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View Poll Results: What Percent of Your eBay Items Results In A Sale?
0 to 10% 1 16.67%
11 to 30% 0 0%
31 to 50% 1 16.67%
51 to 70% 0 0%
71 to 100% 4 66.67%
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Old 02-18-2013, 08:24 PM
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On average, what percentage of your eBay items results in a sale? (please see poll)

How successful have you (or people whom you know) been with selling on eBay?

Is it one of your preferred platforms for selling?
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Old 02-18-2013, 08:34 PM
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100% of my items sell. I sell electronics which has a healthy consumer demand. It is the only method in which I choose to sell.

Success for me has been directly related to the amount of time and effort I have to put in it. I used to make a lot more when I focused on it more.
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Old 02-21-2013, 05:39 PM
Location: NW Penna.
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If you mean sells on the first listing, then it's currently 0-5% at best. ebay is full of crap items and imported junk. That makes it hard to find the stuff worth buying. Also, I think ebay has gone the way of chat rooms and Internet forums and lots of other things: It used to be the domain of the well-heeled and well-educated and tech-savvy and affluent. But most of those people have lost interest and have quit looking and buying. The ebay buyers I get now (and get stupid questions from, LOL) tend to be very infrequent buyers with feedback <20 who most recently bought Lowes coupons or used child's clothing, or a couple pairs of sub$20 shoes or similar. I presume most of them are mothers with kids in their teens down to toddlers, judging from their purchase history.
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Old 02-22-2013, 01:56 PM
Location: Ontario, NY
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I would say 50%, when ever I sell something I check to see if that item sold and what it sold for before I bother to go through the effort to list. So I'm not just throwing lots of junk on there and hope it sells. Especially if I have to pay listing fees. Sometimes if there a free listing month, I'll list 10 or 20 items and only a few of them will sell. I'm continually amazed what is worth money. Over the years I've sold everything from Comic books to computer monitors, generally what ever I can get my hands on. I've been keeping a close eye at the dumpsters at work. Recently work tossed 10 new toner cartridges new in the boxes for older printer models and I was able to sell them on Ebay for $80. Another day I found a box of power cables in the dumpster and I was able to sell them for $175. Over the years I say I sold 40k is stuff on Ebay.
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Old 02-24-2013, 01:44 PM
Location: Alexandria, VA
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I would post this in the Shopping thread, that's where most folks talking about buying, selling and Ebay.
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Old 02-24-2013, 02:26 PM
Location: San Marcos, TX
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Close to 100% for me. I have been at this a long time though. I've been selling since 1998. I sell used goods, mostly clothing, some collectible, linens, etc. A few books (usually antique/collectible) and odds and ends.

I don't make many mistakes anymore when it comes to selecting things for re-sale. Once in a while I get a "dud" but it's rare and it's never something I have spent much on, when I take a risk like that it has to be something I got for next to nothing. I have definitely changed the way I choose items, over the years, to keep up with how ebay has changed. I will pay much less for an item than I could have in the past and I have eliminated many items that used to sell really well but no longer do.

I don't sell "full time" anymore either but I did for a long time. I sell in spurts now, when I get around to it or need extra money.
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Old 02-24-2013, 02:45 PM
Location: Western Colorado
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100% of the items I list sell. Never had a problem and I've typically managed to sell my item for more than I paid for it.
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