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My Ebay ----> Craigslist idea?

Discussion in 'Ebay' started by Kampex, Feb 21, 2011.

  1. Kampex

    Kampex Newbie

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    Check it. Instead of buying stuff off Craigslist and selling them on Ebay, which is very competitive and a hassle, I thought maybe buying stuff on Ebay and selling them through Craigslist. Specifically, buying posters.

    Sound like a good idea? I live in Toronto, and I could not find a decent place to buy some posters for decorating my room. Stores all overcharge like crazy. While on Ebay, posters go for 10 bucks.

    Of course I will have to investigate further if I want to get serious, margins and whatnot, but what do you guys think?
     
  2. navycliper1

    navycliper1 Regular Member

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    Nice idea but i thought Stuff are more cheaper on Craigslist than Ebay. 1 advantage i see in this is that it's free to list on Craigslist unlike eBay, wish you best of luck.
     
  3. ooodaveb

    ooodaveb Junior Member

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    Just go ahead and put an ad up on craigslist with your asking price. No need to buy it on ebay before hand. Once you see what type of response you're getting you can go ahead and buy it from ebay.

    Some people on CL are cheapos, they'll offer you 50% of your asking without even seeing the product and waste your time emailing and not showing up. In that regard selling on ebay is pretty hands off, then you gotta pay them the fee.
     
  4. eBayMafia

    eBayMafia BANNED BANNED

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    The problem with people on CL is that they also use eBay, I used to sell stuff on CL all of the time, and people use eBay as the real price or value of an item. "I won't pay $15, I can get it on eBay for $10."

    You best bet is to get items that once you buy on eBay, will not likely be on eBay any more.
     
  5. rover747

    rover747 Newbie

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    try with old style (copy) posters .When i was on Maui ,i saw store who sells them (copy) ,but price was way too high . So try buy few old style posters from ebay and sell them locally .
     
  6. DSpizzle

    DSpizzle Newbie

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    Wont work. craigslist is cheaper
     
  7. manmuffin

    manmuffin Junior Member

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    Another problem with selling on craigslist is they often want to inspect it in person before finalizing a purchase.
     
  8. badinvention

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    similar method....

    i buy stuff from thrift stores and sell it on ebay. smartphones make turning profits SO easy. "how much is this worth on ebay, droid?".... bam....

    a buddy of mine found a piece of furniture worth $2,000 the other week in a thrift store for 100 bucks. late 1800's...
     
  9. CyberDilemma

    CyberDilemma Regular Member

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    This is an old trick. A lot of people used to advertise stuff for sale on CL and then when they found someone interested, they would send them an email saying that they could find it here.....with a link to a similar ebay listing item. They would collect the commission from ebay if the person bought anything on ebay w/in 7 days, plus get the fee for new ebay user signups. That always seemed like it would be a lot of work to me for the low percentage of commission that ebay pays to affiliates.
     
  10. soultrain

    soultrain Newbie

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    Yeah, buying on EB and reselling on CL can definitely be profitable, but you're going to have to find something with a higher price than posters if you're going to make any money. You need wiggle room.

    The thing with selling on CL is that it's a pain the ass to get the contact information and meet the buyer in person, etc. Doing all that to just sell a poster can be a pain. Try selling electronics, iPods, monitors, etc. Even appliances like refrigerators. There's always quite a bit of price fluctuation, just be sure to get good at buying the absolute cheapest one available. Buy an ipod for 170, sell it on CL for 225. A friend of mine in college did this and he sold like 3 iphones a day...made a solid 100/day doing it. Best of luck to ya!