Learn to Make
Money on eBay
with These Resources
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How to Start an eBay Business
Author: Bill Henthorn
eBay has become a great way to sell all kind of merchandise on the web. A person can start out by selling personal items they wish to get rid of and graduate to selling merchandise that they find or contract for. An eBay business can become a full time business and for some be a very profitable enterprise.
How to get started on eBay
eBay has a website that can be found on the Net that describes exactly
what a potential seller on eBay needs to do. There are many other sites that
offer to help and or teach you how to be successful on eBay. There is
obviously no lack of information and websites that are willing to help you
What to sell
There is an alternative to selling your own merchandise on eBay. Drop off
eBay stores have become a creative way to enter the eBay business. These
stores advertise that they will help sell items for you on eBay. The reason
this works is people do not know how to use eBay or they are too busy to try
selling anything in this way. The customer with something to sell is willing
to pay a fee for help in selling whatever the item is. This has big
advantages to the storeowner. They have a constant flow of new items to sell
and they do not have to spend any money buying the items they then sell. New
inventory keeps buyers coming back to their listings on eBay.
The success stories on eBay seem to have one common factor for those that
sell merchandise. They specialize in a very specific area of items they
sell. It could be clothes, toys, diamonds, cutlery, art pieces or anything
you can think of selling. It is possible on eBay to build a reputation for
selling things that are always in a similar category. If you want to branch
out, there is no reason that you cannot start a new company and list the new
products under that name.
Learn by reading
There are many books about selling on eBay in a successful way. Reading these books will speed up the learning curve and prevent common mistakes. Some very successful eBay business people have seminars that will enhance what you have read. Websites on the Net are also available for free and at modest prices to learn the ins and outs of eBay. Knowing what to do and how to do it is worth time and money. Emulating pros is not a bad way to learn what to do and how to do it. Ebay pros are willing to give solid advice in books, websites and seminars. There is no better group to learn from in the eBay business.
Finding things to sell
Finding things to sell other than through auctions takes some work. You can locate companies that offer items to sell and you can go to garage sales, pawnshops and thrift shops. You could specialize in estate sale items such as antiques. The smaller the niche is the better you might become at finding great buys that can then be sold on eBay at a better than average profit. When you are an expert in certain areas it is easy to recognize when you are offered a bargain priced item. These can then be turned around and sold on eBay.
Payment for eBay purchases
Many sellers on eBay take credit cards or PayPal for payment. Others will take money orders or bank drafts. Very few will take a personal check, or if they do, shipment is not made until the check clears the bank. PayPal and credit cards are the most popular forms of payment. The reasons are pretty clear. The payment is almost instantaneous and will be good funds. Once the payment is made, the seller has the obligation to deliver the purchased item.
Keeping your record clean and clear
It is difficult to sell anything and not at some time have a dispute with
the customer. The secret is to settle the matter as quickly as possible and
as fairly as possible. Keep your eBay record clean and the customers will
rate you better.
An eBay business is easy to start and does not take a lot of money to
get up and running. A person could start by selling items they already
own and slowly buy and sell other items. If the profits were put back into
the business this would help grow the business. A growing eBay business can
be sustained over time by having items to sell that people want. Finding
these items is the area that will take work to find. Products that are
wanted will sell, finding them is the job of the eBay business owner. Think
outside of the box and find unique items that are not commonly seen. Find
useful and helpful items. These will sell also and help the company turn a
profit. The items need to be purchased right so they can be sold at an
attractive price and still make a profit.
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