Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Discontinued Item to Sell on eBay - Coconut M&Ms


Keep an eye out for Coconut M&Ms at grocery stores, drug stores, Target, Walmart, Big Lots, or anywhere else that sells food. This is a limited edition item that comes around every year. These coconut M&Ms aren't available year round - which means you can sell them for a premium if you are savvy enough to purchase them when they are available and hold them until the supply decreases. Remember, making money selling consumer goods is all about scarcity. The more scarce an item is, the more someone will pay for it.

If you can't believe that you can make money selling food and groceries on eBay and Amazon, think again. An 11 ounce bag of coconut M&Ms sells at about $3 retail Check out this sale on eBay:


A lot of 4 bags sold for $41.95 on June 2. The math:

Item cost: $12
Shipping: $5.35 (padded flat rate envelope)
eBay / Paypal fees: $5.45 ($41.95 x 13%)
Profit: $19.15

Not bad for an item you could pick up while grocery shopping. If you really want to take your at-home ecommerce business to the next level, consider selling groceries on Amazon in addition to on eBay. There are several advantages to selling groceries online:

1. Regional foods. You may have access to something that others don't. And you can sell that special something for a premium.

2. Groceries are consumable - buyers use them up (i.e., eat them) and replenish on a regular basis. And they often order multiples. 

3. Groceries are replenishable. Once you figure out what works, you can simply restock and sell the same items over and over again - as long as the market supports that item.

Keep your eyes and ears open for discontinued and limited edition items. Don't leave money on the table because you are not in the know!

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Denim Trucker Jackets are a Consistent Seller on eBay


Add denim trucker jackets to your BOLO (be on the lookout) list for things to flip on eBay. Thanks to my friend Magi and all the other savvy sellers on my eBay Seller Facebook group for teaching me about this item. I finally found and sold one! The above screen shot is of my sale, an item that cost just a few dollars at a local thrift store. I had this item for sale in my eBay store for about 6 months with best offer. It sold for full price, $79.97 last week (in June).

A denim trucker jacket is usually made of heavy weight denim and lined with fleece. They are waist length and made by the major denim manufacturers including Levis, Lee, and Wrangler. eBay shows over 2,400 sold listings for these jackets.

I'm putting this out there for 2 reasons:

1. The power of community. Surround yourself with people who know more than you do. You will continue to increase your knowledge base simply by association.

2. Don't hesitate to list an item in the off season. It is impossible for something to sell when it is sitting in a bag in the corner and not listed on eBay. Refer to this article:

No Free Listings Left - So What?

Add denim trucker jackets to your BOLO list and keep on listing!


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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

eBay Hack - Use Zit Cream to Remove Magic Marker






Before you go rushing off and rubbing zit cream on clothing - STOP! This tip is only good for rubber or plastic items. In my eBay Seller's Facebook Group, we often talk about tricks and hacks for removing imperfections from used items. Several sellers have mentioned using zit cream to remove magic marker, dirt, grease stains, or other marks from rubber or plastic.

Any type of zit cream with 10% benzoyl peroxide will work. Brands like Clearasil, Clean and Clear, Acne Free, Zapzyt, or Oxy10 are all 10% benzoyl peroxide. Many store and generic brands are also 10% so you can check at Wal-Mart, Walgreens, CVS, or grocery stores.

Do NOT use nail polish remover on plastic or rubber items. This can remove color that is supposed to be there and ruin the item. If you look at the photo above, you will see that one of Mrs. Beasley's eyebrows is missing. That is because the seller unknowingly tried nail polish remover and it took off the eyebrow. Live and learn.

Do you have a great tip for removing stains, grease, or dirt from used items? Post it in the comments section and we can all learn from each other.

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Revlon Colorsilk #72 Discontinued Hair Color Selling for $45 a Box on eBay

 

It's simple economics - the less there is of something the more people will pay for it. A hot item on eBay right now is Revlon Colorsilk #72 Strawberry Blonde Hair color. This product regularly sells for around $4 a box. But because it has been discontinued, the price on eBay has skyrocketed up to $44 a box. See the listing above that sold on June 4, 2015.

eBay shows 3 active listings for this product as of this writing.

Amazon shows 2 sellers with this product and prices are over $50.

But, more could be hiding in drug stores, grocery stores, or closeout stores like Big Lots. Don't forget little country drug stores and pharmacies that don't get much traffic. Hard to find discontinued products could be off the beaten path just waiting for you.

I am not sure why people pay such high prices for a discontinued item. At some point, they will have to find a replacement. I can help you learn how to identify discontinued items to sell on eBay. Schedule a private consultation here and I will share everything I have learned selling discontinued items on eBay and Amazon since 2008.

