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Old 12-01-2010, 08:09 PM
 
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I am looking into becoming a seller and I just want to know the basics. I went onto the eBay site and there is just subcategory after subcategory of information. It’s overwhelming.
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Old 12-01-2010, 09:20 PM
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Location: San Antonio/Houston/Tricity
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Basics? here you go:
Become an Ebay PowerSeller | Adventures Of A Stay At Home Dad
How to Become a Successful eBay Seller - wikiHow
PowerSeller : Becoming An Ebay Seller (http://www.howtobecome.info/articles/Becoming-An-Ebay-Seller/3030/446.html - broken link)
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Old 12-01-2010, 10:20 PM
 
Location: NW. MO.
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I used to sell on Ebay but rarely do any longer due to the economy. It's pretty easy once you get started. Main thing imho is research how much items you are considering selling are going for and figure out if the price you buy them for minus fees from ebay and paypal, packing materials all added together still provide a profit for your time.
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Old 12-03-2010, 11:11 AM
 
Location: Indianapolis, IN
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My fiance and I used to sell on eBay, and I would agree, it is fairly easy once you get the hang of it.

We stopped, though, because eBay kept raising their fees. After a while we were loosing money on occasional items.
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Old 12-03-2010, 11:40 AM
 
Location: The Milky Way Galaxy
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My fiance and I used to sell on eBay, and I would agree, it is fairly easy once you get the hang of it.

We stopped, though, because eBay kept raising their fees. After a while we were loosing money on occasional items.
Same here, eBay was taking too much money so I stopped...
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Old 12-03-2010, 02:00 PM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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Eh. I still sell on Ebay. People make way to much out of "Ebay raised the prices". Come on now.

It costs 50 cents to list something with a reserve price of $20.00.
Then they get 12% of the final proce... so $1.30.
So for less then $2.00 you made $18.00 on something you were just going to throw out anyway. Pfft. Easy money.

LOL.
It really depends. If you are going to try buying stuff and reselling it on Ebay, then it can be hard to make money. If you are selling stuff in your house you want to get rid of. No brainer. Do it.
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Old 12-03-2010, 08:50 PM
 
Location: Staten Island, New York
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Eh. I still sell on Ebay. People make way to much out of "Ebay raised the prices". Come on now.

It costs 50 cents to list something with a reserve price of $20.00.
Then they get 12% of the final proce... so $1.30.
So for less then $2.00 you made $18.00 on something you were just going to throw out anyway. Pfft. Easy money.

LOL.
It really depends. If you are going to try buying stuff and reselling it on Ebay, then it can be hard to make money. If you are selling stuff in your house you want to get rid of. No brainer. Do it.
...and paypal fees.

I still sell, but it's getting much more difficult.
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Old 12-07-2010, 08:42 AM
 
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I have been selling off and on for about 10 years now. Sales are a tiny fraction of what they used to be for me, and fees are several times higher.

As someone else mentioned, if you just want to get rid of stuff, it's a good place to do it. If you are going to buy items to re-sell, you can find yourself in the hole, or at best working just to break even.

I am looking into an alternative site for myself, I buy and sell vintage and used clothing; this category is a LOT of work and right now ebay isn't paying off that well.

Good luck!
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Old 12-13-2010, 04:05 PM
 
Location: USA
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I would also say that if you're getting into the eBay selling game, now would be a very challenging time unless you had wholesale access to either 1) a really hot item or 2) items with wide margins.

eBay's increased listing fees and the heavy competition, especially now at the holidays would make it an uphill battle. I do continue to hear more positive things about selling on Amazon and Craigslist these days.
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Old 12-13-2010, 05:52 PM
 
Location: NYS
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I was about to make a post about selling on eBay. I found these comments helpful, as I'm not looking to pay a lot of fees.
I've bought on eBay only once, and now I want to sell 2 pairs of new jeans. Does anyone have any tips/advice you would give for selling jeans on eBay? Or should I just sell on Amazon?
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