How to Scale an eBay Business (The Only 4 Ways)

Last July I hit the wall…again.  This was the third business model I had tried on eBay and it was not working like I had hoped.  Sure, I was making money.  We were averaging $3-400 a day in sales, but wanted more.  Much more.  Like 10x that.  Digging through thrift stores all day, every day and then listing into the night had left me feeling like a grubby, burned-out bottom-feeder.  I was always hoping that the very next thing we tried would be the big break that we needed, and our reselling business would start spiraling upward and making us the money we hoped for.  But it wasn’t to be.  It would take several more changes in our structure and business models before we finally started to figure out how to really scale our business.  Now, there are several ways to go about this, and I don’t claim that the way we use is the perfect …

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How to Clean the Soles of Women’s Dress Shoes (In 5 Minutes or Less)

Our first daughter has never slept well.  It has been a constant battle ever since she was born to get her to sleep for more than a two hour stretch during the night.  Now that she’s almost 3, she takes melatonin every night and things are slightly better.  However, last week she found one of her chewable pills that somehow had been dropped and decided to eat it…at 4:00 in the afternoon.  We normally have about 15 minutes after she takes it to get her into bed before she turns into a uncontrollable little puddle.  We didn’t really want to have that on our hands for the 4 hours until bedtime…so we headed to McDonalds!  We figured that getting some ice cream and spending some time in the play place would be a good distraction.   It sort of worked, but when it come time to leave, Hazel didn’t want to come out.  So I kicked …

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Best Shipping Scale for eBay Sellers

When it comes to selling on eBay, very few things are actually necessary to make a business run smoothly.  Many people find “necessary” items that are actually destructive to their bottom line.  Personalized boxes, cute work area decorations, replacing working products, etc. are all examples of items that, while attractive, do nothing to increase your earning power.  A scale, however, is one of the areas where the rubber meets the road.  Having a quality shipping scale for your home business allows you to get accurate weights so you can charge accurate shipping! So, of course, we have to ask, what is the best shipping scale for selling on eBay?  Or for selling on Amazon?  Or how about shipping products in your home-based start-up?  Well, whatever your shipping needs are, rest assured that we have a scale for you…and it’s the same one for everyone. The Best Shipping Scale for eBay: The Smart Weight Digital Scale …

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Top eBay Hardgoods Sales: May 2019

May was an absolute roller coaster of eBay sales.  At different times of the month, we were up 15% from last year or down 10%.  We had two $1,000 days and 1 day with absolutely no sales whatsoever.  Like, not a single one.  This hasn’t happened to us in years!  A quick call to eBay confirmed that our account was in good standing and they didn’t know what the issue was!  Our $0 day was sandwiched by two $400 days, so we’ll just write it off as a fluke, I guess! Overall, we did just under $10,000 for the month.  Steady, but not quite where we want to be.  In the next few months we’re hoping that our other side projects slow down a bit. so we can get back to buying pallets and hit our $30,000 month goal!  But that’s a post for another time… Let’s talk about what sold! When people want a …

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Top eBay Clothing Sales: April 2019

In addition to our normal sourcing, this month we decided to see if we could make $1,000 from online arbitrage.  While we (barely) failed, we did branch out a lot more that we normally do in our sourcing.  We have a pretty solid routine and get the majority of our inventory from 4 thrift stores and 3-4 websites.  We headed back to some of our old haunts at Ross and Nordstrom Rack as well as trying our hand at Mercari-to-eBay flips.  Check out how we did! While Athleta identifies as a sportswear company, we’ve had the most luck with their non-sportswear items, namely dresses.  Dresses and knit items that you can find the style name for have the potential to sell for $30+ if you find them in a good size! Maybe it means I’m uncultured, but I had no idea what the Ryder Cup was until I found this shirt.  I always keep an …

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Get Over the Thrift Store – Sourcing Alternatives for eBay Sellers

If there is one thing that will assure the quick demise of your career on eBay, it will be getting stuck at thrift stores.  I get it, I love thrift stores too.  The thrill of the hunt, the occasional home-run, and the potential to find amazing stuff for yourself (that you desperately need, right?) all work together to keep people running around thrift stores for years trying to build their business.  I’ve said it so many times and I’ll say it again: Hoping to find better items at thrift stores is not a business plan.  Unless you have a large team to help you thrift, list, and ship, you need to find additional inventory sources if you want to make serious money on eBay.  Don’t worry though, there are plenty of ways to start small. Let’s talk about some of them: YARD SALES Yard sales are a great way to find amazing goods at rock bottom …

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Top eBay Hardgoods Sales: April 2019

Traditionally, this is the time of year that our sales start to slow.  The summer slump seems to start early for us, and we fight back by trying to ramp up our number of items before our sourcing budget starts to dwindle.  In the past, stocking up on hardgoods has been one of the best ways for us to weather the summer doldrums.  While summer-specific clothing still moves, our clothing stock is more focused on jackets, sweaters, jeans, etc. Our store is still made of 75% clothing, but we are trying to source at least 50% hardgoods when we thrift – so the balance is slowly shifting! Old intercom systems (and most other functional old technology) are always a great seller.  We only pick them up if we can find two or more together, because then you can test them and sell them as a functioning set.  Single units (that the sellers were unable to …

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To eBay Clothing Sales: March 2019

March was a slow month for us.  We slowed down a bit on listing and didn’t buy any liquidation lots this month though, so we have no one to blame but ourselves.  While we’re still over the $10,000 a month mark (our lower limit), we have fallen back to around the point we were at last year at this time.  While that’s not the worst, it’s definitely not where we want to be.  Our goal was to grow our gross sales 25% this year, so we better get moving if we want to hit that number! Last year at this time, “Marlboro Man” sherpa jackets were selling for around $300.  This one, in dirty condition and a vastly inferior color (natural brown is best), took more than 6 months to sell and we had to put it on sale to avoid keeping it during the summer.  Anything that is genuine sherpa will sell based on material …

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Flipping Thrifted Cowboy Boots on eBay

Generally speaking, the price that something sells for on eBay is a combination of two factors: how much it cost when new, and how hard it is to get. Now, if you live in a rural area, you may be able to waltz down to your local feed store and pick up a pair of cowboy boots. They will be expensive but at least they will be available. For the rest of the world, there is eBay. Whenever there is an expensive product that may be limited geographically, you should be smelling opportunity on eBay. Especially if your area (like mine) happens to be particularly rich in that item… In this case…cowboy boots. ​Before we get to brands, however, let’s talk about a few non-brand things that make cowboy bots worth picking up: NON-BRAND THINGS TO LOOK FOR EXOTIC SKIN Exotic materials (usually an unusual type of leather) is one of the main distinguishing factors …

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Top eBay Hardgoods Sales: March 2019

We have spent the majority of March (and April so far) focusing on some other projects, so we have had to change the way that we do eBay a little bit. We are ever so slowly continuing to push our average sale price closer to $100. We’re just shy of $50 at the moment, but we are still clearing out our store of tons of items under $15. Our goal has been to net $100,000 this year while listing and shipping as few items as possible. Because of this, on our sourcing days we might go to three or four different thrift stores and only pick up 15 items total. However the higher and price per item fits well in our goal to list at least $500 of product per day. This leaves us way more time than we used to have for focusing on other income projects and spending time together as a family. …

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