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02-26-2006, 01:00 AM
I am a stay at home mother of three and I would like to sell on ebay but I am not sure where to start. I am an ebay member. I am interested in buying wholesale and reselling on ebay. I checked out the link to the wholesale search but I am a little overwhelmed. Does anyonehave a suggestion on wholesellers or how to get started. Thank you.


02-26-2006, 08:56 AM
I PM'd you.

02-26-2006, 10:58 AM
The best way to begin is on the eBay site. Start with the Site Map (http://pages.ebay.com/sitemap.html). Most of the information is free and it comes directly from the eBay experts.

Visit Seller Central (http://pages.ebay.com/sellercentral/index.html) and then visit the Workshop (http://pages.ebay.com/community/workshopcalendar/current.html) areas of eBay

If you have some compelling questions visit the Groups (http://groups.ebay.com/index.jspa)and Discussion Boards. (http://pages.ebay.com/community/boards/index.html)

You can find answers to any ideas and questions you may have about eBay.

Remember you do not have to pay for good information when you visit eBay most of it is provided for you.

Good luck


02-26-2006, 02:40 PM
When researching a product to sell on ebay one of the important things that you need to know is 'what will it sell for?' Obviously no one can guarentee this selling price but Ebay gives you the tools to get a good idea.

The feature is the Closed Item Search.....simple really.

This allows the question, "What is something worth?" to be answered quickly and as accurately as is humanly possible. It really is like having a crystal ball supplied by Ebay.

Let me give an example, take the Samsung D600 Mobile Phone..

Log into Ebay and in the search box at the top just type in Samsung D600 Mobile Phone. At this point try to think how the listing titles would be written so as to get the 'complete' set of results that will give you your expected selling prices accurately.

Hit the search button..

What this does is bring up the current auction listings that are active for your chosen search term, scroll down the screen on the left hand side and click the box that says "Completed Listings" and then hit the Show Items button. (you may have to enter your Ebay username at this point)

Then click the Price column twice and this sorts the data into ascending format, ie. the highest to the lowest selling price. Like always green means it was sold and red means that it wasn't.

What you have now is a guide to the expected highest selling price and the lowest selling price and pretty easily determine the average selling price, obviously some of the selling prices will be slightly skewed (particularly in the mobile phone example used) due to the 'must have' effect but generally these are very easy to identify and eliminate.

A quick click around the completed auctions can also give you an idea of the best selling formats, titles, categories to list in ect so that you are furthur armed to maimise your Ebay profits.

Now then using my friend as an example. Say he gets a call off someone wanting to dispose of a certain number of items he can, whilst still on the phone, determine his likely selling prices and be able to give them a price that he knows he can make money on.....even if he has never sold that product before.

When it comes to Ebay remember that most people see Ebay as a benchmark as to what they are willing to pay and hence what the value of any goods are. So using this simple but effective free tool you will be able to give yourself the chance of going into a sale pretty much confident as to what you are going to get back money wise.

It really is like having a crystal ball..obviously it cannot give you a definitive answer but it will help you in determining your options/products.

02-26-2006, 07:06 PM
Hi Betty,

I recommend selling what you know best whether it's cooking utensils, books, fragrances, gift basketsor whatever. As far as a wholesale source, consider getting a list from Worldwide Brands (http://www.worldwidebrands.com/wwb/kb_index.asp), a certified eBay solutions provider.

If you ever decide to open a store to listMANY items, click here (http://www.tkqlhce.com/click-1770391-10356784) to register.


My Listings (http://search.ebay.com/_W0QQfgtpZ1QQfrppZ25QQsassZhelporgs)

02-27-2006, 11:31 AM
Thank you everyone for your information. It will be very helpful to me as I look into this.


Kevin Peterson
03-02-2006, 05:48 AM
I always suggest not overemphasizing what you're going to sell first, but to get an idea of how the marketplace works as a primer. Clean out the closet (it's almost spring...) and the garage and sell your own items. It gives you an idea of what business will be like and the types of customer service issues you may have in the future.

Read at least one good book on eBay selling. There's plenty on the web, and others available inexpensively on Amazon.

03-02-2006, 08:51 PM
There is also a wholesale forum here. Go to the main message board page and scroll down. Just FYI.

03-02-2006, 11:46 PM
Thanks Bobbie. I missed this one.

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