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Ebay: Can you make money from selling on Ebay?

post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 
My family is bad shape again with $. It seems we never enough. I was wondering if selling on Ebay really makes a decent income? Just enough to say get a few bites to eat at the store a week? My mom has a bunch of stuff she said I could sell. I was thinking of trying to think of something I can make to sell on Ebay if I ever get money to by the materials. I dont have a camera. can people sell stuff without a camera?

what would be something good to go into making that i can sell for enough money for say like milk, bread, eggs, and some other foods for like say a week of food? what about hair bows? tutus?
post #2 of 19
I do really well on eBay. It just depends on what you have. I am not sure who would buy your items with out a picture though. Do you have anyway of borrowing a camera?
post #3 of 19
Before I had my ds I did pretty good with ebay too. You really need pics though. Not many people want to buy things they can't see.

Also, do a little research on ebay first. Search for similar items then look at the ones that have ended (on the left side you can do a completed items search). That way you can see what the things are going for and what you might make by selling them. That can help you decide if it's going to be worth it to try to find a camera and take the time to put the items up, answer questions, pack, ship etc.
post #4 of 19
Thread Starter 
Thank you girls so much! Very helpful! Off to browse Ebay.
post #5 of 19
I won't buy things that don't have a pic. It scares me. Maybe if you have items that you can use stock photos of (example: you have a book to sell, you can go on google and search for the image and use it. Then just make a note that the pic used is a stock photo and your copy is in ___ condition. that's not illegal is it? .)

You can get really inexpensive digital cameras now. They come with everything you need. The card it comes with doesn't have a whole lot of space on it, but you can just erase them as you upload them. I think fees are reduced for sept.
post #6 of 19
We bought a Kodak Easy Share from BestBuy online:

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....=1175389261260

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....s&nrp=15&iht=n

You think your mom would buy you an early X-mas present.
post #7 of 19
Sometimes, your public or school library will have a camera.
post #8 of 19
Depends on what you sell, your asking price, description, photos, promotional efforts, how in-demand your item is, how searchable your listing is, etc. But yes, you can. Doesn't mean you will. But you can.

I wouldn't take the time and spend the money to make things. Just sell what you have and/or get things at yard sales. Research though, don't just pick up yard sale junk. If you have big ticket items, you'll make more.
post #9 of 19
My sister sells a very popular toy (Webkinz) on ebay. She buys them new locally, starts the bidding at the price she paid and lets crazy people try to out bid each other. She and her dh spend some time searching the toys out and then running to stores, but she does pretty well. Maybe you could find a niche item like that?
post #10 of 19
I've made a little money off of a few things that were things that I otherwise might just give away, weird gifts and a few bad judgment purchases. It was hardly worth my time though given the cost of shipping these days. I'd advise to research your item before listing make sure it sells well and isn't heavy.
post #11 of 19
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Originally Posted by natashaccat View Post
I've made a little money off of a few things that were things that I otherwise might just give away, weird gifts and a few bad judgment purchases. It was hardly worth my time though given the cost of shipping these days. I'd advise to research your item before listing make sure it sells well and isn't heavy.

This is true!! My husband sells a lot of high-tech surplus items and makes money, but it's because not many people have what he sells and a lot want it. However, I tried selling clothing and baby stuff and got nowhere. I'd suggest if you do have clothing items to sell to maybe try a store that buys these items outright (not consignment) and pays cash. I know there's a few in my town that do that. I guess I agree with a lot of the previous posters that is does depend on what your item is, how in demand it will be, and if everyone else is selling it already or not. Good luck in your endeavors!!
post #12 of 19
I had an internet store for a number of years and am presently getting rid of the last of my inventory on eBay. If it is not a name brand someone is looking for it rarely sells. If it is not brand new and competing with brand new versions it will rarely sell. If it is used and not popular it rarely sells. eBay has turned into a place for retailers to dump unsold new merchandise. The fees are high and the buyers a PITA. For me if an item is not going to sell for more then $15 its not worth the hassle because of all the fees. You must have photos.
post #13 of 19
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Originally Posted by natashaccat View Post
It was hardly worth my time though given the cost of shipping these days.

The purchaser pays for shipping not the seller.
post #14 of 19
Yeah, but as a buyer i take into account shipping fees when making my bid.
post #15 of 19
Amazon.com has done much better for me (in the long term). Before selling on eBAY, check if the item is listed/available on Amazon.

There are tens of thousands of peoples scouring yard sales and thrift shops and discount stores for eBAy-able items ... so there is a lot of competition and less money to be made than 5 years ago or so.
post #16 of 19
We sell sports figures on ebay that dh and his dad collected when dh was a kid. Some of them are worth nothing, some are worth a lot. We make money regardless of how much they sell for (we start them at $1.99) because we didn't actually pay for them and fil has said he doesn't mind if we sell them.

We also recently sold some antique fishing lures dh has. Those have sold well, too.

I don't mind selling on ebay but we don't buy on ebay because it is flooded with the ebay stores. I would rather buy another person's used but in good condition goods than a new item from a retailer.

If you want to be successful, the first thing you need to do is get a digital camera. We couldn't sell what we do without pictures, and I don't imagine there is much - or anything - that would sell without a picture of it.

HTH, and good luck!
post #17 of 19
How about www.craigslist.com? It's free and you can post locally and people can look at it in person before buying.
post #18 of 19
I've done well on eBay but you can't expect it to be any sort of real income by just selling what you have. To make money you need to buy at wholesale, and that takes a little bit of startup but the great thing about eBay is that you can start small. If you sell small things you don't even need a digital camera, you can get away with putting them on a scanner that costs $50 or less. The scanner just takes a little picture of what fits on the flatbed. You also need to take into account packaging and shipping. Most of what I sell I use the bags and boxes provided by the post office because if it's more than 13 oz it automatically has to go Priority anyway. So it saves me a ton in shipping supplies. I bought a $15 scale on eBay to make sure I didn't lose any money on shipping.

Another thing is you have to treat it like a job and develop good habits. I have times of the day when I package, ship and go to the post office. Start out small and see if you like it. And find something you'd enjoy selling.
post #19 of 19
Craigslist.com has been a life saver for us. We are living on the edge of our money right now and making it between paychecks with Craigslist sales. Lucky for us, back in our days of plenty we bought tons of stuff that we've been able to liquidate now. I literally sell an item and head off to the grocery store for necessities.

I've sold most of my baby gear (no clothes though), DVDs, CDs, books, furniture, old gardening stuff, potted plants, kitchen appliances, and knick knacks. I look every day in the wanted section too in case I have something some one wants--that's proven to be a good outlet for things I hadn't thought of selling yet.

Posting is free and very easy to do. I do think photos are important to sell here too.
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