Posts Tagged ‘Craigslist’

Where from I can buy merchandise to sell in eBay ?

January 17th, 2013 7 comments

I like to sell goods to eBay but I do not from where I can buy goods to sell it in eBay ? Can anyone tell me ?
I wanted to say that I will not buy goods those will sell to ebay. I wanted to know who can give me the goods to sell on ebay and after selling goods he/she/they will get price of that goods and I will receive my commission selling her/his/their goods in ebay!

It seems you want to be a "consignment seller" or "trading assistant"

As in you want to list other peoples items and then charge a commission off the sale.

This business model tends to fail but if you want to pursue it -put up flyers around your community, get the word out that you offer this service.

Churches, colleges, supermarket bulletin boards.

I write about stuff like this in my blog here

To be an official ebay "trading assistant" you need a feedback level of 100. offers free listing accounts that includes options to keep track of consignment sales.

Google "consignment sales" "trading assistant" and read my blogs as i write them, lol

But, it would be more profitable to sell your own product- check your local craigslist, buy and haggle for stuff you know will sell well and high- i averaged 1200 a month profits at one point buying only wiis and xboxes off craigslist for resale – usually with less that 15 auctions a month! my business has since expanded, but its a great start for seed money

What are my chances of selling a motorised bicycle on ebay australia?

January 13th, 2013 1 comment

It needs to be sold soon!! i need to know! and i am putting it on ‘buy now’ for about $250 or $300 (: thanks! any tips would help!!

It should be ok on ebay. You could also try because they have free listings. Or there’s the motorized bike forum Buy Sell Trade section where you could list your motorised bike for sale for free You can also post a link to your ebay ad to let members on the forum know that you are selling a bike

(I prefer an answer from someone who works for Ebay) What would eBay be like if they didn’t charge fees?

December 26th, 2012 3 comments

I am doing a school report in oppose and in favor of ebay fees.

I would like to know specifics of what may happen if eBay didn’t ask their sellers for fees or for as much as they currently ask for.

Employees can’t be paid
Maintenance can’t be paid
Full service can’t be provided…

Ebay didn’t charge fees originally. They were completely free. The more they increase their fees, the more they lose power sellers. In 2008, with the new CEO "genius" in charge, they made some changes, one of the major changes was they lied to their sellers and made it seem like they were charging less fees (by making the listing price cheaper), but they increased the final value fee, so people were paying an arm and a leg in fees once the item sold. There was also some feedback changes (sellers could no longer leave negative feedback for buyers who dont pay, and feedback hurts a sellers rankings in search), and other changes (they put digital download sellers out of business overnight, gave them a few days warning and suddenly came out and said digital download items weren’t allowed anymore). All of these changes, especially the fees, caused the powersellers to leave and go to other sites, especially craigslist. The surge in sellers going to craigslist caused ebay to decline in visitors. Less sellers means less items (the power sellers and digital download sellers accounted for thousands and thousands of listings), and this means less visitors because those items get listed in Google, and many visitors find ebay by googling items first instead of going directly to ebay. This was ebay’s downfall. In winter 2008, for the first time ever, Craigslist matched ebay in monthly visitors (I checked on Ebay continued to tell their investors that they were losing visitors because of the recession, which wasn’t true because Craigslist continued to increase around the same time. Ebay keeps increasing their fees to make up for the loss in visitors and actual sales, so its only a matter of time when this catches up to them, they cant keep it up forever.

I live in San Jose, where ebay is located, and they layed off more than 2,000 people in the past 2 years. They have more fees now than they ever did, but have much less employees than they did when they were free. Fees have nothing to do with service, employees, or maintenance….fee’s are only related to profits. The site could still run without fees, and they could generate income from selling advertising space on the site like Myspace does. They do sell advertising space, but its not enough and they will continue to try to squeeze more fees out of their sellers until their sellers are finally gone. Do a "completed listings only" search in advanced search. 80% of the items on there don’t sell. It was the opposite 5 years ago, and it’s not the economy, it’s less visitors. My websites still get sales and my sites are worldwide just like ebay is.

Amazon has lower fees, and doesn’t charge a listing fee, and continues to outdo ebay in generated income.

