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InvisibleOpera
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ebay entrepreneur
    #3485919 - 12/12/04 01:31 PM (12 years, 8 months ago)

I was wondering if anyone here sells on ebay for a living? I'm really serious about starting a business on ebay, but i still feel like it's going to be an unsucessful business, but there is plenty of people doing this, so for those of you who are successful selling on eBay for a living, how do you do it?

What merchant do you use?
How do you ship your goods?
Do you have your own website, in addition to just listing on eBay?


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Re: ebay entrepreneur [Re: Opera]
    #3485958 - 12/12/04 01:46 PM (12 years, 8 months ago)

I have websites with my own special shopping software, which is interfaced with ebay.... I just use ebay to get more customer exposure, since they have tons of people browsing per day. I'm also looking into Overstock.com's auctions now, trying to adapt my interfaces for it, as hey, that's just more people. :p

There are lots of books on being successful with E-Bay, but it's just like any thing else - have something people want, they'll pay what they're going to pay, and hopefully you make a hefty percentage.


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Re: ebay entrepreneur [Re: Opera]
    #3486260 - 12/12/04 03:00 PM (12 years, 8 months ago)

I made decent cash for a while selling on ebay. I would get shit at retail stores like the one i work at super cheap and resell it on ebay.

Id get cd burners for about 10 bucks and sell em for 40.


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Re: ebay entrepreneur [Re: baraka]
    #3486930 - 12/12/04 06:07 PM (12 years, 8 months ago)

My mum has started to sell things on Ebay and has made over ?500 so far by just selling stuff she doesnt use.


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Re: ebay entrepreneur [Re: Thin White Duke]
    #3487749 - 12/12/04 09:42 PM (12 years, 8 months ago)

Alot of people on ebay go to flea markets and garage sales and resell the stuff they buy. You could turn a hobby into a business, example- I bought and sold rare coins on ebay for awhile and made a couple grand, but then made some bad buys and had to quit.


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    #3487765 - 12/12/04 09:47 PM (12 years, 8 months ago)

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Re: ebay entrepreneur [Re: nothing]
    #3487966 - 12/12/04 10:30 PM (12 years, 8 months ago)

Yeah, I use to go to flea markets and garage sales and resale stuff, which was pretty good extra money, but it's allot of hassle going to place to place looking for things to buy and relsale.... Any of you guys buy things at wholesale and then sell it off ebay or purchase from a drop shipper?


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    #3488593 - 12/13/04 12:23 AM (12 years, 8 months ago)

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Re: ebay entrepreneur [Re: nothing]
    #3488650 - 12/13/04 12:36 AM (12 years, 8 months ago)

My parents have a consignment business that sells stuff on eBay. If you have something to sell that you can't really sell, they'll do all the stuff needed to sell it. They take a percentage of the final selling price. My dad has sold large machinery from industrial shops, vending machines, huge Barbie collections. You name it, he's prolly sold it. Lately he's been buying huge lots of networking and computer supplies and parting it out and selling them as seperate, smaller lots. Just brainstorm ideas of stuff to sell, or resell. You can make a pretty penny if you hit the bullseye and give the people what they want.


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