Ebay

United States
September 7, 2010 11:01am CST
So I have been selling some things on ebay since they've had this 0 insertion fee thing going on. I guess I really didn't think this through too well because I sold a boppy pillow on there for $10.50 but then it cost $14.50 to ship so I had to spend money. I offered free shipping because they say it attracts more buyers. I made about $35.00 but had to spend $50 altogether to ship!! I am so mad at myself right now. I basically feel like I gave these things away. I did list more items that didn't have free shipping but so far no bids on them. I want to get into selling maybe one type of item, like purses or shoes. I go down to goodwill and they always have shoes from Target and cute purses. I found a Tommy Hilfiger handbag down there for like $4. I have it on ebay now starting at $10.00. I don't really know that value of it though. I guess next time I will have to better research.
2 responses
@jane239 (521)
7 Sep 10
I made a few losses like that when I first started selling on eBay. I'm trying to turn it into a business now so I've got some digital postal scales so I can get the postage right. It is hard to estimate the postage of things if you haven't sold anything like it before.I either charged too much and had to refund the difference or didn't charge enough when I first started selling.
1 person likes this
• United States
8 Sep 10
I have not started on ebay just yet ,for one thing mainly ,seem there are too many little details one should know before to start or learn as you go,coping with your loses as you gain experience.But i don't have a budget where losing money is a real option ,So far affiliate marketing keeps me busy ,still as a part time,but already making money.However I also would like to know more about ebay and get a better idea of how actually get into it with out the edgy aspect of it but areal aproach ,any ideas?
• Philippines
9 Sep 10
i was planning to sell at ebay but don't know how to start
@minx267 (5223)
• Hartford, Connecticut
7 Sep 10
I had that same sort of problem the only time I sold stuff. I had a bunch of collie items I made at zazzle listed.. t-shirt, magnets, mugs.. and I thought I had researched the shipping amount. Someone bought them- he wanted some of everything.. so of course it seemed feasible to discount his shipping as they wer eall going in the same box.. and What I had figured out.. and what I told him - Did not match up with UPS when I got there.. For one.. he was in CANADA so it ended up costing me more.. then the prices they have listed on ebay totally did not jive with what I ended up paying.. so I too lost money on the shipping.. and in the end -I haven't bothered to sell anything else.. even though I still have some things stockpiled to sell.. :(
@minx267 (5223)
• Hartford, Connecticut
7 Sep 10
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