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Where to Find Stuff to Sell on eBay, Amazon, or Your Own Website

Updated on June 27, 2016
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It's easy to find stuff to sell online when you know where to look.
It's easy to find stuff to sell online when you know where to look. | Source

Find Answers to Your Product Sourcing Questions Here

Looking for stuff to sell on eBay, on Amazon, or on your own website? Not sure where to find cheap inventory? Still trying to pin down a sales niche? Don't know where to start? We have information to help!

If you're like millions of other Americans, you may be thinking about starting a business of your own to help make ends meet. If you've been considering an eBay, Amazon, or other online sales business, your number one question might be, "What will I sell and where will I find it?" Okay, that's two questions but they're certainly related. "Wholesale, drop ship, garage sale finds? How do I find inventory and where do I start?"

Or are you already an experienced eBay seller looking for new, better, and hot merchandise to sell? Either way, you've come to the right place. While we can't choose the perfect selling niche is for you, we are here to point you to some great product sourcing resources and information that you can use to help make the decisions that will be important as you develop or grow your e-commerce business.

On this page we'll help you learn about purchasing wholesale items for resale, consignment selling, and more. Besides our own comments, the materials that we present here for you include websites, e-books, print books, and more. Many of these resources are free; some are not. We believe every resource and provider to be legitimate and trustworthy and have used or reviewed many of them ourselves. Some will answer "how" while others answer "where" and even "why."

If you're an experienced online seller already, you may find a few fresh ideas for finding inventory, too. We would be happy to have you add a link to your listings or your store in the section provided further down on the page.

Very best of success with your ecommerce business, and thanks for visiting this page!

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How to Buy Wholesale

Hate Researching Wholesale Sources?

Yeh, me too.

Good news: Ryan Reger did the research for us!

This is a new book that's receiving rave reviews from those who are looking for the best wholesale sources for products for their eBay or other online (or offline) business.

You'll read how Ryan built a business from zero to $800,000 in four years, and you'll get access to his list of 200+ wholesale sources that he has done business with and recommends.

This resource will be extra-valuable if you'd rather not handle inventory yourself. And if you don't know how time-consuming that process is, take it from me, you'd rather have someone else do it.

Wholesale Lots: How to Find and Resell Wholesale Goods on eBay

Buy it on eBay, re-sell and make a profit. What an easy way to get started buying wholesale!

If you're already a buyer on eBay, you may have noticed the category called "wholesale lots" when you are searching for an item. There is a "wholesale lots" sub-category included within most of the main categories, which you can access on this page.

A word of caution about lots advertised as "wholesale." More often than not these items are not listed by true wholesalers but are repackaged lots from sellers who are cleaning out their own inventories. Sometimes they will be items that the particular seller could not sell individually. Often, though, they are smaller lots that the seller has acquired in bulk and broken down into smaller, more affordable lots for other sellers on a budget or without a place to store a large inventory.

You'll also find that some people don't take seriously the definition of a "lot" and use this category to offer single items at what they consider to be wholesale prices.

So, as should always be the case, buyer beware. Make sure you understand exactly what it is you are bidding on. I have found real treasures from the "wholesale lots" page and you will, too, if you spend some time being a wise shopper. Highly recommended!

A Sample of Wholesale Lots for Sale - Buy from eBay then resell for a profit.

Here's a sample listing of a wholesale lot for sale on eBay. This particular lot might not appeal to you, but you can search based on your choice of niche, choosing from categories available on this page.

Part of the fun of being a seller is that you can specialize in a category that YOU find interesting. Use eBay's advanced search page to research the possibilities. Believe me, it's much more fun and you'll enjoy selling much more if you identify a niche (or a few related niches) and concentrate on those as you build your online business.

SaleHoo?

SaleHoo is a wholesale directory which is the BEST IN ITS FIELD of wholesale product sourcing. Their MASSIVE wholesale suppliers directory has some absolutely amazing bargains! They are so confident that their product is the best that they offer a 60 day money back guarantee if you aren't happy for any reason!

Click here to learn more.

How to Sell On Consignment

Consignment selling is when you sell someone else's stuff then split the profit.
Consignment selling is when you sell someone else's stuff then split the profit.

