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A Nice Easy Way to Sell and Make Money on Ebay

Updated on December 16, 2015


Most internet users have at sometime visited the auction site Ebay, whether they use it to buy or sell, Ebay is often the go to place for anyone looking for a bargain, hunting down something unusual or to get rid of an unwanted item of their own.

I have been selling on Ebay myself now for around 4 years, i am a top rated seller and a power seller, i cannot say what it is i sell as it is a very small niche market i sell within and obviously i am not going to encourage any competition, from my niche market sales i don't make a full time living, at the moment it is a great second income that helps pay the bills but i do intend go full time with my enterprise in the very near future. Okay so most people go on Ebay to sell an item or two they are prepared to let go or to raise some much needed funds, but how do you go about making a good supplementary or even full time income from the site?

The biggest problem people have when trying to regularly sell on Ebay is of course stock, how many times have you sold an item on Ebay, it has sold for a decent price and left you wishing that you had another of that item to sell?

Well one answer to that is to buy in bulk, with an intention to sell each item individually, a very risky strategy in my opinion, finding reliable bulk sellers on the internet with products that leave you within a decent profit is like trying to find rocking horse dung, its impossible. If you have some knowledge on a niche market and have some contacts within that market then this method may be for you but i would suggest you do a lot of research before parting with any of your hard earned cash.

A reliable way i have discovered to make money on Ebay ( to be honest i have only been doing this a couple of months myself ) is believe it or not to sell other peoples stuff, now i hear you asking " Well why don't they sell it themselves ?"

In my experience i have come across many people who have tons of stuff they want to get rid of but cannot be bothered with the photographing, answering emails, posting and packaging etc and everything else that goes with Ebay, i started doing this recently when a friend asked me if i would clear out his loft of his children's old toys and sell them for him as he knew i had a good reputation on Ebay, weirdly this lead to someone else asking me to sell a motocycle for him and then another who wants to sell some ornaments and another with some old books, all these jobs came in by word of mouth, imagine the work i could get if i advertised my services! Working a few hours a week listing and packaging these items i probably have around three months worth of items to sell. I work on a percentage basis, i take 40% while the seller takes 60%, this after Ebay, Paypal and postage costs have been taken into account, so for example if i sell an item for £105.00 including postage £5 goes to postage, Ebay and Paypal costs come to roughly 12.5 % that leaves £87.50 between myself and the seller, £35 for myself, £52.50 for the seller.

Give this a go if you like selling on Ebay it really is a great way to make some cash with zero outlay.Good Luck.


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    • nuffsaidstan profile image

      nuffsaidstan 5 years ago

      Hi, i know some people have had success with drop shipping, its not for me though because i like to see what i am sending is as ive described.

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      onlinecashdigest 5 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      At Ebay, you can also connect with a dropship company so that they handle all the packaging and delivery.

    • Geekdom profile image

      Geekdom 5 years ago

      Thanks for the useful tips. I am slowly learning the ways of e-bay and appreciate all the information I can get. Congratulations on the extra income.

    • nuffsaidstan profile image

      nuffsaidstan 5 years ago

      I dont see why not, not had much experience with ebooks but CDs always go well especially if you have some rarer ones but if you are going to sell homemade media always make sure that you clearly advertise it as such.

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      onlinecashdigest 5 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      You have a very good idea on things to sell on Ebay!

      Can I also sell ebooks package in DVDs or CDs then shipped out to buyers?