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How to Sell Crochet Patterns on eBay - Selling on eBay

Updated on July 14, 2011

Crochet Patterns on Ebay

Crochet Patterns on eBay
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Getting Started Selling on eBay

Before selling on eBay a seller should explore the site, purchase a few items and build up a their feedback. Read books, articles, and forums that help you get started as a seller before opening an eBay business or store.

Next thing to do is to decide on your niche market for selling. This Hub will be exploring the market for selling crochet (and craft) patterns on eBay. This market has a large audience and if you organize and learn how to correctly place ads a person can make a good source of income just by selling patterns.

  • Pricing -  Crochet patterns sell at a lower cost anywhere from $1.00 to $20.00.
  • Patterns can come from magazines, books, and leaflets.
  • Patterns can be sold individually or in lots
  • Shipping on Crochet patterns are inexpensive and easy to mail

As a seller on eBay I typically earned approximately $600-$1000.00 a month selling patterns after fees, postage and other expenses. It is a lot of work but can be fun and very rewarding.

Read on to discover where to purchase patterns, how to list an item, what type of patterns sell well, how to write your ad, and more.

Where to Buy Crochet Patterns

In order to make money selling patterns a seller has to learn where to purchase at a lower cost.

If you have a reseller permit a seller can purchase direct from the distributors but when you are first starting out I recommended looking at the following places.

Libraries, rummage sales, thrift stores, and used book stores typically have book sales and carry magazines, leaflets, crochet books and patterns at a discounted price.  Some places you can purchase books or patterns for as little as 10 cents. carry used books and patterns for as little as a penny!  Be careful of shipping prices!

eBay is another good source to purchase pattern especially in bulk.  When searching type in "Lot of Crochet Books or Patterns"  or "huge crochet".  Once these patterns are purchased and received a seller can split them up and sell them individually on eBay.

Public Domain books and patterns can be found online on sites such as Amazon and eBay. These can be purchased or received for free and put into book format and be resold to buyers.  Be sure to check out the rules and regulations of reselling public domain patterns.

Selling and Listing Patterns on eBay

The trick to selling a pattern on eBay is in the listing. Sometimes a book or leaflet can be listed as is. If you are trying to target a specific market a specific item(s) or pattern from the book that item be highlighted and described in detail.

An example would be a person has a crochet afghan book filled with about 6 different afghan patterns. Search on eBay and see what type of afghan patterns are popular and being sold. Photograph the afghan picture from the book you want to highlight and list the pattern. Describe the afghan in the title for better search results (example: "Ripple Baby Blanket Crochet Afghan").

In the listing let the buyer know that they are bidding on a pattern book and list all the patterns that are included in the item. Post additional photos of what comes with the book. This can also be done with crochet magazines.

Another source of income is to remove an individual pattern from a magazine and resell it. Be sure to includes the entire pattern as some are continued on back pages. Do not copy and resell a pattern unless you have permission, if it is an pattern you created or public domain property.

In the listing let the buyer know that they are purchasing a pattern removed from a magazine and if they will be receiving the entire magazine or just the pattern.

Some other ways of selling patterns is to email them to a seller in PDF format. Again be sure you have permission to sell the pattern or if it is a public domain pattern that the copyright has expired and is open for any one to use. Another good source of income is to sell pattern that you have created yourself and place them on line.

Research how others are selling their crochet patterns on eBay this will provide you with ideas and opportunities on selling a pattern. Explain in detail in your listing everything you can about the item and post photos with each listing.

Besides selling crochet patterns, attempt selling knitting, cross stitch, knitting and other craft patterns. It is best to know something about the craft before you start selling the patterns. It makes it much easier to answer any potential questions a buyer may have.

Honesty will prevent any additional headaches or problems in the future. Once you have the hang of selling crochet patterns on eBay it can be an addictive and rewarding way of an earning additional income.

Trial and error with listing patterns will help you become a successful eBay seller.  As a full time eBay seller you may want to look at the possibility of opening an eBay store once you have a larger inventory.


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    • davidseo013 profile image

      davidseo013 5 years ago from newyork

      I used an experts help in selling my xbox 360 on eBay.

    • AudreyHowitt profile image

      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Very interesting!! I knit and crochet and embroider, but hadn't thought about doing anything on ebay--Thank you!

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      craftdrawer 7 years ago

      Samson1 - Leave a message for me on Hubpages anytime you have some questions. I sell my patterns on Amazon Kindle now just have a few but doing well...

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      Sam 7 years ago from Tennessee

      voted up and useful! Well written and informative article. Glad I found you and I'll need to talk to you further about this eBay thing. Thanks...

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      Stephanie Hicks 7 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Great resource for people who love crafts to make some extra money!