Where to find cheap products for ebay?

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This is a question for the ebay gurus and people with selling stuff on ebay. I love selling on ebay but I am lost on where to get products that are cheap that I can make a profit on.

Any websites or places where I can find wholesalers or cheap products that I can resell?

The help would be really appreciated.

Thanks
Anna
#cheap #ebay #find #products
  • Profile picture of the author CassAngel
    China and India are the cheapest wholesale providers at the moment for the greatest range of products.

    Can you narrow it down to specific items or categories?
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    • Profile picture of the author aivzdog
      Originally Posted by CassAngel View Post

      China and India are the cheapest wholesale providers at the moment for the greatest range of products.

      Can you narrow it down to specific items or categories?
      Dog products, pet products, electronics are my interests on ebay.
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  • Profile picture of the author TimHutch34
    try alibaba dot com

    I think you have to buy in bulk but price wise it's worth it
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  • Profile picture of the author soulglazed
    I'd go to garage sales and church sales and things of that nature. It wasn't that long ago that I got a woman's wallet for $4 and sold it for $90. All you have to have is a general idea of what things are worth and there's a LOT of people on YouTube who post their finds, how much they made, what to look for, etc.

    Buying wholesale is cool but it's so overdone and filled with competition. Going to yard sales/garage sales/church sales/flea markets is where the money is at.
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  • Profile picture of the author LarryC
    My first response would be, your basement Another idea is to look in the Free section of Craigslist. You can't always find anything worthwhile that somebody else didn't grab first, but it never hurts to look.
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  • Profile picture of the author TimHutch34
    The free section on Craigslist is good advice, also bargain bins at Kmart, Target, Meijers etc....
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  • Profile picture of the author growth22
    The cheapest you can get is from China, and for that I recommend alibaba.com
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  • Profile picture of the author Glen Barnhardt
    You might check into Inventory Source. They have wholesalers and some integration with eBay that automates the process. I'm not sure if there prices are cheap enough to be competitive on eBay but it's something you can check out.

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  • Profile picture of the author bporeo
    I have a local "wholesalers" craft-type store nearby, I can often pick up items for 75% off but it's smaller items, not big-ticket items. Perhaps you could locate a similar store near you.
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  • Profile picture of the author JeremiahSay
    I'm not a ebay guru.. but my cousin is.

    All I know is that she bought her products from thailand, taiwan and china. Her margin is high. Bought a skirt for $2 - $4 (SGD) and sell it for $32 (SGD) on her blog shop and ebay. She's making great profit every month and I don't think she'll ever need a job (at least for the next couple of years).

    Tips: Get your air-ticket to Thailand or visit TaoBao (sort of China's ebay and have a agent ship your products to your country).

    Good luck with your ebay business,
    Jeremiah
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  • Profile picture of the author MarketItMobile
    Originally Posted by aivzdog View Post

    This is a question for the ebay gurus and people with selling stuff on ebay. I love selling on ebay but I am lost on where to get products that are cheap that I can make a profit on.

    Any websites or places where I can find wholesalers or cheap products that I can resell?

    The help would be really appreciated.

    Thanks
    Anna
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  • Profile picture of the author deanmoney
    Don't waste your time with ebay. Is this 2002? You will always find people selling the same product and cheaper. Look into affiliate marketing.
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  • Profile picture of the author LisaAllen
    I second the recommendation for alibaba . com. I try to stay with the chinese and taiwanese suppliers there though. The experience has always been friendlier for me with Chinese companies. The only time I ever didn't get what I paid for was with a company from India.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jon Patrick
    It all depends on what type of budget you are working with in terms of initial investment capital. If you can afford it, buying in bulk from China and Taiwan through places like alibaba.com is a good bet. I'd also recommend searching eBay and scrolling through your competition to find the sellers that appear to be having the most success, and looking at what else they are selling.
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    Find a good supplier on Alibaba. Make sure they're good with using escrow .com.
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  • Profile picture of the author danwood
    TaoBao is a great source
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  • Profile picture of the author carlpicot
    Hey aivzdog

    The best way to make money on eBay is to sell digital products. You can then ship these out on cd ... I know that the rules have changed recently but there are still a ton of things that you can mail out. You can build up a mailing list at the same time and as joefizz has said, PLR products are brilliant for this.

