Are there any ebay sellers here? if so i have a couple questions for you...

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Hi guys i'm interested in starting a ebay business but i have a few questions first.

Do any of you know any good guides that i could get to start my ebay business ?

Also which is a better way to approach this, by selling dropshipping products or buying wholesale and reselling?

Also i have a question about shipping, is it possible to get the shippers(UPS,fed ex,etc...) to come pick up the packages from your house instead of you having to go down to there shipping office?
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  • Profile picture of the author Ettienne
    You should be able to find one online, just google search 'free ebay dropshipping ebook'

    I have only laying around somewhere on my pc just cant seem to find it, I'll have a look around for you, i know its somewhere.

    If you cant find one on google head over to my site below and sign up for my newsletter because that will be part of my post series (ebay, amazon)
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    • Profile picture of the author lilphilupt
      Originally Posted by Ettienne View Post

      You should be able to find one online, just google search 'free ebay dropshipping ebook'

      I have only laying around somewhere on my pc just cant seem to find it, I'll have a look around for you, i know its somewhere.

      If you cant find one on google head over to my site below and sign up for my newsletter because that will be part of my post series (ebay, amazon)
      I will definitely check it out on google too and your sig also. Which one do you guys think is better droppshipping or buying and reselling or is there more to it then just those two?
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  • Profile picture of the author Ettienne
    i mean i have ONE (not 'only') around here somewhere. I'll blame the keyboard for that one...
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  • Profile picture of the author mavmav
    Originally Posted by lilphilupt View Post

    Also i have a question about shipping, is it possible to get the shippers(UPS,fed ex,etc...) to come pick up the packages from your house instead of you having to go down to there shipping office?
    They charge extra for a home pick up.
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    • Profile picture of the author lilphilupt
      Originally Posted by mavmav View Post

      They charge extra for a home pick up.
      Do you know how much is the charge?
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  • Profile picture of the author allenjohn
    Drop shipping the best if you can find a niche or product someone else not already doing. Liquidation sites good for buying reselling....normally lots go for around 20% of RRP.. plenty of room there. You should also be able to negotiate a free pick up if you get your volumes up.... regards Allen
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    • Profile picture of the author lilphilupt
      Originally Posted by allenjohn View Post

      Drop shipping the best if you can find a niche or product someone else not already doing. Liquidation sites good for buying reselling....normally lots go for around 20% of RRP.. plenty of room there. You should also be able to negotiate a free pick up if you get your volumes up.... regards Allen
      Thanks for the advice allen
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  • Profile picture of the author lilphilupt
    Does anybody else have any more suggestions?
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    • Profile picture of the author Devid Farah
      Originally Posted by lilphilupt View Post


      Does anybody else have any more suggestions?
      Yes, here are 2 great guides to start with eBay:

      - eBay Global the Smart Way, Joseph T. Sinclair
      - eBay Business the Smart Way, Joseph T. Sinclair

      I sold a lot on eBay and from my experience i can tell you that the best way is buying wholesale and reselling. But you will need to spend time doing some research on the net and try to find the right sources that provide you those items at an incredible low price!

      Or even better, if you can produce your own products you will eliminate the competition.

      Anyway if you are interested in dropshipping, go here:

      Dropshipping Guide

      Drop shipping guide - tips, companies and directories

      eBay.co.uk Guides - A Newbies Guide to 'dropshipping'

      Drop Shipping Tips, Guides and Articles


      All the best with your eBay business,
      Devid
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      • Profile picture of the author Ben_Doyle
        I have an eBay business here in the UK and I sell second hand products.

        This approach makes me about £60,000 a year profit. I know it's not millions but it least means I can work for myself!
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        • Profile picture of the author lilphilupt
          Originally Posted by Ben_Doyle View Post

          I have an eBay business here in the UK and I sell second hand products.

          This approach makes me about £60,000 a year profit. I know it's not millions but it least means I can work for myself!
          What exactly do you mean by second hand products?
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          • Profile picture of the author lilphilupt
            Also is paypal the only way to be paid by ebay?
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  • Profile picture of the author Moneyerr
    Dropshipping will be the better choice to sell on ebay because in this business you need not to invest and also not to have a large warehouse to take care of your merchandise.

    You just have to get orders and rest is to be done by the dropshpping company on your behalf.

