If you look around, you’ll find books and guides on how to make a lot more than a thousand bucks a month from eBay. But for someone who is just getting started with eBay, $1,000 a month from pretty much hassle-free selling on eBay is a good target to stay motivated.
So that’s exactly what we’ll talk about here: how to make $1,000+ per month selling on eBay. First, let me tell you anyone could do this. You could supplement your income with this by selling only in the summer when school’s out. Or you could spend about eight to ten hours a week supplementing your fixed income with your eBay income.
Even families can get involved with selling on eBay! It’s great if your daughter could help you pack, list and ship items that you’ve collected. If you’re working full-time, you could spend a few hours selling stuff on eBay during the weekends and pamper yourself with this extra cash flow. Selling furniture and valuable antiques on eBay is also a great way of getting rid of items you no longer want. Eventually, you could become a full-time eBay seller.
Remember – there is rarely anything that you won’t find a buyer for on eBay. Even broken laser pointers have collectors!
Let’s get started with some tips to successfully find, list and sell your products.
How to make $1000 a month from selling on eBay
Tip 1: Garage Sales and Thrift Stores
Hunt garage sales, yard sales and thrift stores. Try to do this every weekend and try to train yourself to identify things of value. Found a vintage globe? You could get $200 or more for it. Collect college textbooks and special editions of classics? Book lovers are willing to pay a lot for their favorite books.
Some other items that could have lots of buyers include vintage video games, vintage Pyrex items (ideally full sets) that are easy to find at garage sales and thrift stores. Also look for quirky old coffee mugs, other vintage glassware, vintage board games (check for condition) artwork with fancy frames, tarnished silvery items that could be sterling silver. A set of six sterling silver goblets, for example, could sell for nearly a $1000. Ornate frames can often be more valuable than the work of art in the frames. If you find pottery and vases, look for a stamp below the item to find out if it could be a collectible. With glassware, a translucent coloring suggests vintage.
Fashion and accessories don’t need special mention, especially if there are vintage items. You could make a great profit on fitness clothing from brands like Adidas, Nike, FILA and others. These are easy to find in thrift store and can sell for as much as $50. Vintage items of course could get you as much as a hundred times what you pay for it.
Stock up on ceramic light-up trees that are common at garage sales. Come Christmas, you’ll find sellers willing to spend fifty bucks on these. Also look for vintage lamps, table lamps, lampshades, barware, and other lifestyle items that people love. Vintage mason jars also sell for around $12 per jar.
These are only some ideas to get you started. Rather than selling one kind of item, mix up your offerings. Some may sell quickly; others may take time to find a buyer.
Tip 2: Study eBay
Before you do anything, I’d suggest you spend a couple of days looking over the eBay website. Explore all of the product categories and look at products that are being watched. Don’t make the mistake of listing the first thing you find at a throwaway price without knowing its real value. When you create your listing, look at the price recommendations that are based on other similar items on eBay. Use this price as a guide to price your own item.
Also, rather than giving away something worth a lot more for a cheap price with the Buy it Now option, invite bidding. You’d be surprised what people are willing to pay for something you thought was worthless.
Tip 3: Make Your Product Stand Out
It helps to give the item a great title that includes info like brand name, size etc. Use descriptive words that tell the buyer what the item is at a glance. You’ll have a lot higher of a chance successfully selling if the listing stands out.
Tip 4: Free Shipping
Another way to stand out is to offer returns and free shipping. Not every eBay seller will offer free shipping. Doing so will give you an edge over them. You’ll find the profits outweighing the costs of shipping in the long run.
Don’t forget to post great photos of the products from various angles.
Follow these above steps and after some time you’ll find yourself selling much more than you anticipated and making at least $1000 a month.