's time for me to take photos and post them on ebay, like now!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Kimberly Vaughn

    I thoroughly enjoy selling on ebay and writing about my experiences--good and bad. It's an added bonus when I can help others out along the way. Thank you so much for dropping by and leaving your gracious comments.

    Best wishes for your continued success here on HubPages!

    Aloha!

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    Kimberly Vaughn 4 years ago from Midwest

    I'm not to familiar with selling on ebay. This is a great primer! Thanks for sharing. Voted up!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    You do a good job of pushing my buttons! LOL! Thanks for stopping by and sharing in the experience. Best wishes to you for continued success on HubPages and holiday greetings!

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    Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Great hub. Especially good for newbies to ebay. Love it. Pushing those buttons...

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Thanks for stopping by, luisj305! I'm always glad to help others by writing and/or answering questions about ebay, so I'm glad you liked this hub. I'm also appreciative of your well-researched and reader-friendly hubs as well. Best wishes for continued success here on HP!

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    luisj305 4 years ago from Florida

    Hey, great hub for those jumping into the Ebay scene, thanks for the tip on how to get the small items a tracking number. This will be very useful , possibly today!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Thank you, bayareagreatthing!

    Was just in California this past July and loved every minute of it. My son lives near LA, and so it was wonderful to visit with him and do the theme park thing. And seeing "The Dark Knight Rises" at Disneyland just a day or so after the movie theater massacre in another state was quite surreal.

    If I'm rambling, please overlook my behavior. I'm in the midst of Karen Hellier's Ten Hubs in Ten Days Challenge, and I'm anything but myself these past ten days. LOL! When I come up for air, I'll come visit you at your Hubs. Blessings, and aloha!

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    bayareagreatthing 4 years ago from Bay Area California

    This was such a fun read. I like your writing style and appreciate all the ebay tips. I don't dabble in ebay, but your hub spiked my curiosity in it! Voted up and useful.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @chrisinhawaii

    Thank you, Chris! Yes, I've done this sort of thing before, but I just didn't know how to do it in regards to your reference earlier about adding a referral tracker to the link in your Hub. You said you hadn't noticed it. As jumbled as my brain is with the current mad scramble, when you get time, please clarify where that was. Thanks, and sorry about my confusion.

    Aloha, bruddah! Way to go!

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    chrisinhawaii 4 years ago

    Here's the link to the Learning Center's hub about referrals...

    https://hubpageshelp.com/money/Learning-Center-ref...

    You'll notice that after "hubpages.com/" I inserted an underscore and then my own custom referral tracker and a backslash. That's how you do it.

    Your default referral tracker will be some crazy jumble of letters and numbers, but you can create your own (like I did). Then, whenever you link to somebody's hub, just insert your referral tracker right after the "hubpages.com/" ... but don't forget the underscore and backslash.

    Take a look and then let me know if you need me to explain their explanation! =)

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @point2make

    I am so blown away by your comments and those of others. The hard work I put into this Hub was really worthwhile in terms of the number of people who are giving me feedback about how this information is helpful to them. Thanks for your graciousness in sharing it with others--that, my friend, means the world to me! Anytime I can be of help in your eBay endeavors, let me know! Aloha!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, Pamela!

    Good for you for considering selling on eBay. Looks like one of the talents you have is the knack for doing research. Coupled with your already well-established gift of writing, you've got a great head start in online entrepreneurship.

    Basically, the thing is to have fun. What is life worth if we can't have fun, right? I just finished writing a tongue-in-cheek Hub about my wife stepping out on me with a man named...Yardsellr! The Hub will be released sometime late tonight or tomorrow. I'm so proud of her...she's been helping me a lot with my eBay endeavors, but recently, she's been actively listing here own finds on Yardsellr. Yesterday, on our firstborn's 26th birthday, she made her first sale! I was so happy and thrilled for her!

    Please do check in with me now and then and let me know how you're doing...remember, I'm always willing to help with pointers. My way of paying forward what other people have done for me.

    Thanks for stopping by, Pamela...gotta get back to my Hubbin'!

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    point2make 4 years ago

    What a great hub hawaiianodysseus .....you've really laid it out for all of us who sell or want to sell on eBay. The information and tips are excellent and I see a couple of your ideas that I will try right away myself. Everyone who is looking to sell on eBay should read this hub first. Well done..voted up and shared.

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    Pamela Kinnaird W 4 years ago from Maui and Arizona

    "...With your imagination as a playmate." I really liked that. Great information here. I read every word. It was just what I needed to read. I've checked out the postal rates here in Canada -- and they are high but the post office isn't facing insolvency like the U.S. -- so I've done enough homework and I should give this a try.

    Voting up and awesome and sharing.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @xstatic

    Thank you so much for your kind words. I feel like I'm in the middle of a shark frenzy because I'm participating in Karen Hellier's challenge, but I also didn't want to sacrifice content for quantity. While this Hub took a lot out of me, it was very rewarding to write it...and now, I'm thoroughly enjoying my peers' reactions to it. I know you know what I'm talking about because you've experienced the same thing with the great quality of Hubs you've written. I have a tremendous amount of respect for you. HubPages is a great place for the chronologically mature ones like us to make a difference! Thanks for your support and good wishes--back at you, my Pacific Northwest neighbor!