Recommended Reading

How to Start and Run an eBay Consignment Business (Business Books)
How to Start and Run an eBay Consignment Business (Business Books)

I recommend starting with this book, How to Start and Run an eBay Consignment Business, to answer all of your questions about how to get started selling on consignment, how to decide what kinds of items will be the most profitable, and how to set up your own eBay consignment business.

 

Consignment Selling on eBay, With a Twist

Let Experienced eBay Sellers Sell Your Stuff

If you already have a good selection of designer clothing, electronic items, or collectibles to sell but don't want to go through all the work it takes to sell them yourself on eBay, then you might be interested in eBay's Valet service.

How does it work? You send the items to eBay, experienced selling experts list it, and when it sells, they send you up to 80% of the sale price (depending on the sale price of the item).

Of course the items you send in should be popular items that are likely to sell, but the good news is that you don't pay shipping on your items to get them there or, if they don't sell, to get them back. This really is a genius system that should work very well for those who have high-quality merchandise to sell.

So if you're better at sourcing than you are at selling (which is true of many people), click right here to learn more about how the eBay Valet service works.

Finding Products Locally

The Home-Based Bookstore: Start Your Own Business Selling Used Books on Amazon, eBay or Your Own Web Site
The Home-Based Bookstore: Start Your Own Business Selling Used Books on Amazon, eBay or Your Own Web Site

This book will teach you all you need to know about selling books on eBay or elsewhere online. The used book business is booming, so why not find out how to get started selling books on eBay today!

 

How to Make Money Selling Books

Everyone needs books. Have extras? Know where you can find some?

Books are a great product for a new seller to start with on eBay; most of us have too many and, if not, books are very easy to find at yard sales, church sales, and library sales. Books are among the easiest items to locate, store, pack, and ship, and everyone buys books at one time or another.

Now's a great time to get started selling books. Of course the secret is finding titles that people actually buy. That's why I suggest investing in resources like this one that clue you in on what to look for - and what to avoid. Here's a great resource for learning exactly how to sell books online.


Find Stuff to Sell When You Shop at Your Favorite Local Stores - "The Ultimate Guide to Savings By Store"

You shop anyway, right? You may be overlooking a gold mine when you shop at your favorite stores because you don't know the secrets that are revealed in this amazing book, The Ultimate Guide to Savings by Store.

In this awesome guide, you'll learn how to get the biggest discounts and bargains from stores where you shop anyway, so this book is great for any consumer. But for online sellers, you'll be able to turn right around and re-sell your finds - and see a huge difference in your business's bottom line!

Not sure you want to invest in this book? Read it, follow the advice, and you WILL make that money back in no time. (No guarantees, of course, as your results may vary - but if you don't make that money back, you're not trying!)

From Aldi to Walmart and everything in between (it's alphabetical), learn from the authors, experts Danni and Kat, when to shop, where to shop and, most importantly, how to save money so that your favorite thrift and department stores - even your grocery store - become awesome resources for finding products to sell online.

This is a great resource! Full disclosure: I was given a copy of the book to review. I love it! Learned a whole lot, too, about how to save at some of my favorite stores. In fact, I was blown away by the amount of information covered in this book. It's absolutely stuffed full of information.

NOTE: You don't have to own a Kindle to read this book! Just look in the Kindle Store on the left margin for a free Kindle reading app for your PC, Mac, iPhone or Android phone or other electronic device of your choice.

The Ultimate Guide to Savings by Store
The Ultimate Guide to Savings by Store

Think you're already a frugal shopper who knows everything about how to shop for bargains? Bet you don't know everything that Kat and Danni know and share in this valuable resource.

 

Barcode Booty by Steve Weber - "How I found and sold $2 million of 'junk' on eBay and Amazon, And you can, too, using your phone"

Got a smart phone? With that, an app, and the information you'll learn from this fabulous book, you'll be buying low and re-selling high, on eBay, Amazon, or elsewhere, in no time.

This is a recent resource and it's fantastic. If you can't find an idea in this book that gets you excited about finding good, re-sellable inventory, I'll be very surprised.

The process involves using your smart phone to scan barcodes on items you find at retail stores to see, in real time, if you've found an item that would be profitable to re-sell. If you love treasure hunting, you'll love using this method. I'm reading this book and loving it. I got really excited about the possibilities and I think you will, too. Highly recommended!

