Friday, September 30, 2011

Find Treasures. Sell on eBay. Earn Money. Repeat.

Going forward, can this just be one of our mottos here on this delicious blog? Okay? Thanks.

Earlier this month, I was super ecstatic to reveal to you that I am now apart of the eBay Parent Panel Ambassador Program. I wrote that post live from the eBay On Location Conference in Orlando, FL where I enjoyed a king-sized bed at the DoubleTree by Hilton all by my lonesome. Ahhh...

That part was a little slice of heaven. But I digress...

Day One of the conference included meeting the other Parent Panel Ambassadors, mingling a little (okay, mingling a lot), and letting people know that I'm fun. Literally.

Photo Credit: Tonja Deegan of Airfoil PR
And so it begins...
With Leticia (@TechSavvyMama)
This sign was the beginning of a fabulous night that ended in one too many drunk texts. But you knew that already. And again, I digress...

Of course, there was lot's of learning about the eBay selling process, the loveliness of finding hidden treasures in your home and the importance of repurposing those items. Why is it so important? Uh, you do wanna monetize off of those items, don't cha?

Well, then. Let's make you some more money.

Shall we proceed?

"Yes, indeed."

Six Tips and Tricks to Make eBay Selling Easier:

Start Slow -- There is a learning curve to selling on eBay so start out by selling something that you wouldn't necessarily mind if you don't get the best deal on it. DON'T start out by selling that expensive piece of jewelry your ex gave you. (But feel free to sell it later on down the road.)

Become A Buyer -- eBay sellers should understand buyers' experiences. Learn what your customers might be looking for from your own transactions. PLUS, people are more likely to buy an item from you if you have at least 7 pieces of feedback on the site.

Hone Your Listing Skills -- Learn how to optimize on a few listings for maximum results, as opposed to listing hundreds of items at once. Have an item in mind? Take a look at similar items that are currently on sell and learn from it.

Offer Free Shipping -- This one's a no-brainer. Everyone loves free shipping (not more than free items, though) and it greatly improves your chances of securing a buyer.

Research Pricing -- Look for other items that are similar to the one you're selling in order to understand the approximate value.

Pictures Are Priceless -- Include pictures of the items with your listings. The more pictures, the merrier. Also, take into consideration the lighting and the background of the photos. Remember, your buyers do not have the luxury of trying items on or feeling the fabrics, etc, so you want to be as thorough as possible with your listings.

Ready. Set. Sell. 
What's hot commodity right now?
Fall Fashion -- With the season changing, I've cleaned out Aiden's closet and I'm ready to find 5 of his jeans (all in decent condition) new homes.

Halloween Costumes and Decorations -- I'm ready to find last year's Sexy Sailor Girl costume a new home as well. PLUS, I'm on the lookout for a new costume for this Halloween. And I want it at a discounted price. I would tell you what I'm planning on dressing up as... but then I'd have to kill you. (Kidding).

What are some hidden treasures you're thinking of monetizing off of?

{Disclaimer: As an eBay Parent Panel Ambassador, this post is being sponsored by eBay. All opinions expressed herein are my own.}


  1. I love ebay and I always buy but I've never considered selling... hmmmm.

  2. I've always bought and sold dolls on there! It's the best marketplace for that.

    P.S. That kind size bed looks heavenly!!!

  3. Wow! Sounds like you had a wonderful time. I have a few things listed on eBay for sale, but I seem to do better on Amazon. You post had some great tips! A few I had never considered. I will give them a try and keep you posted.

    If you noticed I am always talking about stock. Well . . . I am what some people call a "Power Shopper" and a "Power Seller." It is hard work, but can be very, very rewarding. As a matter of fact, selling items on the internet affords my children the opportunity to attend private school and college. It has also helped my husband's ungrateful brats. Since, he has not been working it has been mostly all me who have been affording the $1700 a month child-support payments. When I could and should have had the payments reduced, I continued paying out monies so their selfish little life style won't change. Yet, on their pages they right how their mom does this or that for them. How this evil women is their hero, because of the things she has done without. Yeah, right! Oops! I didn't mean to go on and on about his mean spirited children. Sadly, they don't know the sacrifices made and I will probably never tell them until death, because my husband seems to think knowing wouldn't change how they feel about him or me. But I tell ya, everything will be disclosed in my Last Will and Testament; so, my children will be able to keep what their mom has worked so hard for.

    And as usual, great post and very informative! I'm sure you and the little one is having a great weekend!

  4. I used to be very active of eBay as a buyer and seller until I had a bad experience. It's true that it takes one bad apple. I really should give it another chance.

  5. I don't have the patience to to the ebay thing anymore. I hate going to the post office and waiting for money from paypal. I'm an instant gratification kind of gal. :)

    Lots of yummy love,
    Alex aka Ma What's For Dinner

  6. Congrats! What an awesome company to be affiliated with! And that bed looks heavenly.

    Yes, I have a ton of stuff I need to put on eBay. No time though.

  7. so much to take take in. my favorite line of the post "shall we proceed, yes indeed" that took me back!

  8. @Aisha: Try it! It's such a great way to earn extra income!

    @Footprints of Peace: *sigh* Keep your head up, I know it can be rough. And tough.

    @Tereasha: So true. Sometimes it really does take one bad apple. But I'll encourage you to try it again and see what comes up. You might get lucky...

    @Jill: Give 'em to me. I'll list them and we can split the profits. Just saying...

    @Cam: Lil Kim... you know it!!! *wink*

  9. This is so exciting Alicia! Good for you. I just made my 13th sale on Ebay and I am lovin it. It is a great thrill to make money of things I don't use and I highly recommend it to anyone. Great post.


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