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Lesson 15: Online Auctions

Okay, so you do not know how to write and you barely know how to turn on a computer, let alone provide technical advice. What do you do? Can you still make a living from your home by working online?


The answer is “yes.” There are several things a person can do online to make money with little or no skills. One of the most popular ways to make money online is through online auctions, such as eBay.


Ebay has been around for many years now and is one of the most reputable of all the online auction houses. As nearly 90 percent of people in the United States have access to the internet, online sales of products are one of the easiest ways to make money online. The trick to making money on eBay is to sell what people want at a discounted rate.


Ebay used to consist of people selling household goods, collectibles, and antiques online. While these items still make up a good portion of the stock on eBay, the most popular items to sell on this auction site are books and music. And the beauty part of the entire thing is that you do not have to even leave the comfort of your home to mail the products to the buyer or even store them.


Many online sellers, those who sell a lot of products online, use a drop ship method. With this method, you have no inventory in your home; nothing to store. You sell books and CDs on your auction site and when they sell, you contact your supplier and they ship the item to the buyer.


There are many ways to use the drop ship method when selling items on Ebay and just as many reasons as why sellers are eager to use this service. The main reason sellers give is that they do not have to worry about storing the property. The second reason they give is that they do not have to worry about emailing the property to the buyer. They simply use their computer to manage their auctions and make sure the drop ship service knows where to mail each product. In some methods, the seller pays for the product when it is purchased. In most cases, however, the seller pays for an inventory of product that is kept at the drop ship warehouse.


If you decide to use a drop ship service when selling items on Ebay, make sure that the service has a good record of mailing items to customers in a timely manner. There are forums on Ebay for users and you can find out anything you want to know about particular drop shippers by asking questions.


Those who have the room to store merchandise in their home or garage can save the handling fees
of the drop shippers, but will have to be responsible for the inventory. The more inventory you purchase to sell on Ebay, the cheaper it is. There are many online companies that sell products wholesale to anyone who wants to buy them. While some require a state tax number for resale, most do not. You can even purchase items from other countries and sell them for a profit on Ebay.


If you are planning on making a business selling on Ebay, be sure that you treat it like an ordinary business. You may be working from your home, but you still need to be mindful of profits and costs for items. You must figure in postage into your sales and be sure not to underestimate postage. No matter what you are selling on Ebay, you can be successful if you put enough time and effort and are a disciplined seller.


One word of caution when selling on Ebay or any other online auction site - be careful of the fees. Most online auction sites charge fees for using the site to sell your items. Ebay fees have risen dramatically over the past several years to discourage people from selling junk and other undesirable items. You must be certain to add the cost of these fees to the price of the items that you are selling so that you do not take a loss. Also, if you have customers who are paying through Paypal, be aware that they charge fees as well, Be sure to remember those fees when listing your item on Ebay for sale.


If you are a talented artist, you may be able to sell art on eBay. There are many undiscovered artists or “outsider” artists who are successful in selling their paintings, sculptures and other artistic work on Ebay. The wonderful thing about selling on this auction site is that you can reach people all over the world.


You do not have to even leave your house to ship your items, even if you carry inventory from home. Simply use priority mail shipping from the United States post office to ship all of your packages. The post office will drop off envelopes and boxes as well as tape and labels to you free of charge and your letter carrier will take the packages from your door for delivery.


Selling items on Ebay has become very profitable for some people who want to work from the comfort of their on home online but do not have any skills of which to speak to find legitimate online jobs. Although there are many other auction sites on the Internet, Ebay is probably the most popular and most trusted of all. Anyone with access to a computer can sell on Ebay. If you do not have a specific talent, per se, you can still make money from home working online by selling products through online auction services such as eBay.

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