Friday, August 28, 2015

Sell Small Collectable Items with Massive Buyer Appeal

I’m a great lover of small products, mainly antiques and collectibles, the kind that are tiny enough to allow dozens to be packed into the average pocket at boot sales and flea markets.  And they are unlikely to cost more than a pound each to post, so offering free delivery is rarely a major problem and can help your listings rank higher in eBay search returns. 

Not forgetting, when you’re out product sourcing at flea markets and car boot sales, with really big pockets you may never have to carry bags and risk mislaying them or having them stolen as you make your way round sometimes thousands of stalls.

I’m talking today about hugely popular and sometimes very high price items like thimbles and guitar plectrums, cufflinks, tiny animal shaped pin cushions, wax seals, and hundreds more items besides.

Once you get your acquisitions back home, they can be pushed to the back of your work station and never tie up space in the attic or garage. 

And because they are small you’ll find two very important things - important for you, that is - happening at boot sales and other selling locations:

(i)  Small items often get overshadowed by larger items on a seller’s stall, so even if you arrive late to the event you’ll still find some valuable items earlier visitors have missed.

(ii)  Small usually means inexpensive, even to some experienced sellers and you could pick up items for pennies and sell them for several pounds apiece on eBay.

At least, that is my experience and has been for more than forty years, actually closer to fifty.

Now let us look at some of the small items we’re talking about and their recent finishing prices on eBay.


If you’ve ever tried sewing a button onto a shirt without using a thimble you’ll know the finger used to support the button can be stabbed ten or twenty times in the couple of minutes it takes to make the garment whole again.  And that’s why thimbles are commonly used to protect the supporting finger, usually the forefinger on the hand not holding the needle. 

But thimbles are also very popular collectable and decorative items and can fetch ten or twenty or even hundreds of pounds on eBay.   They have been made and used and collected for hundreds of years, although very few exist today from the pre-18th century.  The older and more ornate they are, generally the more collectable and higher priced they tend to be.

Recent sales on eBay include:

Vintage Exquisite Ornate Edwardian Thimble by James Fenton in Retailers Box - £362.00

Rare 1976 Peter Swingler Sterling Silver Washington Crossing the Delaware JS & S - £206.03

Here’s a site telling you most of what there is to know about collecting thimbles and, by implication, selling them too.

Guitar Plectrums

Plectrums are used by musicians to pick out notes on the guitar in a way that could otherwise be done using the fingernails, only less painfully and without suffering broken nails and bleeding fingers.

Examples once belonging to or promoting specific named guitarists are the most popular of all. 

Recent examples sold on eBay:

GARY MOORE Guitar Pick.  Extremely Rare and Collectable Promotional Plectrum - £50.00

1998 ERIC CLAPTON Guitar Pick Plectrum Pic Picks PILGRIM - £47.18

Learn more at:


Cufflinks are used instead of buttons to close cuffs on shirts worn by men and sometimes on women’s blouses.  They’re often found selling at flea markets and collectors’ fairs or as part of a deceased person’s estate in most auction salerooms.  Generally the most valuable items are created from precious metals and made by well known and popular designers. 

Recent examples:

Cartier 18k White Gold Blue Tiger Eye Cuff Links - £2990.00

ST DUPONT 18k WG Cufflinks - £1,615.93

TOM FORD Striped T Cufflinks - £969.56

Learn more at:

Animal Shaped Pin Cushions

Pin cushions have been used to hold pins for hundreds of years but ornate designs have only been made from the 19th century.  The Victorians favoured silver pin cushions in various different designs of which animals are among the most popular and highest priced today, especially dogs and cats, birds and horses.

Recent eBay finishing prices include:

Rare Sterling Silver Novelty Pin Cushion Parrot Bird Adie & Lovekin 1915 - £1,227.00

Very Rare Silver Novelty Lizard Pin Cushion - £537.00

Very Scarce Antique French Silver Ostrich Pin Cushion c1910 - £460.20

Learn more at:


Seals were usually metal devices with an embossed or engraved pattern or coat of arms at one end and a handle at the other.  The design part would be dipped in wax and used to close documents and letters before and for some decades after envelopes came into common usage.  The coat of arms or other pattern would be unique to a specific person or household.  The seal was designed to close a letter or other document to make it easy to transport, as well as identifying the sender and proving authenticity, while also ensuring letters and other communications arrived at their destination intact.  If the document was tampered with in transit the wax seal would be broken and give the game away. 

Here are some recent eBay finishing prices:

Antique Victorian 18ct Gold Banded Agate Jewish Cross Triple Swivel Fob Seal - £343.00

1880s Griffin 14k Gold Victorian Seal Fob w/Knights Helmet & Shield 22.8gm - £336.11

Learn more at:


Vinaigrettes are tiny boxes containing a sponge or wadding which was soaked in aromatic oil or vinegar.  Owners would open the box and sniff the contents to counteract the unpleasant aroma of refuse and raw sewage common in the streets in Victorian and earlier times.


Nathaniel Mills Mourning Viniagrette - £1,200.00
Notice the product was misspelled in that listing but still managed to get found and top the price listings for vinaigrettes recently on eBay.

Note: Maker Nathaniel Mills appeared on several of the top ten highest prices paid for vinaigrettes recently on eBay.

Rare 1889 Victorian Jewish Sterling Silver Articulated Fish Spice Box Vinaigrette - £413.03

C1920 Art Deco Sterling Silver & Guilloche Enamel Vinaigrette Pendant Necklace - £336.11

Learn more at:

Recommended Reading

An Encyclopedia of Small Antiques by James A. MacKay and published by Harper Collins.

ISBN-10: 0060127953
ISBN-13: 978-0060127954

Currently available on Amazon priced 1p upwards.

Saturday, August 01, 2015

Keyword Masterclass - Proven Ways to Generate Massive Traffic to Your eBay Listings

Your chance of achieving multiple bids and unexpected high finishing prices depends on one main thing - the title you create for your listing.

eBay says 70 per cent of members use the site's search boxes to find items they might want to buy.  But that only returns listings containing actual search keywords in the title and sub-title and ignores keywords in descriptions. The exception is where searchers tick the ‘include description’ box, which very few do.

Few sellers realise this and waste time taking great photographs and writing detailed descriptions and spending little time on keywords. Then titles that don't contain relevant keywords will be missed by 70 per cent of potential buyers.

Your title must include keywords potential buyers use to find products like yours!

This is how to do it:

* Take a pen and paper and brainstorm words potential buyers might use to describe your product.  Make a list of keywords - and phrases - to use in your titles.

* Study completed auctions for similar products, sort 'highest price first', look for common keywords in the top ranking returns.  Add those words to your list.

* Think like a buyer and imagine yourself describing the product to a friend. Add words used to your list.

* Look for sites featuring high in outside eBay search returns for companies selling products similar to yours.  Find them at where you key in words to describe your product, then click to search.  

Next click to open the first few listings.  Go to 'View' top of your screen and choose 'Source'.  A mass of gobbledegook will appear.  That is html code and somewhere you'll see keywords responsible for those sites appearing high in the rankings.  Add those words to your list.

By now you should have a long list of possible keywords.  Keep it safe because you will be using it often.


* Where you have several similar products or ongoing same product supplies, you should create different titles for each item, using different keywords each time to attract interest from eBay's search engine.

Study subsequent bidding and sales levels for your various titles to see which work best; cut poorer performing titles and replace with better performing alternatives.

* Use every millimetre of space.  Longer titles attract more interest than short ones.  Fill surplus space with power words like 'Limited Edition', 'Rare', 'Unique', 'One Day Sale', 'Stunning', 'New', 'FREE', 'New', 'Proven', 'Guarantee'. Avoid concocted words like 'Wowee' and 'Yikes' which no one searches for anyway and can make you look unprofessional.

* Spell check your title and throw in a few misspellings of vital words if space allows.  Google says that 33% of all but the most common search keywords are misspelled.  Check possible misspellings of each prime keyword at  Fatfinger listings are mistakes made by sellers but you'll find the similar misspellings used by potential buyers.  Make a separate list of misspelled words to add to your title.

* Use acceptable, commonly used, well-recognised abbreviations, like 'PC' and 'P/C' for postcards, 'nr' and 'n/r' for 'no reserve', 'hb' and 'h/b' for 'hardback’.

So now you know how to get your listings in front of potentially thousands of buyers and you’ve made sure your listings are opened and attract bids that will make you the envy of your competitors.

Well done.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Pin for Profit and Sell Hundreds of Your Own and Other People’s Products Every Day

The new buzzword on the Internet is ‘Pinterest’ and it describes a social networking site where people interact and share information.  But while members of most social networking sites share ideas and communicate by text, on Pinterest they do it with pictures.

