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How to Start Making Money on Ebay: Get 100 Positive Feedbacks on Ebay for $1 in Two Days

Updated on September 2, 2008

Generating a substantial positive feedback score on Ebay is surprisingly easy and inexpensive.

It’s really funny to see a seller on Ebay with zero feedbacks who’s selling a car, a new stereo, or an expensive watch. Most of the time a seller with such feedback would end up (a) selling the product for much less the market price and (b) not selling the product at all and having to pay listing fees. Experienced Ebayers would advise you to stay away from deals offered by members with zero or no feedback. The reason is that the sale might be a scam or that the seller’s lack of experience can create problems.

Having a substantial number of positive feedbacks is very important for both buyers and sellers on Ebay. Four years ago, when I wanted to generate some positive feedback for my Ebay user ID, I started buying anything I can find. In a month, I spent more that $100 in needless merchandise and my feedback was merely 14. Many of the sellers didn’t bother to leave a positive feedback.

My first attempt to generate positive feedback on Ebay failed because I didn’t realize how cheap some things on Ebay are: if you use the right keywords, you’ll find hundreds of products selling at $0.01 - 0.03. You need to have a PayPal account of course in order to pay for the services or products you’re buying. IIf you’re interested in how to open a PayPal Sellers Account you can look in the Using the PayPal MultiOrder Shipping Tool section of the following hub:

You Can Get 100 Positive Feedbacks for $1

If you do it quickly and efficiently - in an hour you can purchase at least 80 products at $0.01 on Ebay. From these 80 transactions, in 2-3 days you’ll receive positive feedback from at least 2/3 of all the sellers (about 26 positive feedbacks). This means that your speed will be 26 positive feedbacks an hour. With this rate, you’ll need only 3 hours' work to reach the threshold of 100 % positive feedback (Turquoise Star) – a great starting position for a seller. And all this can cost you a mere $1. Compare this to my first feedback shopping – I spent $100 for just 14 feedbacks.

In a nutshell, you’ll have to work 3 hours for 100 feedbacks, you’ll receive the feedbacks in about 2-3 days, and you’ll need to purchase at least 150 items to receive 100 feedbacks since not every seller would reciprocate with a feedback.

How Valuable Is the One Dollar Positive Feedback Score of 100?

The feedbacks you’ll get will be less valuable because other users will be able to see what you purchased and what it cost you. But most Ebay users are only interested in your score and the percentage of your positive feedback – shown next to your user ID. Very few Ebayers will look at your 100% positive feedback in detail. Besides, the default number of feedbacks per page on Ebay is 25 feedbacks, which means that you can quickly cover your $0.01 feedbacks with other feedback.

What to Search for and How

First, remember that you have to buy only buy-it-now items. Bidding on an auction of one cent is a time waster. You’ll also have to look for items priced at $0.01 to $0.03. For the search, use keywords such as ebook, e-book, or recipe/s.

Once you type a keyword and click search at your personal Ebay page, on the left side of your search results under Narrow Your Results bar will appear the Search Options bar. Under the Search Options bar find Buying Options and select Buy It Now. The last item of the Search Options bar is Items Prices – where you’ll put 0.01 to 0.03. Try to narrow your search to find the least expensive items first - later you can increase the amount in another search.

Leaving Feedback and Sending a Message to the Seller

After purchasing the item, leave a positive feedback to the seller – most sellers would not leave you any feedback if you didn’t first. Always send a message to remind the seller to reciprocate with a positive feedback. Before starting, devise a short message that you’ll send to each seller right after you complete your payment. Send the message only once to avoid irritating the seller – if you do send it more than once, you risk receiving a negative instead of positive feedback. Here’s an example message:

Thank you for the deal! I just left you a nice positive feedback – please do the same for me.

Warm Regards

Your Name

Pay for the Same Item Once

After completing payment with PayPal it would take some time for the system to update information. So, don’t rush into paying for the same thing twice.

Keep a Record of the Sellers

You should keep a record of the sellers you bought the items from. All positive feedback scores received from the same seller count as one.

Choose Sellers with Good Feedback Score

Avoid sellers who have a lot of negative feedbacks. The better the score of the seller – the better your chance to receive positive feedback are.

Don’t Get Tempted into Selling E-books or Recipes

Don’t get tempted into selling similar items priced at less than a dollar. Many of the sellers who sell these $0.01 e-books and recipes get removed from Ebay. You wouldn’t want to risk losing the right to use Ebay over a dollar. If a seller who sold you an e-book has been removed, you’ll receive a notification from Ebay that the auction has been canceled, and you’ll get your money back to your PayPal account.

The feedback you’ll receive will help you sell items at better prices and qualify to purchase some more expensive items. Don’t overdo it – you don’t need more than 100 feedbacks for a successful start. Try to keep your %100 positive feedback by delivering outstanding customer service.

Let me know if this worked for you and if you need any help. Good luck with your buying and selling!


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      2 years ago

      I already sell on ebay. Your article did give me a new idea. I hold publishing rights to a book I sell on Amazon (ebook and print). I will look into selling the ebook versions on ebay too.