    John Thornhill built up a $5,000,000 business starting this way!!

    Check out the link in my sig file if you need to know any more

    Hope this helps

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  • Profile picture of the author refermoneyus
    china is a great wholesaler. I suggest using chinavision.com. they sell electornics like tablets,phone watches,etc. They also drop ship to your customers. good luck on your ebay adventure.

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  • Profile picture of the author Marco P
    Originally Posted by aivzdog View Post

    This is a question for the ebay gurus and people with selling stuff on ebay. I love selling on ebay but I am lost on where to get products that are cheap that I can make a profit on.

    Any websites or places where I can find wholesalers or cheap products that I can resell?

    The help would be really appreciated.

    Thanks
    Anna
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  • Profile picture of the author Marco P
    Just kidding Anna

    I would try Aliexpress.com - Online Shopping for Electronics, Fashion, Home & Garden, Toys & Sports, Automobiles from China.

    I have bought stuff wholesale from them in the past,real cheap

    (just look for stores selling wholesale or bulk items)
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    • Profile picture of the author greenowl123
      You could try Overstock dot com or go search G00gle for :

      overstock surplus closeout

      and do some research on each...

      Good luck !

      Also, as mentioned, yard sales, estate sales, moving sales, storage places will auction of contents of storage units when people fail to pay their monthly storage fees, your local Salvation Army thrift store, Goodwill thrift stores, etc.
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  • Profile picture of the author michaelplies
    alibaba and dhgate are great

    also craigslist can be a goldmine
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    • Profile picture of the author Sam England
      I find ALL of my drop shippers via trade shows...I have been drop shipping full time since 2003 and that's my secret...it works for me...

      I have 18 websites E-commerce websites that I maintain myself...in different niches...

      But for Ebay, you really need to buy closeouts and inventory them yourself...it's a numbers game that's hard to win if you don't play it right...you need to buy super cheap...and in bulk...closeouts and showroom samples...

      Alibaba and WWB are not the way to go...they are just the middleman...and take a cut of your profits..I would stay away from them myself...my 2 cents...

      Trade Shows...and Merchandise Markets...

      Cheers,
      Sam
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  • Profile picture of the author WholeSal
    I personally fly over to china and source products there, shipping a mixture back via container. It really depends on your budget as to how cheap you can get the items.

    I have stock and can get access to products extremely cheap, if your interested just let me know
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    • Profile picture of the author RobBAM
      I don't know how well this would work for pet products so you would need to do some research and calculate if it makes sense for your niche but you might try buying and selling on eBay.

      Before you say that it can't be done, hear me out. There are people who list items on eBay with very low Buy It Now prices. There are many possible reasons why somebody wants to sell something quickly but it does not matter. What matters is that there are such deals. The problem is that they end very quickly (usually in less than 2 minutes of being posted).

      I created software that would scan for such items every few seconds so you have a good chance of finding them quickly. If you're interested, give it a try:
      buyerauctionmanager.com

      It will not be easy to make money this way because if you re-sell on eBay you'll end up paying around 15% in fees but it might work for some products.
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  • Profile picture of the author H.Miller
    Doba.com, Shopster.com, HotBuy4U.com, Megagoods.com (all dropshippers)
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    • Profile picture of the author eric w
      Hi Anna,

      I just saw this thread today. I don't know how I missed it for over a month!

      There are many sources mentioned in this thread, however, I don't use any of them. I'm constantly making money on ebay and I don't recommend that you forget about ebay, as someone posted here.

      I have a few "secret" sources that I use and none of them are overseas...they're in the usa.

      I won't reveal them here, my upcoming wso will tell all, however, if you pm me..and press me hard enough, I may reveal them to you since you say you love selling stuff on ebay.

