Looking For Easy Things To Sell On eBay?
On another one of my blogs, I’ve written a post titled, What To Sell On EBay–Easy To Find Items That Will Put Cash In Your Pocket! If you haven’t read that post yet, you may find it interesting. That’s where I give some creative tips on things you can find or make to sell on eBay (especially the suggestion about tearing up old books and magazines and selling them on eBay). This post is more about learning what’s popular on eBay, and then going out and finding them at a cheaper price to list on eBay for quick cash.
How To Find Out What’s Popular On eBay
First, you need to find out what’s popular on eBay. EBay Pulse is your first stop. Ebay Pulse provides a daily snapshot of current trends, hot picks, and cool stuff on eBay. You can search by category, and see the largest stores that offer items in each of these categories. In addition, you can check out the archives for eBay Pulse, to see what was popular from just a few days ago, to a couple of years ago!
Second stop is to search on Popular Products on eBay. This is somewhat similar to eBay Pulse, however you can learn exactly what products are listed on eBay that are really popular at any given time. For example, if you click on the main category heading such as “Books,” the left sidebar will show you what the top products are at that time in the Books category.
So now you know how to find popular trends and popular products on eBay. Now, you have to find these items at a discount to sell on eBay for quick cash. Easier said then done, right?
Lets face it, you probably can’t compete with the big guys when it comes to selling iPods at a discount. However you don’t need to try to sell popular electronics on eBay in order to make money.
The Importance of Ebay Pulse
I just looked on eBay Pulse and saw that one of the top searches for today were Cricut Cartridges. I didn’t even know what they were! I checked out some auctions and found out that they were for scrapbooking. I also did an advanced search for completed listings and found that these cartridges receive multiple bids on them and can sell for over $20!
Just thinking off the top of my head, I know that every Sunday I get a paper with coupons. There is always a Michael’s craft store coupon in the Michael’s flyer for at least 40% off–sometimes there is even one for 50% off. I could take my coupon down to the store and buy one of these cartridges to sell on eBay. I would know which ones are popular because of the advanced search I did on eBay. If I could make say $10 on a cartridge, then I would buy multiple papers (or ask my friends and family for the Michael’s coupons) for the coupons and visit Michael’s several times during the week to pick up multiple cartridges. Yes, Michael’s usually only allows you to use one coupon per visit. So, either visit different stores on the same day, or visit the same store several times during the week. I would then list all my cartridges at the end of the week.
Research Your Way To Ebay Riches
Now I didn’t check this out and I don’t know if I could make $10 per cartridge. This is just an example. However, if I could make $10 per cartridge and have 5 cartridges to list each week for a month, I would make $200 (before eBay and PayPal fees). Not bad! That’s just one product and one idea. What if I did this with five different products that I researched and know are selling well on eBay, and made $10 profit on each of the products, listing 25 products per week for a total of 100 products per month? I just made $1,000 before fees! I am assuming they will all sell because I did my homework on finding out what is popular on eBay at the time.
Here’s another example: On eBay Pulse, you can dig way down in a category to see what is popular. For instance, I checked out Women’s Clothing and then clicked on Maternity. I found out that “Gap” was a popular search in the Maternity category. I checked the advanced search options on eBay to see what “new Gap” completed listings had sold for in this category, and then went over to the Gap website and checked out their Maternity section to see what was on sale. Expectant mothers are always looking for cool jeans to wear! And yes, there were jeans on sale! Not only that, Gap was offering a free shipping coupon code to GapCard members and Gap Silver Card Members, and an additional 10% off on Tuesdays if you have a GapCard, Banana Republic or Old Navy credit card. The great thing about maternity clothes is that you can sell winter clothes in the summer and summer clothes in the winter. Expectant mothers are always planning ahead on what they will need to wear at certain points in their pregnancy.
Check Out eBay’s Daily Deals
You can also monitor eBay’s Daily Deals. Here you will find items that are highly discounted–especially on Fridays. On Friday, all deals (at least at this time) are $5 and free shipping. In fact, all Daily Deals are free from shipping charges. You can buy these items and sell them back on eBay, or sell them on Amazon.com. Just be careful and do your research. Some of these items are always discounted through certain sellers, and some are truly bargains!
Ebay Selling Doesn’t Have To Be Hard
I hope this post helps a little bit in getting your creative juices flowing. I could go on and on the subject of finding easy things to sell on eBay. I truly believe once you know what’s popular on eBay and what people are searching for and are willing to pay for, then you have a great shot at being a successful seller on eBay.
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