Or seriously missing something! I've tried ebay and amazon a kazillion ways with soooo many different items. I will give just five examples but there are MANY more!
Example 1: High end vintage clothing in an Ebay store - I made beautiful product pages with all information for each item. I had gorgeous professionally edited item photos. I would have always 100 to 300 items listed at any given time. Shipping set to only exact cost to ship. I was lucky to profit $50 to $75 per month. Worked at trying to make this happen for nearly two years! 5 to 15 hours per day taking photos, making listings, measuring items, etc.
Example 2: Comic books - I'd acquired nearly 1000 decent mint condition, mostly very collectable comics so decided to see what I could get - Set each one on Ebay auction sale, started bidding at $.99 - great photos, detailed information, etc. Never sold a one. Tried grouping them with as many as 39 in one group, began bidding as low as $6.99. Shipping cost only exact cost to ship. Never got a bid. Tried over several months but was losing about $20-30 per month in listing fees beyond the freebies.
Example 3. Sewing patterns - most brand new never opened. Again, good clear photos and information. Ebay bidding beginning at $.99 or $1.99. Would sell maybe 1 out of 20 for a profit of maybe $10 to $20 per month. Did this one maybe a year.
Example 4. Books on Amazon - most in new or near new condition. Sent in several hundred to Amazon FBA. Could barely get sellable prices over fees cost. Each one that sold I made from $.17 to $1.04 on. I probably actually lost money overall!
Example 5. Sewing patterns via Amazon FBA - Best so far - usually a whopping profit of maybe $100 per month - with about 30 to even 50 hours of prep time put in - thus making roughly, at best, $3.30 per hour on that one. Did this one about a year and a half.
I've also tried handmade wire wrap jewelry (nice enough to have won many awards in fairs and such!), various antique glassware that was my grandmothers, couponing folder sets, and soooo many other odds and ends over time - to usually have zero to very few very low priced sales at all.
Theres got to be better than this???? Is this just the reality of trying to sell things online or am I grossly missing something? I've put so much effort out for so little! If sweat equity = income then I ought to be a multi-millionaire by now!
If anyone can see immediately what on earth is my problem, please please share your thoughts!