What to Sell on eBay - 7 REAL Tips for Finding Successful Products

This question has become one for the ages. There are many answers to it, few of which will actually help you. Today we will give you 7 tips you must keep in mind when you search for items to sell on eBay.

The problem with asking the question "What can I sell on eBay" is that you're likely to get one of a small group of boilerplate answers. These answers get repackaged and dispensed as brand new answers, however they are still the same, reworked, difficult advice.

The most common answers you will find are:

  • Look for items at garage sales, flea markets and estate sales.
  • Speak to manufacturing corporations and ask them if you can sell their products on ebay for them.
  • Buy from wholesalers.
  • Buy cheap items from retail stores.
  • Negotiate with stores to sell their overstocked items.
The problem with all of these things is they just don't work, they are too complicated, or they are just overdone.

How to Settle on a Product

There are 7 necessary tips to keep in mind when searching for a product that will sell well. To find the best product it must meet a number of guidelines.

  • Keep it small. Larger items bring with them a host of issues, from storage to shipping and everything in between. Unless storage is not a problem for you, keeping more than a few large items around can cramp up your extra rooms, basement and garage. The problem is that you need to be able to keep a large supply of items that you're selling to make any real money. Making $100 on a sofa is great, but it hardly pays the bills. If you have any ideas about quitting your job or supplementing your income, you will need to be selling a lot more of these. Heck, 3 or 4 sofas in a room should fill it up. So where are you going to put 10 of them? Keep your items small, and you can use shelves, drawers and closets for storage.
  • Can it ship easily? I know we covered the size issue in the previous paragraph, but it comes up again here. Even if you find the perfect product, you must be able to ship it easily and cheaply. You may find a great deal on rocking chairs, but how are you going to get a box around them? Not to mention, the shipping costs on large, heavy and bulky items can be in the hundreds of dollars. Look for products that can ship for a minimum amount of money. Anything from toothpicks to books fit the bill nicely.
  • Find a niche! If you try to sell everything to everyone, you will end up selling nothing to anyone. The more specialized you become, the better your chances of being able to offer unique items. For example, there are thousands of people on eBay selling DVD's. Prices have been cut down to nothing, and profits along with them. The only way to make money as a DVD seller on eBay is to be one of the few sellers who have huge volumes. Starting out that way is very tough indeed. On the other hand, if you sell a specific type of DVD, like old horror movies or cartoon sets, you will likely have better profit margins. The large DVD warehouses just can't move enough of them to make it worth their while. Come up with a few niches, and you should do pretty well.
  • Beware of seasonal items. Christmas decorations may sell well from October until December, but no one will be buying them in April. If you will be selling seasonal items, make sure you know when their season ends, and don't get stuck with a lot of leftover products.
  • Fads can be great money-makers for short periods of time, but after that, good luck getting rid of them. Think of Beanie Babies, Tickle Me Elmo and Cabbage Patch Kids. All of these fads enjoyed phenomenal sales due to their intense popularity. After the boom, however, sales (and prices) dropped immediately. Ride the waves of popular items, but beware of their life-cycle. Prepare for the end of the fad, even as you are beginning the selling.
  • Bring something unique to the marketplace. This seems difficult - and it can be. If you have access to something unique, such as a specialized book, health product or computer program that other sellers don't have license for, your products will be in demand. This tip is worth putting some time into. Think of ways to obtain such products, or modify existing ones (But be sure of your rights to do so!).
  • Sell what is in demand. Coins, stamps and other collectibles are always in demand. They are easy to buy and easy to sell and ship. If you spend time researching the ones that sell the best, for the most profit, you can do very well in this area. Try to come up with unique ways of presenting these items as well.
  • Hopefully these tips will get you started. Always keep in mind that uniqueness seems to be the key to eBay success. Even if you're selling existing and plentiful items, come up with a unique way of selling or packaging them, and you may just find the next winner.

    Good luck, and happy selling!

    2005 Matt Blasses

    Matt Blasses is the author of the groundbreaking ebook "How to Get Rich Buying and Selling Stamps on eBay - Even if you don't know anything about stamps."
    This ebook is available for immediate download at www.stampebook.com">http://www.stampebook.com

    You can reach Matt Blasses at: mblasses@comcast.net

    Auction Date: Saturday Jul 8, 2017 9:30 AM

    Preview Friday July 7 2 6 PM

    Schmidgall Auction Service

    Auction Date: Saturday Jul 22, 2017 10:00 AM

    Ranch home and personal property will be sold at public auction. This is a great opportunity to purchase a 3 4 bedroom ranch home in move in condition. You ll want to see what this home on a large lot has to offer.

    Dale L. Jones & Company

    Auction Date: Saturday Jul 1, 2017 9:00 AM

    We have a great, but modest line up of firearms and sporting equipment for this auction, including a 5th wheel camper, John boat, canoe and more!

    Dale L. Jones & Company

    Auction Date: Saturday Jul 8, 2017 11:00 AM

    Household and collectibles

    Bill Kruse Auction Company

    Auction Date: Wednesday Jul 26, 2017 10:00 AM

    Tractors, Machinery, Truck, 4 Wheeler, Shop Tools, Misc.