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      3 years ago

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      3 years ago

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      4 years ago

      Its really a nice advice and technique but there is small problem for sellers who are selling for first time if they gain such feedback and they start listing lets say a month later their listing limit shall remain limited and if they request for increase of listing limit their limit shall not be increase because ebay will check whole account including feedbacks so how would you advice if this situation happens?

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      5 years ago


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      5 years ago

      This is a great article however you can no longer do this as eBay changed their rules on BIN ('Buy IT NOW) listings over a year ago. Now the minimum that you can list or buy a 'buy it now' product is for 99p in the UK.

      Check out this ebayer we found who sells instant happy messages, and then leave you great feedback. We did this to get our ebay account up and running.

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      5 years ago

      I helpful to find at the top of lifestyle although these days We have developed some sort of resistance.

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      5 years ago from Los angeles

      Awesome post

      Thanks form

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      6 years ago

      Buying low cost baseball cards is a great way to increase your positive feedback too.

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      John M. 

      6 years ago

      I got a great ideas on ebay. I'm going to sell horse ferterizer staight from the horse a** for a penny. That would drive more traffic to ebay website.

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      6 years ago


      It is eBays fault! not the people. ebay has made feed back everything. Look at successful companies like amazon. Most of the store ratings are like low 90's. They would make crap on ebay, but they make money because Amazon takes care of their customer. Unfortunately now I use ebay as they are still the number one way to sell auto parts and to drive traffic to your store website.

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      The People's Truth. 

      7 years ago


      Don't be so stupid. It is pretty well known by most people that both ebay and paypal are corrupt and only interested in making as much money as possible before getting closed down, now that they are being investigated for 1000's of illegal actions against their so called customers, mainly for payments being removed, acounts closed with no reason given, among many other unlawful acts. So rip off ebay and paypal in anyway you can, because they will be trying to do the same to you!!!!!

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      7 years ago

      what a load of crud man its people like that who people look out for these days, and im pretty sure i speak for most when i say almost everyone looks at feedback before they buy now because SO MANY people have been screwed over in this way.. its cheap, nasty and will only get you banned or removed from ebay

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      Mary Hyatt 

      7 years ago from Florida

      Good idea. You're pretty smart!

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      7 years ago

      If you want quick (+) feedback go to advanced search and type in Ebay Id user everythingcheap11

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      8 years ago

      WANT 100% guaranteed POSITIVE feedback,cost under a pound,and a great little item,check this out, 290434561865 Fast 100% POSITIVE feedback many thanks

    • rainmakerrain profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from United States

      I wrote this article before they changed the rules. Now it's almost 100 times more expensive to get the same feedback if you use the buy-it-now option.

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      Angela C Martinez 

      9 years ago

      Ebay doesn't allow you to list or sell "buy it now" for under .99 cents. I think they changed that. You would have to bid on items if you want them for pennies, but you will probably be outbid. You would have to pay about a dollar if you want to get and ebook or recipe for immediate feedback. For current listings of cheap "buy it now" recipes or ebooks, visit:

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      10 years ago

      Hi, this article was awesome. I dont know how I didn´t realized that. But I started doing it, and when I select a cheap product, the page sends me an error that I cannot see the page. I think that this is cause ebay cancelled the product. I cant hardly find some item. Any idea.

    • rainmakerrain profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from United States

      I understand what you are saying completely - it wouldn't be smart to start listing a whole lot of expensive items right after you accumulate such feedback. But you can sell, for example, your own car, furniture, laptop etc. Gradually, you'll get 20 more real feedbacks and start selling other things.

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      10 years ago from Somewhere In The US

      Not saying you do however, with your solution to artificially inflating ones Feedback...there is another problem scenario....which has happened to thousands of Sellers. After artificially inflating your Feedback for (IE), 48 hours, and then proceeding to sell "Big Ticket Items", in a competitive Nich, your competitors will surely report you or Nark you out to Trust And Safety.

      After they / your competitors report you, rest assure TRS will remove any associated Feedback in reference to the “Penny Book”, listings. If your going to do this or subscribe to this method of artificially inflating your Feedback at the very least wait a couple weeks before posting “Big Ticket Items”, under this ACCT, and throw in a couple legit items after the initial Feedback Surge.

    • rainmakerrain profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from United States

      GKLOVE, this is only for people who just started with Ebay. For a successful start, you don't need more than 100 positive feedbacks from "Penny Products."

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      10 years ago from Somewhere In The US

      Indeed intrersting but just a word of advice. As a company we were well over the 10,000 plus FB range, two years ago and my friend against my advice started selling "Penny Products", meshed with the "High Ticket Items", we were selling at the time. I told him this was a stupid idea...and I was right after one of our competitors Narked us out for "Artificaly Trying To Inflate Our FB", our Powerseller rep removed all FB associated with the "Penny Ebooks".

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      10 years ago from Seattle

      Very interesting idea. I have never sold on ebay but if I ever decide to do so, I will know how to quickly get feedback. Thanks.

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      10 years ago

      How come I never thought of this? Good idea!

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      10 years ago from Canada

      What a smart (and sneaky idea)... I wish I would have thought of it that way instead of spending hundreds of dollars. But, I can still use your method to increase my feedback score when I need to, right?

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      10 years ago from Bangalore - 560097, Karnataka, India

      GREAT WRITINGS - If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.

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      10 years ago

      Now you can leverage that feedback outside eBay too


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