Auction Information

What to Sell on eBay - 7 REAL Tips for Finding Successful Products


This question has become one for the ages. There are many answers to it, few of which will actually help you. Today we will give you 7 tips you must keep in mind when you search for items to sell on eBay.

The problem with asking the question "What can I sell on eBay" is that you're likely to get one of a small group of boilerplate answers. These answers get repackaged and dispensed as brand new answers, however they are still the same, reworked, difficult advice.

The most common answers you will find are:

  • Look for items at garage sales, flea markets and estate sales.
  • Speak to manufacturing corporations and ask them if you can sell their products on ebay for them.
  • Buy from wholesalers.
  • Buy cheap items from retail stores.
  • Negotiate with stores to sell their overstocked items.
The problem with all of these things is they just don't work, they are too complicated, or they are just overdone.

How to Settle on a Product

There are 7 necessary tips to keep in mind when searching for a product that will sell well. To find the best product it must meet a number of guidelines.

  • Keep it small. Larger items bring with them a host of issues, from storage to shipping and everything in between. Unless storage is not a problem for you, keeping more than a few large items around can cramp up your extra rooms, basement and garage. The problem is that you need to be able to keep a large supply of items that you're selling to make any real money. Making $100 on a sofa is great, but it hardly pays the bills. If you have any ideas about quitting your job or supplementing your income, you will need to be selling a lot more of these. Heck, 3 or 4 sofas in a room should fill it up. So where are you going to put 10 of them? Keep your items small, and you can use shelves, drawers and closets for storage.
  • Can it ship easily? I know we covered the size issue in the previous paragraph, but it comes up again here. Even if you find the perfect product, you must be able to ship it easily and cheaply. You may find a great deal on rocking chairs, but how are you going to get a box around them? Not to mention, the shipping costs on large, heavy and bulky items can be in the hundreds of dollars. Look for products that can ship for a minimum amount of money. Anything from toothpicks to books fit the bill nicely.
  • Find a niche! If you try to sell everything to everyone, you will end up selling nothing to anyone. The more specialized you become, the better your chances of being able to offer unique items. For example, there are thousands of people on eBay selling DVD's. Prices have been cut down to nothing, and profits along with them. The only way to make money as a DVD seller on eBay is to be one of the few sellers who have huge volumes. Starting out that way is very tough indeed. On the other hand, if you sell a specific type of DVD, like old horror movies or cartoon sets, you will likely have better profit margins. The large DVD warehouses just can't move enough of them to make it worth their while. Come up with a few niches, and you should do pretty well.
  • Beware of seasonal items. Christmas decorations may sell well from October until December, but no one will be buying them in April. If you will be selling seasonal items, make sure you know when their season ends, and don't get stuck with a lot of leftover products.
  • Fads can be great money-makers for short periods of time, but after that, good luck getting rid of them. Think of Beanie Babies, Tickle Me Elmo and Cabbage Patch Kids. All of these fads enjoyed phenomenal sales due to their intense popularity. After the boom, however, sales (and prices) dropped immediately. Ride the waves of popular items, but beware of their life-cycle. Prepare for the end of the fad, even as you are beginning the selling.
  • Bring something unique to the marketplace. This seems difficult - and it can be. If you have access to something unique, such as a specialized book, health product or computer program that other sellers don't have license for, your products will be in demand. This tip is worth putting some time into. Think of ways to obtain such products, or modify existing ones (But be sure of your rights to do so!).
  • Sell what is in demand. Coins, stamps and other collectibles are always in demand. They are easy to buy and easy to sell and ship. If you spend time researching the ones that sell the best, for the most profit, you can do very well in this area. Try to come up with unique ways of presenting these items as well.
  • Hopefully these tips will get you started. Always keep in mind that uniqueness seems to be the key to eBay success. Even if you're selling existing and plentiful items, come up with a unique way of selling or packaging them, and you may just find the next winner.

    Good luck, and happy selling!

