making $$ on ebay?

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by Boyd, May 6, 2009.

  1. Boyd

    Boyd Recipient of The Biff Twang

    Mar 14, 2009
    MI
    Anybody do the whole ebay thing? I keep getting emails from people I don't know (I know its a scam email) but somebody's gotta be doing this and making a little moola, otherwise there wouldn't be so many people on there right?

    Anybody have any experience doing this?
     
  2. Raz'sRoost

    Raz'sRoost Out Of The Brooder

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    I do sell things here and there on ebay (jewelry that I have made from vintage throw aways)....if done correctly you can make money at it.

    Not sure what is up with your random emails, unless you subscribe to a buyer or seller ebay doesn't send random emails through.
     
  3. ChickyLaura

    ChickyLaura The Crazy Chicken Lady

    Mar 31, 2009
    Eastern/Central PA
    My husband sells a lot of his "stuff" on ebay. Sometimes your things sell, sometimes they don't. If it's a "hot" item, you can make some $ on stuff. But if it doesn't sell, you still have to pay the listing fees (which aren't too much).

    Good luck!
     
  4. Jena

    Jena The Welsh Witch

    Nov 2, 2008
    Cardiff
    Boyd,

    Scammers will send you e-mails that look just like E bay, and they are trying to get your details out of you.

    There was a thread about this before. I have had them myself, and I am registered with E Bay, but they sent these to the wrong mail address, so I knew instantly that it was a scam.

    It is tricky but they do tell you on the site that you should never send personal info in reply to any mail request and E Bay will never ask you for personal info in a mail. i.e.passwords and real names etc.

    I attended a conference once and the people who arranged it sold the list of delegates mail addresses, so I have had floods of scam mails on that address, which is why I no longer use it... lol.

    But you just have to take care, as long as you are aware of these issues, selling on E Bay can be worth while.

    It is better to be cautious than loose a load of money, and to take care of that I use a Pre Payment credit card with a limit on how much I place on there.
     
  5. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    I hate smas like that. They go right into my junk file so I can just delete them. I think my total for selling on ebay is $2,470 but I think its more.
     
  6. preppy*hippie*chick

    preppy*hippie*chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm a "powerseller" there. I don't sell anything chicken related Yet). Things are not pretty there now. At least for me. Fall of '07 I was doing around $4,000 per montyh in sales. I am now down to $300-$500 per month with 5-6 times the inventory (variety, not quantity). I wouls also say that 8 of every 10 items sold go overseas. If you have a store there, as I do the final value fees are outrageous. They get 12% plus a monthly store fee and Paypal takes 32 cents off each payment I'm sent plus a %. But if you have a hot item to offer up as a traditional auction, it's worth it.
     
  7. k2chickens

    k2chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2009
    New Castle, Indiana
    I would do research on what items you have and research what they are selling for because you could really make some money for items you don't ever use! Ebay is a great way to find a bargain or make some serious money on items you rarely or never use! Its not a good money maker for every thing you own cause sometimes things aren't really worth selling after ebay fees.
     
  8. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    Thats what I hate about ebay is those fees. They love to rip you off. Also after you sell ebay takes out more.
     
  9. Boyd

    Boyd Recipient of The Biff Twang

    Mar 14, 2009
    MI
    what about drop shipping and all that stuff? Most of the scam email is trying to get me to buy into a club or a drop shipper list.
     
  10. WA4-Hpoultrymom

    WA4-Hpoultrymom Never enough coops...

    Feb 5, 2009
    Monroe, WA
    My Coop
    Ignore the scam emails!!!

    I would not suggest using a drop shipping type of gig. YOU are responsible for getting the item to your buyer. Can you count on someone else shipping it out on time and accurately? You have to trust them 150% as they are a full on partner in your business.

    I'm also a Powerseller, although I'm about to lose that status any minute. I agree with the previous poster. They've made it really difficult to sell there for the small time mom & pop type sellers. They are catering to the big box type stores as their primary future customers, offering them discounts most of us could never achieve in comparison to the volume of listing those sellers would have. I'm aiming to just get what I have listed and be done at this point. Not investing in any new inventory. They are competing with Amazon and in my opinion trying to turn into Amazon2. I'd rather just sell on Amazon. It's easier and cheaper.
     

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