Make sure you are subscribed (top right) so you can receive emails about the latest discontinued products to ell for profit on eBay. 


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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Working a Full Time Job While Selling on eBay

 

Many of you out there have a full-time job outside the home and sell on eBay in your spare time. Others have been selling on eBay for a while full-time and may need to go back to the 9-5 for whatever reason - benefits, more predictable income, or saving for retirement. Antonette recently asked this question on my eBay Seller Facebook Group:


"Does anyone work a conventional job as well? I had to go back to the 9-5 because my husband was hurt on the job and didnt recover well from his surgery. I am having a hard time getting things posted. I need the ebay income as well. Just wondering if you have any advice, best practices."

There were some great answers!

Becky said, "Maybe break it down, like do photos for 20 listings 1 night, then weigh them, then sit down an list them all. You can schedule your listings so that 1 to 3 a night go live. Then while those are going live each night repeat the process."

Sharon said, " First, I try to list at least one item per day. Then at least something new is getting out there. Second, I am more selective about what I buy. I don't buy something unless I think it will be a $20 profit, and I shoot for a $30 profit. Since I don't have a lot of time to list, this helps. For sourcing, I do some on Facebook Grops so I can be at home or wherever when I do it. Otherwise, I go out one morning every couple of weeks to garage sales and thrift stores. I also ask friends and family for inventory and that works well (obviously sometimes my profit on those items is lower, but I didn't have to spend time sourcing them). I tend to have about 110 items listed at one time."

Suzanne said, "One thing that I have seen others do, is let the kids be involved in the eBay process. They could help find things to sell, take photos, learn to research, eventually learn to list etc, that way it could be a family project that generates income. Great family time together also!"

Nancy said, " I work full time. I shop and photograph on weekends and then can list each night a few things, or depending on time and how many items I may list on the weekends as well. I have grown children though so I do have more free time after work."

Ashley said, "I hired a virtual assistant for selling a few days ago. I also work full-time with an assistant. I can't do it all. When you delegate (your kids, spouse, whatever you have) you share the work and the wealth."

I honestly don't know how some of you juggle a full-time job, children, and eBay. Kudos to all of you for making it work.

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Friday, June 12, 2015

Find an eBay Seller Near You to Sell Your Stuff


The average American household has 300,000 items and $7,000 worth of junk lying around in drawers, cabinets, closets, garages, attics, and rented storage units that can be sold on eBay. That's the average, maybe you have more. You probably know that eBay is the place to sell practically anything, but you don't have the time, patience, or desire to learn how. Do any of these situations sound like you?

You are downsizing to move to a condo, retirement community, tiny house, or any other place smaller than what you currently have, and there physically isn't room for all your belongings. 

You want to get more money for your stuff than a garage sale would bring. When you have a garage sale you are at the mercy of the weather and who shows up. With eBay, your items are for sale 24/7 to millions of buyers worldwide. 

You are handling the estate of a loved one and need help selling the items. Collectibles, antiques, and vintage items bring a higher price when sold online because the buyer pool is so much larger - millions of prospective buyers compared to the few hundred that might attend an estate sale over a couple of days.

You are working to pay off debt and want to turn your decades worth of accumulated items into cash. 

You have an antique booth and want to liquidate and let someone else handle selling your stuff.

You are already an eBay seller with too much stuff! You love the picking and treasure hunting more than listing - find another seller in your area to do the selling for you!

You have a retail or ecommerce business you want to liquidate. eBay sellers are always looking for creative ways to get inventory. Perhaps you can even sell your stock to an eBay seller outright if the deal works for both sides.

There is probably an eBay seller geographically near you who can help you sell your items. eBay Consignment Sellers aren't employed by eBay - we are independent sellers who sell items for a commission. We have years of experience, established accounts, and the knowledge of how to sell items on eBay for the highest price in the shortest amount of time. We know how to price items, ship anything, and negotiate with buyers. Many of us sell as our full-time job. We can help you turn your household items, collectibles, or antiques into cash because this is what we do for ourselves and other clients every day.



If you are a eBay seller and want to be added to this list, read more here


Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Make Money Selling Fragrance Samples and Trial Sizes on eBay



I just love garage and estate sales. I love digging through the boxes and looking for the hidden gems. It's the thrill of the hunt, meeting new people, and never knowing what cool things you might come home with to sell on eBay. One of those things is fragrance samples and trial sizes.

Yes, they sell! You can batch these types of items together and sell for good money. I'm talking about all the little samples you get when you buy cosmetics or fragrances at the mall or from Avon or Mary Kay. Some people have stockpiles of that stuff and it ends up in their garage sales. Estate sales are great for these kinds of products because sometimes there are decades worth of fragrance samples and trial sizes in a big box and you can negotiate a killer price.

