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How To Make $100 A Day On Ebay

by Tristen & Amy OBrien on September 16, 2013

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The number one ebay related question I get is, “Where do I find ebay inventory?”  Over the past couple of years I have outlined many places you can go to find ebay inventory, but for most, this can be overwhelming.  It can take time to find inventory, and if you’re like me, you probably don’t have all day to search for new items to sell.  So, how do you make $100 a day on ebay.  There are several ways to accomplish this, but below I’ve outlined a simple and easy to follow formula:

The key to this program is having a consistent inventory stream.  This may sound hard, but in reality, it’s not.  Ebay inventory is all around you.  It really is a numbers game, and this is how to play.

  1. Look at the stores that are around you e.g. Target, Grocery Store, K-Mart, Dollar Stores, Malls, Shoe Stores, Thrift Stores, Costco.
  2. Pick 3 or 4 stores, and walk through them with a note pad in hand.  You will be looking for items that are SMALL and unique enough that a buyer might not even know that they are there e.g. Fake Lottery Ticket, Stickers, Lip gloss, Toy handcuffs, Party Supplies, shoe laces.
  3. Out of all the stores you visit, you want to come up with a list of 100 – 150 items and their prices (each store has thousands of sku’s so this may take time, but it shouldn’t be hard to do)
  4. Take your list home, and visit this ebay profit calculator HERE.  You need to figure out how much you would have to sell each item for if you wanted to profit $.50 – $5.  (That’s right, $.50 – $5).
  5. Compare each item with the completed ebay listings.  See if any items are selling in this price range.
  6. List your items using a fixed format.

It’s important to remember that you have 50 free listings per month (unless you have an ebay store, then it’s 150).  This process takes some time to get up and going, but once you set up your listings, you can set it and forget it.  There are two key goals we want to accomplish here.  First, we want the items to be small enough that we can send them in an envelope.  The reason behind this is that filling out an envelope is quick and it doesn’t take up much space.  Secondly, we want to find items that are consistently available in the store (see number 2 for ideas).  If you are able to find and sell the same item, then you only have to set up the listing once.

If you are making $.50 – $5 per item, then you usually need to sell 50 items per day.  If you are selling items that fit into an envelope then it should only take you a few hours to gather your products and send them out.  For me, I like to have my 3 or 4 stores close together (within a mile).

This technique should be used in conjunction with selling the more profitable items.  I mentioned earlier that this is a numbers game.  Since I have an ebay store, I know that I’m allowed 15o free listings per month.  In most cases, I am using them all, so I don’t lose money if my products don’t sell.  With newer sellers, you may be restricted on the amount of items you are allowed to sell, but you can request the limit to be raised at anytime.

The hardest part is making sure that your stores keep the item in stock.  You do run the risk of your item being sold out when you go to buy it, so pay close attention to what you are listing.  If this happens, make sure you quickly let the buyer know and refund their money.

Like I mentioned before, this is just ONE of the ways that you can make $100 a day on ebay.  Just to be clear, it’s not easy.  It takes work, but when your business is set up correctly, you will reap the rewards.  As always, it’s not guaranteed that you will make any money at all using this system.  The amount of money you make is depends on your dedication, skill level, and time/effort you put into it.  For those who are making $100 a day, how are you doing it?