Posts Tagged ‘thrift stores’

Where do power sellers on ebay get their items to sell?

January 30th, 2013 3 comments

Do they steal them??? I don’t get this whole ebay thing when the sellers have their own store where they sell things such as pottery barn returns, when there is nothing wrong with the items and they are not discontinued. Where are they getting them? Please explain this to me.
What’s a "drop shipper"?

There are many sources where sellers get their merchandise. If you buy in bulk, you can get a good deal from a wholesaler. Depending on the item, you may have to buy several hundred units at a time which you can sell indiviually for a profit.

You can also purchase products from liquidators. Again, you have to buy by the truckload. Not all the stuff you get is resellable, but there should be good stuff mixed with the bad. You can also find liquidators that will sell by the pallet.

Major chains have factory outlets and closeout centers. If you happen to live near one of these stores, you are really lucky.

Less frequently, you can find clearance items in the stores. However, these are hard to come by.

You can find some good deals at going out of business sales, and business liquidation auctions. You need to know what you are looking for or you can easily overpay of stuff.

Garage sales and flea markets are another good source of finding bargains. Again, you need to know what you looking for.

Thrift stores like the Salvation Army and Goodwill will occasionally have a diamond in the rough. If you can spot one of these, you can make a huge profit.

If you live near one of the large liquidation resellers like Big Lots or Tuesday Morning, you can often find things that you can resell on eBay.

Of course there are tons of knock offs available most of which come from China. Having a connection with an import exporter can get you some of this questionable merchandise.

But most people sell what things they previously bought and no longer want. Much of the items you see are from these types of sellers.

Finally, there are the countless dropshippers on eBay. These people try to sell goods from various dropship suppliers. When they make a sale, the item is shipped directly from the dropshipper to the buyer and the seller gets a cut of the proceeds. This is a cut throat market and in my opinion a huge waste of time.

We won’t even discuss the dealing of stolen goods on eBay. You know it is there, but you can’t stop it.

Good Luck,
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How to increase my chance of success in selling on eBay?

December 23rd, 2012 5 comments

I am not planning to open an eBay store. Just wondering if there are tricks to selling on eBay that I don’t know about. Like how to increase traffic to my items, how to advertise, and how to increase bidding. Most useful tips get 10 points.
I have sold a couple of items on eBay but usually not a lot of people bid or put on watch list. I eneded up with just 2 bids and sell for very low price. I wonder how I can get more people to see my ads in the first place.

One great way to attract buyers is to have a low starting bid. I typically start the item at the price I paid for it (I usually rummage through thrift stores and dollar stores for my items – ones that I know could sell for more). For instance, if I find an NFL jersey for $5… I list it for $6, which covers my ebay fees & paypal fees, plus my purchase price. $6 is INCREDIBLY low for a football jersey!

However… you also have to find items that people WANT. Sports items are great… IF the team is doing well or has a strong "die hard" fan base. Children’s clothing also does well (name brands, especially in bigger "lots"), newly released CD’s & movies, some pet items (dog jackets, for example), etc. If you see something you think might sell (that is guaranteed to BE there later)… go look it up on ebay and see if others are getting bids on similar items. I used to just think up as many things to search for as I could and see what did best.

Another big thing is to offer low (or free) shipping. You can either work the shipping into your starting bid price (although that costs more in fees), or just charge people the actual cost to ship. You’ll want to use a shipping calculator through ebay though as most people want to know in advance how much shipping will be, since there’s tons on ebay who will charge $30 to ship a pair of pants or something!

Anyway… other than that… I guess try to have a variety… and if you find something that sells well… buy a BUNCH of it to sell! 🙂 I found Barbie dog jackets on clearance for a dollar one time… bought 35 of them and made several hundred dollars on them! Ya just gotta have an eye for what sells… oh… and make your title catchy and make sure it states what’s being sold.

How do you make an income on ebay? without selling too much of your things?

