03-02-2007 01:04 PM - edited 03-02-2007 01:04 PM
This is a question that a lot of would-be eBay sellers struggle with. Some of you come to eBay with a product already in mind. Perhaps you are an artist or craftsperson and want to sell your creations. Others have loads of stuff (I never call other people's stuff "junk") to sell from years of accumulation and some people already own a small retail or catalog business and want to expand their business by selling their goods online. Then there is the rest of us. You see thousands of different products selling on eBay and want to know how to get in on the action. Figuring out what will sell and finding merchandise to sell is a constant battle as it changes all the time. Today's hot product will soon become tomorrow's stuff gathering dust in a closet somewhere.
With over 27,500 categories, you can sell virtually anything on eBay. But choosing what to sell can often be overwhelming. My advice is to look first to your own hobbies and interests. If you are doing something you love you will not only have more fun, you stand a much better chance of being successful.
If you currently own a small retail store, gallery or antique shop, or if you sell handmade products, simply figure out which of your products will sell well on eBay.
If you want to start an eBay business from scratch, then you will have to decide what business you are going to be in, and what kind of products to sell.
But look to your hobbies and interests first. Do you love cooking? Then get into cookware and gourmet food items. Do you collect sports memorabilia? Start there. Perhaps you love to read and you always wanted to own a small bookstore but you could never afford the investment. You can start small on eBay with only a few dozen books and build your business from there. The same goes for art. You can buy art posters or prints wholesale just a few at a time. Thousand of art prints and posters sell every day on eBay.
Your business and product ideas are limited only by your imagination, and the existence of a market, but make sure there is a market for the products and/or services you love and plan to sell.
Whatever you decide to sell, work to become an expert at it. Go to the library and read up on your products, talk to other merchants and collectors, research your competition, learn something about the history of your product and study the manufacturers. Knowing your product category in depth will pay many dividends down the road.
So what are some of the items the ordinary person can sell on eBay? Some of them include:
- Selling products to other eBay sellers (for example I sell photo accessories that eBay sellers use to take their auction photos)
- Almost any type of used goods from clothing to small appliances to sporting equipment to used computers, stereos and cameras
- Used books are big sellers on eBay
- If you are an artist or craftsperson you can sell your own creations on eBay
- If you are a writer or have a skill you can share with others, you can write a physical book or an eBook and sell it on eBay.
- Almost any type of new or used collectible sells well on eBay.
Whatever your interests -- clothing and fashion, sports, cars, cooking, high finance, antiques, art, books, collectibles (please save us from more Beanie Babies) -- there are products and information you can sell on eBay and other auction sites. And yes, eBay fortunes have been made on Furby toys, Pokemon cards and Beanie Babies!
If you read Chapter 3 in Three Weeks to eBay Profits you can get a lot of ideas about the type of things that sell on eBay and where people find them. So what interests you? What are your ideas? What are your hobbies and interests? Are there any products related to these that you think will sell on eBay?
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Message Edited by BookClubEditor on 03-02-2007 01:09 PM
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