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    **Make Me Rich This Year eBay or Else!!**
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    • 30th Dec 10, 1:20 AM
    **Make Me Rich This Year eBay or Else!!** 30th Dec 10 at 1:20 AM
    Just a quick add on - this is now the thread for 2012 - welcome newbies and welcome back the old timers. This thread is full of useful information and plenty of ups and downs but please feel free to add to it.

    So here we are ladies (and any lurking gents)....another year of selling on eBay (and other sites) in the hope that we shall clear our debts. I have asked mrscmr to write our introduction as she was certainly an inspiration in how to sell on eBay. So thank you mrscmr Here's to many more posts and much more cash in 2011.

    Welcome to our Ebay Challenge thread for 2011.

    If you're looking for motivation, information, help or just want to start ebaying and need to know how then you are in the right place and we are happy to help!

    We have all made money over the last 12 months or more by using Ebay to generate a little or alot of extra cash. Some of us have business accounts and some of us have private ebay accounts.

    Over the last 12 months I have generated over 13,000 using ebay to sell my own bits and bobs and also ran an ebay business account for a short while.

    NEVER underestimate what people will buy on ebay! I have sold broken DS's, designer sunglasses boxes [without the sunglasses], parts of toys that people have lost, 1/2 finished embroideries, you name it and someone out there might just be looking for it!

    So give it a go, you will be amazed how you feel when those first bids start rolling in... and also when you start to pay off some debts or are able to buy something you have been saving for over a long time.

    We wish you luck and if you need help... just shout.

    NB: This thread is run by Floxxie and Soolin is the moderator on the Ebay boards to keep us all procedurally correct!

    I promised a post about thinking outside the box when it comes to ebaying... here are my tips and suggestions:

    1. Try to keep boxes, instructions, any warrenties as when you sell an item with these extras you will achieve a better price.

    2. Dont think that if something is broken or has something missing that no one will want it. I sold a broken DS for 26 pounds last year - the spin was broken. Just make sure you are very very clear in your listing details and BE HONEST!

    3. Certain brands sell well such as Monsoon, Next, particularly things like party dresses and party shoes for kids.

    4. Think about spring and the wedding season soon approaching.

    5. I have sold odd parts of toys for example: I had peppa pigs car with steering wheel... but for some reason we only had the steering wheel left... sold that for 5.00 - obviously someone had lost or broken theirs.

    6. Magazines - I have a mother who hordes cross stitch mags... they sell very well as do Country life especially to USA.

    7. Bikes of course sell well as do lawn mowers, have sold 5 bikes in various conditions, and 2 lawn mowers.

    8. Slides, climbing frames, trampoline - especially TP ones. Have sold accessories such as swing seats the kids have grown out off, even in a rusty state.

    9. Summer stuff in winter... people who are taking hot winter sun holidays need summer stuff!

    10. Vintage stuff... I have parents who horde... they were amazed at Ebay and supplied me with a stream of items from the 30, 40, 50, 60, etc which sold very well.

    11. I have sold unfinished embroidery kits... people will happily finish them!

    12. Toys ... I've sold parts of sets.. such as postman pat figures, rupert figures, noddy etc. amazing prices can be achieved. BUT ALWAYS wash the toys... nothing is worse than sending out some old toy with chocolate biscuit still on it!

    13: Nursery goods - pushchairs, cosy toes, brams, cots, etc - there's a steady stream of babies in the world! Always good sellers. Again clean everything!

    14: Look on the ebay wanted site for items people are searching for.. maybe you have it ... click here

    15: Selling as a business.. this is different - there are tax implications so be aware. If you are buying stock.. dont over stock and then have to throw it away. Approach with caution and test out products.

    16. Look at completed listings to get an idea of how much items sell for. Don't over price items in desperation... if they are at the right price they will sell.

    17. Look at the bidding history and see how items which start at 99p can still achieve great selling prices! We listed an iphone at 99p once.. sold for over 250!

    18. Get your postage costs right!

    19. Dont list too many in one session as if lots of items sell you will spend your time packaging up and visiting the post office!

    20. Build a good relationship with your local post office ladies [chocolates may help as will a smile] sometimes they will allow you to leave parcels with them and the money and they will do the postage throughout the day instead of you holding up the queue in the post office and everyone getting frustrated!
    Last edited by Floxxie; 08-01-2012 at 9:12 PM. Reason: mrscmr's tips for success
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