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Sell It Online: How to Make Money Selling on eBay, Amazon, Fiverr & Etsy Paperback – April 19, 2013
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From the Author
Question. Why eBay? There are all sorts of ecommerce sites on the web. Why do so many of your books focus specifically on eBay?
Answer. I think eBay offers the best shot for new sellers to gain traction selling online. eBay is easy to get started selling on; it has a built in customer base of over 250 million eager buyers; and you can sell just about anything.
Question: That last part is the million dollar question, what are the best things to sell on eBay if you want to make money?
Answer: That's the great thing about eBay. It really doesn't matter what you sell. There are so many people on the site, with so many interests, that you can sell just about anything if you package it right.
Question: Can you give us a few examples?
Answer: Think cell phones, consumer electronics, and video games. eBay has hundreds of sellers moving these same items. The problem is these are almost impossible fields to compete in. You're up against the likes of Best Buy and the other big box giants.
Question: So what do you do?
Answer: Smart sellers narrow their focus down and serve a niche.
Do you service and sell used cell phones? There's a huge market for refurbished phones on eBay. If you have a ready source of phones, and can restore them to factory settings you're going to do well.
Let me give you another example. My Kindle went crazy last fall and wouldn't charge. None of the computer stores in town wanted to look at it. The one guy I did find who was willing to give it a shot wanted eighty bucks, but he wouldn't guarantee anything. I searched eBay and found a guy who would reset the charger stem (return postage included) for $34.95. When I checked his feedback he was doing a booming business, and he wasn't the only one. Five other sellers were thriving doing the same thing.
In my case, I take old magazines libraries and book stores are begging to get rid and harvest articles and pictures from them that sell for twenty to fifty dollars each. In fourteen years of doing it, I've made over thirty thousand sales.
Question: But aren't there too many sellers already? How can the average guy hope to find a new niche that will make them money? Isn't it a little like finding the proverbial needle in the haystack?
Answer: Ideas are all around you?
Do you run a local screen print shop? You can do short orders of six, twelve or twenty-five t-shirts and cater to the small business market. Are you an artist? Open up an eBay store and put your masterpieces out there for a larger market to find. Is there a local business in your area that everybody just loves? Test the waters and put a few of their products on eBay.
If you're really at a loss for what to sell, take a drive around town; open up the phone book; follow your kids around for a day and listen to what gets them excited.
Question: Earlier you mentioned you can sell anything if you package it right. What did you mean by that?
Answer: You've got to be creative in your listings. That means crafting awesome titles loaded with keywords; your pictures need to showcase what you're selling and make people want to buy it; you're item description needs to make customers drool for more.
I keep thinking back to a designer I use on Fiverr. She describes her book covers as being so realistic customers will want to reach out and lick them. Are auction listing so enticing customers will want to lick them. If not, you probably want to go back to the drawing board.
Final Question: What's the best way to get started?
Answer: Dive in head first. So many people talk about what they want to do. They put all of these obstacles in their way. I'll do it when I can spare a thousand dollars. I'll start when I'm on vacation next summer and have the time to do it right. I need to get more information before I get started.
Listen to me. That's all a bunch of horse-hockey we tell ourselves to keep from trying. The best way to start doing something is to do it. Make a few mistakes. Who cares?
Read my books. Learn how to sell on eBay. Whatever you do, don't over think it. It's not rocket science.
What's the worst you can do? Loose a few bucks. Maybe make a few extra bucks. You'll never know until you give it a shot.
From the Inside Flap
I've been selling on eBay since 1999 and in that time the company has made dozens of changes that have affected my business - some of them good, some not so good. The best advice I can give sellers is be open to change; experiment often with new products, services, and apps; understand that big changes come to eBay twice a year- in the fall and Spring Seller Updates.
Sometimes the seller updates are easy to adjust to. Perhaps a few minor category changes, or perhaps new shipping and handling or return policies. The 2013 Seller Updates pushed many sellers to the limit. Fees changed and became tied to the eBay store levels sellers have. New picture requirements went into effect as sellers made a mad scramble to get their listings updated.