Pinterest is believed to be the fastest growing social networking site ever and one of the world’s most visited websites, generating an estimated eleven million visits every week.  In January 2012, Pinterest is said to have driven more traffic to retailers’ and affiliates’ websites than YouTube and Google combined.

Pinternet’s website is composed of ‘boards’, resembling notice boards, onto which members - called ‘pinners’- can ‘pin’ information, in this case pictures.  Each Pin can carry a sales message and be hyperlinked to a website outside of Pinterest.

The idea is to tempt visitors to click on an image that takes them through to the website from which the image is taken.  At the destination website the visitor might make a purchase or click on an AdSense unit, for example, or sign up to a mailing list.

The most popular Pins can quickly go viral as members ‘re-pin’ fellow members' images onto their own boards and share Pins with friends and followers.

So it’s no great surprise to learn that Pinterest is currently being used by Internet marketers to grow backlinks and drive traffic to their own websites and blogs, as well as leading visitors to product listings on Amazon, for example, and other affiliate portals.  Pinterest also offers great marketing potential for those of us selling on eBay.

A sign of how potent Pinterest is viewed as a marketing tool is the number of major companies and household name manufacturers currently using the site to market their wares.

Famous pinners include author/broadcaster/television personality, Martha Stewart, who has apparently attracted thirty thousand followers on ten boards from just one hundred Pins.  At the time of writing, antiques and craftwork site, Etsy, has more than one thousand Pins pitching for business on twenty-seven boards.

Boards are built around specific themes and, according to Google, Pinterest’s American membership is primarily interested in art, crafts, recipes, cooking, fashion, and holidays.  In the UK, pinners have more wide-ranging interests with most boards attracting good traffic.  Which means if you upload an image of a product likely to interest users on Pinterest’s most active boards, you could make sales daily of your own product and others you are recommending as an affiliate.  Not forgetting items you have listed on eBay.

Marketing experts say Pinterest offers more scope for affiliates and sellers than most Internet marketers’ current favourite social networking sites Twitter and Facebook.

Proving the point, and despite the fact Pinterest claims the site is for personal, non-commercial use only, a young man, known only as ‘Steve’, has featured in numerous media reports where he claims to be making more than one thousand dollars every day by uploading new Pins featuring images transported from Amazon and linked to his own Amazon affiliate account.

Membership of the site is by invitation only and it can take several hours and sometimes days to be accepted. You can sign up to the site by getting a friend who is already a member to invite you to join or register your interest at the site and wait for Pinterest to send you an invite.

Pictures alone can do the job of promoting members’ own goods and services, as well as affiliate recommendations, but users can also add marketing messages and captions to their images to optimise their sales returns.

In fact, there are many different ways to promote products on Pinterest and to create backlinks and drive traffic to members’ own blogs and websites, including to products they are selling on eBay.

Pinterest is easy to use and there’s a good deal of information available telling newcomers how to use the site to start a new business or develop an existing one.  Key something like ‘make money at Pinterest’ into the search box at Google for articles and tips to help you get started.

For now let me give you a few ideas for using the site to market your own products on eBay and Amazon, and for promoting other people’s products as an affiliate.

Tips and Ideas

*  Use Pins to create backlinks to your own websites and blogs, and to articles and posts you’ve placed on revenue sharing websites.  Unlike many social networking sites, Pinterest uses ‘Do Follow’ links, which means website addresses linked to Pins are accessible for search engines to index and include in search returns.  Because Pinterest is one of the most popular and fastest growing social networking websites of all time, every Pin will help optimise your destination websites in Google and other search engine returns.   Hence the reason many Internet marketers are employing full-time pinners to generate Pinterest backlinks to their promotional websites and blogs.

*   You can upload an image of a product available from an affiliate company like Amazon or ClickBank and add a short sales message to your Pin.  Add your promotional url at the appropriate spot inside your Pin to lead users to an outside website featuring more information about the product.   So you could, for example, link to the sales page for a product using your raw Amazon or ClickBank affiliate link.

But there’s a slight problem here in that some top affiliate marketers believe Pinterest is using software to search the site for affiliate links with a view to replacing pinners’ affiliate user IDs with their own.  I’m not sure if the rumour is true, but I’ve read it so many times, so I think it’s best to play it safe until the truth is revealed.  The next tip tells how.

*  The best way to protect your affiliate links is to change their format using cloaking software, and by shortening longer affiliate urls such as Amazon affiliate links which may not fit into the box at Pinterest.  Expert marketers currently recommend affiliates use tinyurl - - to shorten and cloak their affiliate links.   Alternatively, add the image you want to Pin to your own website, along with a short recommendation for whatever product you are promoting.  Transport the image to Pinterest by inserting your own website url into the appropriate box behind your Pin.  Then add a short sales piece to your Pin to drive traffic to your own website.

*  Users can create their own themed boards and fill them with Pins relevant to the subject, as well as using their own name or brand name as the title for the board.  This is one of the most effective ways to brand a product as well as allowing users to search engine optimise their Pins using appropriate, relevant keywords.

*  The most profitable Pins promote a special benefit to users, such as a discount on the product featured in the Pin, or a free bonus or sample.  Adding the word ‘FREE’ in capital letters in a Pin’s description box can skyrocket traffic to a website offering a free report or sample of a product in exchange for visitors signing up to a mailing list.  The image used can identify the free report or the bonus product and provide an even greater urgency for users to click on a Pin.  Try these simple suggestions:

-  If you’re considering using a Pin to promote a ClickBank product, try creating a short report about the product and offer it free on Pinterest to grow a mailing list for the purpose of promoting the same product and similar subject products later.

-  If you’re selling on eBay or Amazon, you can cut competition for your products by pinning direct to a blog or one page website for each of your products.  When people click on your Pin, they’ll be taken direct to your own website, and subsequently to the eBay or Amazon listing for your product without seeing similar products promoted by other sellers on either site.

*  Create a board to act as a catalogue for all of your products, with each Pin showing a specific product and linking direct to its sales page or to your own website featuring a recommendation for the product.  Imagine, for instance, having twenty images on one board, each featuring a specific category of ClickBank products.  You could, for example, start a Pinterest board for people wanting to lose weight and add Pins leading direct to ClickBank products centring on weight loss, diet and exercise.  Include your affiliate details behind your Pins and leave them to gather buyers and commissions for you.  Important: Until those previously mentioned rumours are verified or dismissed, link your Pin to a one page blog or website page for each product.  Add your ClickBank affiliate link to images on your destination website.  Then create a Pin to transport each image from your own website to Pinterest.

*  Test market a product before buying stock by Pinning its image from your own website.  So you could, for example, Pin an image of a product available from a local artist or manufacturer, or from Amazon or other affiliate portal.  Then you determine how much interest is generated at Pinterest before deciding what time and money, if any, to spend on stock and marketing materials for the product.

*  Design your Pin to look like a discount coupon and use it to promote special sales at your website or blog or for your own products listed on eBay and Amazon.

*  Pictures are vitally important at Pinterest, and only quality pictures will attract interest from users at the site.  But it’s the message accompanying an image that encourages most visits to websites linked to Pins.  You can maximise clicks by featuring benefits of your product alongside the image shown on your Pin.  That is because it’s benefits that sell products, not features.  So instead of telling a potential buyer what your new face powder looks like, tell her how beautiful  she will look wearing it.  Instead of describing the material used to make your newly sourced dance shoes, describe the ease with which wearers can move across the dance floor and be the envy of other dancers and onlookers.

*   Research what rivals are promoting at Pinterest and how much interest their products are generating.  Use this information to create your own Pins for similar products.

*   Members can create a personal profile to let other users know what they do and what goods and services they provide that could benefit fellow Pinners.  Some Pinners create profiles and Pins targeting buyers exclusively through Pinterest.  Case in point: several members are promoting guides to making money at Pinterest and linking back to websites featuring the image used in the Pin alongside a short sales message that takes visitors direct to purchase the product through ClickBank and other affiliate portals.

*  Describe your Pins and personal profile using search terms that are frequently keyed into mainstream search engines as well as on Pinterest.  This will help search engine optimise your Pins and drive more organic search engine traffic to your destination blogs and websites, while also ensuring your Pins derive maximum visits from Pinterest users.

*   Pick an affiliate product and write about it on a revenue sharing website such as Squidoo or InfoBarrel.  Give your article a title resembling a sales headline.  Upload an image for the product alongside your article on the revenue sharing website.  Add the image and article title to a Pin.

*  Pinners have their own ‘About’ section, a bit like the ‘About Me’ page on eBay.  This is where you can talk about your business and what products and services you offer.  That can encourage fellow Pinners and visitors to Pinterest to click through to your outside Pinterest websites.  Great Idea: Think of a service or product to benefit a large number of Pinners in general or in specific categories, then link your Pins to promotional websites.

