PAGE 1 – Three ways to find new items to sell on eBay

PAGE 2 – Using Craigslist safely to find items to sell

PAGE 3 – Locate wholesalers for direct and drop shipping

PAGE 4 – When and why drop shipping is not the most profitable

In Part 1 of my How to Sell and Make Money on eBay training, I explained a lot of what you need to know in order to start selling on eBay the correct way. If you haven’t yet gone through that training, please do so before going through this tutorial. The link is below.

https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/training/how-to-se...


FINDING NEW ITEMS TO SELL

Though selling used items is definitely the way you should begin on eBay, once you become a more established seller with lots of positive feedback, you will want to look into selling new and factory sealed items. There are three ways to find new items and they are…

  • Store closeouts and liquidations (this is the easiest way)
  • Sellers on Craigslist (this can be risky but you can find some gems)
  • Wholesalers (this is the best option but certain requirements apply)

STORE CLOSEOUTS

This is by far the easiest way at finding new items for sale that will not cost an arm and a leg in price. Like I said in Part 1 of this training series, it is important to know what sells on eBay and what does not. I showed you how to do that on the eBay home page. By knowing what sells on eBay it will help you in sourcing the right products for sale.

Another way to help you find the right new products to buy and resell is using the Advanced Search for “sold” items on eBay. On any eBay screen in the top right corner you will see the Search button and just to the right of it you will see the word Advanced. See below image.


Clicking on the word Advanced will bring up the Advanced Search screen where you can search for many things other than items for sale on eBay. Searches like seller ID names, specific items by a particular seller, many other things. But one feature that you can do is search for items that have sold within the past 60 days.


Just type an item name in the top field, as shown above, keep the default settings “All words, any order” and “All Categories” so that the search will be as broad as possible. Then below the search button make sure that you click the check box for “Sold listings” and then click on Search. This will now display all sold listings and the prices they sold for, giving you an idea of what you can make.

NEXT UP = Using Craigslist safely for finding new items to sell.

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mybiz4u Premium
Thnx, Rob.
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome Michelle.
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Sunniee Premium
Thank you for this training Rob!
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome.
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minitrio Premium
Great training, thank you :)
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome!
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ricksr Premium
As usual, your training tutorials are wonderful, Robert. Thank you very much!

Earlier, you asked for comments on aspects of Ebay that people my be interested in. Could you please weigh in on the pros and cons of the Ebay Partner Network opportunity. Thanks.

Rick
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boomergp08 Premium
I do not really have much to say about it because I have never used it. From what I have heard, it is a mixed reaction of pros and cons. When I looked into it a couple of years ago it was a bit confusing to me and didn't excite me enough to want to try it.
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ricksr Premium
Thanks for the quick feedback. I've been using it for a couple of weeks now. It is fairly simple to use. Way to early for me to post any feedback, but will do so when I have enough data/results to do so.
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boomergp08 Premium
I would be interested in reading that review when you have it Rick.
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bjdluna Premium
Thank you Robert! Both of these Ebay trainings have been really helpful and informatve. I was wondering if you have ever used Terapeak to find good products to sell? That looks like it would be a very valuable resource if I knew how to use it to find the best products to sell.
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boomergp08 Premium
I used it briefly once for a couple of months when I was writing product descriptions for someone else's eBay store. I didn't use it to find products because I was writing for a company selling their own products but I did use it to find keywords.

It seems like a good product in all that it does but I personally do not use it because I prefer not to pay a monthly fee for something I can figure out for free.

If you would like to know more about it, Joanne (gmegs) can tell you about it. I know she used it for that purpose. Her profile link is below.

