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Sell them exactly what they want to buy

If you want to build a profitable--and consistent--eBay business, you need to start with strategic product sourcing. What to Sell on eBay and Where to Get It reveals the same techniques used by the most successful e-commerce entrepreneurs and by major retail chains to determine what products will sell well and which suppliers will deliver those products for the best price.

Learn to generate product ideas, research your markets, diversify your product line, and build a direct supply of inventory. Using the proven strategies in this book, you’ll be able to find the products that will fuel your business for the long term and skyrocket your sales!

  • Find out how to spot trends and discover Idea Hotspots
  • Document your product sourcing ideas
  • Identify niche markets
  • Research products to determine their profit potential
  • Set your business apart from the competition using creative product selection
  • Up-sell products and offer value added items and bundles
  • Locate and purchase products through legitimate wholesalers
  • Spot and avoid middlemen and scammers

About the Author

Chris Malta is founder and CEO of Worldwide Brands, Inc., an eBay Certified Solutions Provider helping online sellers find legitimate wholesale suppliers. He hosts Entrepreneur magazine’s "eBiz Radio Show" and is Product Sourcing Editor for eBay Radio.

Lisa Suttora is founder and CEO of What Do I Sell.com, an eBay Certified Service Provider that specializes in teaching retail entrepreneurs how to find the products buyers want most. She is a Contributing Editor to Entrepreneur magazine’s "Product Sourcing Radio Show" and "eBiz Radio Show" and has been a featured speaker on the eBay Live Product Sourcing Panel.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1 edition (February 14, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0072262788
  • ISBN-13: 978-0072262780
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,485,775 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Expressed Reviews TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 25, 2006
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Upon first reading "What to Sell on eBay and Where to Get It," authors Lisa Suttora and Chris Malta seem genuine in their efforts to provide the eBay seller with legitimate sources for items to sell on this extremely competitive marketplace. It isn't apparent until you are well into the book, that the ulterior motive behind it all, is to drive you to the two web sites owned by the authors. At first, I was so impressed with the information that I was receiving, that it didn't bother me that I might have to sign up for both websites in order to actually utilize the information in the book. After all, Chris Malta and Lisa Suttora are two of only a hand full of certified eBay providers. How could I possibly go wrong by signing up for their services.

First, I signed up for Chris Malta's, "Drop Ship Source Directory," at a one time cost of $69. While I have no question that Chris is an honest guy, and makes an all out effort to provide subscriber's with a plethora of wholesale distributors that are willing to drop ship, it soon becomes apparent that it is virtually impossible to find any drop shippers that can provide you with competitive enough pricing to make listing the product on eBay a profitable endeavor. After literally spending weeks looking through the entire list of drop shippers, and comparing closed auction prices on eBay, I have come to the conclusion that either drop shipping is not the way to run an eBay business, or the list of drop shippers that Chris Malta supplies is inadequate to help the eBay seller who wishes to use this method to run their eBay business.
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These are all my opinions and protected by my rights of free-speech. I hope you find them useful. Good Luck.

UPDATE: It is so weird that people are spending time "reviewing my review". It looks like the authors have alot of friends. Yet none of these refute my point that this "Product Sourcing" book does not have a single source. And notice that one "review" even says "I personally know both Lisa Suttora and Chris Malta (...)" -Why am I NOT surprised?

Before buying this book, take a look at some pretty obvious issues on conflicting interest:

1) The biggest review on this book is by another author of Ebay selling techniques....Hmmm, like that's a coincidence? I think not. Can you say back-scratching? Update: Now the 2nd biggest review is someone who "knows" the authors personally.

2) The Author is a "Certified Ebay Service Provider" or whatever Ebay is calling it. On the surface, that seems to be a good thing right? Not Really. Go Check Out some of the Ebay "Certified" whatever-they-want-to-call-it...Most of them CHARGE for thier services. So Ebays promotes the "certified" business and they in turn give people just enough knowledge (ussually without specifics) to THINK they can make money selling online. This is all a self-serving cycle for EBay and these "certified" people. More sellers=more sales=more commission on GROSS sales. GROSS sales is what an item sells for...not the profit you make on an item. You can very easily lose money on every sale and Ebay will still love you becuase they get a percentage of the selling price.
To put it simply: Ebay gets a piece of every sale (oh, and if you use Paypal, then Paypal gets a nice slice of the sale price too...and of course, Ebay owns Paypal).
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This book, and others like it, hold out the promise of wealth and power through eBay selling. But they do not deliver on their title premise. All of the so-called wholesalers you are ever referred to charge YOU the same or more than you could buy it yourself here on Amazon. This is hardly wholesale.

As someone who owned and operated an actual incorporated wholesale and retail (show room) business for years, and had net 30 and better accounts with major wholesalers, manufacturers, I can tell you a real wholesale price is in the vicinity of 50-60% of the msrp, or lower if your quantities are high.

What this and books like it offer is only a way to make the writer and publisher rich.
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There's good information in this book, but you have to wade through a lot of verbiage to get to it. The authors appear to know their stuff, but they do tend to make the same points over and over. I found myself flipping pages to get past the stuff they'd already told me. Still, if this tome keeps you from falling victim to the many "wholesale" scams out there, it will have been worth reading. Don't look for lists of suppliers, because there aren't any. What you will get are some basic principles (sometimes spelled out rather vaguely) on how to identify legitimate suppliers on your own. The title promises somewhat more than the book delivers, but it's worth reading, anyway.
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all hype, nothing else. Basically what chris malta is doing is subliminally pointing you to his site, where he will try to sell you an array of books and services. yes, his services tend to be price-worthy, but what the hell do you need the book for? not sure who this book is for, but if you cant understand REAL basics, such as - oversaturation of product on ebay - more importantly what the word oversaturation means, than no book will help you. the title of the book is SO MISLEADING to the point that publisher might be challenged over it - for lack of fully examining the content, and allowing it to go to print under this titles. contents and the title have nothing to do with 1 another. misleading, repetitive - just to fill pages, WORTHLESS!!!
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