*  Include your product name, business name, url and email in your Pin descriptions and in your personal profile.  This helps brand and spread your business across the Internet.

*  If you have several eBay accounts and eBay shops, try creating a selection of boards and hundreds of Pins for each shop, or for each product category inside your eBay shops.

*  Dream up unusual board names about even more unusual subjects.  Create strange words that people will re-pin just to impress their friends; create a buzzword or concept that goes viral on Pinterest and expect hundreds of visitors to your websites each day.  Remember the Meerkats who sell insurance, for example, and the Panda bear who promotes ‘Bisquits’?  Can you think of something equally unusual that sets you apart from millions of other people marketing their goods and services online?  When you make your discovery, create a board with your buzzword in the title and on every Pin and expect curiosity to drive traffic your way.

*  Pin for other people.  Pinning sounds complicated, but actually it isn’t, and that means people without experience of pinning will pay you to promote their websites at Pinterest.  Imagine this: remember the young man who set up a website selling pixels that backlinked to clients’ websites and very quickly made him a multi-millionaire?  Well, how about setting up your own authority Pinterest board and create hundreds of Pins leading to your own websites and blogs?  Now offer to change the destination websites in your Pins to other people’s sites selling similar products.  Here’s an example: start a collectors’ corner with Pins for every type of collectible.  Create a separate page for each collectible on your own websites and blogs, each one with an image for a separate Pin.  Pin your websites and create attractive captions, then offer to rent the pin to people selling similar products.  When a sale comes in remove your destination website from the Pin and replace it with the client’s url.

*  Trend for maximum profits on Pinterest.  Make your Pin the first on the scene for a forthcoming major event and attract an early audience of Pinners and traffic to your destination websites.  Consider creating Pins relating to anniversaries of births and deaths of famous people, or marking some significant historical event?  Could you pin about any of thousands of people and events marking special anniversaries this year, and next year, and the year after that?  I think you could, and all you have to do is create a webpage for each event, write 300 to 500 words about your chosen person or subject, then add an image of a book or other product available from Amazon to your own website.  For reasons mentioned earlier, add your Amazon affiliate link to images and text on your own website.  Then Pin your image to Pinterest and wait for traffic to arrive at your website and for some people to purchase your product.  Find an absolutely mammoth list of anniversaries to write and Pin about at:

*   Pinterest has a special section for videos.  So you could create videos showing someone using products you are promoting on eBay and then Pin your videos to your eBay shop or to individual product listings.

*  Add a Pinterest ‘Follow Me’ button to your websites and blogs to encourage people to click through from a one page website to study potentially hundreds of different Pins relating to your eBay shop or separate products.  Pinterest boards tend to be more attractive and informative than most website pages, and Pins can be very effective for generating clicks to sites promoting your own products or others you are promoting as an affiliate.

*   Add product images and prices to your Pins to make your boards look more like shopping portals.  A blogger friend says that adding prices to his Pins has led to some of his affiliate promotions appearing in Pinterest’s ‘Gifts’ section and has increased his commissions from Amazon and other affiliate product sites.

Those tips will help you begin making money through Pinterest.  Get started right away by requesting an invite direct from Pinterest at:

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

47 Things I Have Learned in More than 50 Years of Buying Small Collectibles at Auction and 11 Years Reselling Them on eBay

The idea we’re going to talk about today, namely one of buying and dismantling bundles, represents a positive goldmine for some people, me included, and it can form the basis of a very profitable business for you too.

There are literally thousands of very different items to buy in bundles and sell separately, including bus tickets and playing cards, pens and letters, coins and beer bottle labels.  You really will be shocked by the sheer enormity of items selling in bundles and offering really big profits listed separately on eBay.

Let me give you just a few ideas to get you started making money right away:

1.  Buy albums containing stamps from all over the world.  Split into country lots and sell to people collecting just one country stamps.

Another idea: buy themed stamp collections, such as all dogs, all trains, all space travel.  Some themed stamp albums contain thousands of stamps.  All you do is split contents into same breed of dog, same country trains, all roses, all famous people, and so on.  Then you sell in lots of ten to twenty stamps on eBay.

2. Break pre-1900 atlases into separate maps to sell individually.  Use maps with plain backs; buyers don’t like double-sided pages.  Remove problem areas round corners and margins and mount whatever is left of a damaged map.  Old maps can also be used in jewellery and altered art products.

On so many occasions I have seen people on eBay selling individual maps for more than one hundred pounds - about $xxx equivalent - at the same time the atlas from which the map came is listed on eBay for less than one half the price.

3. Look for collections of multi-country view postcards.  Split into countries and sell cards separately to one country buyers.  Or buy one country collections to split and sell as individual states and counties.  Any that don’t sell can be bundled into one country/county/state lots and auctioned with a low starting price.

4. Visit country and small town auction salerooms where bidder numbers are low and expert buyers rare and some profitable lots will go unsold.  Use a mobile connection to research resale prices on eBay and make last minute offers for potentially valuable lots.

That’s where you can find items priced less than one quarter their likely resale value on eBay.  Try to arrive early and study items available.  Then check recent selling prices for similar items on eBay and aim to buy goods fetching three figure sums on eBay and selling in single or low two figure prices at auction.

5.  Look for artist sketch books from Victorian and earlier times when painting was a popular hobby and talented artists were plentiful.  Tear out and sell separate pages.

I paid £20 for the album containing ten  pen and ink drawings that fetched between £32 and £75 each.

6.  Buy autograph albums with famous signers.  Download copyright free images of the same people.  Place autographs and photographs together in a multi-aperture mount and sell as a display piece.

7.  Choose small, lightweight, evenly shaped items.  They’re easy to pack and pop into the nearest post box.  Large and oddly shaped items need lots of wrapping and a drive to the post office.

8.   Avoid fragile items.  They’re likely to break in transit and from heavy handling at auction.

9.  Buy big bundles of beermats dated 1930s or earlier.  Sell items separately on eBay.

10.  Choose bundles containing numerous different types of collectible.  They sometimes fetch very low prices because most collectors and dealers won’t buy multiple subject lots when only one or two subjects interest them.

11.  Be selective about specialist auctions selling all advertising memorabilia, all books, for example, or all stamps.  Those sales attract the biggest and most affluent dealers and buyers in the appropriate subject.  Instead focus on small auction salerooms without their own web site or describing lots poorly in their catalogues, and so attracting a tiny percentage of big auction room bidders.

12.  Look for bundles of 78 rpm records dated 1940s or earlier.  Most have been discarded and damaged over the decades, so surviving titles can be worth hundreds of pounds each.

13.  Buy huge bundles of early 19th century letters sent to lawyers when only the rich could afford legal representation.  Right now there’s a glut of Victorian and earlier letters being offered in salerooms, mainly from solicitors cleaning out their attics.  Many people signing and sending those letters remain famous and very collectable today.

Letters that don’t sell can be bundled by county or type, such as all property-related letters, all matrimonial, all debts and overdue accounts.

14.  Let TV guides and local newspapers keep your buying costs low.  Look for popular events such as a televised royal wedding or local air show which keeps auction-goers at home or away from the auction room.

15.  Choose iconic subjects covering lots of different collector categories, such as suffragettes, dogs, Alice in Wonderland, military figures.  Such subjects are popular on cigarette cards, postcards, prints, badges, and much more besides, and are the subject of constant bidding wars on eBay.

16.  Buy goods on eBay from sellers making mistakes in their listings, such as misspelling essential words in their titles or using poor images.  Especially look for sellers making the same mistakes over several listings and who might make the same mistakes for months or years to come.

17.  Use auction saleroom catalogue listings for bundles you’ve just bought as the basis for your eBay titles and descriptions.  This way you’ll spend less time researching and more time buying stock and listing items on eBay.

18.  Never promise not to bid on a lot some other person wants in return for that person making the same promise to you.  The idea is to keep bidding numbers and prices low and it’s a common occurrence that will get the perpetrators banned from a saleroom.  Not forgetting that people promising not to bid against you will often have someone else bid for them.  Either way, you lose.

19.  Find the best bargains lurking deep in tall bundles, at the bottom of tea chests, for example, and in high cardboard boxes.  That’s where earlier visitors to the saleroom sometimes hide items they don’t want other people to see.  So all later visitors see is low value stuff at the top of the bundle and they assume the rest is also low value.

20.  Look for two items fixed one on top of the other in albums containing postcards and photographs, also cigarette cards and bus tickets.  The trick is designed to hide high value items and leave only low value or worthless items on show.

21.  Get to know people selling small collectibles at auction, especially regular vendors.  Collectors and dealers frequently offload duplicate and surplus collectibles this way.

