Can You Really Make Money on eBay?

by Lindy on November 13, 2012

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The following is a guest post.

Many people talk about making money on eBay, but others remain skeptical about how useful this marketplace-style site really is. The truth is, you really can make money on eBay, but only if you know how. Here’s a few top tips for how to use this site to generate a profit…

First, think about what you have to sell, and how much is might be worth. Don’t worry if you don’t have any antiques or collectables – even old clothes can be sold on eBay, as long as they are still in a good condition. The great thing about eBay is that it is surprisingly simple to use. You don’t have to have had experience in trading commodities at sites like BullionVault’s gold price chart to be able to buy and sell goods on eBay, and you’ll find a step by step guide on how to list each item. If you are selling clothes, as many people do, then look out for anything which has a designer’s name attached, as these tend to be the best sellers.

You should also think about how much you list each item for. Of course, the higher you set the starting bid for, higher the price which you are guaranteed, as long as your item sells. However, if the high starting price puts people off and no one bids, then you stand to loose out on the insertion fee – which is also based on the starting price. However it can be more beneficial to choose a low staring price, which may even mean that your listing is entirely free!

If you want to make sure that you are making money by using eBay, then it can be advisable to avoid browsing the items for sale. Although buying products from eBay can be less expensive than buying them new in stores, you may find that you end up purchasing items which you don’t really need. If you want to make sure that you generate a profit, then it might be wise to simply stick to selling.

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  • This is just my opinion but eBay is best suited for generating sales leads rather than making big profit . Competition is so fierce , prices get drilled down all the time . ‘Niche’ areas , how long will they be ‘niche’ for ? Yes you can make money . Big money ? I’m not convinced .

    You can use eBay to generate customer leads though , then guide them to your own website . This is where the big money can be made .

    Like i said , just my opinion .

  • I don’t agree with Mark many people are making a living with eBay just need to stick with it and keep learning

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