eBay Money Makers

by Tristen & Amy OBrien on November 30, 2011



Ahh, the time has come…  I have been really excited to share this with you, and now I officially can!  eBay is launching a new program called Money Makers this Thursday.  It’s a series of short Web Documentaries that will feature parents who use eBay to make money.  Well, as it turns out, my family is the first to be featured!  So you may think, okay they send a camera to your house, and ask you a few questions then leave, right?  No, the process of them filming at my house was the coolest thing I have ever been through.  So today I am going to give you a sneak peak of the eBay Money Makers project, AND a behind the scenes view!

First lets check out one of the eBay Money Makers videos:

Just to give you a little background, in September I shared my story with one of the team members that was putting this project together.  Over a period of a month, we emailed back and forth and I explained my eBay life in more detail.  Long story short, I received a notification that they want my family to be a part of the eBay Money Makers project!  I had a few pre-production calls to figure out all of the logistics, and in two weeks they were at our house.  When I say “They were at our house,” what I mean is a team that included 3 film crew members, 2 creative directors, 1 public relations director, and 1 person to interview.

Day 1: The first day of them being at my house was a lot of fun!  We went through each room and talked about lighting, camera angles, and other things that were over my head.  One of the creative directors was a fashion expert, so we showed her what we were planning on wearing, and she gave tips and tricks on what would look best.  They were only at our house for an hour or so before they left, but the expectation was set that we would start the next day of filming at 7:30 A.M.

Day 2:  7:30 A.M. came around, and right on time the crew showed up.  Jack was still sleeping, and the crew was very respectful of that.  They also brought tons of food, which makes me happy!  As they are telling me that its going to take a hour to set up, I see huge lights and T.V. monitors being brought in.  This was the real deal!  I’m a big tech and gadget kind of guy, so of course I was amazed with the amount of awesome technology in my house.  They had to put film on our windows to keep the natural light out, and as you can see in the picture, they had lights everywhere.  So, they wired me up, and we started with the interview.  I’m going to be honest here, at first I was really nervous.  One of the creative directors is also a Mary Kay consultant, so she kept putting powder on my face all day.  Also, the person who was doing the interview was a true professional, and I ended up feeling as if I was just having a conversation with her.

After my interview was done it was Amy’s turn.  She did a great job, matter of fact, everyone said she did better than I did (she always has to one up me).  That brought us to lunch time, and of course they hooked us up with some great food.  The rest of the day was spent filming me “doing what I do” on eBay like Taking Pictures, Listing, and packing.

Day 3:  This was the last day of filming, and they called it B-Roll day.  It meant that they really were going to just film us eating breakfast, playing with Jack, and follow me to a Goodwill store.  Overall, this was one of the best experiences we have ever had.  Everyone on the crew was AMAZING, and made us feel as if we were naturals.   From what I understand, this is where the hard part began.  They had to take all of the footage, and edit it down to five minutes.  Well, I have to say that it turned out great!  Here two other videos that are going to be apart of the eBay Money Makers series:


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{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

Brenda November 30, 2011 at 9:00 am

Tristan that is great! Good Job


Colleen November 30, 2011 at 9:35 am

Super Fantastic job!!! I am so proud of you two!


Melissa November 30, 2011 at 10:44 am

Wonderful job Tristan! Always nice to see and hear about personal Ebay success!


Linda November 30, 2011 at 10:53 am

Fabulous job you guys! I love the way you keep me motivated every day. Blessings.


Gingernell November 30, 2011 at 10:54 am

Nice job! Enjoyed the videos!


Donna November 30, 2011 at 11:02 am

Fabulous! Love your’s & Amy’s story – wishing you continued success!!


Cindy November 30, 2011 at 3:17 pm

Videos look great! Not to be stalkerish, but I like the way you decorate :)


Shannon McCraw November 30, 2011 at 3:45 pm

So exciting! Congrats!


Lynn November 30, 2011 at 5:40 pm

How wonderful that you got some recognition! Fantastic!!!


Lauren November 30, 2011 at 8:03 pm

Fantastic! Congrats! I am so inspired!


Angela November 30, 2011 at 10:46 pm

I had to laugh at Cindy’s comment. “Stalkerish”… lol Beautiful home though!

Question for ya. You use Ebay mobile ap and filter by SOLD and completed. Wouldn’t it make more sense to just do completed so you can see the percentage of sold? Maybe not… what is your thought on that??


Tristen OBrien November 30, 2011 at 10:51 pm

Typically I only filter the completed listings so I can see if the item is selling. I know I did the sold filter in the video, but that was to only show the large differences in the prices of that type of Jean.


Angela November 30, 2011 at 11:04 pm

OK Cool! Thanks for the quick reply!


Angela November 30, 2011 at 10:46 pm

Oh and the videos are awesome! Congratulations!!


Jeff November 30, 2011 at 11:40 pm

Great job! Let the nay-sayers whine. eBay is still a great place to make a living.


Gail Costello December 1, 2011 at 11:29 am

Hey Tristen! Love your description of the days events. It was a fun time. We loved working with you and Amy at your home. And thanks for the Mary Kay plug! So glad you love the video. Your story is great!


Suzanne December 1, 2011 at 8:52 pm

That is really neat! So interesting how much film they need for a short segment. I am curious, are you working full time for your old job? If so you must be really busy with that plus eBay!!


Tristen OBrien December 1, 2011 at 9:09 pm

Thanks Suzanne! It was so much fun, and I thought the same thing. Its crazy how much footage they took for 10 min. The major reason why we have our Ebay business is so Amy can be a stay at home mom. With that said, we work together as a team, and share the responsibilities. It still can be a challenge at times, but its worth it to us :)


Lace December 4, 2011 at 11:06 pm

I just watched the series and hopped onto your blog, really surprised that it was after all – The eBay Entrepreneur! I’ve shared the video to our community although we’re predominately from the UK – a lot of our members sell via eBay too.

Your story’s really inspiring and I can relate as a fellow parent who want the best for their family :) More power to you and your family.


Kathleen Reyna June 18, 2012 at 11:07 pm

How inspiring!!! I was on ebay and saw your video. I don’t know why I didn’t think of selling on ebay sooner to provide an income. Baby steps, but I think I am on to something. I am super xcited and super creative. Best Wishes!!!kathleen


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