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Selling With Eeez…

eBay

What can be said about eBay that hasn’t already been said. They are kind of a quirky bunch with ever changing terms of service, but you still can’t arque with their immense built-in traffic. Although they were pushed aside, like everyone else by the giant Amazon, there is still money to be made.

I’m sure everyone has heard of gathering things around the house and listing them on eBay. Most people have way more things laying around that they don’t use anymore, than they realize. An old neighbor lady was once cleaning out her shed, and asked if I wanted this old fan, or she was going to give it to Goodwill. This was back in 2006, and I had always wondered about selling stuff on eBay, so I figured that’s what I’d try to do. I knew nothing about the fan, but did my best to list it hoping a picture was worth a thousand words. I listed it as an auction for a week, and for the first six days there was little action. But by days end it had gone to $5.01 .

When I checked it the next morning it had gone to $19.00 and I thought that was pretty cool. I was merely more interested in getting my feet wet with the eBay selling concept and listing process than how much the fan would sell for. By that evening with an hour to go, it had shot up to almost $70.00. And then, as the minutes ticked down I was pretty shocked, as it ended up selling for $114.00, The winning bidder had informed me it was from 1935, and was a pretty nice collectible item. This is what started me selling on eBay, and I actually still do today. The main attraction to this giant platform is the massive built in traffic, which is the lifeblood of selling anything online.

In 2013 I decided


Etsy

Etsy is more for the homemade crafts type of products, but one can sell vintage items that are at least 20 years old. This platform has evolved over the years and the ecommerce method of the “print on demand” services has become very popular and profitable on Etsy too.