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Are there any other ebayers out there? Right now, I am selling a few CD's etc around my house as well as vintage Gothic magazines. Next I'm going to making things to sell. If you are an ebayer say hello! Let's start a group! Give tips! It feels really good to be able to declutter. Today I also took some things to Value Village so that felt really good. Things go out and few come back in ( crosses fingers<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> )
 

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Yes fellow ebayer here. Seller and buyer of many things. Its my virtual garage sale!<br><br>
If you are selling cds, dvds, videos, books etc, check out their half.com website before posting on ebay.
 

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Another ebayer here...<br><br>
I buy and sell..although I am thinking of giving up..<br><br>
I never make any $$$ anymore and the deals are getting scarce expecially with people charging high shipping<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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I can understand what you mean. Since I do my shipping thru paypal, I usually just do priority flat rate and use the priority flat rate box and tack on a few cents to cover masking tape, labels etc and then I leave it for my mail carrier.<br>
But with all the fees they have been charging lately, people need to recoup their costs. But I have had some things sit a few times before selling now.<br><br><br>
If I have something that I do not need, I will sometimes do a watch on it on ebay to see if it sells etc and then put my own auction up.<br><br>
What are your best moving items? Slowest?
 

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I used to be a regular Ebayer. Now, I only use it for big things I know will bring me some moolah. It isn't worth the smaller things to me anymore. I sell the smaller things on the Trading Post or donate it to my local thrift shop.
 

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Hi... I'm an ebay wannabe. Sorta. I buy stuff off ebay, but I want to start selling. I just don't really know where to start & can't even begin to fathom that someone would want stuff that even we don't want. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
I have to declutter, though. I better get started. Maybe y'all can be my inspiration? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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I've been buying and selling on eBay since I was 15 (my mom set up an account for me back then...well, gave me her CC and I taught her how to use it!). I love it! I sell on several other auction sites, too.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Hi... I'm an ebay wannabe. Sorta. I buy stuff off ebay, but I want to start selling. I just don't really know where to start & can't even begin to fathom that someone would want stuff that even we don't want. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
I have to declutter, though. I better get started. Maybe y'all can be my inspiration? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"></div>
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Very easy to do. Start by what do you buy on ebay? OR...<br><br>
If its media you want to sell- cds movies etc try half.com which is owned by ebay and tied into it.<br><br>
One thing I noticed is if there are a lot of one item, you might have trouble moving something. But if there is one of this particular item, put a watch on the item and see how it sells. If there are a bunch of bidders, right before the auction ends, put yours up. Put the starting bid a few dollars less. I have noticed that when I do this, I immediatly get the losing bidders to bid on mine.<br><br>
Don't get too attached to your stuff/junk. I have sold many things but I have also had things not get bid on.<br><br>
IMHO, I get more $$ than doing a yard sale but not too much. It used to be that was what ebay was. Now its dealers majority. If you have something in your house that is useful and something someone would want on the trader post here, try it. But if you are looking to make more money, stick it on ebay.<br>
I have done both and both work great.
 

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Wow - thanks for those ideas...<br><br>
I actually made a LOT of money last year selling books from my attic/basement on Amazon, but I got kind of burnt out on it all. But there's so much "stuff" up/down there. I'm not so much looking to make money (wouldn't mind that, of course) as I am looking to get things out of my house. If I can get them to folks who could USE them, all the better. I think I'll inventory it & give the TP here a shot for some of the things...
 

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I'm an ebayer too <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I sell mostly kids stuff (high-end clothes, cloth diapers, slings, toys, etc.<br><br>
I ship through paypal also, but usually use first class with my own poly mailers/salvaged boxes, etc. I do give the option of priority, but it's so pricey, most folks would rather pay a couple bucks and then your auction goes higher!<br><br>
I think my best things I've learned as a seller are to research, how to take good pictures, how to do shipping best (buy a scale, my own mailers, ship 1st class, etc.). I also dig the discussion boards over on ebay. I usually go on the Children's Clothing Boutique (since I mostly do kids stuff obviously), but sometimes venture onto the shipping or paypal ones if I have a question!
 

