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How To Make Money As An eBay Seller

May 21, 2008
If you have considered becoming an eBay seller but are not sure whether or not you can turn a profit by doing so, this article is here to help you make that decision. Most people who become an eBay seller really do not take the time to research whether their product is something that will move well on eBay and whether or not they can actually make a profit selling it there. Thankfully you are not one of those people.

Deciding Whether Becoming An eBay Seller Is For You

The first thing you want to look at is whether or not other people are selling the product you plan to market on eBay. If they are, you are going to have to look and see what they have recently been selling at what price, both the high and low, so that you can determine whether you can make money as an eBay seller for that product. If no one else is selling what you have to offer than you may want to look online at other retail outlets to get a good idea of what the pricing for your product is. Compare that with your costs and overhead to determine whether it is a good idea to try to market that product. Most people will be unwilling to pay more for a retail item through eBay than they would through a retail store.

Next you have to figure out what all the extra costs for your product will be. Taxes, shipping and what expense (if any) there will be to ship to a foreign country. Some countries have very specific rules on what can and cannot be shipped from your location to there so make absolutely sure that you have all your ducks in a row before you start listing.

After all the financials have been worked out, your next step to becoming an eBay seller is to figure out how many items you can list at one time. Be sure to only list as many items as you have available to ship because anything more than that could result in negative feedback and that would be very detrimental to your online business. After you have figured out how much stock you can hold, you need to determine how much that overall stock will make you and how long you expect to rotate through it. This will then give you a final total for you expected annual income.

Take a look at this final number and if it is worth it to you for the amount of hours you will need to put in to manage your online business, than move forward. If not, do not hesitate to back away from becoming an eBay seller. More than likely you have overestimated your profit and underestimated your cost so be very careful of moving forward on anything that does not look extremely profitable.
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