Where did the $ come from to pay for your wedding?

December 21st, 2012 19 comments

I’m having a hard time coming up with money period for my wedding. I feel like I’ve cut costs like crazy already and baring gettin’ hitched at the JP or running off to Vegas or the Carib which just isn’t my dream wedding, I don’t know what to do. I have been saving $ from each paycheck and having garage sale after garage sale. So, where did the money come from for you to get married? Did you pay for it yourself? Parents pitched in? How did you get others to help you? Any real answers from your experience would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

My fiance and I paid for our wedding ourselves. We simply paid cash from our savings or from our paychecks.. with zero amount being billed to credit cards. My in-laws insisted in paying towards the wedding, even though we declined over and over, they wanted to pay for luxuries that we would otherwise gone without. They paid for the limo, our hotel accomodations, the DJ , the photographer, postage, caligraphy, miscelaneous stationary, tips and the rehearsal dinner. All together they paid $10k, I paid $10k and my fiance paid $10k.

Good luck

TIP: Do not buy from any wedding stores or vendors. Buy online, ebay, craigslist or directly from the manufacturer. Off season (october -April) venues are cheaper. Friday and Sunday you can get even more deals.. so you can score a greta deal on DJ.s photographers and venues ,say a Sunday during the winter. Ask for discounts… you will be suprised! Good luck

How can you obtain a business license to sell on eBay and craigslist out of a residence? We just got denied!?

December 16th, 2012 2 comments

We offer a variety of services, including auction assistance on eBay and craigslist – today we were denied a business license because they said we cannot sell items on eBay out of our home – we must have a retail location. There must be a way around this – as MANY have this type business.

Skip the license? That’s actually what one of my business professors advised. Don’t get a license until your level of sales proves you can sustain a business profitably. A state (or city) business license is really just a formality anyway. Yes, you can get fined or even shut down for not having one, and I am not advocating you break the law. And some form of licensing is required in most areas. You will need a reseller number to purchase items at wholesale from some wholesalers. But a reseller number is also the same number as your EIN. I offer this service for $75, email me if you need it.

First, reapply, explain that you are not selling products from your home. You’re not. You are selling products on the internet and all customers arrive soley from the internet, no one ever shows up at your home.

If that doesn’t work you can try a third party – someone who already has a license and offer to share theirs for a percentage of your income.

Next, try a third party provider – a business that supplies city, state and federal registration and licenses. You can find them with an online search.

If all the above doesn’t work, email me, I may be able to help further.

how big of a keyboard should i start with if i want to learn how to play piano?

December 12th, 2012 5 comments

i want to learn but i dont know if i should start with a keyboard that has 61 keys, or 76 keys, or 88 keys or whichever. i dont really want to get an 88 key keyboard because i dont have that kind of money, as i am only 15, so what should i do?

61 is too short. You can survive with 76, but the prices drop EVERY DAY on keyboards – you shoud be able to pick up an 88 note. FOr a nw one, check out the M-Audio 88 note – it has semi-weighted action ( no electronic keyboard REALLY feels like a real piano) and two pedals. You will need to run it thru headphones, and amp, or even your stereo system. It weighs 17 pounds, and can go anywhere. I got mine from Musicians Friend. We own 5 electronic keyboards, and a Steinway grand piano.

You can always start with a USED keyboard – they are everywhere. Check yard sales, Salvation Army – people often give them away to charities. Check CraigsList, eBay – you should find somehting cheap, easily. Good luck with your keyboard study – PLEASE start with a teacher! Trying to teach yourself is very slow and painful – like trying to drill your own teeth! Even a few, occasional lessons from a REAL TEACHER will make all the difference – you can get good FAST with expert help, or remain frustrated without it. GOOD LUCK!!

Is there a really cheap trumpet that plays with the same technique as a real one?

December 6th, 2012 1 comment

I want to try out the trumpet, but dont want to pay $100 to do it. I don’t care if it’s a toy. Just as long as you play it in the same way you would a regular trumpet.

