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Tips for selling on Ebay?

September 18th, 2012 2 comments

I desperately need to make some money to pay bills, but can’t find a job that will accomidate my physical health problems. I have an appointment with disability job referral services, but they warned me it’ll take a while to go through the processes and find a job. I need to find some creative way of pulling in money.

Out of desperation, I’ve decided to try buying garage sale and swap meet items and selling them on Ebay. It probably won’t be enough to live off of, but it’s better than nothing, and worth spending $10-20 at the swap meet to try it out.

I’m good at finding treasures at places like that, so which items are doing especially well on Ebay? Any tips on how to sell with more success would also be appreciated.

P.S. Since this place is a cesspool of spam, here’s a warning. Anyone that posts a response with a link to a "great work at home oppurtunity" will be reported immediately.

None of the previous answerers have really addressed your question. So I’ll try, though I don’t have a complete answer either.

How about doing a bit of simple research. Before you spend any money buying things, go out to some garage sales one day and make a few notes on what you might buy, with prices. They go back home and go into Ebay and find similar items for sale. You’ll know right away whether you’d have made a profit. It would only take a couple hours to do that bit of research and would give you more confidence in your plan.

My brother is always on the lookout for free books. Sometimes he gets them when libraries discard old books. Also, has a ‘free stuff’ section where he finds them. There are lots of sources. He tells me that if it’s hardback he’ll pay for it, but not more than $1.

Then he resells these books on Amazon and (part of Ebay). He has made around $3000 per year for the last several years, in spare time.

Sorry I can’t help more. Good luck to you.

Need More Money? Learn 5 Great Ways to Generate New Money

May 25th, 2012 9 comments

Based on current trends, I think that these business opportunities offer the best money making potential.

Getting Involved in a Network Marketing Business

There are many legitimate network marketing opportunities available. The choices are endless.  Start by thinking about what you like and are interested in. Whether that be vitamins, health and wellness products, skincare products or greeting cards. 

People that have tried and love the products that they are selling are much more successful in network marketing businesses. Their passion and experience with the products helps them sell the products much easier than using the old traditional sales techniques. People in network marketing also achieve a great deal of personal satisfaction from coaching and helping other people to be successful with the business.

Build Your Own Money Making Website

Many people pop online looking for quick ways to generate new money for themselves and their households. They click on a sales ad that says “I can show you how to make money in your sleep”,  and some people think “wow, really, where do I sign up?”.  Pretty much we have all been there at one time or another, especially if we are regular surfers on the Internet.

A money making idea that has really grown in popularity over the last several years is learning how to create and build your own website.  Why is this so popular? Because it is an honest, true and tried way for any one of us to generate new money. And, I hate to use this phrase, but if done well, it will eventually generate money while you sleep.

The secret to being successful with this idea is that you decide what your website will be about. By this I mean that you think about all the things that you are passionate about. Make a list. Then think about the ways that you can use your passions and your knowledge to help other people and provide them with solutions. People love finding solutions.

Say for example that you are a very organized person. You have weekly schedules and you know how to get things done quickly. Your home is clean and well organized. You know what to do to plan a vacation well. You have all these excellent techniques on how you do things. Wouldn’t it be great to share all that useful information with someone that is struggling with those things and doesn’t know where to begin?

Hence, a concept for a new website is born and you could be the person creating it.

Become a Home Based Cruise Travel Specialist

Believe it or not, even in these economic times, many people are still going on cruise vacations. I know some people that have cruises booked well into 2010 and 2011. Personally I have a hard time planning that far in advance, but people that love to cruise make sure they get their bookings in early. Especially when they want to check out a new cruise ship.

While some people are happy to book their own trips on the Internet, many people can’t or simply do not want to. If you become a home based cruise travel specialist you could help all these people book their next trips.

Now you are probably thinking that you are not trained as a travel agent. Would you like to be? You can learn how to become a cruise travel specialist and how to setup your home based business with Expedia CruiseShipCenters.  CruiseShipCenters is a Canadian company that has grown extremely large throughout North America over the last 10 to 15 years.

Do online Freelance Work

If you have any skills such as accounting, legal, computer or office admin skills, you can generate new money by becoming a virtual freelancer. This is a great way to begin making money in your spare time. There are several websites designed to connect people that need work done with people that can do the work for them.

The first two that come to mind are and These sites (for those that are not familiar with them) are sites that post projects that people or businesses would like help with.

Their projects consist of word processing assignments, graphic design, spreadsheet development, marketing, book writing, legal, finance, and much more. If you want to work as a freelancer, you can setup a profile on these sites and scope out the opportunities.

Once you find projects that you can do, you setup a bid which states how quickly you can do the work and what your fees are. Yes, you decide what your fees are. If the person or company that posted the project likes your bid, they will contact you and make arrangements for you to do the work. All the work is done from your home. You will not meet these people face to face.

As I write this, has posted on their site that they have posted 21,635 new jobs in the last 30 days. Do you think you might find some work?

Have an Online Garage Sale using eBay

Do you have items in your house or your garage that you would normally save for your neighbourhood summer time garage sale? Maybe toys that your children don’t play with anymore, or perhaps home decor items that you don’t really like anymore?

Maybe some sweaters that you have never worn? Why not get a head start and sell some of those items on eBay today?

Now would be a great time to do this with Christmas just around the corner. I know eBay is not a new concept, but I am sure there are still people out there that have never looked at eBay or considered the idea of using eBay as a way of cleaning out their house and generating new money for themselves.

In fact I have some friends that could have used eBay last year when they were getting their home ready to be listed for sale. They had collected a large number of things over the last 10 years, some of which they probably could have sold for a nice price. Actually, I just thought of some vases that I have that I don’t like anymore. Maybe you will see them on eBay soon.

If you have questions about any of the above ideas or would like more information, then please check out my website at 

I wish you much success with which ever new business you decide to do.

Darlene Meyer