I purchased the items in the photo above at an estate sale yesterday for $15. The Elizabeth Taylor White Diamonds products will sell for about $50 in a lot. The Poison EDT is 1/3 full and will sell for around $25. Not bad for 10 minutes worth of work on my way home from Saturday morning errands.

Need more proof? Here are some eBay stats:

6,000+ completed sold listings for "perfume samples"

2,000+ completed sold listings for "cologne samples"

6,500+ completed sold listings for "EDT samples" (eau de toilette)

There is probably some overlap, some listings with a full size container included, but you get the idea. There is definitely a demand for "itty bitty" fragrance samples on eBay.

Remember fragrances are flammable and HAZMAT and can only be shipped parcel select (ground). They may not be shipped First Class or Priority.

Now go check your bathroom junk drawers and see what you have to sell!

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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Grow Your eBay Consignment Business - Sign Up for Consignment Sellers' Directory


Consignment is an effective way to grow your eBay business and increase your profit without having to spend money buying more inventory or paying helpers. The benefits of consignment include:

1. Get exposure to products you may not otherwise find on your own. Consider this free education! You will learn valuable information you can apply to your own business in the future by dealing with other people's merchandise.

2. Reduce risk of low DSRs and defects because of increased number of transactions. Once a seller has fallen below Top Rated Seller or standard performance level, the only way to recover is by having a larger percentage of satisfactory transactions. Consignment merchandise helps sellers "water down" defects and low DSRs.

3. Build feedback faster. The more feedback you have, the more established you will appear, and the more consignment clients you will attract.

4. Make money without spending money. You don't have to buy the inventory or hire help. Your investment is time.

5. Create a steady stream of inventory coming to you. Once you build a consignment clientele, customers will return to use your services. Your clients will like the way you help them make money!

6. Create a supply of inventory where there is little or none. If you live in an area that does not have great merchandise in thrift stores, where thrift store prices are too high, or where winter weather prevents yard sales, consignment is a convenient way to source inventory and continue making money.

7. Sell inventory in better condition than traditional sources. Sometimes the inventory in the major thrift store chains has been man-handled so much that it is beat up and not in great condition. Consignment items may come to you directly from  someone's home where it is in pristine condition.

eBay used to have a Trading Assistant program that connected eBay consignment sellers with potential clients. That program was discontinued in 2013. There are millions of people out there with items to sell, who don't have the time or inclination to learn to sell on eBay, who are looking for sellers to sell their items. Also, many sellers in my Facebook Group have indicated they have huge stockpiles of inventory and would love to find a local person to sell those items for them.

 How it works


1. The directory is free for clients to access - it comes up on Google searches.

2. The directory is posted here on my website so that those seeking a consignment seller can find it quickly and easily when using internet search engines.

3. The directory is be organized by city and state. And it is ok if there are multiple sellers in the same city. Each seller will more than likely have their own pricing structure, want to work with different types of products, and be in different locations. Don't worry about fellow sellers in the same area - there are plenty of clients to go around. You may even get referrals from fellow sellers in your area who need to pass a client on to you because of the type of item, their workload, or distance.

4. Seller's name, email address, and link to eBay store or account is shown in directory. You do not need to have a store to participate.

5. Once the client contacts a seller, all of the particulars about pricing, fees, and other details. are worked out between seller and client. (So yes, your name will be on the list and will be found by Google - but so will your eBay store name - and that is good for business!)

You Reach Thousands of Prospects

I aggressively market this list on my social media channels, my blog, article sites, Facebook ads, and in my newsletter. My reach on the internet:

     YouTube - 13k subscribers, 150k minutes of monthly watch time

     Twitter - 12k followers

     Facebook Group - 22k members (Sellers who may need your help!)

     Facebook Business page - 1.3k fans and paid ads to reach thousands

     About.com - 240k monthly views

     eBay Coach Blog - 75k monthly views


What You Get


You receive a copy of my Standard Consignment Agreement and a consignment tutorial with information about how to get started with consignment, how to promote your consignment business, and  a recommended commission schedule. I'm helping you get organized and giving you a road map before you even start taking on clients.

Cost


Cost is $50 per year. For less than the price of one Starbuck's coffee a month, you can get exposure to thousands of potential clients 24 hours a day. Clients can contact you directly about selling their items on eBay for a commission. You can be added to the directory at any time and there is no long term commitment and no pressure to renew.

New to consignment? No problem. Sellers who sign up for the directory will also receive free email support to answer your consignment questions for as long as you are listed in the directory. I am here for you whenever you have a question, need help, or want advice.

