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eBay Selling - How to Make Money with eBay Auctions


How to Make Money Selling on eBay with eBay Auctions!!

People often ask me how to make money selling on eBay with eBay Auctions!! 

I guess it is because I have been buying and eBay selling through eBay auctions since March of 2001 and I am completely hooked. I am not the only one, as the search terms "selling things on ebay", "ebay selling" and "ebay auction" are hugely popular! I have found ebay selling it to be an excellent way to earn extra money. Perhaps you have things at home that you would like to sell:  One option you have is to have a yard sale - but another better option you have is to sell the items on eBay!  You'll not only spend less time with an auction, but it is a lot of fun and you'll make more money! 

Anyway, not only do I make money with eBay auctions, but I save money as well.  eBay is a great place to buy things for my family at great prices.  I buy home school books, clothes for myself, clothes for my kids, things for the baby, household products...you name it and you can probably find it in an eBay auction!  My husband shops for software and computer hardware and electronics on eBay before looking anywhere else.

The first thing you need to do to begin buying or selling on eBay is to register.  Ebay selling is very easy and is free!  My recommendation is to begin by making several purchases on eBay.  It is much easier to get your feet wet by buying than it is for selling.  People are more likely to buy from you if you have some feedback from other auctions.  You get feedback by having a good transaction with another eBay seller. Not yet registered?  Join here to Start Making Money on eBay!  Once you have registered, you will want to look for some good resources.

Follow the links below for more information on earning money selling on eBay:

Selling on eBay

When you are ready to sell on eBay the first thing you must decide is what you are going to sell in your eBay auctions.  The trick is to know what to sell on eBay to make money.   I began with eBay auctions selling things I had around the house - things that I would normally sell at a garage sale.  I listed one or two things at a time and then worked my way up to more items at one time.  You don't want to list too many items the first time because once the eBay auctions end you will be overwhelmed.  You must keep track of who won which auction, shipping costs, payments for the auctions and shipment of the auctions.  It is a lot to do so don't take on too much at first.

Once you have decided what to sell on eBay you must write up a description of the item.  can't stress enough the importance of being honest.  If the item you are selling has a defect of any kind - mention it.  You must be very upfront with the buyer and accurately describe what you are selling.  

Unless you are going to only sell products from vendors that can supply pictures, I highly recommend making the investment in a digital camera.  Check out our tips on using a digital camera for your eBay auctions click here.  Most eBay auctions show pictures.  If I am choosing between the auction that has a picture versus one that does not have a picture I will always choose the picture auction to bid on.  This is simply because I want to see what I am buying.  EBay buyers have a much higher comfort level with buying something when they know what to expect than buying sight unseen.

To list your item for sale on eBay you just need to follow the sell link at the top of the page.  It will guide you step-by-step through the process.  

Drop Shipping and eBay Auctions

Drop Shipping - If you are serious about selling on eBay you really need to consider drop shipping.  A real "Drop Shipper" is a legitimate Wholesale Supplier who will send products directly to your Internet customer for you, one product at a time, from their warehouse. They pack and ship the products for you. You pay the drop shipper the Wholesale Price for the products, and charge your customer your Retail Price. The difference between those prices is your profit. You never have to touch the product, or spend money to fill your garage up with products that you might not sell.

Wholesale eBay SourcesWith Drop Shippers, you don't pay up front to stock products. You don't warehouse anything, or ship anything. You simply place product information (images and descriptions) on your auction, take orders, and email those orders to your Drop Shipper. THEY ship the product to your customer's door. You never have to touch it. YOU set your Retail Price, and pay the Supplier the Wholesale Price, making a profit every time.

The hard part is finding legitimate drop shippers for your eBay auctions.  When I first looked into this idea I put the search term "drop shipping'' into Google and came up with lots of hits.  After a lot of research, what I discovered was that the drop shippers I was finding were not actually drop shippers but were the middle men! I even purchased on eBay a drop shipper list.  I found out though that the list was junk.  I only paid $3.00 for it but it was my $3.00!  You get what you pay for! 