Where to Find Ephemera or Vintage Ads to Sell Online

Enjoy Ephemera? Consider Specializing in Selling Vintage Ads or Postcards

I love vintage advertisements! Fortunately, so do lots of other people and the market is good. If you have access to old magazines, check through and look for ads that are appealing from a décor point of view as well as a simple nostalgia point of view. This is another great baby boomer market. Estate auctions and Craigslist are great places to source magazines.

Vintage postcards also sell well. Do a search on eBay and look at the prices these are going for. Now look around your house, your mom's attic, your neighbor's garage sale. Attend estate sales and auctions.

Old postcards are actually pretty easy to find, and now that the baby boomer generation has grown up, nostalgia sells well. Below you'll find a current postcard auction as an example. Click on it to see more and take note of the prices some of them are commanding. No reason you can't do what these sellers are doing. If it's an area that interests you, give it a try!

Another advantage of selling paper? It's easy and inexpensive to ship. Just take care to pack it very well (between two stiff pieces of cardboard, perhaps in a plastic bag). A good way to learn how to pack is to buy a piece from a seller with great feedback and comments that mention how well packed the item was. Learning from those who are already successful doing what you want to do is great strategy!

Good Luck With Your Online Selling Business!

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      Susan Deppner 12 months ago from Arkansas USA

      My pleasure, DawnRae! There's lots to know about eBay. I think this is a good start.

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      Dawn 12 months ago from Maryland, USA

      I've wondered how people use and earn on ebay. Thank you for this information.

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      Susan Deppner 12 months ago from Arkansas USA

      Thank you, Olivia. I'm very glad you found some helpful information.

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      Susan Deppner 12 months ago from Arkansas USA

      Sylvestermouse, sellers have had their ups and downs with eBay, but overall it has been a good place to work. I'm glad you found some other useful information here, too. There are lots of alternatives for both sourcing and selling and I'm happy to share. Thanks for stopping by!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 12 months ago from United States

      When other sites have failed me, Ebay has consistently been a good place to work. I have never heard of Salehoo. I will have to take a close look at that site for sure. No doubt, there is still plenty I could learn from the other referenced resources in this article too.

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      Olivia 12 months ago

      Wow Susan, you sure have given us a lot of valuable information. I will definitely be looking at this more closely. Thank you!

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      Susan Deppner 13 months ago from Arkansas USA

      I'm glad you found the information useful, meretailpteltd. Continued success with your eBay business!

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      meretailpteltd 13 months ago

      I've been selling on eBay for about 2 years and really enjoy it.Thanks for

      the useful information

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      Susan Deppner 13 months ago from Arkansas USA

      You're welcome, Peg! When you go into eBay with a good inventory of items that you already know people love, then you certainly go in with an advantage. Glad you had good success with your excess store inventory! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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      Peg Cole 13 months ago from Dallas, Texas

      What a great collection of ideas for the home-based entrepreneur. Years ago I sold most of my excess store inventory on eBay after closing a collectibles shop. It was fun, easy and profitable without the expense of high overhead expense. Now, with your inspiration, I'm tempted to try it again along with so many other options and sites. Thanks for this useful info.

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      Susan Deppner 20 months ago from Arkansas USA

      Appreciate that, Wednesday-Elf, very much! Best of success in your eBay business!

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      Wednesday-Elf 20 months ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I've been selling on eBay for about 5 years and really enjoy it. You have some handy tips in this article I found helpful. Thank you.

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      Susan Deppner 20 months ago from Arkansas USA

      Thanks for stopping by, Paintdrips!

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      Denise McGill 20 months ago from Fresno CA

      Very helpful. Thanks.

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      Susan Deppner 2 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Very happy that you found some useful information here. Selling online is challenging, but it can be lots of fun!

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 2 years ago from Philippines

      I've always thought about selling online, and although your article caters mainly to a US readership, many of the tips and resource books can still give me valuable information. Thank you so much.

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      Susan Deppner 2 years ago from Arkansas USA

      MarleneB, you might want to explore selling the books on Amazon, too. I've done both and Amazon was easier for me. Thanks so much for stopping by. Hope it works out well for you.

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      Marlene Bertrand 2 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Lots of good, solid information here. I already see one area which I might explore. I have a ton of books. I never thought about selling them on eBay until now. It sounds like a great idea to make a little extra cash. Great hub.

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      Susan Deppner 2 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @sheilamarie78: My pleasure!

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      sheilamarie78 2 years ago

      Thanks for this information, Susan.

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