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?
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.
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.
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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.
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!!
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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.
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!
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.
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.
I used to sell a fair number of books on Amazon, but it isn't profitable now that they favor bulk sellers. I do better selling books on ebay. Which doesn't make sense because people could buy the same book on amazon for less.
I sell books that I pick up free from our dump so even if a book doesn't sell I'm only out the time it took me to list it. If it only sells for $2, that is fine because after a few pennies worth of tape to package it, it is all profit. And just recently something I was hoping to get $4 for sold for $27. You never know.
Me. With 1 spouse, 4 kids, 16 chickens, 74 matchbox cars, 968,562+ legos, a dishwasher waiting to be emptied, a washing machine waiting to be filled and a lost cup of tea in the house.
I sell clothing and shoes on eBay and do well. I have narrowed it down to basically outerwear, higher end (but not high end luxury, more like J.Crew) brands of blazers and sweaters, and boots that I get at the thrift. They have to be in excellent condition. At first your sales won't be great because eBay prefers sellers with a track record and those sellers show up first in search results. But with time and consistent reviews, you'll get to the top of that list.
Shipping: I print my own shipping through eBay for a discount. Anything over 13 ounces goes priority, and it is amazing what you can stuff into a flat rate envelope, especially the Legal Flat Rate. I pay $4.99 to ship those, and the shipping is included in the price. If I offer free shipping, I calculate it into my starting price.
Pricing: When I started, I always listed at .99 to get attention for the items. It was a gamble, but I only lost out a couple of times because the items I was selling were desirable and attracted lots of bids. These days, I don't have time to bother with low, low starting bids, so I usually start it at 24.99 for a nice coat. Still get plenty of bids. Oh, and last week I sold a 6 piece table setting of pewter flatware that I bought for less than $10 and sold it for $175. It's true, eBay takes a chunk. I wish there was a better marketplace, but eBay has been really convenient.
I aim to make at the minimum double what I pay for items. But nowadays with how busy I am, I only buy things that I think will sell for $50 or more because otherwise it's too much work.
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