But that doesn’t always mean items you buy will be low value, mainly because collectors may be downsizing their collections and dealers may be targeting local buyers and don’t want to reach a wider audience by travelling long distances to collectors’ fairs or reach an international audience on eBay.  Either way, once you discover regular sellers of quality items you can approach them and offer to buy direct, so they don’t have to pay auction selling fees and you don’t have to pay the appropriate auction buying equivalent.

22.  Make friends with auction room staff and never criticise them for small mistakes.  Ask questions about auction lots, such as whether the vendor is a collector or dealer, or if a lot has been picked over and better items sold individually and now only low value items remain.  I have learned so much from auction room staff that isn’t revealed to awkward and ungrateful visitors.

23.  Buy Victorian magazines containing advertisements drawn by popular illustrators like Cecil Aldin and John Hassall or featuring collectable subjects.  Remove artist drawn and other collectable illustrations to sell as prints on their own or with a mount added.  They’ll sell all day at ten pounds a throw and many magazines from the late 1800s contain ten or more individually collectable advertisements.

24.  Look for historically important headline newspapers and magazines, such as revealing the Titanic tragedy, death of Queen Victoria, the American Civil War and numerous others.  Most such items can be sold intact for an easy twenty or thirty pounds pure profit per sale.

Even higher profits are possible for publications containing hundreds of individual articles or where newspapers are too badly damaged to sell intact.

The trick to making really big profits is to cut out individual articles and call them ‘research clippings’ or ‘historical articles’.  Emphasise the intrinsic value of the information to researchers, teachers, writers, special interest collectors.  They’ll sell at ten pounds a time and sometimes much more for really popular subjects.

But for many people, clippings per se have very low perceived value and can generate low prices and poor feedback and high refund rates.  You can increase the perceived value by cutting neatly round the edges of the clipping and placing it in a see-through bag called a ‘cello bag’ on eBay, ‘cello’ being short for cellophane.   Include a sheet of quality paper with the headline of the clipping typed proudly at the top.   Now your item looks more like a research piece than a bit of old newspaper.

Here are prices fetched recently on eBay for early newspaper clippings and articles:

Vintage Hebrew Israeli Magazine 1958 with Article by Rika Zarai fetched £234.36
Notice how the complete magazine is on sale with one specific article featured in the listing title.

Antique Newspaper Article BOXING John C Heenan Tom Sayers made £102.00
A few years back I bought an old sporting newspaper featuring famous boxers, in particular Tom Sayers mentioned in this listing.  I listed articles and illustrations separately on eBay and made between £20 and £100 per item.

Mawley Hall Shropshire Sir Walter de Sodington Blount 1910 10 Page Article made £30.00
The same person sold numerous topographical articles with photographs the same day for £30 each, all looking to come from the same magazine and possibly the same issue.

25.   Buy big bundles of military badges, especially from the First World War.  They are usually made from metal and were worn on soldiers’ caps and lapels.   The more badges that were issued for a specific regiment, the lower their resale prices are likely to be compared to those issued for smaller regiments and others existing just a short time.  Choose lots with regiments named on the badges so you can list items faster than for regiments with just symbols and requiring extensive research to identify the military unit.

26.   Buy albums of Victorian greetings cards contained loose or fixed fast to album pages.  Loose items can be sold separately and sometimes attract really high prices for images that are collectable per se, such as cats and dogs, soldiers from named regiments, overprinted ‘Greetings from (named location)’.

Items fixed to album paper can be removed and sold with their backing intact - but expect lower prices than for cards contained loose in albums.

But by far the biggest benefit of 19th century and earlier greetings cards is that they are in the public domain and their images, verses and captions can be used to create your own line of prints and greetings cards.

27.  Funeralia accounts for some of the largest collections of small items you will ever find at auction where you will often find thousands of small in memoriam cards in one auction lot.
These are the sort of prices they fetch on eBay:

WWI - In Memoriam - Colonel Hon. E. Primrose - Grenadier Guards went for £122.00

1861 In Memoriam Card - H.R.H. Prince Albert, Consort of Queen Victoria sold for £77.00

Thomas Ashe 1917 In Memoriam Card, Printed in Limerick, Lewes Jail, 1916 Ireland made £66.85
The subject ‘Died for Ireland’ during the 1916 uprising.

Because they’re usually packed close together in boxes you’ll often find them overlooked at auction, sometimes because they’re camouflaged by larger lots or because people can’t be bothered to extricate cards for inspection.  This is usually because funeral cards can be difficult to remove from boxes without causing damage.  The worst damage comes from trying to remove just one item from the box and finding it tears or creases from the weight of other items surrounding it.  It’s much easier and less damaging to remove a bundle of cards about two inches thick which will stand the pressure of nearby cards.

Look for cards relating to accidents and disasters or for celebrity and well known individuals like royals and aristocrats, writers and scientists, and so on.  Such items are likely to fetch three to four times more than funeral cards for little-known individuals.

But even anonymous individuals can fetch high prices if they died in unusual circumstances, such as a colliery accident or tram crash, or if they lived or were buried in collectable topographical areas, notably small towns and villages where fewer funerals would take place than in large towns and cities.  And, of course, the fewer the number of funerals, the more collectable and pricier their funeral memorabilia is likely to be.

28.  The hammer price is just part of what you will be charged at auction.  Auction companies earn a share of the hammer price, usually expressed as a percentage.  It’s called a ‘premium’ and can range from ten per cent in small salerooms in rural areas to much higher rates in major town and city salerooms.  Some also charge extra for credit card payments which, for a business using a commercial credit card, can add up significantly.  Two per cent is common on credit card payments which, apart from paying £200 extra on a lot selling for £1,000 in a saleroom charging 20 per cent premium, means adding another twenty pounds to the final bill - plus whatever the bank charges business credit card clients.

29.  Choose small items.  We’ve already mentioned they’re easy to pack and post.  But there’s another reason small items can attract hefty profits for resellers on eBay.  It has to do with the fact that companies having several auction sales each month are restricted in the number of lots they can manage.  So they bundle small items into a tea chest or big cardboard box to sell as one lot.  And because lazy bidders like to research and list single large items for big unit profits, that means fewer bids and lower prices on big bundle lots.

30.  Look for books, prints and postcards with small appealing and iconic images, such as dogs, cats, fairy and nursery tale characters.  Choose books published pre-1920 which are likely to be in the public domain as well as being in limited supply.  Use the original images, not reprints, as inserts for pendants, key rings, fridge magnets, coasters, and other popular items selling on eBay.  You will find hundreds, sometimes thousands of usable images in some early publications and so create just as many items to sell separately on eBay.  Include a certificate testifying to the originality and age of each piece you sell.

31.  Get a UK road atlas - an up-to-date copy - and highlight the location of auction salerooms specialising in bundled lots, especially collectibles.  Highlight as many as possible within one hundred miles driving distance of where you live or work.  Now put another circle round salerooms ten or more miles from a major road or rail network.  These are places most big dealers won’t visit because they don’t want to drive long distances or take taxis, and they certainly don’t want travelling costs and hotel bills eating heavily into their profits.  But those are salerooms you can visit to view and bid and take goods home all in one day.  You’ll have to leave home early and arrive back late, view as soon as you arrive, have a quick snack, then bid in person.  It’s very tiring but savings in time and overheads can be substantial.

Here’s a tip: Cumberland, Northumberland and Southern Scotland have some excellent small salerooms, attracting limited bidder numbers and charging low seller fees.  And having very little in the way of national road and railway networks.

32.  If you MUST buy fragile items, and I recommend you don’t - unless they’re going cheap, that is - then at least visit the saleroom just before the sale goes live to check items have not been damaged since you last viewed.  Check again when auction staff hand over your winning lots and spend time in the saleroom adding foam chips, bubble wrap or newspapers between fragile items to keep them safe on the way back home.

Wrap items very carefully for delivery to buyers and mark outgoing packages ‘Fragile’ on all sides.

33.  Remember time is money.  And a lot of time is wasted making your way through countless different eBay product categories when you’re listing numerous different product types.

You’ll also spend a lot of time moving between internet sites each time you research a new type of product and you’re unlikely to remember each piece of research for more than a few minutes.

Compare that to researching just one specific type of collectible, such as all cigarette cards or all military badges, where you’ll be travelling through just a few product categories on eBay and visiting a handful of research sites.

More than this, each unit of research for a same theme collectible will reinforce your findings for earlier pieces and help you gain long-term expertise.

34.  Watch for bids being taken off the wall.  ‘Off the wall’ happens where an auctioneer pretends someone is bidding against you, when in fact you are the sole bidder.  When the auctioneer thinks you have reached your maximum bid the imaginary bidder will drop out and you will win the item.

Spot room bids being taken off the wall by standing at the back of the room and looking round for the other bidder.  That will deter most such scams.