    Only you have to search for some honest, cheap and reputable dropshipping company.
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  • Profile picture of the author Money on the Side
    Originally Posted by lilphilupt View Post

    Hi guys i'm interested in starting a ebay business but i have a few questions first.

    Do any of you know any good guides that i could get to start my ebay business ?

    Also which is a better way to approach this, by selling dropshipping products or buying wholesale and reselling?

    Also i have a question about shipping, is it possible to get the shippers(UPS,fed ex,etc...) to come pick up the packages from your house instead of you having to go down to there shipping office?
    From what I've seen, the drop shipping market is pretty crowded on ebay...like everyone selling the same stuff. Buying wholesale and selling yourself yields much more profit.

    I used to sell cars...very lucrative, but you've got to have a lot of money or you can act as a middleman (i've got a course on this)

    USPS will pick up at your home. I think you can open accounts with FEDEX and UPS as well.
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    • Profile picture of the author lilphilupt
      Originally Posted by killercopy View Post

      From what I've seen, the drop shipping market is pretty crowded on ebay...like everyone selling the same stuff. Buying wholesale and selling yourself yields much more profit.

      I used to sell cars...very lucrative, but you've got to have a lot of money or you can act as a middleman (i've got a course on this)

      USPS will pick up at your home. I think you can open accounts with FEDEX and UPS as well.
      Cool thanks for the advice, that middleman part sounds interesting Whats the name of your Course about this?
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  • Profile picture of the author lootbags2010
    I'll try to field all of your questions as short as possible. I really didn't learn enough from the hundreds of guides I've read online so I'll say I don't know of any good guides to learn to start an eBay business.
    I'm slightly biased to the option of taking a course since I happen to be an Education Specialist trained by eBay because that way you get to learn the stuff they teach at ebay university and get questions answered in real time by a seller with experience. (eBay Education Specialist Program - Find Instructors and Classes)
    if you want to look online for a few articles I'd suggest maybe Entrepreneur magazine's back articles even though they seem to feature something eBay every month.
    2. I would advise my students and new sellers to stay away from drop-shipping unless you have cash on hand. eBay makes it difficult to use accept payments other than PayPal and PayPal has a payment hold policy that holds your payments in escrow until the buyer leaves you feedback, thus you would have to pay the drop-shipper first and get feedback before PayPal will release your funds unless you have over 100 feedback or 20 Detail Seller Ratings.

    Either buy wholesale or sell stuff you have on hand, can get from yard sales, flee markets or thrift stores until you get the feedback or DSR to keep from getting caught in the PayPal payment hold trap. Another cheap way to get good feedback is to sell info products on CD or DVD that you create or have resell rights to.

    3. You can have USPS send you eBay branded boxes in many different sizes for free (USPS | eBay - Catalog) and schedule to have the postal carrier pick up your packages. I believe you need an account with UPS or FedEx to have them pick-up your packages unless.

    In summary a course would be better than a guide, wholesale is better than dropshipping for new sellers and yes you can arrange to have your items picked up.
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    • Profile picture of the author lilphilupt
      Originally Posted by lootbags2010 View Post

      I'll try to field all of your questions as short as possible. I really didn't learn enough from the hundreds of guides I've read online so I'll say I don't know of any good guides to learn to start an eBay business.
      I'm slightly biased to the option of taking a course since I happen to be an Education Specialist trained by eBay because that way you get to learn the stuff they teach at ebay university and get questions answered in real time by a seller with experience. (eBay Education Specialist Program - Find Instructors and Classes)
      if you want to look online for a few articles I'd suggest maybe Entrepreneur magazine's back articles even though they seem to feature something eBay every month.
      2. I would advise my students and new sellers to stay away from drop-shipping unless you have cash on hand. eBay makes it difficult to use accept payments other than PayPal and PayPal has a payment hold policy that holds your payments in escrow until the buyer leaves you feedback, thus you would have to pay the drop-shipper first and get feedback before PayPal will release your funds unless you have over 100 feedback or 20 Detail Seller Ratings.

      Either buy wholesale or sell stuff you have on hand, can get from yard sales, flee markets or thrift stores until you get the feedback or DSR to keep from getting caught in the PayPal payment hold trap. Another cheap way to get good feedback is to sell info products on CD or DVD that you create or have resell rights to.

