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Any good place to start with EBay?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by samiejg, May 30, 2017.

  1. samiejg

    samiejg Senior Member

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    I was curious about getting into selling stuff on Ebay. But was wondering more about it... like how profitable it is.. if there are any risks/investments.. like I seem to remember a long time ago that if you didn't sell your product then you still had to pay the list fee.. I also heard about a lot of issues with Paypal and chargebacks. And needing a lot of upfront money to do dropshipping.

    Anyways, do any of you guys know of any good posts or guides/tutorials out there that cover this sort of stuff? I really don't know a lot about Ebay.. I've always been more into Amazon :p
     
  2. j0nnyf1v3

    j0nnyf1v3 Newbie

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    getTopSellingProducts api
    that is built-in to ebay, for extrapolating the top 20 items..
    There is also marksight.com which can give you top selling items based on keywords...

    All in all, you have to figure out what sells, what gives the best cost/profit ratio(which takes finding appropriate vendors), and what is legal and with the terms of eBay selling - or that can be worded to FIT the legal terms of eBay selling. ie: Bong is water pipe, ect. With eBay, you don't want to sit on your merch, so you need a top seller... OR, you can also go the POLAR opposite of all of this...
    This is where it gets really fun!
    Anticipate the markets.. Meaning... Find something that isn't being sold that would totally kill. I did that with a product there was one other seller for... I stole all of his business and opened a new market for this item on eBay. And more often than not, the ideas will come to you when you are NOT thinking about them. Like... You aren't going to sit at the computer and say "OK now Let's THINK OF WHAT SELLS..." 3/4 of sales is instinct. The rest sells itself. Chances are, your epephany will come whilst you, yourself, are looking for something and just are not seeming able to find it.. You look on Google Shopping, Amazon, Ebay, no where... You get pissed, slam your fist into whatever inadimate object is closest, then walk away.

    But there it is... The answer.. And it makes the job that much more enjoyable because you get to test the products and it is something that actually interests you.

    Sure.. Money interests all.. But like George Jung's father told him;
    "Money isn't everything Georgie... It's not real."


    You could sell thousands of little pieces of shit people spend money on.. But at the end of the day, you will still be sitting there packing up little pieces of shit saying to yourself the same proverbial three words you said working for someone else....

    This...Fucking...Sucks....
    And dropshipping direct is a good way to get a ton of chargebacks.. Do your own repacking, branding, and shipping.. Ebay loves you for that... You also have to obtain Top Seller status to make any sort of coin. And to do that takes specific rules to follow.



    This is my personal opinion on the topic. Probably not the "For Dummies" or "Cliff-Notes" version of a specific set of steps... But this is how I personally do not work for anyone else at the moment.. Well, that and the fact the US Government has labeled me a 18 USC 1030'er.... l4m3z0rz
     
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  3. samiejg

    samiejg Senior Member

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    So in other words, it sounds like it's not a very easy process? :p And that if you want to be successful, it's a lot better to find something not already being sold and open a new market?

    P.S. did the 18 USC 1030 label have to do with selling on ebay? :O and if you don't mind me asking, why are chargebacks worse when dealing with dropshipping?