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Ebay Selling - How to determine what to sell on Ebay

February 24th, 2006

Ebay Selling - How to determine what to sell on Ebay

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If you have started to sell on eBay and want to add more items to sell on your eBay auctions, you might want to consider a couple things before you making investment in inventory.

Find out if the item you want to sell is a popular item.  This can be a good and bad thing.  A good thing about a popular selling item is that it will often sell quickly if the price is right.  The bad thing about popular selling items is that the market can be over flooded with the same item.  The profits may be very low and there are other sellers that tend to sell low and charge high shipping rates to make up the profit.  It is against eBay selling rules to over charge on shipping to make up profits; however it seems like this is a common practice on eBay.

The good thing about selling items that you cannot find at the stores is that it is a narrow market place that can still maintain profits.  There is less of a chance of selling your item every time.  So you have to weigh out the pros and cons to every item that you sell.


You will always need to calculate what the cost of listing fees and what would be the final valuation fees.  If you sell your item only 35% of the time, you need to factor the cost of the listings that were non-sellers into the cost of the item you are selling.  The final valuation fees have increased recently.  Make sure that you keep up to date with the fee structure with the cost of your item.  In general you can expect eBay to get around 10% of the sale of an item.  This is when you factor in the non-sellers.  It could be more and it could be less depending on how often you sell your item every time.


If you canít compete with the competition your not as likely to sell your item.  You can search for the item in eBay and look for completed items.  You will get a general picture of how many winners there were and the sell price.  You might find a specific type of an item that sells more than others.  This could save you a bunch of money by not investing in items that do not sell quickly or make enough money.


Donít forget to calculate any hidden fees in the cost of the inventory.  Such as shipping cost to have the item delivered.  Any credit card fee that a vendor adds to the order could add a considerable extra cost to your item.  Damaged shipments, fraud and returns are also factors in the equation.  Some items will have more problems with these than others; make sure you ask yourself what the potential problems could be before buying a product.

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