How to find stuff to sell on Ebay


Purchasing goods that you may resell for a profit on eBay is not unlike shopping for merchandise that you wish to keep: Half the battle is knowing where to find them. Once you have depleted your immediate resources, becoming familiar with stores that routinely maintain clearance sections will help you replenish your supplies.

Things You'll Need

  • Camera
  • Transportation
  • Computer
  • Internet access
  • Cash reserve

Look in your own house for "stuff" just laying around. Search the attic, the basement, the garage and closets. Identify anything you don't need or use: electronics, clothes, toys, pictures and books, to name just a few.

Shop yard sales, but don't overpay. Rule of thumb: If you can make four times what you pay for it, buy it.

Attend rummage sales, including those at churches. They have the cheapest prices, and often include a bag sale at the end. Filling a bag to it's capacity for a $1 is a good way to acquire inventory.

Explore the discounted merchandise at department stores and other chain stores. Purchase items that clearly have resale value. Make a list of discounted items about which you are uncertain. Look for the same items on eBay before you buy.

Tips & Warnings

  • Keep a running list of what you've found and what has sold for a profit. This will help you begin to knwo what sells and doesn't sell. It lessens any risk you might be taking.
  • Rummage sales are the best...especially at churches. They have the cheapest prices, and often they do a bag sale at the end. Filling a bag to it's capacity for a $1 is a steal and a good way to get inventory.
  • Go through Target or your retailer and make a list of what they have discounted. Then go check out those items on Ebay before you buy. Research is key. Also, refer to that ongoing list you've made.
  • Start slow...except at home where you don't have any cost to your items. The worst feeling is spending $10 for something at a yard sale, because you thought it would sell, and nobody bites.

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