    Bradley s Auction Service, Inc.

    Auction Date: Wednesday Aug 9, 2017 7:00 PM

    Auction held in the Little Nashville Banquet Room on Route 127, Nashville, Ill.

    Riechmann Auction

    Auction Date: Thursday Jun 29, 2017 6:00 PM

    Former Antique store located on 2 lots and a lot with frontage on Highways 13 & 127.

    Doerr Auction & Realty, Inc.

    Auction Date: Thursday Aug 24, 2017 7:00 PM

    Auction held in the lunch pavilion of the Okawville Community Park Club

    Riechmann Auction

    Auction Date: Wednesday Aug 16, 2017 9:00 AM

    Selling the real estate and all machine shop equipment and tools.

    Hilpipre Auction Company

    Auction Date: Tuesday Jul 25, 2017 9:00 AM


    Hilpipre Auction Company

    Auction Date: Thursday Jul 20, 2017 8:00 AM


    Hilpipre Auction Company

    Auction Date: Saturday Jul 15, 2017 9:00 AM

    Please Check Back For More Details or Call 812 467 0227

    Sohn & Associates, Ltd.

    Auction Date: Friday Jun 30, 2017 9:00 AM

    General restaurant equipment: Tables; Chairs; Prep tables; Refrigerator; Freezer; Various racks; Many other like items.

    Hilpipre Auction Company

    Auction Date: Sunday Jul 2, 2017 8:00 AM

    Huge Trim, Tool & Lumber Auction

    Richard A. Olson & Associates, Inc

    Auction Date: Saturday Sep 16, 2017 thru Sunday Sep 17, 2017 9:00 AM

    Sat. Sept. 16th at 9 AM & Sun. Sept. 17th at 12 PM Antique Furnishings, Uhl Pottery, Dazey Churns, Cast Iron and other Banks incl. Vintage and Contemporary, Collectibles, China & Glass Preview: Fri. Sept. 15th 12 6 PM

    Sohn & Associates, Ltd.

    Auction Date: Saturday Sep 23, 2017 9:00 AM

    Tractors, Trailers, Tools, Farm Toys, Collectibles, Furnishing & Much More! Call For More Information!

    Sohn & Associates, Ltd.

    Auction Date: Sunday Aug 13, 2017 12:00 PM


    Folger Auction Service Inc

    Auction Date: Tuesday Jul 11, 2017 3:00 PM

    Quality Furnishings, Collectibles, Lawn Tractor, Tools & More! Call For More Information!

    Sohn & Associates, Ltd.

    Auction Date: Tuesday Jul 25, 2017 5:30 PM

    Attached In Law Apartment! Finished Basement! Huge Main Level Master Suite! Showing: Sun. July 16th 12 2 or Call

    Sohn & Associates, Ltd.

    Auction Date: Saturday Jul 29, 2017 9:00 AM

    Nice 3 Bed,1.5 Bath Brick Home w/ Full Unfinished Basement Plus: Antiques, Modern Furniture, Collectibles, Toys, Tools & More! Showing: Sun. July 16th 12 2 PM or Call

    Sohn & Associates, Ltd.

    Auction Date: Wednesday Aug 2, 2017 5:30 PM

    Outstanding Posey County Location Close to Evansville! Gibson Water Available! Approved for Septic!

    Sohn & Associates, Ltd.

    Auction Date: Saturday Aug 19, 2017 9:00 AM

    Fantastic Scott Twp Location! 5,300+/ Finished Square Feet! Attached & Detached Garages! Incredible Potential Building Site! Showing: Sun. August 6th 12 2 PM & Wed. August 9th 4 6 PM or Call

    Sohn & Associates, Ltd.

    Auction Date: Thursday Jul 27, 2017 1:00 PM

    Auction Location: First Federal Saving Bank Operations Center 4920 Davis Lent Dr, Evansville, IN Prime Investment Opportunity, Perfect for office, Rtail, Church, School, Conference Center & More! Showing: Mon. July 10th 12 2 PM or Call

    Sohn & Associates, Ltd.

    Auction Date: Wednesday Jul 26, 2017 5:30 PM

    The home has a large living room with wood stove, kitchen and dining area, two bedrooms, bath, enclosed back porch overlooking the Ohio River, one half unfinished basements and a four car/boat garage. Showing: Sun. June 25th from 12 2 PM or Call

    Sohn & Associates, Ltd.

    Auction Date: Thursday Jul 20, 2017 5:30 PM

    Offers 1,960 +/ sqft Large backyard, 2 car detached garage w/storage room and the beginnings of a basement/garage in the back. Showing: Sun. July 9th 12 2 PM or Call

    Sohn & Associates, Ltd.

    Auction Date: Sunday Jul 23, 2017 9:30 AM

    Sale at the Hecker Community Center Pavilion as no parking at home location in Red Bud.

    Burmester Auction Service

    Auction Date: Saturday Jul 8, 2017 10:00 AM


    Abernathy Auction and Real Estate Co.

    reverseretina.com ©