Looking For Easy Things To Sell On eBay?
A lot of people find my blog through a search on Google looking for easy things to sell on eBay so I thought I would write this post to help those people out.
I’ve written a post before titled, What To Sell On eBay Easy To Find Items That Will Put Cash In Your Pocket! If you haven’t read that post yet, you may find it interesting. That’s where I give some creative tips on things you can find or make to sell on eBay (especially the suggestion about tearing up old books and magazines and selling them on eBay). This post is more about learning what’s popular on eBay, and then going out and finding them at a cheaper price to list on eBay for quick cash.
How To Find Out What’s Popular On eBay
First, you need to find out what’s popular on eBay. eBay Popular Items is your first stop (it used to be Ebay Pulse). Ebay’s popular items provides a daily snapshot of current trends, hot picks, and cool stuff on eBay.
Once on the eBay Popular Items page, you’ll find a list of the current most popular items on eBay on the left side of the page. These items can be from a number of different categories. The eBay categories themselves are listed in the bordered table in the center of the page. The category is bolded with a few subcategories listed underneath.
If you click on the main category heading such as “Books,” the left sidebar will show you what the top products are at that time in the Books category. Now you will see all the subcategories of books bolded in the bordered table in the middle. If you click on a book subcategory, you will be taken to a page with a description of that subcategory at the top, and current auctions for that subcategory underneath. To the left, you will find additional subcategories within the main subcategory.
So now you know how to find popular trends and popular products on eBay. Now, you have to find these items at a discount to sell on eBay for quick cash. Easier said than done, right?
Lets face it, you probably can’t compete with the big guys when it comes to selling iPods at a discount. However you don’t need to try to sell popular electronics on eBay in order to make money.
The Importance of the Popular Items on eBay Page
I just looked on the Popular eBay Items page and saw that one of the top searches for today were Cricut Cartridges. I didn’t even know what they were! I checked out some auctions and found out that they were for scrapbooking. I also did an advanced search for completed listings and found that these cartridges receive multiple bids on them and can sell for over $20!
Just thinking off the top of my head, I know that every Sunday I get a paper with coupons. There is always a Michael’s craft store coupon in the Michael’s flyer for at least 40% off–sometimes there is even one for 50% off. I could take my coupon down to the store and buy one of these cartridges to sell on eBay. I would know which ones are popular because of the advanced search I did on eBay. If I could make say $10 on a cartridge, then I would buy multiple papers (or ask my friends and family for the Michael’s coupons) for the coupons and visit Michael’s several times during the week to pick up multiple cartridges. Yes, Michael’s usually only allows you to use one coupon per visit. So, either visit different stores on the same day, or visit the same store several times during the week. I would then list all my cartridges at the end of the week.
Research Your Way To Ebay Riches
Now I didn’t check this out and I don’t know if I could make $10 per cartridge. This is just an example. However, if I could make $10 per cartridge and have 5 cartridges to list each week for a month, I would make $200 (before eBay and PayPal fees and making sure my shipping fees were accurate so as not to charge too little for shipping). Not bad! That’s just one product and one idea. What if I did this with five different products that I researched and know are selling well on eBay, and made $10 profit on each of the products, listing 25 products per week for a total of 100 products per month? I just made $1,000 before fees! I am assuming they will all sell because I did my homework on finding out what is popular on eBay at the time.
Here’s another example: On eBay’s Popular Items page, you can dig way down in a category to see what is popular. For instance, I checked out Women’s Clothing and then clicked on Maternity. I found out that “Gap” was a popular search in the Maternity category. I checked the advanced search options on eBay to see what “new Gap” completed listings had sold for in this category, and then went over to the Gap website and checked out their Maternity section to see what was on sale. Expectant mothers are always looking for cool jeans to wear! And yes, there were jeans on sale! Not only that, Gap was offering a free shipping coupon code to GapCard members and Gap Silver Card Members, and an additional 10% off on Tuesdays if you have a GapCard, Banana Republic or Old Navy credit card. In addition, if you purchased a discount gift card ahead of time, (see my post, “Revealed:Gift Cards Can Make You Money With This Technique“) The great thing about maternity clothes is that you can sell winter clothes in the summer and summer clothes in the winter. Expectant mothers are always planning ahead on what they will need to wear at certain points in their pregnancy.
Check Out eBay’s Daily Deals
You can also monitor eBay’s Daily Deals. Here you will find items that are highly discounted–especially on Fridays. On Friday, all deals (at least at this time) are $5 and free shipping. In fact, all Daily Deals are free from shipping charges. You can buy these items and sell them back on eBay, or sell them on Amazon.com. Just be careful and do your research. Some of these items are always discounted through certain sellers, and others are truly bargains!
Ebay Selling Doesn’t Have To Be Hard
I hope this post helps a little bit in getting your creative juices flowing. I could go on and on the subject of finding easy things to sell on eBay. I truly believe once you know what’s popular on eBay and what people are searching for and are willing to pay for, then you have a great shot at being a successful seller on eBay.
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