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Ideas on What to Sell on eBay

by Vickie Sayce

There are a lot of people that are making lots of money every month just by selling things on eBay. If you browse around eBay and wonder who these people are, you will notice these people have a PowerSeller icon. This means they make around $1000 or higher a month just through selling. That is impressive considering the fact that you do all the work at home, but only possible if you actually have things to sell.

If you have no idea what to sell, you won't be making any money so you need to think about how you can contribute to eBay and supply any demands as much as you can. You can get some ideas by following these basic tips.

List all of the Items That You do not Need

The first step of selling in eBay or preparing an eBay store is similar to the first step in setting up a garage sale. You should write down any items that no longer need and are sellable so you can get an idea on how much you can make if all the items are sold. It is better if you can put estimated prices for every listed item as it makes for easy totaling.

Understand the eBay Selling Policies

The list that you made in the previous step won't be your final list because eBay has a large list of items that are prohibited from direct selling. This includes illegal items, firearms, used cosmetics, food, and other things that are listed at Cross out all the items on your list that match the prohibited list of items and then get another total.

Check eBay Pulse to see what Items are in Great Demand

Now that you have a list of items that can be posted on eBay, you can cross check your list with the popular searches on eBay Pulse. On the main page of, you will find the top 10 popular searches listed. If you don't see any items that you have listed, don't turn around just yet because you can check the top 10 searches per category and you might find something that is similar to what you have available for sale. List these items first and you might wind up with quick sales. eBay Pulse frequently updates too so you should check every day or every week.

Get into Reselling if None of the Products Match the List

This is an optional step only if you want to make sales quickly because the chances of you making sales from items that are not popularly searched are lower and highly depends on the activity of the buyers. You can still meet the demands by buying items that are listed in eBay Pulse from other eBay sellers and then selling them for a slightly higher price for profits.

These basic tips should help you sell items even if your inventory of items to sell is lower than that of the PowerSellers. If you are still having trouble getting ideas on what to sell, look around the many categories of eBay and see what other people are selling. You might get some fresh ideas if you spend enough time.

Vickie Sayce has written a very informative book on starting an eBay business to make money from home while raising the kids. If you want to make money on eBay, visit and sign up for a free 7-Day Mini Course. Vickie teaches others how to get started on eBay and offers tips and reources at her blog, She has been buying and selling on eBay since 2001; Her ebay store is Vickie's Ventures.


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