Finding What To Sell On Ebay And How To Get Started
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Selling on eBay is a popular and growing method for people to make money. Some use it to make extra cash by getting rid of un-needed items from around the house, while some use it as a full-time income earning business. This article is geared mostly for those who are relatively new to eBay, or those or who looking to take their sales to the next level.

The most pressing question for those looking to make exceptional profits on eBay is…what do I sell? At first, it may seem like an easy question to answer. Why not sell anything and everything? However, the more you think about it, the more you probably realize it would be best to stick to one item or niche. It’s much easier to manage this way, and you can focus your efforts in one area rather that scatter your energies in too many directions.

Another question is…how do I decide what items to sell? There are several ways to do this, and I will outline those answers in this article as well. The following is a list of ideas that can help you in answering those lingering questions about what to sell. Here they are:

1. Avoid the most popular products – At first it may seem tempting and logical to sell the most popular items on eBay. However, if you are in your early stages of selling on this site, you are best to stay away. Why? Simply because the market for these items is completely saturated, and the competition is fierce. You are essentially competing with the pros, those who are experienced sellers and have the money to buy these items in bulk. You can find these items by checking the “Popular Items” list. The top 10 usually includes items such as cell phones, video game systems, iPods, Coach handbags, and the like.

2. Start by selling items from home – The best way to get your feet wet with selling online is to sell some simple items around your house. I started by selling some CDs, books, and games that my kids were no longer playing. It helped me become familiar with the listing process, things that work and don’t, taking good photos, shipping, etc. If you need help in deciding what to sell, you can use eBay’s “Idea House” for ideas.

3. Garage/Thrift Sales – I have made some good profits by finding things at garage sales. The owner does not value the item, but it is one that many others would love to have (for example, a Michael Jackson book shortly after his death). You can find some great bargains and then auction them on eBay. Another suggestion is to check for free items on sites like Craigslist. I know some people who have done well in this area as well.

4. Research – You need to know what items are selling and for how much. One great place to find this information is on eBay itself. Check the “Completed Listings” area. It shows auctions that have ended and whether or not the items sold. If it’s in red, it means it did not sell. If green, it means the items sold successfully. It also shows the price that it sold for, number of bids, etc. If an items has a lot of green, you know it can potentially sell well. If the price seems like it would be higher enough than what you paid for it, it’s something you can pursue.

5. Assess the data – After you have completed some auctions, be sure to assess what worked and perhaps what didn’t. Come up with a plan you can use to enhance your sales and make any necessary improvements. If you wish to be a successful eBay seller you will do this on a continuous basis.

These are some basic guidelines in helping you get started with your selling endeavors. By following the above guidelines, you will allow yourself to decide what would be best for you to sell. I will follow up with more detailed information to help you determine what’s best to sell, and how you can maximize your profits. In the meantime, I invite you to check out a previous article about the prospects of making money on eBay. The article includes a link to a free e-book you can use to take your eBay selling to the next level. Here’s link to the article…

Making Money on eBay

Until next time, happy selling : )


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