Technique is more about the player than the instrument, but a junk horn isn’t going to have the same response as something well made. With your limited budget, look for something used on Craigslist.
Tip: If a Google search of the brand leads to sales listings on Amazon or eBay instead of a company website, don’t buy it.

How would you haul a 3 year old around bike trail?

December 4th, 2012 2 comments

My wife, my 5 yo son and I can ride bike at normal speed on the bike trail. However, my 3 yo daughter on her bike with training wheels is slow and she gets tires fast. I have considered the seat that attaches to the back of my bike and also a bike trailer. However, the trailer costs over $150. When she grows out of it in a couple of years, it will be useless to us. Are there other options that I am not aware of? Thanks in advance.

The trailer is probably the best and safest way. And it need not become obsolete. Once everyone’s able to stay together, you can use the trailer to haul the picnic stuff to the gorgeous meadow along the bike path or the extra clothes you’ll want if the weather looks like it’s going to change.
And, as long as you take care of it, you can sell it to someone else who needs it either through a classified ad, on ebay, Craigslist or through your local bike club, many of which have annual bike gear sales. There are probably many other new parents who would like to find a used trailer at a good price – for the same reasons you have.
You might want to shop around and see if one’s available at a good price for yourself!

Will selling car on eBay bring the highest price?

November 30th, 2012 4 comments

I put an ad on Craigslist and got an offer for $1900. I declined.

I went to Carmax and they offered $2400. I have a week to decide.

If I sell my car on eBay will I get more? I am hoping to get over $3000 for my 2002 Honda Passport LX with 170k miles.

Yes and no.

Since you set the "reserve" price on eBay (the lowest price you will accept before the auction can be "won"), then you determine what the selling price is before the auction even starts. If the bidding does not reach the reserve price, then you don’t sell it… plain and simple. If the reserve price is met, then it’s sold when the auction ends.

So, if you set the reserve at $3000, and the bidding never reaches that amount, you keep it and try again or choose an alternate method of sale.

How much do I have to pay to list something on eBay and how much is it per day?

November 18th, 2012 4 comments

Ive never sell anything on eBay only bought,I need to know if I really have to pay $1 a day for each item I have listed and all the fees. Thanks

I’ve not familiar with having to pay $1 a day. In my experience the cost to sell on ebay varies on how you list your item. Normally when you list an item, you are charged an ‘insertion fee’ based on the starting price you choose. This includes one free picture and the listing runs for 7 days. If you choose any ‘upgrades’, for instance using more pictures, there are additional ‘upgrading fees’. You are able to see your fees and any upgrade fees on the listing form before you submit your listing. If your item does not sell, you do not have to pay the normal insertion fee. However, presently ebay is offering 50 _free_ insertion fees a month. This sounds like a good deal BUT, if your item sells, you are charged a 9.0% ‘final value fee’ on that amount _plus_ now your shipping costs are adding to the ‘final value fee’! As you might know, shipping is usually pretty expensive so now this adds quite a bit more to the ‘final value fee’ of each item!

Also, ebay owns Paypal and you are forced to use Paypal to receive payment. So in addition to paying ‘final value fees including shipping costs’ to ebay, you have to pay fees on the same amount to Paypal also – kinda like double jeopardy!

I’ve sold on ebay for over 10 years but when I started having to pay fees to ebay and paypal on my shipping costs, I quit….

I would recommend starting with which is local and completely free, plus you can relist your item(s) as often as needed and there is no shipping involved. Hopefully there is one in your city. There are a lot of spammers on Craigslist that just want you to reply to get your email address to hustle. I avoid that by ‘hiding’ my email and using my telephone number only. Ironically, ebay recently bought a local and free site very much like Craigslist. It’s ‘eBay Classifieds’… as ‘Nashville eBay Classifieds’. It is easier to use than Craigslist but not as well known yet. Another suggestion is to check Yahoo Groups in your city for free _online_ yard or garage sale classified sites. I have four in my area.

Selling Tip: If you do use ebay, they often suggests sellers begin their starting price at 99¢ to encourage bidding. I see that as a definite way to lose money, particularly if only one person happens to bid on your item. So set your starting price at the least amount that you are willing to accept for your item and be aware that ebay and Paypal fees will run over 10%.

Hope this helps…