Often I think the hardest thing about selling on eBay is selling on eBay! What do you want to sell? What is the best product to sell on eBay?
If you want to make a real business or income from your eBay sales, then it makes it that much easier to sell something that you have product knowledge about.
- What hobbies do you like?
- Do you have good knowledge about particular products?
- Do you WANT to learn about a particular product?
Start by narrowing down what product groups you would be happiest selling. It can be a broad range, don’t worry about details yet.
Then you need to start narrowing the range down. Write a list of the popular products and accessories in your ‘target’ areas and use the points below to make some decisions.
Below are my top 5 considerations when choosing the best product to sell on eBay, but I saved my top 3 for last. Read on!
Here are some other important aspects to consider:
- Is the product easy to store?
- Is the product easy to pick and pack?
- Is the product easy to ship? (is it large, wierd shape, fragile?)
- Will you have to make many different listings, Or can you create only a few listings for many products?
- Do you have to support the product technically?
Those points are all important to consider in making sure that the product you sell on eBay is easy to manage, easy to sell, and easy to ship and support.
But I am saving the most important considerations for last
- Are you in danger of breaching any trademarks, patents or design registrations?
- Will you require a form of safety approval or testing?
- Are you possibly buying a non-genuine product?
If you are in danger of infringing someone’s property rights (trademark) etc, then be prepared for legal letters and possibly legal bills to defend yourself. My advice : make sure your product is substantially different from any registered trademarks or designs so you will not infringe. It can be a little scary to get a ‘cease and desist’ letter from a big law firm.
If you are interested in products that are electrical, generate radio waves, or have a safety focus (think baby prams, car seats etc) then do your homework first. Either buy from a local distributor that already has the approvals, or if you are importing yourself and you need to get safety approvals you will need to pay for testing and certification yourself in order to legally sell the product, and also get product liability insurance.
If someone offers you super cheap Nike or Rolex products (maybe direct from the factory in China), don’t even think about it. The ONLY way you can be guaranteed of buying legitimate brand products is from the supplier themselves, NOT via factories. If it is really cheap product then the simple rule remains: if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
See my eBay tools page for some handy tools to research potential products to sell on eBay.
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