There are lots of people who would love to stay home and sell on eBay. The big question is – how do you buy inventory to sell when you don’t have the extra money? This is a very common concern. I started out in just this way – no money and no inventory – so I thought…Believe it or not a lot of the time what you have just laying around your house or taking up extra closet space can be worth more than you may think.
I started selling toys that were just sitting in my attic from when I moved out of my parents’ home. I’m talking about toys that were 10-15 years old at the time. I did some research on eBay and found that those toys were actually pretty valuable! Next, I moved onto novels – and they sold really well in lots of the same or the similar authors. The same goes for children’s books, same themes too. I even sold pieces to toys and games that were incomplete. I couldn’t believe it when I sold some old Monopoly pieces – I’ll never forget it! I believe it was the guy riding a horse, thimble, race car, and a few others. You will never know what may sell until you try!
So, what do you do when you’ve cleaned your house out and you have nothing left to sell?
A big, BIG option that helped catapult my eBay selling career, allowing me to buy new items to sell, was selling for other people. I sold mostly for family and friends. I knew quite a few people that were interested in making some extra money, but had no clue about eBay or just no time and no interest to learn. Here was an abundance of items that I could make money on and help someone else out at the same time – definite win-win! Just be aware that there is a lot of research and work that you must do to make this work. Be certain you are honest and upfront with your fees and the options if the items do not sell. I was motivated and ready to make some extra money for people and they were willing to help me make money as well. Without even realizing it, this helped me to learn what was desirable on eBay and what wasn’t.
Even today, I still sell for my friends. Their kids are always outgrowing their clothes, as are mine. I offer a set price for the clothing, only in excellent condition, and toys, only in complete and working condition. Learn more about being an eBay Trading Assistant.
If you found something that works for you on how to make money on eBay with little or no money invested – I would love for you to share in the comments.