November 8th, 2012 4 comments

Well, I just do the usual stuff on Ebay, selling cards (ex Yugioh, Magic the Gather, and World of Warcraft tcg), the problem is i could sell some and gain some profit but eventually I will loose all of them, and I dont want that to happen. So is there a way to gain income on ebay without losing any of your items?
And lesson on ebay cost something, so can someone give me an advice in earning money without linking me to an Ebay lessons that will cost me something?
Thanks for the answers 🙂

Hi – I am a Powerseller and sell 300+ items a month. Have been selling on eBay since 2003 and have sold 12,000 items worldwide.

You can find lots of items at yard sales, estate sales, moving sales, surplus stores, salvage liquidators, thrift stores, etc to resell on eBay. That is where all of my items come from.

I am interested in your comment about "lessons on eBay cost something." Well, you are right. If you wanted to take a piano lesson, you’d be hard pressed to find a free teacher. Same with horseback riding, computer training, auto repair, or photography. Lessons cost money no matter what you are learning. People’s time is money.

I have a free blog you can read about eBay selling-

Or you can check out this eBay selling guide:

Good luck-

S. Wells, Author
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Looking for tips for selling things on ebay?

October 17th, 2012 1 comment

I’ve been researching ways to make money from home and decided on trying out selling stuff on ebay. So far its just been things around the house that werent needed and its been "ok" i guess but im an amerature to say the least.

I’m looking for tips on how to increase my sales. Ways to make my listing stand out and look more appealing. Stuff like that. I’ve read that free shipping gets peoples attention, but how can i still make a decent profit from doing things like that?

Also im wondering what are good/popular things to sell on ebay. Im willing to look around at thrift stores and was thinking of maybe shopping at goodwill and coming up with childrens clothes lots as i have a good eye for whats cute but these are just ideas.

Any tips or suggestions at all would be great as im pretty inexperienced.

Thanks in advance 🙂

Selling on eBay is exactly like selling in any other marketplace except that the usual barriers to entry such as cost, employment, etc., are virtually non-existent and instead of just a few thousand potential buyers, you have access worldwide to over 181 million potential buyers![1] For those who have already experienced selling through garage or yard sales or through swap meets, you’re already well and truly familiar with selling on eBay.

Most importantly, whether you’re a novice seller or someone who has been selling for a while, is to realize that there isn’t any single secret to sales success. There are some generalizations that apply but even they have their exceptions and the reality is that you need to try out the selling your own way until you find the way that produces the most success for you, your items and your approach. Rely on your common sense, good observation and research skills as well as being an excellent communicator and you’ll be able to make a success of selling on eBay. Don’t make it any harder than it is, which really, isn’t that hard at all!

Here is a little to help you start on your way to becoming an eBay seller, whether you’re a small home business, a big business, or just trying to sell some stuff you may have sitting around.

Ebay Sales Update – July 25, 2012

August 26th, 2012 10 comments

Just a quick update on a few things that sold in my ebay store at auction last week.

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Ebay Garage Sale Haul – June 8-9, 2012

August 5th, 2012 19 comments

Here are the items that I found at garage sales on June 8 & 9, 2012.

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Update of Ebay Sales for Items Purchased at Garage/Estate Sales, Thrift Stores, & Auctions!

July 29th, 2012 10 comments

Recent Ebay sales from garage/estate sales, thrift stores and auction finds. In an effort to spark sales and generate some cash flow, I have been using Best Offer, which has been working out quite well. I am getting a bit less than I want for some items, but if they aren’t selling I figure it is better to just sell those items and move on.
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Ebay Garage Sale Haul – June 14, 2011

July 16th, 2012 25 comments

Here’s my haul for June 10-12, 2011. Not a great haul, but I did get a lot of stuff and only spent about $45.

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Also, be sure to check out your local library for price guides and research material. You might also be able to find some great books for free or at very low prices that you can resell.

Finally, here is the link a website where you can research prices and patterns of any china or flatware you might want to sell…..

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Ebay – My Lucky Rummage Sale Finds – May 31, 2012

July 8th, 2012 25 comments

Here are the items that I found at my favorite (and most of the time lucky), rummage sale.

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Recent Ebay Sales from Items Bought At Estate/Garage Sales & Thrift Stores

July 1st, 2012 9 comments

This video features recent Ebay sales of items I bought at estate and garage sales, as well as thrift stores. My best sales were the Chicago Bulls and Michael Jordan items — GO BULLS!!!
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