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10 Steps to Successful Selling on eBay

So you want to be a successful seller with your own eBay business, do y

a simple, ten-step path to eBay enlightenment.


Step 1: Identify your market.


Take a while to sit and watch for what sells and what doesn’t out of the

you’re interested in. Any market research data you can collect will be ve

to you later on. You’ll probably see the ’sweet spots‘ quite quickly – thos

two items that always seem to sell for a good price.


Step 2: Watch the competition.


Before you invest any money, see what the other sellers in your categor

to, and what their strategies are. Pay special attention to any flaws thei

might have, because this is where you can move in and beat them at the



Step 3: Find a product.


Get hold of a supplier for whatever it is you want to sell, and see what t

rates you can get are – don’t be afraid to ring round quite a few to get th

deal. If the eBay prices you’ve seen are higher than the supplier’s, then


Step 4: Start small.


Don’t throw thousands at your idea straight away – get started slowly, s

works and what doesn’t, and learn as you go. Remember that it’s very c

out even the craziest ideas on eBay, and who knows, they might just wo


Step 5: Test and repeat.


Keep trying different strategies until you find something that works, and then

don’t be ashamed to keep doing it, again and again. The chances are that you’ve

just found a good niche.


Step 6: Work out a business plan.


A business plan doesn’t need to be anything formal, just a few pages that outline

the market opportunity you’ve spotted, your strategy, strengths and weaknesses

of the plan and a brief budget. This is more for you than it is for anyone else.


Step 7: Invest and expand.


This is the time to throw money at the problem. Buy inventory, and start

spending more time on your business. Set a goal number of sales each week,

increasing it each time.


Step 8: Make it official.


Once you’ve made a few thousand dollars worth of sales, you should really

register yourself as a business. Don’t worry, it’s not expensive or hard to do – a

lawyer is the best person to help you through the process.


Step 9: Automate.


You’ll probably find that you’re writing the same things again and again in emails

or item descriptions. This is the time to give up on the manual method and turn

to automated software that can create listings for you, and respond to completed

auctions and payments with whatever message you provide.


Step 10: Never give up.


Even when it looks like it’s all going wrong, don’t stop trying until you succeed. If

you keep working at it then you’ll almost always find that youmake a real

breakthrough just when things are starting to look desperate.


Once you get into the swing of things, you might start thinking that you should

quit your job and take up eBay selling part time. But it’s not always as easy as that

– there are all sorts of factors that you need to consider. The next email will weigh

up the case for and against taking up eBay full-time.

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