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    Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

    Wow, to repeat an above comment! So timely too, since my wife is at her computer across the room listing things on Ebay. She has a bunch of quilting magazines too. I had no idea, but since I am having no luck finding employment at my advanced age, this sounds like a good idea.

    This is the best "how to" I have seen.

    Thanks for sharing so much!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    You are most welcome, mechesier! And thank YOU for dropping by to participate in the reading of and commenting about it. If you ever have questions or further comments about the eBay or similar online ventures, please don't ever hesitate to drop me a line. Aloha!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Thank you, Chris, for the wonderful accolades. I'm in the stressful midst of my final Hubs...sure hope I make the deadline. Anyway, can you share with me how to do the referral tracker thing, specific to the link to your Hub? I'm so tech-illiterate it's pitiful...old school generation, 'a's why! Ha-ha! (Hope your dad kept those NG's...tell him to especially look for the Afghan Girl. I swear, I've sold that one at least a half dozen times for $24.99. Even made bank after buying them from other eBayers...but it's always good to get this issue free.)

    Nickel and dime'in' my way to a retirement nest egg!

    Aloha!

    Joe

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    mecheshier 4 years ago

    Great Hub and fabulous ideas and info,. Thank you for sharing

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    chrisinhawaii 4 years ago

    WOW! This article was WAY more than I had in mind when I suggested it! Awesome job!

    When I was 13, I was waiting for my dad to pick me up after school, and I noticed that around the school dumpster there were stacks of old National Geographics from the 70's and 80's (and maybe some from the 60's?). Bundled by year...complete sets...great condition. The school library was cleaning house and the old mags had to go.

    So we took them home and my dad kept them for all these years. I do remember him mentioning something about them this past year, though...I hope he didn't throw them out! He can make BANK off of those!

    Thanks for a super-mega-ULTRA-hub! Voted up and shared, and I gotta call Dad...

    Aloha! \m/

    PS - I didn't notice your referral tracker in the link to my hub! You gotta put that in and pick up some more pennies =)

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Thank you, Karen! The tension mounts as I'm halfway there with only two days left. But the seeds are planted, and now I just have to do some watering, weeding, and praying for sunshine before we see the new sprouts. Ha-ha! Whether or not I make it, I want to thank you for inspiring me and the many others to do this. The Lord's presence and blessings in your life is wonderful to see.

    Our son, Ryan, turned 26 yesterday. Wouldn't you know it? My wife, Rita, a great helpmeet with my business on eBay, made her first sale on Yardsellr yesterday. Firstborn, first sale! God is good!

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    Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

    Hawaiianodysseus,

    Thanks so much for writing this. It went above and beyond my expectations ( but then again, your writing always does) with some great suggestions. You have motivated me to start selling on Ebay...as soon as I get back from vacation. I have sold 1 item on Ebay in my lifetime. And it went surprisingly smoothly. That was 2 years ago, and although I should have continued, I didn't. But now I have college bills to pay, and with all these tips ( thanks for the personal ideas) I can't lose! Thank you for the details you so painstakingly added, including the pictures. And good for you...another hub out of your 10 down. Tomorrow is D-Day and I am sure you will make it. Voted up, useful and interesting. Great job!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Good Tuesday Morning, Tony! So nice to hear from you again. I'm glad you enjoyed the article. I'll have to check this BidorBuy site out.

    My wife recently opened up an account on Yardsellr. Yesterday, she made her first sale, and what was really cool about it is that it coincided with our son's 26th birthday. First sale on firstborn's special day.

    This online selling thing, no matter what the venue might be, is definitely more fun than my past and her present jobs. It's a great way to rationalize our addiction to buying knickknacks at yard sales and thrift stores. Ha-ha!

    Glad I could be an accessory to your potential addiction!

    Aloha to you and Terry!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Thank you, WND! This Hub took the wind out of me, so to speak, but I'm glad I finished it. I am so far behind in the Ten Hubs in Ten Days Challenge, but I'm determined to give it my best. Wow! I didn't know you were an eBay seller as well. Cool! Now that's two things we have in common! : )

    Always nice to hear from you, my friend! Aloha!

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    wetnosedogs 4 years ago from Alabama

    Wow, This is a great informative hub. I used to sell on Ebay and I ought to again since the books want to take over the house. I do have a few on at this moment. I just have to stick with it and get better with descriptions and stuff. Working my day job sometimes I wait for the weekend for more energy and time.

    This hub is sure to inspire hubbers to give Ebay a try.

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    Tony Flanigan 4 years ago from East London, South Africa

    Ah no! Sucked right in! eBay is not really that big here in South Africa, but we do have BidorBuy. And now you have me scheming and plotting and planning my great BidorBuy Adventure. I hold you fully accountable for lost work time and introduction to a potential addiction! :)

    Wonderful interesting and motivating reading - as always! Thank you so much.

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