      3. You can have USPS send you eBay branded boxes in many different sizes for free (USPS | eBay - Catalog) and schedule to have the postal carrier pick up your packages. I believe you need an account with UPS or FedEx to have them pick-up your packages unless.

      In summary a course would be better than a guide, wholesale is better than dropshipping for new sellers and yes you can arrange to have your items picked up.
      Thank you so much for this very detailed answer, The Cd part you was talking about am i making my own info product and putting it on a disc or?
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  • Profile picture of the author travlinguy
    I was an eBay power seller for a while. Dropshipping is okay but, and this is a big but, you need to find a dropshipper with prices low enough for you to profit after paying for both the product and shipping combined. In other words, dropshipping is great in theory but when I was selling on eBay I looked high and low and only occasionally would I find a product that might be profitable that way.

    eBay is very competitive and the number one rule is don't pay too much for the stuff you sell. And even though you'll be adding a shipping charge to your auction, still, in my experience, dropshipping didn't work out to be profitable.

    Actually, not paying too much for product is the number two rule. The first rule is to sell stuff people want or that people are buying. I was looking through ebay last night and see there are lots of people selling backlink packages of all kinds. Why? Backlinks are hot.

    Someone said you pay extra to have packages picked up at your house. Unless something has changed very recently that's not true. USPS (the post office) doesn't charge for this and unless something has changed neither do the private carriers. Pickup is part of the price you pay.

    With the ideal eBay business you'll be selling something with high demand and is light and easy to handle. That's the kind of thing to look for. One thing I used to do is add a really cool bonus CD with many of my auctions. The CD contained software, games, ebooks and a lot of fun stuff. It was family-oriented with something for everyone.

    And the CD was legitimate in that I got permission or rights for every last item on I, nothing pirated and no copyright violations. This gave me the edge when selling in a crowded market where prices were very competitive. It came down to this: a buyer could buy from any seller selling the same item and just get that item. Or, the buyer could get the item from me and get the bonus CD.

    That made it a no-brainer because the buyer would get two things instead of one for pretty much the same price. The description for the CD bonus was almost always much longer than the description of the actual product. I got lots of email telling me the person bought the auction just to get the CD.

    eBay can be a nice little business. I used to pull in $4000 - $5000 a month but it was a lot of work. I finally decided I'd rather write for a living. Good luck!
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    • Profile picture of the author lilphilupt
      Originally Posted by travlinguy View Post

      I was an eBay power seller for a while. Dropshipping is okay but, and this is a big but, you need to find a dropshipper with prices low enough for you to profit after paying for both the product and shipping combined. In other words, dropshipping is great in theory but when I was selling on eBay I looked high and low and only occasionally would I find a product that might be profitable that way.

      eBay is very competitive and the number one rule is don't pay too much for the stuff you sell. And even though you'll be adding a shipping charge to your auction, still, in my experience, dropshipping didn't work out to be profitable.

      Actually, not paying too much for product is the number two rule. The first rule is to sell stuff people want or that people are buying. I was looking through ebay last night and see there are lots of people selling backlink packages of all kinds. Why? Backlinks are hot.

      Someone said you pay extra to have packages picked up at your house. Unless something has changed very recently that's not true. USPS (the post office) doesn't charge for this and unless something has changed neither do the private carriers. Pickup is part of the price you pay.

      With the ideal eBay business you'll be selling something with high demand and is light and easy to handle. That's the kind of thing to look for. One thing I used to do is add a really cool bonus CD with many of my auctions. The CD contained software, games, ebooks and a lot of fun stuff. It was family-oriented with something for everyone.

      And the CD was legitimate in that I got permission or rights for every last item on I, nothing pirated and no copyright violations. This gave me the edge when selling in a crowded market where prices were very competitive. It came down to this: a buyer could buy from any seller selling the same item and just get that item. Or, the buyer could get the item from me and get the bonus CD.

      That made it a no-brainer because the buyer would get two things instead of one for pretty much the same price. The description for the CD bonus was almost always much longer than the description of the actual product. I got lots of email telling me the person bought the auction just to get the CD.

      eBay can be a nice little business. I used to pull in $4000 - $5000 a month but it was a lot of work. I finally decided I'd rather write for a living. Good luck!
      Thank you so much for great answer, i will send you a pm i have a question for you buddy
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