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How does someone make money selling on ebay?

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Nov 1, 2004
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There's 2 type of people now selling on ebay : business and thrifters.
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mkl38s wrote: I probably go back to kijiji for local pick up from now on
If I can't sell something on Kijiji, I either keep it, throw it away, or donate it to Goodwill. The only thing I use eBay for, is buying cheap stuff from China / Hong Kong that I am not in a rush for.

Recently, I've sold a few large furniture items on Kijiji. I kept my asking price low, and offered in town delivery at a fair rate. This has resulted in some very quick sales, while still yielding a profit that I judge to be "worth the trouble."
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I only sell items that are in high demand or collector type stuff as you will almost always get above what you were looking for and usually more than a local sale (at least locally for me). As the others have said you have to know your shipping costs, and charge more the it will cost to ship to cover all the fees.
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Dec 17, 2015
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I doubt any Canadians make money selling stuff on eBay. It's impossible to compete with Chinese with their $3 worldwide shipping and cheap items. Unless you have something rare and expensive that you can mark up in price high enough to absorb the fees and still make something, I wouldn't bother. You'd have been better off throwing it in the garbage.
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In Canada ebay has always been more or less just another online shopping store than a platform to sell stuff. The problem lies exactly where you have described: Canada Post. Canada Post just don't have any way to ship small domestic parcel economically.

You can ship a small parcel all the way from China to Ontario and it will cost you a few bucks. Shipping the same parcel from one address in Toronto to the another address in the same city will cost you 10 times more.
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Aug 13, 2011
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As a small tip to you or anyone who plans to sell on eBay, eBay has a deal with Canada Post and Fed Ex so you get discounted shipping when you ship through either of them. With Canada Post it's really easy: Once your item is sold go to My eBay and All Selling and click on "Print Shipping Label" next to the item that sold. It'll take you to PayPal where you fill in the details (weight and dimensions of package, what the item is, ect) and then it will give you a discounted shipping cost. For me it's always at least a couple dollars cheaper than Canada Post's website. Then you print out the label, sign it (if applicable) and then drop it off at the Post Office. Really simple and straight forward.

With Fed Ex you have to make a separate account with them and give them your credit card.
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csi123 wrote: In Canada ebay has always been more or less just another online shopping store than a platform to sell stuff. The problem lies exactly where you have described: Canada Post. Canada Post just don't have any way to ship small domestic parcel economically.

You can ship a small parcel all the way from China to Ontario and it will cost you a few bucks. Shipping the same parcel from one address in Toronto to the another address in the same city will cost you 10 times more.
Shipped a parcel to bumf&*k Montana as part of a secret santa thing. $38. Meh whatevs. Sent a LIGHTER package from Toronto to Kingston $44. It made no sense. Also as an aside, I also had a deal to ship some legos to Alberta. Shipping added 150% to the price of the deal through Canada Post. Deal fell apart because of the shipping. :(
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i still dont understand chineese selling on ebay with free shipping. sometimes the fixed price for an item is less than 1$. how do they make money??? or who makes money???for 1$
ebay makes 0.10$
paypal 0.07$
shipping?? $$
seller??? $$
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Jan 12, 2005
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I've given up selling on ebay. Small ticket items are not worth the time to weigh it at the post office before you even list it. Canadian dollar is hurting right now so if you list it in the default USD, nobody will touch it.

Always select the shipping calculator and factory in ebay and paypall fees. There are FAQs on ebay's website
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Aug 18, 2011
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Bessem wrote: i still dont understand chineese selling on ebay with free shipping. sometimes the fixed price for an item is less than 1$. how do they make money??? or who makes money???for 1$
ebay makes 0.10$
paypal 0.07$
shipping?? $$
seller??? $$
Their system is different. Also most of those sellers only do it to get access to your email. Ever notice increase amounts of spam and wonder for the life of you what site you visited that started causing this? It was probably because you bought something from a China ebay seller.
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I've sold some CG coats on Ebay relatively quickly at a pretty decent return. If it's not in demand then don't even bother. There are just way too many costs from ebay and then with paypal.
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rkjredflag wrote: If I can't sell something on Kijiji, I either keep it, throw it away, or donate it to Goodwill. The only thing I use eBay for, is buying cheap stuff from China / Hong Kong that I am not in a rush for.

Recently, I've sold a few large furniture items on Kijiji. I kept my asking price low, and offered in town delivery at a fair rate. This has resulted in some very quick sales, while still yielding a profit that I judge to be "worth the trouble."

Yup. EBay is a victim of its own fee structure and has become nothing more than an asian flea market.

Local selling is the only option for canadians due to high postal costs.
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Shipping is the key to successful selling on Ebay. Knowing the cheapest way to ship, what the different methods and packaging options are, etc, make all the difference to making money. That said, we are a considerable disadvantages being in Canada. If you're near a border, shipping from the US can be very useful.

I usually use Facebook sales, Kijiji, and other online venues before I even think about Ebay... and I only Ebay high value items, or low value/easy to ship items. High value items easily support more expensive shipping methods. Low value items support cheap shipping w/o insurance or delivery confirmation; I'll take the hit if there's an issue with those without too much pain.

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