Testimonials


Unsolicited testimonials from other sellers. Come to my Facebook Group to chat with these sellers if you have any questions about how the directory works. 












So let's work together to grow your eBay consignment business. Just click the button below to submit payment and I'll add you right away. let's connect with all those clients with great stuff to sell on eBay. Don't leave any more money on the table - start today!




Grow Your eBay Consignment Business - Sign Up for Consignment Sellers' Directory



Consignment is an effective way to grow your eBay business and increase your profit without having to spend money buying more inventory or paying helpers. The benefits of consignment include:

1. Get exposure to products you may not otherwise find on your own. Consider this free education! You will learn valuable information you can apply to your own business in the future by dealing with other people's merchandise.

2. Reduce risk of low DSRs and defects because of increased number of transactions. Once a seller has fallen below Top Rated Seller or standard performance level, the only way to recover is by having a larger percentage of satisfactory transactions. Consignment merchandise helps sellers "water down" defects and low DSRs.

3. Build feedback faster. The more feedback you have, the more established you will appear, and the more consignment clients you will attract.

4. Make money without spending money. You don't have to buy the inventory or hire help. Your investment is time.

5. Create a steady stream of inventory coming to you. Once you build a consignment clientele, customers will return to use your services. Your clients will like the way you help them make money!

6. Create a supply of inventory where there is little or none. If you live in an area that does not have great merchandise in thrift stores, where thrift store prices are too high, or where winter weather prevents yard sales, consignment is a convenient way to source inventory and continue making money.

7. Sell inventory in better condition than traditional sources. Sometimes the inventory in the major thrift store chains has been man-handled so much that it is beat up and not in great condition. Consignment items may come to you directly from  someone's home where it is in pristine condition.

eBay used to have a Trading Assistant program that connected eBay consignment sellers with potential clients. That program was discontinued in 2013. There are millions of people out there with items to sell, who don't have the time or inclination to learn to sell on eBay, who are looking for sellers to sell their items. Also, many sellers in my Facebook Group have indicated they have huge stockpiles of inventory and would love to find a local person to sell those items for them.

 How it works


1. The directory is free for clients to access - it comes up on Google searches.

2. The directory is posted here on my blog so that those seeking a consignment seller can find it quickly and easily when using internet search engines. See the directory of sellers here.

3. The directory is be organized by city and state. And it is ok if there are multiple sellers in the same city. Each seller will more than likely have their own pricing structure, want to work with different types of products, and be in different locations. Don't worry about fellow sellers in the same area - there are plenty of clients to go around.

4. Seller's name, email address, and link to eBay store or account is shown in directory. You do not need to have a store to participate.

5. Once the client contacts a seller, all of the particulars about pricing, fees, and other details. are worked out between seller and client. (So yes, your name will be on the list and will be found by Google - but so will your eBay store name - and that is good for business!)

You Reach Thousands of Prospects

I aggressively market this list on my social media channels, blog, article sites, and in my newsletter. My reach on the internet:

     YouTube - 14k subscribers, 150k minutes of monthly watch time

     Twitter - 12k followers

     Facebook Group - 23k members (Sellers who may need your help!)

     Facebook Business page - 1.5k fans and paid ads to reach thousands

     eBay Coach Blog - 75k monthly views

     Pinterest - 5.5 k followers

     The Balance - 240k monthly page views

What You Get

1. Consignment tutorial with information about how to get started with consignment and  a recommended commission schedule. I'm helping you get organized and giving you a road map before you even start taking on clients.

2. Standard Consignment Agreement to use with clients.

3. Unlimited email support whenever you have a question, problem, or need help.

4. Monthly newsletter with consignment tips, seasonal selling strategies, promotion techniques, and materials to use with your consignment business.

5. Money back guarantee. If you have not been contacted by any clients within 6 months, I will refund your money, no questions asked. I want you to be successful and for this investment to pay off. 

Cost

Cost is $50 per year. For less than the price of one Starbuck's coffee a month, you can get exposure to thousands of potential clients 24 hours a day. Clients can contact you directly about selling their items on eBay for a commission. You can be added to the directory at any time and there is no long term commitment and no pressure to renew.

New to consignment? No problem. Sellers who sign up for the directory will also receive free email support to answer your consignment questions for as long as you are listed in the directory. I am here for you whenever you have a question, need help, or want advice.

Testimonials

Unsolicited testimonials from other sellers. Come to my Facebook Group to chat with these sellers if you have any questions about how the directory works. 












So let's work together to grow your eBay consignment business. Just click here submit payment and I'll add you right away. Let's connect with all those clients with great stuff to sell on eBay. Don't leave any more money on the table - start today! 


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