Who here makes money selling on ebay or another auction site?

United States
January 27, 2007 2:14pm CST
I sell antiquarian books on ebay. Mostly religious, metaphysical, philosophical and theological books.
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@lauriefnp (5113)
• United States
27 Jan 07
It sounds as if you sell a specialized collection of books and will be able to make some decent money. I recently listed a whole bunch of books that I had sitting here that I knew I would never read again (mostly fiction, a few medical reference books) on half.com. I actually made my very first sale yesterday! I don't expect to do this on an ongoing basis, though. I just thought that I would do it to see if I could make a few bucks from my "junk". I think that the shipping charges can really get you if you're not careful. Good Luck!
• United States
27 Jan 07
Selling can become addictive, believe me. My best sale to date was a first edition Isaiah Thomas Bible 1791. I bought it for just over $400.00 and sold it for just under $3,000.00. If you decide to keep selling, make sure you have the buyer pay ALL shipping costs.
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@lauriefnp (5113)
• United States
27 Jan 07
WOW! What a profit. Maybe I need to rethink this as an option... Thanks!
• United States
27 Jan 07
If you do, make sure you do some searches to make sure what type of books or other merchandise sells well.
@anup12 (4182)
• India
29 Jan 07
Never tried that but seems to be interesting.So I would love to give it a try and I am sure it will be a lot of hardwork and fun to do that and will also gian some advanatages for sure.
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• United States
29 Jan 07
Yeah, It's a bit of work but there's the satisfaction of accomplishment when you post a good auction and come away with a profit. The funnest part for me is the hunt for items to sell. It's like a little adventure. ‹(°¿°)›
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28 Jan 07
My partner and I have made some money on ebay over the past few months. We started buying to sell back in October last year, and although it's hard work (and not exactly huge profits for very little time), we love it. Christmas was hectic - we were sending out twenty to thirty parcels a day! We're hoping we can build up our business to become a full time career. I think like anything worth having you have to put the time in; we are looking at this as a long term effort which eventually will bring in the money we want. We have made some money in the short term, but we are looking to reinvest this in more stock to build up our business.
• United States
29 Jan 07
Good for you! Make it happen. With an approach like that, I'm sure you'll succeed. ‹(°¿°)›
• United States
28 Jan 07
I have sold books and collectibles for the past few years, but like some others have said here, it gets hard going out and finding the items to sell. And definitely make the buyer pay for shipping.
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• United States
28 Jan 07
Absolutely. Finding the books, posting them and the hassle of shipping is boring but if you hit it right the reward is worth it. ‹(°¿°)›
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• United States
28 Jan 07
it was really neat to see this discussion/ i've been thinkin' on this for a few weeks, but sometimes i think that there is too much competition, i.e., amazon plus all the others/ however, i am glad to hear of your success/best wishes Currently reading Stephen Mitchell's interpretation of the Tao... (i am slightly worried cuz i am seeing inconsistencies with it/ (i honestly don't think i am more intelligent than the Tao, so how can i be disagreeing with a bunch of it?)
• United States
28 Jan 07
Don't worry about other auction sites being any competition to ebay. My question to you is. Are you disagreeing with the Tao or are you disagreeing with "Stephen Mitchell's interpretation of the Tao?
@badkat83 (1621)
• United States
27 Jan 07
I sold books the last couple of years. Some old ones some new. But it got to be a pain going out and finding them, then having to go ship them. Sometimes I made money sometimes I didn't. I did sell an old collection and made alot of money. But I gave up.
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• United States
27 Jan 07
I do pretty well but I understand the burden of finding books and then shipping them.
@smkwan2007 (1038)
• Hong Kong
29 Jan 07
Wish you have a good business. Once you earn some money, do you plan to investment more on that book selling business? Do you need more that several thousand dollars to start such a venture?
• United States
29 Jan 07
Things are pretty good. My very first sale on ebay was a two volume set of history books on Freemasonry. This was just after "The Da Vinci Code" came out. I bought the set for $45.00 and sold it for $91.00. From there I was hooked. As far as buying the books I sell, I spend about one quarter to one half of what I make on every book. This way here I stay at least 50-75% ahead on profit. ‹(°¿°)›
• United States
29 Jan 07
One last thing. You really don't need anything much to get started. You living in Italy has an unlimited supply of antiquarian books. I envy you. If books isn't your thing, than do searches on ebay for the things you would like to sell. Don't limit it to just things you like. Make sure those items sell well on a regular basis and go from there. Remember minimal purchase price for maximum profit. If you decide this is something you decide to do. Write me, I can give you some excellent selling tips. ‹(°¿°)›
@mr_ular (842)
• Malaysia
30 Jan 07
I've sold book (Mills and Boon) that belongs to my mother on eBay. She wanted to get rid of the books. So i asked ofr her permission to sell them on eBay. If i'm not mistaken, i sold almost twenty book on eBay. That is all that i've sold so far. Only on eBay.
• United States
30 Jan 07
That's great. Did you have fun selling the books?
@ashumit02 (819)
• United States
29 Jan 07
Well i have not selling much on ebay but still i like ebay.as i think this is the best site for auction based purchasing.
• United States
29 Jan 07
It's a lot of fun whether you're buying, selling or just looking around.
@sunnypub (2131)
• United States
29 Jan 07
It sounds like you have found yourself a pretty profitable niche for ebay. I have tried selling books there but didn't have much luck. they were just regualr ficiton books though. I decided to just list all my books at half.com and sell other stuff on ebay. I am just getting going trying to make it full time now. Right now mostly what I have is clothing which I don't really care fo but it helps get me into the habit of listing and everything that goes along selling on ebay. I am at that stage where I really need to go out and get some products. I know if I had the products I could list many auctions each day. I am not sure if I want a niche or not. I think I like being able to sell many different things. Well good luck to you. My ebay username is ktynse is you want to check out my acutions.
• United States
29 Jan 07
Great. go for it full time. It's fine not to have a niche but remember this important rule. "Sell what they want and what sells." I know it sounds simple but you can get caught up in what you like and would buy. It's ok to like the stuff you're selling but make sure they or it's what people are willing to spend their hard earned money on. Do your research and remember the dumb old cliche. "The more you put into it, the more you'll get out of it." What I mean by that is, use a great description and take plenty of photos. Don't leave anything to the buyers imagination. They want to know just what they're getting. Good Luck. ‹(°¿°)›
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• India
28 Jan 07
i don do that
• United States
29 Jan 07
Wow great. Why bother to answer the question?
• United States
27 Jan 07
If you sell theological or religious books can you send me an email when you are auctioning? What do you books go for? My email is littlefranciscan@suddenlink.net
• United States
27 Jan 07
Sure. Look for an email from me soon. I have a beautiful 3 volume set that I'll be putting up soon. This would probably be right up your alley. The Life of Our Saviour Jesus Christ 1903