The final outtake as usual is a better buyer experience.
To thrive and grow in 2014 your eBay business needs to be fresh. You need to be nimble and able to react quickly, no matter if you're responding to eBay mandated changes, or competitive pressure from other sellers.
That's what all of my books are about.
They teach you the basics. They share stories about how other sellers got started and grew their businesses. They give ideas for sourcing products and writing strong product listings. No BS, no filler. Just lots of good useful information you can use over and over again, whether you are new to eBay or have been selling here for years.
Whichever one of my eBay books you choose to read, please know they have all been updated, and reflect current information and policies for selling in 2014 and beyond.
More About the Author
Most of them can be read in under an hour. The information can be used to help you sell more products on eBay and Amazon, services on Fiverr, or eBooks on Amazon and Kindle.
Selling on line isn't a mystery. It doesn't even have to be difficult.
It's really all about getting started. Many people I've talked with have this crazy fear about putting things up for sale on eBay and Amazon. They think they have to do this and do that; they worry they don't know enough about what they're doing to do it right; they wonder what they should sell; and they worry about whether they can even do it or not.
That's where my books come in.
They take you hand-in-hand and walk you through getting started selling on eBay, Amazon, and Fiverr. They show you how to market your Kindle book.
My goal is to help you over the speed bumps, so you can be more successful from the get-go.
What are you waiting for?
Most of my books are available as audio books, so if you prefer to listen rather than read, be sure to check them out.
Top Customer Reviews
Of the numerous websites well-established sites, the author picks up Ebay, Amazon, Fiverr and Etsy. That is surely a good set to begin with because if you can master these, you can master any sales-related site on the net.
*** The author introduces four major sites.
*** Everything you need to know is explained.
*** Practically anyone can sell using this information.
*** Once you succeed with these four sites, you can easily expand to other sites.
*** Comprehensive but simple explanation.
*** Very Useful. Buy with confidence.
Having been an eBay Powerseller, and learning the hard way some of the pitfalls of that game, I was quick to recognize Nick's solid advice was both accurate and worthy of mentioning to those who hope to make a go of it online.
Will this book help seasoned sellers from these online venues? Probably not a lot, however I learned a few things and looked at some things in a new way after reading this book.
Will this book help those who are new to selling, or have just dabbled, but now want to get serious? Definitely!
This book provides good, solid advice, tips, tricks and simple 'how-to' information for 4 online venues: eBay, Amazon, Fiverr and Etsy. If you've been considering selling online, read this book and think some more. There will be some who have an 'ah-ha' moment and know exactly what they want to sell, and will zero in on the right market for their product or service.
Thoughtful advice and real suggestions you can put into action for yourself, make Sell It On Line a fantastic guide for future online sellers.
I have sold some things on Craigslist before so I was slightly familiar with it but much to my surprise, I learned a few tips and tricks.
With Nick's explanation of how easy it would be to sell on Amazon, that just might be my next endeavor.
So much of the advice is common sense but, when you have a busy life and many irons in the fire it is so nice to be reminded in an easy to read and understand format.
I do like the idea of one book having great information on all the major selling sites. This is a nifty little book with some great advice in it.
-On eBay, put "best offers" on auto-pilot. This will save you time and effort by automatically accepting or rejecting offers you receive
-On eBay, focus on filling your title with searchable brand/product names-don't worry if it makes any sense
-Consider using Amazon to sell items-they don't have separate listing fees for each item
These are just a few great pieces of information offered by Mr. Vulich in his book. While most books on online selling are vague, shallow, and full of little useful information, Mr. Vulich's book stands out from the crowd. Highly recommended for anyone who is either beginning or experienced in online selling
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was great! It gave me some awesome ideas for making money across various website platforms. Read morePublished 13 months ago by O.G.
Pretty good book, has some good info. 4 stars due to a lot of info.Published 13 months ago by R. A. Scott
Some good information for sure! Everyone has their tricks and by reading several books I have gained enough to start making money online with absolutely no investment. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
Lots of great information! I wanted a little more information about shipping.Published 16 months ago by Gonzalo Ruizdecastilla