One key for business success using
eBay is sourcing products to sell. The first questions
eBay sellers should ask themselves are: "What can I
sell?" and "Where can I buy?"
There are two kinds of sellers on eBay, garage sellers and
business sellers. Garage sellers are people who sell
products they are not going to use any more and that are
usually not new. Garage sellers are not profit driven,
their main objective is usually to get rid of some stuff
they don't need. They will be happy to make some money by
selling something that is no longer useful to them. On the
other hand, business sellers are people who will buy and
sell products for profit, they consider eBay a business
and need to earn profit on the products they sell.
The first key to success for business sellers is an old
marketing rule, RESEARCH. The products you need to sell
are products that eBay buyers will want to buy. Apart from
being a massive market place, eBay offers you a cheap
source of research that you can conduct without moving
from your computer.
If you are a business seller, it is fundamental that you
spend some time researching before you decide which
products you want to sell. Follow these research
1. Search for the categories that
are most popular. The first index is the number of
listings that exist under each category. In addition, you
need to look at how many bids the products have.
2. Look at the ratings of the
sellers who are listing products in each category and
study their profiles. See how many products they
are selling and how many products they have sold in the
3. Analyze prices. You need
to become an expert in your category and you need to know
at which price a product is worth buying as well as the
expected final winning price of your auction.
4. Select no more than one or two
categories. "Specialization" is another
basic rule of marketing. It is better to become an expert
on something, as this will inspire confidence and trust in
your potential customers. Online marketing is all about
For conducting good research, you need time and
organization. There are different software programs in the
market that can help you save time as well as optimize
Now that you are becoming an eBay expert and have
conducted a proper search, you are almost ready to start
your business. Before starting to sell, you need to buy!
Here are some ideas from where you can source products:
1. Write your own e-book and sell
it. If you have any passion or are an expert on a
subject for which you can find a niche in eBay, do not
hesitate to spend some time on writing your own book. The
advantage of this is that after your initial time
investment, you can sell and sell copies of the book
without having any additional costs. Selling information
products is one of the most profitable businesses. Even if
you are not an expert writer, you can find other people
who can write the book for you.
2. Use drop-shipping. There
are wholesalers that will sell you products and send them
to the address that you tell them. The advantage of this
source is that you do not need to carry inventories, so
your investments are minimized. After your auction is
finished, you send them your customers address and they
will do all the shipping. If you decide to use this kind
of source, you need to make sure that your auctions
winning price can be higher than the price you will pay
for the articles. At minimum you should expect to double
3. Buy from eBay. Many
eBayers success comes from knowing how to buy well on eBay
and sell the same products at a higher price. If you know
your category very well, you can easily find opportunities
that will allow you to buy and resell making profit.
Again, solid research is fundamental.
4. Buy Asiatic products. If
you are willing to carry some inventories, you can invest
on Asiatic products and buy them for a very cheap price.
You can easily start importing Asiatic products from the
Internet at www.alibaba.com.
5. Sell local products. If
you live in an area that produces local products which can
be bought at a cheap price and shipped to other areas
where people would pay more, you should take advantage of
Best wishes for your success