I would like to try to sell on E Bay, but have not ever done it.

@GardenGerty (87818)
Marion, Kansas
January 3, 2010 1:40pm CST
I have a PayPal account, I have an almost never used E Bay account--all I have ever done is buy an item for a friend. I have some things at home I could sell, but I would really like to earn a consistent income. Will you tell me if you sell on E Bay, and what you sell--found items, or resell for a company or stuff you make, and what it is that earns the best for you? I do not want to become a referral under anyone for anything, I just want to learn the best way to spend my time selling at EBay.
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@dawnald (84124)
• Shingle Springs, California
4 Jan 10
I am strictly a buyer myself. Good luck.
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@GardenGerty (87818)
• Marion, Kansas
4 Jan 10
Thanks Dawn, perhaps I can find something to sell to you.
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@dawnald (84124)
• Shingle Springs, California
4 Jan 10
I am NOT a sucker for jewelry, I am NOT a sucker for jewelry...
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@GardenGerty (87818)
• Marion, Kansas
4 Jan 10
I am going to have to locate some lovely jewelry. What kind are you not a sucker for?
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@Tidwell1 (333)
• United States
3 Jan 10
Yes, I have an ebay account.... It's fun to sell on ebay. Very easy to set upan account too. Especially if you already have a paypal account. You can sell stuff from around the house or set up a store to sell stuff. Remember, you have to think about shipping also...if you see something at home that you want to sell, you need to be able to box it up for shipping.
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@GardenGerty (87818)
• Marion, Kansas
3 Jan 10
Thanks for the comment, so what have you found that sells well? I have the EBay account, and the PayPal account, and just need to decide what to sell.
@Tidwell1 (333)
• United States
4 Jan 10
Mostly I've just sold stuff from around the house...
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@GardenGerty (87818)
• Marion, Kansas
4 Jan 10
Well, I do have some stuff around here that probably would be good to sell.
@tayd88 (205)
• Malaysia
7 Jan 10
hi GardenGerty, Start it small in ebay by selling your unwanted stuff at home such as books,cds,dolls,etc.Don't think about making big bucks at beginning,just gainning some experience on selling.Do note that selling in ebay US,there's a listing fee,final value fee & more.So read instruction carefully.If your item don't sell,you might end up paying ebay $$. Do it locally before selling overseas.About postages if you are not sure about it,just do a survey on other sellers selling the stuff you are going to sell & do a comparison.Goodluck,maybe someday i end up becoming your buyer. Happy NEW YEAR 2010 regards, tayd88 (Malaysia)
@GardenGerty (87818)
• Marion, Kansas
9 Jan 10
I am going to have to start small. And local, more or less. I think. I hope I will have some things that many people would like to have.
@Polly1 (12650)
• United States
7 Jan 10
Hi GG, as you know I sell on ebay, just PM me with any specific questions that you have and I will be glad to help in any way I can. Selling on ebay is work, real work. you have to start out small to get the hang of it and go from there. You can learn all kind of stuff on ebay. You can ask question on their forum, other members are always willing to help. I started out by buying a few things before I sold anyting. My first purchase was a postal scale, gotta know wat something wieghs to be able to come up wit te porper cost for shipping. You have to do your research, learn what it cost to ship, by weight and by distance. you have to do your research to see what is selling and for how much its selling for. I have been a power seller now for over a year and recently became a top rated seller. It takes lots of hard work to become either of them. For the last two months I have been living on my computer. You also have to be prepared to deal with difficult customers, but I do have to say that most people are very nice. Good luck and let me know if there is anything I can help you with.
