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What to Sell on eBay, and What not to Sell
- Does the product set help you fill a niche? Simply, a niche product focuses on filling the
needs and wants of a specific segment of clients. You need to find your own special
corner of the eBay world and target shoppers of a particular kind. For example, a party
supply store for kids birthday parties would cater primarily to mothers. In so doing, the
eBay seller could supply a range of related toys for children's gifts, as well as party
supplies for various holidays. Delving deeper, a party supply business may initially do
better catering to either mothers of girls (or mothers of boys). In this way the eBay
seller would have ample opportunity to build a base of business in catering specifically
to the needs of either sex.
You may find a niche product set is easy to find with sports, games and hobbies.
Examples of niche product sets include: cue sticks, fishing lures, bicycle parts, golf
accessories, equestrian gear, beer paraphernalia, billiard / pool tables and cues, pinball
machines, dolls, or model cars. You may also find niche products targeted at specific
types of people, such as teacher supplies, products to help autistic kids, or clown
- Is the product easy to procure? In short you need to buy lots merchandise, so get a
resale license so you can buy wholesale in bulk. Buying wholesale in bulk is a key to
profitability. The more you buy from a manufacturer, the better the deal you will get.
You can get price breaks for buying in bulk and often free shipping deals, which will help
you increase your margins. Sticking to a few select manufacturers will also help you
cater to your niche. Source merchandise from a few core manufacturers sprinkled with
other highly specialized ones, so that your total offering is unique. Your personal
creativity is key. When you find a core set of products that sell well, then aim to build on
that core set. More...
What Not to
Sell on eBay
Pay careful thought about
what not to sell on eBay.
While eBay has a specific
set of rules of what is not
allowed for sale on eBay,
we offer the following
suggestions to avoid
selling on eBay:
- old technology
8-track, VHS, etc.)
- glass, pottery and
anything that may
break in transit.
- anything with a
such as bubbles
that may expand
and burst in
transit or altitude
- nail polish and
Finally, if you have
handmade items, you're
really much better off
selling them on ETSY, a
site that caters to buying
and selling handmade
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