    2005 Matt Blasses

    Matt Blasses is the author of the groundbreaking ebook "How to Get Rich Buying and Selling Stamps on eBay - Even if you don't know anything about stamps."
    This ebook is available for immediate download at http://www.stampebook.com

    You can reach Matt Blasses at: mblasses@comcast.net


    MORE RESOURCES:
    This RSS feed URL is deprecated, please update. New URLs can be found in the footers at https://news.google.com/news


    Selected Western livestock auctions
    Capital Press
    Oregon. EUGENE. (Eugene Livestock Auction). Nov. 10. Head Count: 506. Comments: Feeders steady to slightly higher on vaccinated calves. High Dressers: 48.00-56.00. Low Dressers: 38.00-45.00. Top 10 Cows: 48.70. Top Bulls High Dressers: 56.00- ...



    Wall Street Journal

    Huge Hits and Big Flops at New York's Fall Art Auctions Send Mixed Signals About the Market
    Wall Street Journal
    The art market appears to be entering its Volatile Period. After a steady run-up in art prices, bidding started to fly and fracture in unpredictable patterns during New York's major fall auctions, which concluded Friday. From a $90.3 million David ...
    How record-setting art auctions are ruining the old neighborhoodWashington Post
    David Hockney painting auctions for record $90MYahoo News Canada (blog)

    all 61 news articles »


    ESPN

    Car used by LeBron James as high school senior going to auction
    ESPN
    The car used by Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James as a high school senior is headed to the auction block. The 2003 Hummer H2 will go up for auction by Goldin Auctions on Monday, and the car will be sold on Dec. 8. Goldin Auctions president Ken ...
    Hummer that got LeBron James investigated in high school is up for auction ... againCBSSports.com
    The Hummer that LeBron James drove in high school is up for auctionYahoo Sports
    LeBron's High School Car Is Going to AuctionRealClearLife
    Goldin Auctions
    all 49 news articles »


    Yale News

    Bring home a piece of the Peabody; museum holding online auctions
    Yale News
    The Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History is preparing to undergo a comprehensive renovation. In preparation for that transformation, the museum will hold several online auctions of items it can no longer use. The auctions are online only and will ...



    New Haven Register

    Yale Peabody Museum holding online auctions of surplus items
    New Haven Register
    NEW HAVEN — Yale University's Peabody Museum of Natural History is holding several online auctions “of items it can no longer use” in advance of a comprehensive renovation that officials say will be “an amazing transformation,” according to a release.

    and more »


    CNN

    A photo of Hitler posing with a girl of Jewish heritage auctions for $11520
    CNN
    Known as "the Führer's (leader's) child," Rosa Bernile Nienau became very close with Hitler after they met outside his house in 1933, Alexander Historical Auctions, which sold the photograph, said on its website. Nienau and her mother were in a crowd ...
    Lot Detail - ADOLF HITLER INSCRIBES A PHOTO TO ROSA BERNILE NIENAU – A YOUNG JEWISH GIRL WHO ...Alexander Historical Auctions
    Hitler's phone, 'the most destructive 'weapon' of all time,' sold for $243000CNN

    all 18 news articles »


    Livestock auctions
    Cadillac News
    Clare County Livestock Auction, LLC. Sale every Monday at 3 p.m.. Nov. 12 results: Choice colored steers, $95 to $104; choice colored heifers, $90 to $103; good colored steers and heifers, $80 to $100; choice Holstein steers, $68 to $90; heavy bulls ...



    WHEC

    Storage company accidentally auctions off wrong unit
    WHEC
    "Life Storage's auction guidelines are very precise and in accordance with all applicable laws," Piegza wrote in a statement. "Unfortunately, in this instance, the unit was auctioned in error. We promptly contacted the buyer of the sold unit who ...



    CNBC

    Bidding is on for the most expensive home ever to hit the auction block
    CNBC
    Real estate auctions, once used for foreclosures and distressed sellers, is moving upmarket. The number of multimillion-dollar homes being sold at auction has nearly doubled in the past year, according to real estate analysts and auction companies.



    Forbes

    Rare Stan Lee Collectibles Go Up For Auction Days After His Death
    Forbes
    A rare collection of works by comic book legend Stan Lee are going up for auction just days after his death. The items are part of the highly anticipated Icons & Idols: Hollywood event coordinated by Julien's Auctions, the world-record breaking auction ...
    A Collection of Stan Lee's Works Hits AuctionBarron's

    all 2,545 news articles »

    Google News

    home | site map
    © 2006