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@GardenGerty (87818)
• Marion, Kansas
7 Jan 10
I am having some foot surgery and will be off work for some time. Ten days or more. I feel like this is the time I need to take to start a) clearing stuff out I do not need, b) getting comfortable with E bay. I knew I had not seen you around. I have a certain monetary goal that I need to meet with all my combined efforts. I know E-bay can be a part of it. I know you sell on E bay, and I have asked questions before, but I think I need to write down the answers all in one place.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
4 Jan 10
I haven't done it either and would like to. There is a company here that sells for us on ebay called Pbay, but it really needs to be around a hundred dollar item. I did have them sell some large items for me. They're set up with a camera and they already have an excellent rating. Ebay has some videos and some articles about selling that you might want to read. How to set up a studio to take pictures of the items you will be selling is one I read. They have all kinds of tutorials that I've read or watched. Basically, an excellent picture on a white background that is back lit with an excellent discription are best. That's as far as I've gotten. I did have a similar discussion a while back. It seemed as though the "You need to find your niche," kind of things was important. Some people responded that they resold videos from rummage sales or sold second hand jeans to people from other countries, but once anyone finds something goood, many people jump on the band wagon and the competition gets tough, so you may have to keep changing and stay ahead of the trends, but the most current technology seems to always be "hot." Good luck and I'll be reading this a lot.
@GardenGerty (87818)
• Marion, Kansas
5 Jan 10
One year I spent thirty five dollars to take a college level one day seminar. E Bay has changed some since then, but some of the things like the white background and the lighting is consistent. I suppose I can look around for things that will sell well. I also just need to move some stuff out of my house. One of the things that I thought about from the lady that did the class was I should find non breakable things to ship as it is less trouble.
@drannhh (15002)
• United States
4 Jan 10
I have a seller's account but have not gotten around to listing anything yet! It looks pretty easy, though, as if you see another seller's listing that you like, you can edit it with your own details instead of starting from scratch. Good luck and be sure to PM or email me with your link when you list something.
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@GardenGerty (87818)
• Marion, Kansas
5 Jan 10
You and I are just pretty much alike. I am going to be off work for foot surgery and I totally plan to spend time online.
@dragon54u (31184)
• United States
4 Jan 10
I paid half of my legal fees for my divorce by selling things on eBay. It works but you have to have realistic expectations. That wonderful abalone shell your Uncle dived for on his vacation and gave you when you were 10 years old will not be a treasured antique--but will be coveted by someone who is looking for abalone shells from a certain region. Get it? It's the market. For instance, the only reason diamonds are valuable is because people THINK they are valuable and the marketing has been constant since around 1945, setting expectations so they can dictate the prices. So, target your market. If you have a vintage doll, list it in that category. If it is a rare doll, consider listing it in another category, such as "dolls". The more categories you are in, the wider your exposure. Lots of things go unsold because they have been listed in only one category--like a box of bungee cords. They are listed in emergency supplies. We are not a looking forward society so the aren't viewed much and the auction expires. If they had been listed in auto accessories or camping supplies they would have sold! Get it? Keep your shipping charges to what it really costs. Let them calculate it by entering the pounds, inches, etc and your zip code. Be honest. I have passed up many a "good" deal because of the HUGE shipping costs!! I could have gotten a pair of earrings shipped to California, for example, from Vermont for a price of $.10 but the S&H was $15. I could buy the same thing from a shop two blocks away or from the local thrift store for $5.00. Think as a consumer, list as if you are a buyer.
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@GardenGerty (87818)
• Marion, Kansas
4 Jan 10
Very good advice, I have seen what you describe on the shipping. I have purchased only one item and that was for a friend because she does not trust the internet. I see your reasoning on the multiple listings, and I will certainly keep that information in mind. I have several people following this discussion for their own information as well, and this is a helpful post.
• United States
4 Jan 10
Good discussion! I have been considering selling some of my treasures on Ebay too. Hopefully I will find some good information from what others post! My daughter says it is quite simple to do. But, I am simple too so what does that say? I have to be taken by the hand and shown what to do.
@GardenGerty (87818)
• Marion, Kansas
4 Jan 10
I have actually taken a class, but it was several years ago. I had some false starts as well, like hubby deleting something important that I needed. I had really good success locating an item for a friend this summer and it makes me more confident.
@Grandmaof2 (7604)
• Canada
4 Jan 10
I have Pay Pal and I have never had a minutes trouble. I have sold on Ebay and also bought many different items such as, dolls, books, embroidery items and linens. The only complaint I have is the shipping charges are so high. Even though I live in Canada I can ship to the US for less than half I spend to ship to Canada. That bugs me because I enjoy buying from the US and can't blame people for not wanting to ship here. Good Luck.
