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Selling Stuff on eBay

June 12th, 2007 at 01:48 pm

After reading a few other blogs where the authors sold multiple items on Ebay and made a nice profit I decided to try my hand at the eBay game.

Over the last 10 years I ahve built up a pretty impressive library of books for a 25 year old. I love to read and I love to read on MANY different topics. My enjoyment in this activity left me with well over 100 different books, covering all different topics: textbooks, fiction, sports, history, finance advice, etc. I also have many golf clubs laying around that others would certainly be willing to snatch up.

I decided to list essentially book I own on eBay , as well as 3 or 4 golf clubs, and other items.

Being a newbie in the eBay game, I was a little unsure how much to charge for shipping, etc. Therefore I underestimated the cost on a few items and ended up taking a loss on the shipping portion.

But other than that it's fun and I have turned a nice profit in less than a week. Now, obviously this isn't a true profit in the sense that I sold a book for more than I originally bought, but it still feels good to have the cash in my pocket. I ahve decided that I will take 50% of the total proceeds and put it towards my credit card debt, with the other 50% going into the $25 challenge pot.

4 Responses to “Selling Stuff on eBay”

  1. scfr Says:

    FYI - Half.com is an Ebay-affiliated company that specializes in books (also CDs and DVDs). I am selling my books there. What I like about Half.com is that you don't pay any listing fee, you just pay a commission when a book sales. They have a fixed shipping rate for books, and I have not had any books that cost me more to ship than what they paid me. Packaging costs are another matter; you have to make sure to cover those in your sales price.

    Good luck recouping your money! [And very insightful of you to realize that you are not actually "making" money ... I have sold around 80 items on Half.com so far and only ONE of those was sold for more than what I paid for it. This reminds me ... I am going to post to my blog about the one book that sold for a profit, in case anyone else has the same book lying around.]

  2. koppur Says:

    Good luck! I love my ebay and half.com sales. They bring in about $50 a month extra for me.

    I am having the same problem as you with Paypal. I have an item I need to pay for and I still haven't gotten my stupid letter in the mail yet. I wonder if this is a more global problem or really an individual one that happened to hit us both. Keep me posted if something else happens and I'll do the same. I'm curious to see if it gets worse.

  3. pretty cheap jewelry Says:

    Yahoo has no-fee auctions (last I checked) as an alternative, if you are interested. I sold a couple items there this past year.

    Traffic is probably good. Just in the event you tire of the ebay fees.

  4. shadon Says:

    Let me know how you go with the golf clubs. DH has a Callaway driver that he no longer uses and it's just sitting in my laundry cupboard taking up space. I told him to list it on ebay but he doesn't reckon it's worth anything (and I don't know anything about golf to know any different).

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