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Make big profits on eBay with no upfront investment!

Make thousands of dollars per week--with little or no financial risk--selling other people’s stuff on eBay. How to Start and Run an eBay Consignment Business explains how to locate and work with consignors and successfully deal in the goods they want to sell, including collectibles, retail store closeouts, estate items, corporate merchandise, and much more.

Find out how to get started selling on consignment, decide what kinds of items will be the most profitable, and set up your business. You’ll get sample contracts, forms, and flyers, as well as tips on creating a web site, marketing your business, and automating day-to-day tasks. Whether you want to supplement your income or become a registered eBay Trading Assistant, you’ll find everything you need in this helpful, step-by-step guide.

  • Determine what will sell well on eBay
  • Find the best consignment customers
  • Decide how much to charge for your services
  • Create compelling listings
  • Run successful auctions
  • Set up an eBay store for fixed-price selling
  • Open your own consignment storefront or a franchise
  • Reduce your eBay fees
  • Build your credibility and offer superior customer service

About the Author

Skip McGrath is a longtime eBay PowerSeller and certified eBay Trading Assistant. He operates Auction-Sellers-Resource.com and publishers The eBay Seller’s News, a popular email newsletter for the eBay community. He is the bestselling author of several books for eBay sellers.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1 edition (February 17, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 007226277X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0072262773
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.7 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,081,088 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a great idea for a book, and I was glad to see it was written by a longtime, successful Powerseller with experience running his own eBay consignment business. This is a how-to book from a real entrepreneur, who is giving some real-world advice. He tells you exactly what works, what doesn't work, and why.

It's clear that eBay has some momentum with its "Trading Assistant" program. Since its launch last year, 80,000 sellers have signed up, and eBay drop-off sites are popping up everywhere. People with stuff to sell are becoming aware that this is a real alternative to yard sales and newspaper classifieds. Once you sign up with eBay to become a Trading Assistant, you're listed in their Web site directory, where potential customers can find you by Zip Code.

How big is the opportunity? The author estimates that just one company, AuctionDrop, is closing about $50,000 worth of auctions a week on eBay. With a commision rate of 40 percent, that comes to a gross margin of $20,000 a week. Ramping up to a scale this big would certainly require some employees, rent payments, and advertising. But once you've proven your business at a smaller scale, you can expand at your own pace. Any one-person eBayer relatively skilled at selling could generate $1,000 to $5,000 in weekly profits, the author says. That sounds pretty darned good.

So this book solves the main problem for someone starting a new online business -- finding enough merchandise to sell at prices low enough to bring a profit. With the consignment model, people bring the merchandise to you, and after you sell it, you pocket a commission less your expenses. If it doesn't sell, you return the item to its owner.
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About 85% of the book is in Titanium Ebay, and in the exact same words. Its just cut and paste. If this is your first Skip McGraph book, this is excellent way to start.

I love McGraph style, and incisive info on the Ebay business. He tells you insider secrets of PowerSellers, and their tactics. But the best are the cases he makes, examples of what to buy, how to sell it and profit. He opens up your mind that almost everything sells.
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In his 304 page Consignment start up manual Skip McGrath has given you a virtual business-in-a-box that rivals what you would get from a $20,000 franchise.

What impresses me most about Skip is that he isn't just another writer who researches a topic and then pretends to be an expert. Skip actually writes from experience! He's a seasoned eBay Consignment seller and eBay Power Seller. He sells thousands of dollars worth of product on eBay every single month.

In "How to Start and Run an eBay Consignment Business" Skip starts with the basics and shows you how to set up your business. Topics covered include How To Structure Your Business, Business Licenses, Record Keeping, Insurance, and other mundane but necessary tasks.

In Chapter 3 Skip hits the ground running and gets into the nitty gritty details of exactly what you need to do to get your eBay Consignment Business rolling. You'll learn:

How Much To Charge

How To Find Consignment Customers

What Items Sell Well on eBay

How To Market Your Business

Selling Retail Store Closeouts

Selling Estate Auction Merchandise

Bankruptcy and Repossession Sales

Corporate Consignment

Automating Your Business

Auction Photography

Should You Set Up a Consignment Storefront?

How To Become an Auction Master

How To Perform Research

How To Create Killer Auction Listings

How To Write Winning Auction Descriptions

Sample Agreements, Forms, and Letters

And More, Including a Consignment Startup Checklist and an Online list of all the resources and links mentioned in the manual.
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By Beth G on August 14, 2006
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This is a great book with tons of info to get you started. It is so easy to read and written well. I was hanging on every word and re-reading it to soak it all up. I actually think there could have been more info. I have not ventured onto his website yet. That might be my answer for the additional info I need. I think he gave you all the basics, his opinion and his experience. And then not to bore people he gives you resources to find more info. The sample forms in the back and great. I would definitely recommend this book.
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I have read more than my share of ebay info products online and in paperback. This book is a complete guide to getting your foot in the door and capitalizing from Skip McGrath's knowledge and expertise. Once I picked it up I couldn't put it down. This book gave me a road map on what exactly to do from start to finish when starting an eBay consignment business. Don't waste thousands of dollars or man hours when you can use this book to guide you every step of the way.

Kudos to you Skip McGrath!!
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Buy this book if you want to sell on consignment. I used the techniques to find a James Bond collector, with a $10,000 collection. I sold every piece, net profit to me: $3000. Another collector selling Nascar diescast on eBay commissioned

me to sell his diecast cars. I sold every one, net profit to me: $2000....NOT BAD FOR A $20 BOOK!!!!

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