Sometimes auctioneers will pretend they have bids ‘on the book’, that is bids left by an absent client, or that all bids are coming online.  It’s difficult to identify the first, but very easy to spot the last by taking a mobile connection to auctions running real-time on the Internet, where you will see Internet bids appearing as they come in.

If there is no one bidding in the room and no bids appearing online, but the auctioneer insists otherwise, then in the absence of bids placed on the book you know you are bidding in an illegal auction.  See it happening more than three or four times in the same saleroom and report it to the police.  But whatever happens I suggest you avoid that saleroom in future.

35.  Don’t get side-tracked.  Focus exclusively on your bids about two or three lots in advance of yours coming up.  Close to bidding time is when people will begin talking to you, or pushing past you and creating a distraction - all designed to stop you bidding on something they’d like to own.

36.  Don’t spend more than a few minutes chatting on viewing day.  It’s nice to greet friends when you first arrive or until your lots come up, but too much talking wastes time you could spend inspecting lots and studying prices fetched for items you don’t want to buy on the day - but might want to buy some time soon.

37.  Look out for very small items being stored many years ago inside larger items and not obvious to auction saleroom staff and potential buyers.  Victorians in particular stored letters and photographs inside books to hide them from prying eyes and stop them being damaged.  I really have lost count of bookmarks and autographed letters I have found inside books that sell for pennies or in the low pounds, and other flat items hidden beneath paper liners in drawers and the bottom of wardrobes and other cupboards.  Items hidden this way can often be worth many more times the price fetched for the item they are hidden in.

38.  Be careful buying very small items, such as jewellery and medals, in decorative boxes bearing a maker’s name.  Boxes made to contain really expensive small pieces are used by unscrupulous sellers to house low value and worthless items.  The idea is to make bidders think contents and box are by the same big name maker and generate a high finishing price.  The easiest way to partner contents and box is to look for the maker’s name on both items.  Major makes will be reflected this way; cheap items will either have a different maker’s name or no name at all.

39.  Look out for numbers on items that might tell when they were produced and obviously help you value your piece and let you add important keywords like ‘antique’, ‘17th century’ and ‘Victorian’ to your eBay listings.  But always double check because what you think are dates might be design or patent numbers.

40.  Buy big bundles of costume jewellery but only coming from past private owners and not from dealers.

A dealer’s stock is likely to be depleted of valuable items and only unsaleable pieces remain.  A private collection should contain inexpensive and potentially very valuable items too.  List better items first to recoup your investment and grab an early profit.  Put inexpensive items into attractive boxes or bundle two or three items together for early sales.

41.  Don’t get hungry or thirsty.  Both can reduce concentration and contribute to mistakes.  Grab a sandwich and coffee during long gaps between bidding.  Avoid alcohol, especially if you’re driving.  Some salerooms have their own refreshments area or a high street café close buy.  In the latter case, pay a quick visit and bring refreshments back to the auction saleroom.  Avoid leaving the saleroom for more than a few minutes in case you are delayed on the way back to bid.

42.  Do not sell part of a lot to failed rival bidders on the day.  At least not until you have inspected your acquisitions and know which items will sell on eBay and which won’t.  Use a mobile Internet connection to value whatever someone wants to buy and only accept where their price is higher than your item’s likely value on eBay, taking eBay and PayPal fees into account.

43.   Watch out for big bundles of football programmes selling at auction.  But avoid any from the 1940s onwards.  They’re typically more plentiful and so less valuable than programmes for pre-war matches.  Look for any mentioning replays which were usually issued in haste and in limited numbers and can fetch high prices on eBay.

Also likely to generate a bidding war and high finishing price are programmes autographed by one or more players, especially legendary stars like George Best and Bobby Moore.

But even common and more recent programmes are worth a few pounds apiece and are worth buying to resell where individual items are in good condition and attract low bids at auction.  Try to pay five pence apiece across the board for common and recent programmes and price them £4.99 each on eBay.  Expect half to sell within three or four months.  Then run regular ten day half price sales on unsold items.  After another three or four months, remove items from sale, bundle them in teams and sell off cheap.

44.  Buy books with images you know are in the public domain, usually because the artist or last surviving creator of a joint artwork died more than seventy years ago.  Remove full page illustrations and scan them.  Sell the original items first.  Use an auction starting price of £2.99 and let the listings run ten days to maximise audience viewing potential.  Many books with, say, one hundred such images, can be bought in the low pounds, meaning you’ll pay just a few pence per image.  So sell just ten images at a tenner or so each and the rest at £2.99 and you’ll quickly make back your original investment and a little - or a lot - more.

Next create reproduction prints from your scanned images.  Use low price photographic type paper, costing fifty pence or less per sheet, and charge £7.99 per item plus delivery cost.  You’ll find some books can ultimately generate hundreds or even thousands of pounds pure profit.

45.  Buy early 20th century auction catalogues from renowned art auction salerooms.  Choose catalogues of Victorian and earlier artwork.  Most such catalogues give artists’ biographies alongside listings and tell when artists were born and died.  Choose images from artists who died more than seventy years ago and which are almost always in the public domain.  Scan those images and create reproduction prints as mentioned in the last tip.

46.  Look for books and reports signed by many different people, such as hotel registers, ships’ passenger list, menus, and so on.  Research ten or twenty signers to see if the list contains famous names alongside potentially unknown signers.  Registers and books, and so on, can be sold intact or with signatures clipped and sold individually.  Individual cut signatures sell faster and attract higher prices with a short write up about the signer and with that person’s image accompanying the autograph.

Look especially for signatures in the register of an out of the way hotel used mainly as a stopover point by people driving long distances.  In the early 1900s only a handful of people had vehicles and those people were almost always rich and eminent in their day.  So their signatures are likely to be worth more today than for most visitors to a budget price city hotel.

47.  My all-time favourite small collectibles that almost always make great profits are Victorian photographs backed onto card.  Smaller items were called CDVs - cartes-de-visite - and larger items were called cabinet portraits.  You can pick them up for pennies at car boot sales, flea markets, antiques fairs and in auction salerooms.

Sadly, pennies are pretty much all those items will fetch on eBay.

Unless, that is, something exists to make the image rare or the sitter is named on the photograph and possibly in the subjects’ own handwriting.

Features that make the image unusual include dogs, cats, military uniform, people paying chess or cricket, royalty, busy street scenes, and more besides.

Research sitters’ names and you’ll find many were wealthy individuals, some remaining important and highly collectable today.  If a name is in the sitter’s own handwriting that makes your piece appeal to autograph collectors as well as people collecting photographs per se.  The end result could be a bidding war that makes unexpected high profits for you.


Those 47 ideas are sufficient to keep you making money every day on eBay, while paying very little for your stock.

So why not get started applying those 47 ideas right away?

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

eBay Genius: 51 Ways to Source Unique Products with High Profit Margins and No Competition on eBay

How many times have you wondered where to find products to sell on eBay, products that always attract high profits and which few other people are also selling?  

Better still, how would you like to be sole seller of those products on eBay, so you never have to face rivalry or fight price wars and end up lowering your prices just to break even?

Sounds perfect, doesn’t it, and possibly too good to be true?  

But finding those products for which you are sole supplier and earning fabulous profits on every sale is actually very easy and it can be done close to home in just a few hours, so leaving you the rest of the day to list and sell your acquisitions and watch money pour constantly into your bank account.

You do it by locating products from places few or no other people know about and may never know about, but which will always be available to you.  

Here are just a few of those secrets you’ll learn about in myreport:

*  Two problems that turn other eBay sellers against a particularly productive and profitable product source and why those problems will be a very great benefit to you.

*  Where to find brand new products minus their original packaging and priced less than twenty-five percent their retail price. And why you can resell those items for one hundred percent pure profit per sale.

*  Visit just one website to find all the goods you’ll ever need to earn a great living on eBay and how to know how much money you’ll make from those products before you even have to pay for them.

*  eBay bans this type of product and frequently expels sellers breaking the rules.  Unless you follow this simple tip to turning a banned item into something eBay will willingly help you to sell. 

*  You can pick up hundreds of these best selling items every weekend, completely free of charge, and sell them for double figure prices on eBay.  But only if you know where and how to obtain stock before other sellers get to hear about these hugely popular products.

*  Where to buy four or five items for next to nothing, then bundle and list them on eBay for 1000% quick and easy profit per sale.

*  Three ways eBay will help you find products set to attract record breaking prices at their site.

By now I bet you can’t wait to learn about those 51 quick and easy ways to source products exclusively for your business, so let’s get the show going without further delay.

1.  Small Town Auction Salerooms.  Especially in rural areas away from main road networks and without their own nearby railway stations.  Few major dealers and collectors travel to these auctions, mainly because time spent travelling and the cost of overnight accommodation eat too heavily into their prospective profits.  