@GardenGerty (87818)
• Marion, Kansas
4 Jan 10
I think that postage is the worst part of the whole deal. It is amazing to hear the cost difference between us, especially when everyone complains about the cost of postage here in the US.
• United States
3 Jan 10
Hi Gerty! I sell on Ebay but I can't say it's consistent, although I've been doing it for about 7 years or so. I have sold just about anything, sometimes for the good and sometimes not. My favorite thing to sell is old postcards, antique one's. I suggest with the items you have, do a search on Ebay and see what comes up as far as competition and if they are selling. That's where I would start at least. I've sold items I've found at garage sales, thrift stores, and my own personal items too. The postcards were just something I happened to like so I started buying them on Ebay, and re-selling them. When selling anything, make sure you describe it completely, including flaws. Keep your shipping prices to a minimum as shipping is expensive, and alot of times because of that, the item won't sell unless it's in very high demand. People are broke today so it's not as good as it use to be, except around the holidays. If I could help you out in any way, please contact me and I'll do my best to set you in the right direction.
@GardenGerty (87818)
• Marion, Kansas
4 Jan 10
I knew someone who quit her job and did E Bay for awhile, but that was about five years ago, when things were better all the way around. I will keep my descriptions accurate, that is a good point.
@worldwise1 (14890)
• United States
3 Jan 10
Although I can't offer you any advice on selling on ebay, GG, I have often wondered about it myself. I decided that I'm nowhere near organized enough to even attempt it.I do wish you success should you accomplish your goal.
@GardenGerty (87818)
• Marion, Kansas
4 Jan 10
I feel like I am not organized enough for the job I have right now. I keep thinking that working from home would have to be easier.
• United States
3 Jan 10
I am have only sold afghans which I crocheted. I was able to sell everyone of them. To get a selling price I took the cost of the yarn a rough estimate of my time making them which I added as dollars to get a total. I would start the bidding at about 90% of my costs and would also give the buy now option which was a price of x amount of dollars which I hoped to make plus a shipping cost and then offer the sell now option as "free shipping".
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@GardenGerty (87818)
• Marion, Kansas
4 Jan 10
That sounds great. I am glad it worked out for you. I was always told to figure five times the materials cost to get the selling cost of hand crafted items.
@finlander60 (1776)
• United States
9 Jan 10
I understand that if it is legal to sell, you can find it on Ebay. Is that true? I wonder if you could sell a car and make the winner come and get it? Is that possible?
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@GardenGerty (87818)
• Marion, Kansas
9 Jan 10
Yes, that is possible. I know someone who drove out of state to pick up a car they bought on EBay. Someone from my local church, a professor at the local Christian College. It would be fun to deliver a car somewhere, and have the delivery price included in the cost of the car.
@sweetlady10 (3620)
• United States
4 Jan 10
First of all Best of Luck to You!! We buy from E Bay every now and then. Once or twice my husband sold something on E Bay, and that is it. I myself sometime think to sell on E Bay, but have not thought about it seriously yet. I should follow this discussion to learn. Thanks for starting this discussion.
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@GardenGerty (87818)
• Marion, Kansas
4 Jan 10
I hope this is a helpful discussion. I just need to find time in my life to get it done, but I know lots of people on here do a little or a lot of selling.
@KrauseHome (32388)
• United States
30 Jul 11
Well I am sure by now you have tried it at least once. Maybe you were lucky enough to have some success with it, but for me it was definately more of a headache than it was worth. Many times I was lucky if with all the Fees I ever really made anything so it was a waste of time for me. And when I tried doing a store front for a little bit, that was even worse. I now do other sites that are out there that have only a Fee when your item sells, or are free to list and sell on.
@ladym33 (11009)
• United States
10 Jan 10
I have sold some books on there in the past, and I have also sold some DVD's. I know some people do really well selling gently used name brand children's clothings. They go to garage sales and thrift stores and search out the name brand clothes and put them on ebay. I have thought about selling my kids clothes on there but have never actually done it. I have sold costumes on ebay after we are done with them and did quite well with those.