Just like with our online affiliate marketing businesses, building a profitable eBay business will take time. It must be started slow and small and grown bigger over time. The problem many people have when first starting on eBay is believing that making good money will happen quickly.

Making money online no matter how you do it will always take lots of time and hard work, as well as a little financial investment. There is no getting around those facts. If you do not realize these you will more than likely quit before you have a chance to succeed.


I recommend that while you are building up your positive feedback on eBay by becoming a buyer first, start preparing what you will sell and how you intend to pack them up and mail them out. The following are some supplies you will need.

  • Bubble padded envelopes
  • Corrugated boxes, unless using the free USPS Priority Mail boxes
  • Packing tape
  • Postage scale. Mine only cost $30 and it will weigh from 1 ounce to 70 pounds. It can also be programmed to weigh in grams and kilograms
  • Bubble wrap and packing material
  • Printer toner and paper to print your shipping labels
  • Space in a closet or someplace in the home to store items for sale

Make sure to learn how much shipping will cost for the items you will sell so you can charge your buyer appropriately. I am sure you have seen people offering “free shipping” and most times those listings will sell quicker than listings with shipping prices, but when first starting always charge shipping. Just DO NOT over-charge.

Once you become more of a seller you can offer free shipping if you like. Just remember that “free shipping” only applies to the buyer, you will still have to pay for shipping. So make sure to factor that into your asking price for whatever you sell when offering free shipping.

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ebufi Premium
I am glad that you are making it on ebay. I am new selling on ebay, I have been a costumer for a while and I decided to sell something. I made the mistake of offering free shipping and the sell went faster than expected but when I went to the post office they charged the price of the item and with the fees of ebay and paypal I am in the negative balance. I wanted to see if some things around the house that are almost new and I do not use could sell. But you are right, I have to do my research to see what things sell. Thank you Robert, great training.
boomergp08 Premium
Thank you! Seeing that you are just starting out, you never want to offer Free Shipping unless you can cover the cost. Like I said in the training, free shipping only applies to the buyer. The seller will always have to pay for shipping if the buyer does not.

When you do decide to sell your items around the house, make sure you fully describe them, pointing out if they are damaged in any way and make sure to post at least 2 or more pictures. The more you can show and truthfully describe, the better it will be.
rocky2 Premium
Thank you, thank you, thank you! I just joined ebay and I am at a total loss as what to do. I really needed this training.
boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome! I hope it helps you to better understand. Selling on eBay does require some experimenting to see what is what. But like I said in the training, becoming a buyer first will help you to better understand eBay before you become a seller.
Dinh Premium
Great training on how to sell on ebay. Looking forward to the next part. :)
Someone was warning me of DS Dominiation and I'm glad you mentioned it.
boomergp08 Premium
Thank you. I'm happy you liked it. I mentioned DS Domination because what they advocate is not real drop shipping and does not turn a real profit like drop shipping with a wholesalers does.

Because of DSD there are some online claiming that Drop Shipping doesn't work, when in actuality it does work. Only the DSD version doesn't work too well.
carolb0701 Premium
Brilliant info (as usual!). Thank you. I'm looking forward to the next installment :)
boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome and thank you. I hope to have Part 2 available in another week.
subra Premium
Thanks for Part 1 (How to Sell & Make Money on eBay Part 1).
boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome. I hope it was informative enough.