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How to Make Money Online: Selling Other Peoples Stuff on eBay

Updated on August 25, 2010

A bit about my own experiences

There are probably more articles on how to make money online than on anything else. But most just give ten ton of customer testimonies but no actual information that you can turn into cash for yourself, the only possible outcome, if followed through, is that you end up losing money, paying someone $30 to send you all their e-books or some other junk.

I have been looking for something to do online that requires little work but gives a decent payout, since I have a full time job, I don’t have time for putting in loads of effort for little return. My sleep and personal time are more important really.

So in my search for something to do online, I came across a website called this was great! Sign up is free and all you do is search for the jobs that you think you could do, place a bid, and wait for a reply. First, I made a few bids on some rewriting projects; these normally pay between $1-$3 per 500-word article, which I thought was reasonable since you’re not really creating an article from scratch but just rearranging one that is already written. Anyway, I tried this, and it turns out that rewriting someone else’s article is actually more difficult than you might think and it took up too much of my spare time, which really isn’t what I wanted. If I am honest, it took all the fun out of writing, since writing should be from your own heart!

I gave up on the rewriting project pretty soon and was on the lookout for something different, but still on GAF. I realised that there were a few people in need of eBay/Amazon/Craigslist/Gumtree sellers, and I looked into this a bit more. Since I have had an eBay account since 2007 and use it all the time, I chose to go for the projects which asked for eBay sellers. I applied to a few projects and ended up being contacted through one of them. Since then me and this ‘project poster’ have been in good email contact (almost every day) and I have sold quite a number of items, earning 10% commission for each item sold and upping my feedback score at the same time.

To begin with, I was a bit sceptical about it all to say the least. The way it works is that, you put up a listing on eBay, someone buys it and pays you, you send the money (minus fees and your commission) to the ‘project poster’ and then that person sends the item on to the customer. It was feeling all a little too risky, but I kept telling myself that in order to get somewhere, I needed to take some risks. The first lot of money I sent was over $100, and I was waiting desperately to be sent the tracking codes so that I had some proof that I hadn’t just been duped.

Anyway, it all turned out well and my sales are improving, and I will soon be increasing the amount of stuff I list therefore increasing the amount I earn. The best thing about this is that, It doesn’t really take up too much time, posting an item on eBay is the simplest thing to do and then you just sit back and wait for the bids to roll in!

If, however, you are not willing to take such a risk, you could arrange for the first few payments to be sent via Escrow to ensure that you don’t get duped! Either way, it is a great way to make a bit of extra cash doing next to nothing.


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      Jaelyn 3 years ago

      That's the best answer by far! Thanks for cougtibntinr.

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      Jacqueline 8 years ago from London, England

      Just to give you an idea of income...I was selling non-stop for two weeks in the run up to Christmas and I managed to earn roughly £500!!

      Good Luck!!

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      gf899 8 years ago from Central Florida

      Informative and straightforward articles like yours are rare! There are so many scams out there. Thanks for the information. It is worth checking into.