Over the past couple of years I have been doing about $100,000 in profit yearly. Now I'm throwing in the towel. At some point in every business, they have to evaluate how they sell things, the direction they are going, and how much effort is being spent on how much is coming in. The decision is made that eBay is simply not tailored to fit the needs of my business, and not a place in which my business can continue to grow. Back in 08 when I was using only eBay, I just couldn't seem to bring in more than $3k in sales (gross) for the items I was selling. Trying to earn a livable income through profit on eBay wasn't easy, my goal was $500/week (profit), or $2,000/month which I felt was a livable income. $3k in monthly sales was giving me about that, but I seemed to have plateaued. When I began selling on Amazon, then it changed. I went from $3k to $5k just within a couple months. At this point, my lifestyle changed a little, but I was getting beat up and sleeping for probably 3 hours a night, every other night. It wasn't Amazons fault either, it was eBays. There was Always something to do, something to change, someone to communicate with, someone to send a new item to because of complaints. Then when things happened like a paypal limitation, or eBay account limitation on my eBay accounts, I wouldn't sleep at all and it really took a toll on me. When you've got 10k worth of items invested just sitting in your garage, you freak out thinking about how you are going to sell them because an unemployment check doesn't come in for the self employed when they lose their jobs. I would spend days if not weeks coming up with ways to become unlimited, to get back on eBay, make my listings look different. I always felt like a criminal, when in fact, I did nothing wrong. At some point in time, I decided it was best to try to open up my own online store and advertise it through things like PPC, banners on forums and related sites, small hardly successful youtube give-aways, and an SEO team finally put me on the first page of the rankings. It finally paid off, and now a good portion of my income comes from my own website but there's always work to do. So finally, I was making about 6k a month in several niches, still living a stressful life, I wanted to see more of my family and perhaps, travel to China to start meeting up with suppliers. I hired someone at the cost of $2,000 a month to handle just about everything, and outsourced to someone in China to handle things customer service related and also process my shipments from China. This cost $500 a month. Now I was earning about 10k a month. This wasnt the direct result of hiring people, but also because when I did, it caused me to study up on how things were actually selling on eBay. At this point, my life was still stressful, because now I wasn't just worried about items not being sold, I was worried that for some reason, something would happen as to where my employees wouldn't get paid and I would lose face. My business grew and I started selling different items, and even started doing a little wholesale from China, especially for discontinued items from the toy manufacturer Bandai. Offices in China, large deals, IRS audits, and hundreds of thousands later, I sat down and started deleting listing on eBay down to just a couple hundred items. Then I started deleting more and more. Do I make a little less now that I don't sell on eBay? Yes, and no. Yes I make less sales, but no, because is so competitive that if you arent the lowest, you arent selling. I had to hire someone to assure that I was the lowest for thousands of items, and this cost more money. Sometimes, I was only making a couple cents off of items that I was making $10 or even more off eBay. Couple days later, I'm happy. I still wake up to see if I have any calls from my account manager at eBay, I'm glad its all over with. I think there is a saying that goes, would you rather walk uphill and downhill for 2 pennies, or just downhill for 1 penny. Choose downhill, it doesn't make you less of a businessman.