Finding Products to Sell on eBay


Do you know how many people in US are earning their livelihood with the help of eBay? According to a new survey conducted on July 2005 by ACNielsen, a leading research firm, an astounding 724 thousand Americans respond that they rely on eBay for their main or supplemental income. Apart from these professional sellers, another 1.5 million people confirmed that they generate additional income by selling goods on eBay. Last year alone, around 150 million registered users have sold over US$ 34 billion worth of goods on eBay. Isn't it amazing?

Why entrepreneurs are flocking into eBay? Some of the reasons are quite apparent.

? Starting a business on eBay is easy and quick

? You don't require large investment

? Anybody can start an eBay business, no special skill is required

? You can sell virtually anything on eBay

? With your eBay business you can have flexible work time

? You have a ready-made market of over 150 million people and counting

? eBay get 1.5 billion page views each month. You get access to this massive traffic almost paying nothing.

So, there is no wonder that anybody with slightest penchant to have their own business will jump into this great opportunity. But, there are two major problems that many of the would-be eBay sellers encounter. The first is what to sell and the next is where to find it.

What to sell?

According to Forrester Research, a major research company, this year, categories with products purchased by women will have the most growth in online retailing. Some categories are already getting more than ten percent of their overall sales through the Internet, which include: computer hardware and software, tickets, travel, books, consumer electronics, cosmetics and fragrances, toys and video games, and flowers, cards and gifts. While choosing items to sell on eBay, you should also explore the features available on eBay and other places on the Internet that show items people search and items people actually buy.

eBay has a complete section called "Seller Central" dedicated to delivering utmost information to help you succeed in selling products through eBay. Two links from this section should interest you. One is What's Hot (http://pages.ebay.com/sellercentral/whatshot.html) and the other one is Category Tips (http://pages.ebay.com/sellercentral/sellbycategory.html).

When you go to the subsection 'What's Hot', check out the following three areas:

Hot Items by Category

This is a comprehensive report of categories, and products within a category by the ratio of bid to listings growth rate in PDF format. The report gets updated monthly and shows which products have increased demand in comparison to last month. Super hot products, for example, have over 35 percentage point difference between bid growth rate and listing growth rate. According to the latest report, by the way, Sunglasses for men, in particular Prada sunglasses are super hot.

eBay Pulse

This is another area where you can see the top ten searched categories, ten most widely watched auctions, list of stores with most active listings, and other cool stuffs on daily basis.

eBay Summer Catalog

This is a new subsection. It's a real catalog with pictures and average price of products. In each category of products there is a list of top ten summer trends. You, definitely, should check this out if you are planning to start selling now.

In Demand

On the page "Category Tips" under each category you will see a link under the name "In Demand". This area will show you a list of ten most sold items of this category as well as most searched items for each subcategory.

You might also like to see what people buy on non-eBay part of the Internet. The Shopping.com Consumer Demand Index (CDI) (http://www.shopping.com/CDI/cdi.cmp) makes a weekly list of most sought after items. This list could give you the needed glimpse to the future market trend!

Where to find items to sell on eBay

Your own home

If you are just planning to start selling on eBay, your first option is to go through your attic, closets and garage. Find those long stashed items that you will probably never need. These may include: books that you will perhaps never read, CDs that you out grew, gifts that you received but did not like much, the list can go on! Take them out, brush them off and post them on eBay for sell.

Flea markets and garage sales

Every body knows that garage sales and flea markets can be real treasure troves! Well, now you can look at them from a business point of view. Your sales experience with own home items, hopefully, will help you understand what will sell well and what won't. Don't go for any costly items as yet.

Local liquidators and auctions

Classified sections of local Newspapers' week-end editions are good place to look for estate auctions. While buying items from local auctions determine what are you going to buy and for what price beforehand and stick to them no matter what! At an auction there is always a risk of getting carried away!

Go visit some local business liquidators. These are excellent places to find items for bargain price.

Drop shippers (http://ezine.rusbiz.com/article/39)

When a manufacturer, wholesaler, distributor or importer, after receiving an order from their retailers, individually pack and deliver the product to the customer of the retailer with retailers address as shipper, this selling technique is called drop-shipping. This is an excellent way to find products to sell on eBay. Drop ship source directory (http://www.worldwidebrands.com/wwb/?8188) is the place to go if you are looking for drop-shippers.

eBay

eBay itself can be a great sourcing place for you. Check out wholesale items and eBay business marketplace from your chosen fields. In order to find wholesale listing, while searching a product select "Items listed as lots". You can buy goods in wholesale and then sell them piece by piece and make decent money. Of course, you have to develop good knowledge of the products before doing this.

If your business has grown and you are considering importing products to sell on eBay, read my article "Importing Products to sell on eBay" (http://ezine.rusbiz.com/article/52).

The bottom line is there was never a better time to start a business. If you feel this is really your cup of tea, just go for it!

Nowshade Kabir is the founder, primary developer and present CEO of Rusbiz.com - a Global B2B Exchange with solutions to create e-catalog, Web store, business process management and other features to run a business online. You can read various articles written by Nowshade Kabir at ezine.rusbiz.com">http://ezine.rusbiz.com.


MORE RESOURCES:
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

FULL LINE OF PLUMBING AND HEATING INVENTORY

Hilpipre Auction Company

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

EQUIPMENT

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

PEORIA COUNTY REAL ESTATE AND PERSONAL PROPERTY AUCTION OF 5.5 ACRES AND HOME

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

PRIMITIVES, 500+ DIE CAST & MODEL CARS, CROCKS, ETHAN ALLEN, VINTAGE CHILDRENS TOYS & GAMES, BOOKS, MORE MORE MORE

Abernathy Auction and Real Estate Co.

reverseretina.com ©