      I've made money dealing with chinese suppliers, but I don't recommend it for everyone.

      There's absolutely no need to go outside of the usa to find profitable products. I know how to find them every single day, regardless of what time of the year it is.

      As a matter of fact, I will give a freebie here. For those of you interested in garage sales, estate sales, etc. Go to the site estatesales.net. You'll find all the sales in your area in the usa. There are hundreds of these going on in each state on a monthly basis.

      You can look up the items for sale on ebay before you attend the sale to know if it can be profitable or not. There are many vintage items and collectibles at these sales.

      At one sale here in the Michigan Dearborn-detroit area, there was a mahjong game. It was the physical game...I didn't even know there was such a thing! I believe it was pre-1970. Well, I looked on ebay and these were selling for $100 and up.

      I have a co-worker who always talks about getting things like this for cheap at these sales. I didn't go, but i investigated online and there are hundreds of these types of products daily.

      I'm thinking of getting into these types of sales and seeing what I can make, but for now, the way I do it makes good money many times.

      Anyway, I hope this is of benefit.

      eric w
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  • Profile picture of the author figgity
    The dollar store. Dollar Tree has a website (dollartree.com). You can buy stuff in bulk on there and have it shipped to you or you can pick it up at your local store.
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  • Profile picture of the author Silas Hart
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    Avoid Alibaba and Aliexpress like the plague. Find a freelance sourcing agent from China, show them a bunch of eBay listings of items you think might be profitable to resell. They will provide you with a list of potential suppliers. Contact suppliers, go with the cheapest, order a sample, agree to order a bulk amount (even if its just 5 or 10 of an item), rinse and repeat.
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  • Profile picture of the author vidpes
    I have this guy on the internet who is in India and has sources for getting most of these products at a good price if i buy in bulk so I used to use him to get products.
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  • Profile picture of the author biggenius
    dx.com BEST Goods Online.
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  • Profile picture of the author braincandy7
    You could try:

    Wholesale, B2B Marketplace ECPlaza - Find Manufacturers, Buyers & Suppliers
    EC21, Global B2B Marketplace - Connecting Buyers with Suppliers
    Business To Business (b2b) Marketplace - Manufacturers Directory For International Trade Leads
    http://www.go4worldbusiness.com/

    I use all of these to source crude palm oil buyers but they are all multi category sites. The last one there go4worldbusiness.com is quite useful as they have chat rooms and a live chat facility which usually has around 100 buyers and seller on at any time.

    Good luck
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  • Profile picture of the author stig
    Originally Posted by aivzdog View Post

    This is a question for the ebay gurus and people with selling stuff on ebay. I love selling on ebay but I am lost on where to get products that are cheap that I can make a profit on.
    Anna - I sold liquidation items on eBay and Amazon for about a year and took in about $4,000 a month. Liquidation.com made this easy for a time. They auctioned tons of Amazon product returns, the majority of which were undamaged and in the original box. I typically paid 25% of the original retail and had no problem getting 50% of retail on eBay and a little better on Amazon.

    It was like shooting fish in a barrel, before I bid on a pallet of items I'd check their auction history on eBay. I only bid on items that I could verify were selling on eBay or Amazon at the right price point. I never had a product not sell.
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    • Profile picture of the author JMcGee2010
      Being this time of year, I get the Sunday paper and scour all of the hot deals in my area (Atlanta). I also go to drugstores like Walgreen's and CVS, they always have stuff marked down for clearance. For instance, a few months ago, my local CVS had prepaid phones marked down for cheap. I bought them up, went over to ebay and sold nearly every one of them for full price.

      I also look at Craigslist. Every now and then you will luck up into someone who is selling something for cheap because they need the cash. I have even used the free section of CL and found some good stuff at times.

      The key to this is just to keep your eyes peeled at all times, and you will find some good products you can make a nice profit on.
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  • Profile picture of the author mknowles2262
    yard sales, flea markets, old peoples attics..can all yield some great finds as well as constant supply of auctions. People will really buy anything off ebay.
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