Those people pad their lists with worthless information on middlemen, resellers and closeout liquidators that charge you overblown prices, false account setup fees and order minimums. They take the easy way out, and sell you junk information, instead of doing the work it takes to really do the research. What you need is a good, reliable source.

What solution did I finally find?  

I became a member of Worldwide Brands.  If you are serious about making money online through drop shipping, this is THE way to go.  It is highly recommended by Frugal Mom.

So what is Worldwide Brands? 

Worldwide Brands is a membership site that will give you everything you need to get your business started.  Here are just some of the top-of-the-line benefits of membership:

  • INSTANT access to over 8 million wholesale products.

  • Immediate access to research on the best products to sell online.

  • Resources for setting up your business and getting a Sales Tax ID in your state.

And talk about a place to learn about the drop shipping business!  Look at what the included Whole $ale Ebiz Education (a value of $399.00) gives you:

  • 19 videos to jump start your e-biz

  • 19 comprehensive workbooks that EXPAND on each video course

  • Interactive Self-testing modules that show you what you’ve learned, and what you need to review to insure your success.

  • Real-world Exercises that teach you in understandable terms what each Course means and how it applies to your business.

  • Specifically targeted Resources for each course that tell you how to expand your knowledge even further, and find the TRUSTED places to go when you need information on other subjects.

For a limited time, these benefits are also included:

  • Selling on Amazon Bonus - 1st 2 Months Free (a $79.98 value)

  • Yahoo! Stores Bonus - 1st 6 Months Free (a $779.70 value)

  • Free Copy of QuickBooks with Merchant Account Setup (a $199.95 value)

All of that, and MORE is included with your membership to Worldwide Brands.  If you are serious about drop shipping I can't think of a better route to take.  I know you're probably wondering about the cost.  Right now, the one time price, which gives you lifetime membership, is $299.00.  That may sound steep, especially if you are a frugal mom like me.  But I can tell you, the value, quality, and education that you will receive from Worldwide Brands is unsurpassed by anything I have seen.  I have been a member for several years now, and it just keeps getting better and better.  It is worth every penny, and so much more.  Truly. 

Buying Wholesale and Selling on eBay

Wholesale and eBay - A real "Bulk Wholesaler" is a legitimate Wholesale Supplier who will sell you several cases of products at a time at a Wholesale Price, and ship them to you. You store those products in your home, and pack and ship them yourself to your customers who order them from your Auction. You charge your customers your Retail Price, and the difference between Wholesale and Retail is your profit.

The problem with this is a lot of companies have very high minimums.  Most stay at home moms don't have thousands to invest in one product!  A solution to this is finding companies that will sell small quantities and still give you wholesale prices.  Worldwide Brands also has sources for purchasing wholesale products with LOW minimum orders. 

*  Sell New, Factory-Warranted Products, at Wholesale Pricing, to you; the Home-based Internet Business Owner.

*  Sell to you in Affordable Quantities, with minimum orders under $500.

If you like more information about Drop Shipping as a Home based business, visit Frugal Mom's Drop Ship Pages!

Starting an eBay Store

Whether you are a experienced eBay seller or just getting started, an eBay store can be a good way to reach customers you may not have otherwisecaptured . If you have thought about starting your own business, and have had good results with auctions, opening an eBay store may be a good solution

An ebay store can give you more exposure and the chance to sell related items to a shopper that was interested in one of your auctions.  Some owners develop repeat customers. Store owners are more likely to get repeat buyers than regular sellers, if they provide good customer service. However, for this to work, you will need enough inventory to justify the monthly fees.  Most sellers would say you should have a minimum of 75-100 items in your store.

There are benefits and drawbacks to having an eBay Store.  However, with store fees ranging from $15,95 a month to $499.95 a month, you need to know what you are getting into. It would be a good idea to read the eBay the help files at eBay, including the How do I open an eBay store FAQ as well as the eBay Stores forum to get a better understanding of the pros and cons of an eBay store


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