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Anyone sell stuff on ebay primarily?

Discussion in 'Ebay' started by dalinkwent6, Aug 16, 2014.

  1. dalinkwent6

    dalinkwent6 Junior Member

    Jun 30, 2013
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    It seems like their fees + paypal fees are borderline robbing from sellers. I am a casual ebay seller but i hate it because if i sell something like a 800 laptop
    They end up taking away over a hundred. Seems like alot of the sellers are offshore. Are there any pure ebay sellers here? are the profits still decent?
  2. Guyabano

    Guyabano Junior Member

    Jun 20, 2014
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    Yes, exclusively ebay. And yes, profits are still good if you have a good amount of sales every day.

    Lately it's more of a "grinding it out ". The per item profit is not huge but the volume makes up for it.

    It's all in what you sell. Hardest part for anyone who is trying or willing to try to make a living off ebay is finding a supplier. One that knows what he /she is doing.

    There is so much more to it then just the product (s).
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  3. SirSmash

    SirSmash Junior Member

    May 25, 2014
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    Yup, profits are still good if you buy correctly. No one makes money selling things on eBay, they make the money buying things at the right price.

    eBay might be a bit expensive but they provide results that other sites can't. I hate eBay as much as the next guy, don't get me wrong, I'm looking at taking a massive pay cut and selling eBooks for a living because I just don't like dealing with eBay and the customers they bring... but reality is I could use something like Craigslist to get people to buy from my own website (I've tried it for a bit) and make 1k a month, or I can sell on eBay and have enough money to buy whatever the heck I want. Sure, sending eBay thousands each month sucks, but I'm still better off doing business with them than without them.

    If you do want to make a living off eBay, you should learn about stealth accounts. At some point, eBay will mess with you, it's not IF, it's when. If you're not making enough money, look at where you get your stuff. You're buying from the wrong places, think outside the box... Thrift stores can be very profitable. I buy from auctions.
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  4. jak19

    jak19 Elite Member

    Jan 5, 2013
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    15% fees for ebay and pp yes its robbery but they have the traffic
  5. shezboy

    shezboy Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

    Sep 17, 2008
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    The site charges higher fees because the profit potential for sellers is huge IF they can sell the right items at the right prices. You MUST be able to buy at the lowest prices and from a reliable source too. eBay is a large corporation that is now perfectly set up to make huge amounts of money and they do that very well indeed.

    They have power by the amount of traffic their site generates and based on that they can write the rules. It's similar to Google.

    What you need to remember is that the wind will always change and you can't control or prevent that from happening BUT you can use your sails to ride the wind when it changes direction.

    New opportunities arise within eBay all the time and you need to stay on top of things and be ready to take advantage of any new changes.

  6. Adrian112

    Adrian112 Supreme Member Premium Member

    Jan 16, 2014
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    I used to work with Ebay, and my account have 5000+ sold items.

    I worked with fishing items, I dropshiped lures and rods from Hong Kong to Worldwide, and I got 30% profit on each item.

    It was the hardest 60 days of my life. 10+ hous per day I made ads, upload images, contact dropshiper, buyer...

    I was making 40$ per day but it was not worth.

    But that money was nice money to invest in my future projects.
  7. EbayUltimate

    EbayUltimate Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

    Aug 5, 2013
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    its not 15%, its 12.9 in total with paypal fee

    and there still is come decent money in it, check out vaporizers still a good profit margin
  8. toml3030

    toml3030 Elite Member

    Aug 16, 2014
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    Think of it this way, eBay is taking 15% of your money, and Etsy takes 7%, but if you're a professional seller, you make far more money on eBay because eBay will sell 10x as much product as Etsy. You won't make much seling stuff here and there...the point where you start making real money is to have an item that sells over and over again from fixed price listings. Once you get to that point, you don't have to put in that much work other than shipping and making sure that your items are always in stock.