Add to this the fact that some such auction salerooms have no web site of their own, so there’s no chance for long distance dealers and collectors to view goods and place bids online and you’ll find competition against you at these events is low or non-existent.  

Then all you do is travel there and back on sale day, start viewing as soon as the doors open to the public or sooner if you ask auction room staff to let you in early.  Have a good look round, make notes, decide what to bid on and how much to pay, then have a quick meal before the sale starts.  When the sale ends you pick up your purchases and travel home the same day.  

2.  Library Clearances.  All public libraries withdraw books from the shelves when they date or develop the odd crack or crease that’s likely to worsen with heavy use in the next few weeks.  

Some of these books are ideal for selling on eBay, not usually to collectors, but to readers willing to pay a small price for a copy all of their own and to avoid a trip to town to choose books from the library and another to return them.  

Opt for popular non-fiction subjects over fiction which can usually be bought inexpensively in paperback format.  Popular non-fiction subjects include fishing, travel, arts and crafts.  

Telephone public libraries and ask to be placed on their mailing list and informed when a sale is imminent.

Note:  mention in your eBay listings that books are ex-library because some people despise library labels and stamps and other people’s fingerprints on every page. 

3.  Jumble Sales.  ‘Jumble’ typically suggests rubbish but in the right places jumble sales can be a constant source of high quality clothing and accessories.  The ‘right’ places, of course, being affluent areas or major towns and cities with a high percentage of wealthy residents and retirees.  

Sales in rural areas are also likely to yield more attractive and potentially more profitable items than jumble sales in heavily populated areas of mass unemployment.  In the former case people are more likely to cast off clothing and accessories in good and sometimes new condition as well as presenting fewer people buying second hand at jumble sales, than items discarded by poorer people who only discard items that are no longer fit to wear.

4.   School Fetes.  Most schools raise funds for play equipment and days out by inviting parents and nearby residents to donate goods to resell to pretty much the same people.  Parents don’t like to be seen donating rubbish at these events and some good bargains are possible on clothing the children have outworn or which have gone out of fashion.  

Iconic and collectable items can be found here, too, the likes of school lunch boxes and annuals featuring popular cartoon and television characters.  

Most schools advertise on boards and telephone poles outside the school and sometimes in the local papers and from cards in neighbourhood shop and post office windows.  

Write to school heads in your locality; ask to be informed when a sale is imminent.

5.  Church Fetes.  Similar to the last entry where churches hold fetes to raise money to make repairs to the church, much of the time by asking parishioners to donate unwanted items.  Promotions tend to operate much the same as for school fetes, this time from signs outside the church.  Larger events in major towns and cities are advertised in local and regional newspapers, usually the weekend preceding the event.

6.  Wholesalers.  Wholesalers operate between manufacturers and retailers, providing millions of very different product types, with some very low prices possible from manufacturers mainly in China who can be sourced via portals like:


China Wholesale Online


But wholesale companies close to home represent a potentially much richer source of goods to resell on eBay, especially smaller companies in rural areas who don’t sell online and only trade with retailers visiting the premises.  

Because they’re based in low pedestrian areas or with poor road networks, they attract fewer retail buyers than their counterparts in major towns and cities.

And that is why such places give you more chance of being sole supplier of some items, compared to millions of eBay sellers dealing with major online companies like Alibaba.

Find smaller wholesalers by keying something like this into Google’s search  box:

‘wholesaler + product type + durham’

‘wholesaler + sussex’

7.  Catalogue Returns.  Catalogue companies sell to customers who don’t get to see or try on goods before buying.  And that means returns are high for some companies, many of them reselling returned goods at high discounts rather than returning them to stock.  

Much of that stock is new but no longer has its product packaging and sometimes brand labels have been removed before being sold off to the public.  

You must inform potential buyers if labels are missing or goods are in any way defective.

Find catalogue return sellers by keying something like this into any major search engine:

‘suppliers catalogue returns’

‘catalogue returns’

8.  Internet Price Comparison Sites.  As it says on the tin, these sites exist to highlight price differences for the same type of goods and services between different suppliers and very often it’s possible to find goods selling way below their price potential on eBay.  Go check this idea for yourself by keying this sort of thing into any major search engine:

‘price comparison sites’

‘compare prices’

9.  Government Auctions.  ‘Government auction’ is a misnomer because  governments rarely sell direct to the public and ‘Government auction’ mainly describes independent auction salerooms representing government departments offloading items confiscated by Customs & Excise or seized by bailiffs for unpaid taxes, also items sold to recoup the debts of liquidated firms and others going out of business and wanting to repay creditors fast.  

The term usually includes ‘Police Auctions’ where unclaimed stolen property and items lost and not reclaimed by their original owners are put up for sale to make space in police stations for later acquisitions.  

Most such sales are to raise money quickly to make room for newer items and to pay off creditors.  So very low prices are possible at auction sales you can learn about at:

Key ‘auction rooms’ into the first search box and ‘United Kingdom’ or other country in the second.

For police auction salerooms in the UK visit:

Bumblebee Auctions

In other countries find police auctions by searching any major search engine for ‘police auctions (country/county)’.

10.  Charity Shops.  Volunteers are becoming more experienced in high street charity shops where goods are donated by the public to raise funds for charities like Oxfam and the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals.  

Today, more than ever before volunteers are researching and valuing and pricing goods close to their true market value.  Some charity shops sell their goods online, notably on eBay or from their own online shops.  And that usually means fewer ‘sleepers’ for people like you and me, sleepers being valuable items selling way below their true price by sellers who don’t recognise their true value.  

But some very good bargains can be found in small town and village charity shops lacking professional valuers and sellers and without knowledge and funds to market their wares online.

As for jumble sales the best goods are likely to be found in affluent areas with a heavy retirement community.  

11.  Affiliate Products.  You are not officially allowed to sell affiliate products on eBay, namely where you take orders and the affiliate product owners take payment and sends commission back to you.  

On eBay sellers must take payment direct from buyers and it’s eBay sellers who must refund buyers if anything goes wrong.  

So eBay won’t risk non-members taking payment that can’t be clawed back through intervention and sanctions place on site members.

That’s the official stance, but in reality I have sold hundreds of affiliate products on eBay with just a tweak made to how payment is taken from buyers.  In every case I contacted affiliate product owners and asked if I could take payment from my buyers on eBay and send the appropriate portion of money and customer details to the product owner to fulfil orders.  I have never been refused and in the majority of cases the process went like the proverbial dream.  

My only problems centred on:

-  Delivery times and customers sometimes cancelling orders for slow delivery.  

-  The same buyers leaving negative feedback for late delivery and other problems emanating from product suppliers.

Both problems can be nipped in the bud by vetting affiliate partners before promoting their goods.  

Meet your prospective partner in person or at least have a chat by telephone.  Emphasise your needs and promise to honour the supplier’s requirements.  

Place orders and send payment to clear within a few hours and ask for products to be delivered within twenty four hours of payment clearing.  

If your partner doesn’t use PayPal, one of the quickest ways to clear payment, then either turn up with cash and pick up your goods to deliver direct to buyers or send a money order or banker’s cheque, neither of which can bounce, and use first class delivery for funds to arrive the next day.

12.  Free Company Gifts and Giveaways.  We’re talking the likes of DVDs given free by national newspapers, money off vouchers in magazines and newspapers, free gifts with McDonald’s meals, giveaway software on computer users’ journals, and more besides.  

Some such items can fetch ten pounds (or other currency) or more and cause a stampede of buyers, as happened, for example, when a newly released song by Prince was given on a free DVD by a British newspaper.  Within hours of the paper hitting the newsagent’s shelves people were paying upwards of thirty pounds for those free DVDs and savvy sellers were travelling miles to stock up on newspapers and their freebies.  


Most free gifts in newspapers and magazines are given at the weekend, usually on Sundays, and that’s when you should pay a visit to your local newsagent to study the shelves and stock up on potentially valuable items currently offered free of charge.  Arrive early before someone else selling on eBay beats you to it.

Additionally, most mainstream magazines and newspapers include money-off vouchers for certain products or for buying in specific commercial outlets.  Such items sometimes resell just below their redemption value on eBay and can generate quick and easy profits for sellers.

Last, but not least, many firms offer discount and gift vouchers to encourage sales and as bonus items to people who have already made a purchase, or as gift vouchers that recipients chose not to redeem.

Vouchers are sometimes available on supermarket shelves or forecourts or in magazines provided for customers.  Most such items go fast, not just to people wanting to save money on their own purchases but also to people wanting to resell vouchers and discount coupons.  The same happens for competition entry forms which also disappear fast from the shelves and are frequently sold in mixed bundles through publications targeting competitions enthusiasts.  I haven’t spotted much in the way of competition entry forms selling on eBay yet but I can see no reason that should not happen.

