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My ebay adventure

Updated on August 13, 2012

My new obsession

I don't think I've ever fully grown up. Seriously!

I don't want to work a regular 9-5 job. I HATE my job. So of course I think I want to blog. When was my last hub written? I think I want to moonlight. Um, two children, one of which is autistic. I don't think so! I think I want to transcribe for some lady I can barely understand overseas. This one actually worked except I don't think I was actually charging enough and then she got sick and didn't send anymore work.

So, I was doing my couponing and reading my favorite couponing blogs and happened across a guest post by a woman from Tennessee who sold childrens toys. She would pick them up at garage sales for next to nothing and then resell them on Ebay, Craigslist, or children's consignment sales.

Since I already go to garage sales almost every chance I get, it wasn't hard to keep an eye out for things I though might sell. Reading the blogs of some of the folks that already did what I was attempting to do helped a LOT. Several of them had lists of things that they always watch for when they are out "acquiring inventory."

Two things need to be said here. In spite of making a KILLING prior to ebay and paypal fees, my profits have been pretty so-so.

Let me show you...

Breast pump sale


It certainly appears so. There are other costs not included, however and need to be. The time, the mileage driven to the sale, I have a store subscription - how much of that needs to be allocated to this sale? Taxes? Paypal requires a tax ID now so that they can send out 1099's. As a result of that, there are additional tax preparation expenses, internet usage to get everything posted, packaging supplies... The list goes on and on.

Not quite as cut and dried as originally thought but certainly more enjoyable than transcription work!

My favorite Ebay sales

Purchase Price
sale Price
Set of bagpipes
Pat Pat Rocket with figures
New in box Fondue Pot
Singer Featherweight machine attachments


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    • wetnosedogs profile image

      wetnosedogs 5 years ago from Alabama

      Enjoy your Ebay sales! Seems I really should get into Ebay again.