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Hello~ I am an ebayer also. I like to go to garage sales, and while I'm there I look for things that are worth $$$. Like last weekend, I went to a yard sale and found Anchor Hocking Depression glass that I purchased for $15. I will be able to get about $80 off of it on ebay. Maybe more. I started last summer, with NO knowledge about "antiques" "vintage" items. But after a while you know what to look for. I purchased a little hand held size book about Depression Glass and old Bottles. You'd be amazed how much money you can make from old whiskey bottles, and old medicine bottles. And a lot of the times people have NO idea what they're giving away. Last summer I purchased a lot of old TIME magazines. I purchased about 20 for $5. Each magazine sold for around $10-$12. I had one that was printed right after John Lennon was killed. It went for $30.<br><br>
It all started because we moved to a different house in a different town. Well, I came across some old books that I was going to sell in our yard sale for dirt cheap. They were big, old, heavy. I just wanted them out. Then my dad's girlfriend told me I should look them up on ebay first. So I did. The set of books was worth $150! They were educational stories for children. It was called the Value series. Alot of homeschooling families like these books and they are out of print. So they will pay top dollar for them. I couldn't believe I almost sold them for like $5! And at the time, we were very broke so the profit from those books were much needed.<br><br>
My father has gotten into the business of buying Army Surplus tents at Government auctions and selling them on ebay. He makes thousands a month! It's lots of work though. I couldn't do it. They set each tent up after they receive it and check it for holes and stuff. Then clean the tent and take pictures of it. They just took a trip to Tennessee to pick up a load of these tents.<br><br>
The point here is that you have to find what works for you. I really enjoy it. Its more of a hobby for me than a "job", but I make $$$. Have fun!!!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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Wow! This is just the thread that I have been thinking about! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> I've bought a pile of stuff off of ebay, but haven't ever done any selling. Now, at 8 months pregnant and jonsing for a new digital camera, I am thinking about putting up some vintage dresses/shoes & an old ring wrap (diamond/emerald) that are just gathering dust in my closet. I've been nervous though, about the fees and such - With the vintage, it seems to be hard to really research it properly, due to the one-of-a-kindness of the items. What vintage items have you guys had the best luck with?<br><br>
Also - Talk to me about the trading post here? You have to be a member for so long in order to access it? Or is it a post count thing? Very curious...
 

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Hi- looking to get into ebaying also...just listening in...<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><span style="font-size:xx-small;">formerly chandraj</span>
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Wow! This is just the thread that I have been thinking about! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> I've bought a pile of stuff off of ebay, but haven't ever done any selling. Now, at 8 months pregnant and jonsing for a new digital camera, I am thinking about putting up some vintage dresses/shoes & an old ring wrap (diamond/emerald) that are just gathering dust in my closet. I've been nervous though, about the fees and such - With the vintage, it seems to be hard to really research it properly, due to the one-of-a-kindness of the items. What vintage items have you guys had the best luck with?<br><br>
Also - Talk to me about the trading post here? You have to be a member for so long in order to access it? Or is it a post count thing? Very curious...</div>
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the fees are not too much considering what you are making if the item has just been taking up space.<br><br>
As far as the TP- I think you need at least 50 posts to access it. The idea is that people are not coming here just for the tp but also activiely participating in the online commnity.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">The point here is that you have to find what works for you. I really enjoy it. Its more of a hobby for me than a "job", but I make $$$. Have fun!!!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"></div>
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I too like it as a hobby or a game of sort.
 

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You know that you can get tape and labels off usps.com and they're free? That way you won't be charging your buyers for something that's not really necessary. You can get huge rolls of Priority tape plus labels in packs of 10 or so for no charge to you! HTH <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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The rule is 50 posts/60 days.
 

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they NEVER send the USPS PRriority tape anymore out here (i have ordered it MANY times and they only send the boxes) and the labels are just the ones that say priority mail they don't account for what i spedn printing and taping labels from my printer onto the box<br><br>
i have been ebaying for about three years now. I have a store where I sell little items (like 10 dollars or so) and i charge as close to actual shipping as possible (none of those ten cent listings to skip out on fees with 20 dollar shipping) it means that a lot of times people will buy from others since their items appear cheaper at 10 cents. I also combine shipping to save people money.<br><br>
sometimes dh is frustrated with me because i sell several hundred dollars worth of stuff and my profit might be 50-150 dollars (not really that much for the time i put in) but worth it to my family.<br><br>
i enjoy it too. it is like a game
 

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Amazon is a good site for selling used books, CDs and videos. It's really easy to list the books you have for sale and you can keep the items on the site for 90 days IIRC. I haven't sold anything on half.com but I think it's also very simple to do so.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">and i charge as close to actual shipping as possible (none of those ten cent listings to skip out on fees with 20 dollar shipping) it means that a lot of times people will buy from others since their items appear cheaper at 10 cents. I also combine shipping to save people money.</div>
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You are not losing out on anyone, I promise! In fact, most buyers are completely turned off by the high shipping prices that some sellers use (it's called fee avoidance, and can actually be reported, it's a no-no). Especially true now that shipping fees are listed in searches.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
Amy - what are you selling that makes using flat rate boxes cheaper? and, how's the little bambino doing now? home yet?
 
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