https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/gmegs
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RonAlderman Premium
Wonderful training. Looking forward to part three.
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boomergp08 Premium
Thank you. In light of some recent events I have just been made aware of, it may be a few weeks before part 3.
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RonAlderman Premium
Ok, hope whatever it is it has a positive outcome.
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DiemN Premium
Hi Robert,
I just wonder that what do you think/suggestion about.... Just create our own website and sale the products which get from Wordwide Brands or Salehoo.
Thanks, Diem
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boomergp08 Premium
You could do that too, it doesn't have to be eBay. You could set up an eCommerce website and then use the images and descriptions from whatever wholesaler you work with.
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DiemN Premium
Thanks Robert, l've one more question. Between the two drop shippings Worldwide Brand and Salehoo, I just don't know which one should I join in. Could you please give your suggestions. Thanks again.
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boomergp08 Premium
They are not drop shippers. They are wholesale and drop ship directories, each containing properly vetted wholesalers and drop shippers. Both are good but do take note that SaleHoo is more geared towards eBay than Worldwide.
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DiemN Premium
Oh thank you Robert.
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bsmith1222 Premium
A continued great series that will be beneficial to many of us! Much appreciated.
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome Brian. I hope it will benefit those looking to start or restart an eBay business.
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LesleyHamlin Premium
Hi Robert, Thank you from me also.
I have a tax ID and licensed. I joined Salehoo last year (although I think Worldwide Brands may offer a better experience). My paypal selling limit is quite large.
Been an eBay member for many years but mainly as a buyer.
Changed user name to reflect new business and bought lots of small items to get good feedback before listing items.
I then listed a lot of used designer name clothing and shoes - bought a mannequin and took great pictures - not one item sold.
I had also bought several reputable brand ladies eye serum from a wholesaler 50% less than eBay's sold price. I priced very fairly for small profit. Not one sale.
You might say price or shipping is my problem. I've studied carefully, but I'm not giving something away especially with free shipping. I'd rather donate to charity.
I have sold several items on Craigslist with no problem, but for some reason eBay and I don't seem to gel. Perhaps I haven't tried hard enough with different items.
Lesley
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boomergp08 Premium
I have found that used clothing, designer or not, are very difficult to sell on eBay and make any kind of profit. That kind of item would sell better on Craigslist, as you have noticed.

I tend to stay away from used clothing and shoes and sell mainly collectibles, some times tech gadgets, new DVDs, old smartphones, almost anything but clothing.

Keep going. Try finding other kinds of items. Remember to check out the Daily Deals link on the eBay home page to see what is popular and selling on eBay. It will help you get some new ideas on what to sell.
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LesleyHamlin Premium
I appreciate your reply and thoughtful insights. I will keep going and trying different types of items as you suggested.
Looking forward to Part 3. Maybe you can do another on shipping also.
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boomergp08 Premium
I use the US Postal Service because they provide free Priority Mail Boxes and Flat Rate shipping.

Plus eBay will even discount the cost by up to $1.60 when purchasing and printing the shipping label through eBay. It is a simple process and you can use your PayPal account to pay for it.
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LesleyHamlin Premium
Your explanation is perfect. Many thanks !
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome.
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Kmb29-281 Premium
I've enjoyed your training.
I'm also a seller on eBay for the past 4 years, it takes patience along with learning through trial & error.
You may want to mention since the split of eBay and PayPal November of 2015 when shipping through eBay PayPal does charge a small fee and the small fees add up quickly, but I also print my own shipping labels through eBay.
One other thing since the split I've run into twice are buyers purchasing a product from eBay are now filing a complaint through PayPal, without them being hand and hand any longer it can get sticky so always save any tracking numbers, messages from buyer etc...as proof to send to PayPal if this occurs.
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boomergp08 Premium
I believe I did mention the 2.9% to 3.9% fee from PayPal.

As for the tracking number for proof of shipping, that is something everyone should always keep track of because it is the only proof that both eBay and PayPal will use to prove you completed your end of the transaction.
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Harrysastar2 Premium
Thanks Robert, very informative, bookmarked, and looking forward to Part 3.
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome Brian and thanks for the bookmark. Part 3 will be especially great for those who either would like to sell collectibles on eBay or have collectibles at home and are not sure if what they have is worth something.
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johnwnewman Premium
Great stuff Robert! Thanks :-)
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome John. Thanks for stopping by.
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Dreamer56 Premium
Thanks Robert great stuff.
Tim
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome Tim. Happy you liked it.
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MPollock Premium
Very nice work.
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boomergp08 Premium
Thank you
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Dinh Premium
Thanks Robert!
Looking to forward to the next training!
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome Dinh. The next one will be more conversational and story telling, yet providing informtion that is useful.
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RKingsley Premium
Hi Boomer,

I have actually started a blog on this very subject and you are, as always, a truly valuable person to listen to.

Many thanks!
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome. I am going to be doing a blog about this myself in the coming weeks on my website and link to these pages for extra content support. :)
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