13.  Flea Markets.  I will never tire of telling you these are my main source of quality products, notably collectibles to resell at high prices on eBay.  But the big money-maker isn’t always the low price tag you’ll find on thousands of items at these events as much as further discounts you can ask from sellers.  

Here are four ways to cut the cost of your acquisitions:

-  Arrive early, tell the organisers you are ‘trade’ which as an eBay seller you are, and you probably won’t have to pay an entrance fee and you’ll also get in before the visiting public arrives on the day.

-   Ask sellers at the event ‘How much for trade’ and expect at least ten percent off the price of your chosen items.

-  Buy in bulk where possible.  While you are still interested in buying more stuff from the same sellers ask ‘If there a discount if I buy more?’  Most will offer a discount and offer even bigger reductions the more items you have in your pile of items to buy.

-  Pick up a few items and put them to one side.  This is your ‘buying’ pile.  Probably!  Tell the seller you have seen a lot of items you’d like to buy on his stall and then inspect more of his stock.  

A few minutes later make it look as if you are losing interest, do a bit of imaginary whispering to a friend, make it appear you are reconsidering buying those items.  

Then look around at other sellers, look again at your pile, then gaze around the room again.  The idea is make it look as if you are about to move from this stall to spend your money elsewhere.  

At this point most sellers will offer a really big discount if you buy the items you already have in your hand and an even bigger discount if you buy more.

Find flea markets advertising in local and regional newspapers a few weeks before the event and on the weekend preceding it.  

14.  Car Boot Sales.  The goings-on at car boot sales are similar to what happens at flea markets, with the exception that one usually takes place out of doors and the other is normally held under cover.  

So everything that was said about buying from flea markets and learning about forthcoming events applies equally to car boot sales.  

But by far the biggest benefit of buying from car boot sales is that a good many sellers are families offloading unwanted household items, also children’s cast off toys and clothing.  

Most such sellers want a quick sale and have limited knowledge of how to price and display their stock.  So you can haggle for even bigger discounts at car boot sales than at flea markets and you’re more likely to find sleepers at these events.  

15.  Pound Shops (or other currency names: dollar, euro, for example).  These are a source of inexpensive goods offering decent resale prices on eBay, especially from local only retailers with their own exclusive suppliers and not selling online or in other geographical areas.  

Note: This idea works just as well for similar shops operating in the United States and most other countries.

Such firms buy in massive quantities at huge discounts which are passed to customers in the form of low prices.  

Some bundle similar or related items together for even bigger price discounts.  

Many items, single or bundled, can be resold on eBay for a few pounds profit per sale, with even bigger profits possible for sellers who:

-  Bundle items bought separately.  So where you buy, say, one tube of skin cream for one pound, and one bottle of astringent for one pound, you put cream and astringent together and charge a fiver per sale.  Bundle four or more related items and grow your profits exponentially.

-   Add new and high perceived value packaging such as soap in a box or with ribbon or wrapper made from antique maps or sheet music or in small baskets of two or three soaps with cellophane and a ribbon added.  You’ll see soaps packaged this way on Etsy fetching really high profits per sale and attracting plenty of buyers.

-   Use these low price goods as incentives to buy other items on eBay, such as prettily dressed bars of soap to accompany silk pillowcases, or a children’s comic book with school clothing and accessories.

Aim to match your prices to other people on eBay selling similar main products without the add on.  That way you’ll make your listings very different to others at the site and generate more sales and reduce rivalry.

16.  Find dropshippers who don’t dropship.  Yet!  Get some business cards printed with your own name and trading name, also your address and phone number.  Add ‘eBay Trading Assistant’ and something like ‘Expert eBay seller will sell your goods on commission’.  

Now go to the nearest main high street, one with at least a few hundred shops.  Pick shops selling items you can resell on eBay, obviously ignoring purveyors of items that can’t be sold on eBay or which deteriorate quickly, such as foodstuff and alcohol, live animals and flowers.  

If you’re shy leave your card next to the till; if you’re not shy hand it to the shop owner as you tell him about your offer.

Take your cards and make a similar offer to traders at flea markets, in antiques malls, market halls, collectors’ events, trade and gift shows, county shows, and so on.  

Very important:  Try to get product owners to deliver goods direct to your buyers.  Get the seller to pay delivery costs from his share of the product’s finishing price.  Then you get to keep whatever buyers pay for delivery.  

Some people you approach will also be selling on eBay, so some of your cards will hit stoney ground, but a fair percentage of those people won’t also be selling online and many will take up your offer.  

17.  Look in the For Sale columns of local and regional newspapers, especially at the weekend.  Don’t forget to scour freesheet newspapers as well.  Many allow readers to place free advertisements for stuff the family no longer requires.  Because private sellers generally have little idea about resale values and most can’t be bothered to find out, you’ll find readers’ advertisements a source of low price, generally high profit goods for you to resell on eBay.  I’ve found such publications a prolific and very profitable source of toys and bicycles, furniture, collections of all types, clothing, and more.

Idea:  Look for bridal wear selling in the For Sale columns, the likes of brides’ and bridesmaid’s dresses, and place your own advertisements for similar products in the ‘Items Wanted’ section usually sitting alongside items for sale.  

Wedding clothing is incredibly expensive purchased new and is frequently discarded after one wear.  But people on a budget can’t always afford to buy brand new and will welcome the chance to purchase at around half the normal retail price for items in good condition.  All you have to do is have small faults repaired, have the clothing cleaned, and sell it on eBay.  Aim to pay less than one-quarter the item’s retail price when new.

18.  eBay is an incredibly rich source of goods for you to buy to resell at sometimes staggeringly high profit margins.  You’re looking mainly for sellers making mistakes in their listings and so being overlooked by potential buyers or asking a low price because they don’t realise the value of what they are selling.

Especially look for job lots placed by lazy sellers or people who don’t have time to list items individually.  eBay’s ‘Wholesale and Job Lots’ section is the place to find some amazing job lot bargains placed by private individuals, sometimes for same kind items and frequently for bundles of very different goods.  

When you find a job lot you like on eBay, check out the individual components, then research prices fetched for similar items recently sold separately on eBay.  Consider buying where money from past sales amounts to at least three times the asking price for the job lot.

19.  On eBay look for listings with important keywords misspelled in their titles and subsequently failing to respond to searches for the correct terms on eBay.  

Visit Fat Fingers at and key in the correct spelling of best-selling products on eBay, such as computer, suffragette, sovereign, and so on.  Click to search and Fat Fingers will sometimes return dozens of items currently listed with spelling mistakes in their titles on eBay and with little chance of attracting other bidders and buyers.  

Now you buy those items inexpensively and relist them with important words spelled correctly in their eBay titles.  You should profit every time.  

Tip:  Sometimes you’ll find the same sellers making the same mistakes over several listings, sometimes hundreds of listings, all likely to mean low buying prices for observant people like you.  When you find those sellers you add them to your list of favourite sellers and study them daily for new opportunities.  

Do not buy from the same eBay account used to resell your acquisitions or you’ll give the game away and could upset your selling partner.  Use a different account until you’ve bought, say, ten or twenty items from one person, then open another account for subsequent buys from the same seller.  

The idea is to stay low profile and you can open as many eBay accounts as you like as long as each has its own separate email address. 

20.  Here’s an idea that works on eBay and other marketing portals.  All you do is put a note or compliments slip inside all outgoing packages to your buyers.  Tell them you are grateful for their business and that you can also help buyers sell some of their own unwanted goods on eBay.  Say you are a trading assistant and that you collect and list and sell goods on behalf of clients in return for fees incurred and a fixed percentage of the selling price.

21.  Arrange exclusive deals with exhibitors at art and craft fairs.  You’ll find nearby fairs advertised in local and regional newspapers, usually at the weekend.  That’s where you will find people selling items they have created themselves or acting on behalf of artists and craftworkers.  

I’ve learned that few traders at these events are also selling their goods online, on eBay, for example, or Amazon, Etsy and numerous other such sites.  That’s because most artists and craftworkers, also their selling agents, are good at creating and displaying their wares, but lousy at marketing outside of fairs.  

Offer to take pictures of goods at the event to subsequently sell those items online and a good many exhibitors will accept right away.  Only work with products your prospective partner can recreate unlimited times for future buyers.  

Have a business card printed to hand out at these events and expect some people who seemed reluctant to talk on the day are very keen to contact you later, especially if bad weather restricted visitors to the event.  

Another reason is usually that traders will take a look online to see what other artists and craftworkers are selling at sites such as those just mentioned and when they find products similar to their own fetching high prices they’ll either become personally involved or get you to do all of the selling for them.  

All your business card needs is your name and telephone number, email address and something like ‘Let Us Sell Your Art and Craftwork Online.  Low Commission Charges for Volume Sellers’.  

22.  Visit high street retailers just after a major national spending season ends, such as Christmas, Easter, children returning to school, Valentine’s Day, and so on.  That’s where you’ll find many larger retailers offloading stock that failed to sell prior to demand falling over the last few days.  Most will be selling stock off for pennies on the pound to make way for next season’s stock.   

23.  Art colleges are an incredible source of people with great creative skills and lacking time or ability to make money from their skills while they are still at college.  So you can start a great business on eBay selling paintings, photographs and other creative designs on behalf of some of the world’s most talented individuals.  Agree a commission for yourself on all sales after deducting eBay and PayPal fees from an item’s finishing price.  Send a letter to college heads asking for students to be told about your offer and including a selection of business cards for college officials to place on notice boards or give direct to promising clientele. 

24.   Literally thousands of local and non-local firms, not all of them specialist printers but some creating promotional products for other companies, can create and supply low volume printed items at low prices.  Such items include reproduction prints, postcards and posters.  

Some will also create the following in small volumes with your images incorporated: handbags, purses, photograph frames, puzzle, diaries, and countless other products alongside.  Make your add-on print unique and your products will also be unique to your business.  Key something like this into the search box at

‘printed postcards’

‘greetings cards printers’

‘handbags printed with photographs’

Offer to personalise iitems with names of recipients and you’ll attract plenty of customers as well as being able to add an easy twenty-five per cent to your prices.

25 Do a door to door leaflet drop or have a leaflet inserted in local newspapers, telling people what kind of products you are interested in buying, or selling on commission, and how to contact you for more information.  You’ll find leaflet dropping firms advertising in local telephone directories.

26.  Visit trade fairs where manufacturers and resellers take stalls to exhibit their goods and talk to potential retailers direct.  You’ll find trade fairs operating all year round in major towns and cities all over the world, with activity increasing in early summer for Christmas goods and in the spring for goods to be sold during the summer months.  Key ‘trade fairs’ into any major search engine, with or without a topographical mention, to find major events with more suppliers and goods than you’ll ever need.

27.  Visit any major business park and you’ll find a good many resident firms are manufacturers or importers who typically trade direct with the visiting public.  Take business cards promoting your reseller service on eBay and ask to speak with the manager or business owner.  Hand over your card if the person isn’t available.  If the person agrees to meet you, tell that person all about your offer and try to have a contract signed right away, allowing you to become the firm’s sole representative on eBay.  Leave a business card if the person doesn’t agree right away and you can bet some will call you back when business falls a little flat.

28.  Make your own goods, either from scratch or by combining and adding to ready made items.  So you might make your own greetings cards and fridge magnets in their entirety, for example, or buy similar items as job lot and clearance bargains.  In all cases try to include something unique with your product to ensure you face no competition on eBay and other marketplaces.  Something like three fridge magnets where most people offer just one, or three cufflinks instead of the traditional two, a bundle of gift tags with each order for greetings cards, and so on.

29.  Buy Other People’s Products at Café Press ( and Zazzle ( and similar produce on demand sites.  Key ‘sites like café press’ into any major search box for similar made to order sites.  When I searched for items similar to those fetching high prices on eBay, in my case fridge magnets and cushions featuring specific dog breeds, I discovered countless products selling at Café Press and Zazzle with potential to attract decent profits when resold on eBay.  

Idea: Upload your own images for production on hundreds of different items for you to sell direct to buyers on eBay and for affiliates to make sales for you.  Upload your own Café Press and Zazzle or other site product images to eBay to test selling potential.  Then get a big discount for ordering your own products in bulk from produce on demand sites to resell on eBay.

30.  Fashion Designer End of Season Sales.  Fashions are short lived and many designers abandon existing designs at the end of each fashion season, such as spring, summer, or every year.  Then new designs are introduced and old one design items sold off cheap.  Those out-of-season designs, notably clothing and accessories, jewellery and sunglasses, are still very fashionable to most people and can fetch close to their peak retail prices on eBay.  Key ‘designer sales’ into any major search engine to locate sellers and sales timetables.

31.  Manufacturers advertising in print publications will usually highlight their internet address.  And that means those people are usually au fait with marketing online and probably don’t need your help.  But not all manufacturers have an online presence and would jump at the chance of having someone sell their goods online.  Spot those people by the absence of a website address in their advertisements.  

But check before contacting those people to see if they do have an internet presence which they chose not to reflect in the printed media.  Key manufacturers’ names into any main search engine, along with product type and physical address.  If nothing appears in search returns the manufacturer almost certainly does not already market online.  When that happens you contact representatives in the same manner mentioned in tip number 27.

32.  Take a stall at flea markets, trade fairs, car boot sales, indoor markets, and so on.  Place a ‘goods wanted’ sign somewhere prominent on your stall.  Mention the type of goods you are looking for and place a pile of leaflets close by asking possible vendors to contact you with details of their goods.  You  must have goods of your own to sell at these events not just to qualify as an exhibitor but primarily to cover your travelling, selling and subsistence fees for the day.  I’ve seen this idea work so well for people selling dog prints and canine memorabilia at dog shows, agents selling other people’s goods on commission at art and craft fairs, as well as people selling almost any kind of products at antiques and collectors’ fairs.

33.  Visit classified web sites like Craigslist ( and countless similar sites populated mainly by private sellers wanting to sell goods fast for cash to finance other purchases or pay urgent bills.  You can normally search by distance you live away from the seller, meaning travelling costs will be minimised and you’ll find most private sellers lack marketing and pricing skills and can generate lots of low cost goods for you to resell at high profit margins.

34.  Buy from sites that are less well known than eBay but serve the same purpose of allowing individuals to sell their own goods at the site.  Because they are small, those sites consequently attract fewer buyers and comparatively lower selling prices.  

Calculate your product acquisition costs, namely buying fees, travelling expenses, listing and final selling fees, then add a suitable profit margin on top.  This is your lowest acceptable selling price.  Add twenty per cent to your lowest acceptable selling price and make that your fixed price for the product.  Add a Best Offer button and take all offers over your lowest acceptable selling price and you’ll find roughly half of buyers will pay the full price rather than making a best offer and risk the item selling elsewhere while their offer is under review.  

Find those sites by keying something like this into search engines:

‘alternatives to ebay’

‘alternatives to craigslist’

‘classified advertising sites’

35.  Read product reviews in newspapers and on television, study product review web sites.  Look for products receiving glowing reviews and likely to sell out fast from their current suppliers.  Buy whatever stock you can to resell elsewhere before the shelves go bare.

By way of explanation, when Boots the chemist introduced a new skin cream which was reviewed by several daily newspapers whose editors dubbed it the best solution ever to prevent wrinkles forming and remove whatever wrinkles already existed.  Within hours the product disappeared from Boots’ shelves, with the company admitting it would take weeks and possibly months to obtain new stock.  

But it wasn’t just people reading those newspaper reviews who emptied the shelves, as much as people wanting to resell the product on eBay, Amazon and in other online marketplaces where prices had risen manyfold over the regular retail price.  

So once you see a product review promising the earth to people buying the product, that’s when you should jump in fast to sell the item yourself on eBay and elsewhere.

36.  Study the Bargain Shelves in Most Supermarkets and Retail Outlets.   Many supermarkets have bargain aisles where products are sold below their normal price.  This doesn’t always mean the products are out of date or no longer attracting sales, it simply means the retailer in question has too little stock to warrant a special place on their shelves.  But on eBay, with a much larger audience than most regional supermarkets, you’re likely to attract fabulous markups from those items. 

37.  Be a home agent.  A home agent is someone who acts as exclusive seller for a manufacturer within the same country, as compared to import/export agents who market goods internationally.  The usual method is to find makers selling their goods within a few miles of base or purely countywide.  The agent then sells items outside the maker’s own marketing area.  The person may or may not also market those items overseas. Suitable vendors may be found by paying visits to the high street, especially in smaller towns and cities, not forgetting via local shows and business parks.  

38.  From regular market stalls in major towns and cities.  Some exhibitors market goods they have made themselves, such as art and craft creations, while others sell antiques and collectibles, and yet others trade in bric-a-brac, used records and CDs, DVDs, and hundred more items alongside.  Because they trade infrequently, some just one or two days each month, and because their overheads are usually low, you will find many goods selling below their typical values on eBay and providing good profits for you.  

This is especially so for exhibitors selling exclusively in one marketplace and having to pack up and transport goods back to base at end of day.  Many traders will give really high discounts when markets are about to close and weather has been bad or trade slack on the day.  The end of day is always the best time to get bargains at these events, even though arriving as the market opens is the only way to grab sleepers and other products selling significantly below their true market value.

39.  Study research sites like Terapeak ( and Goofbid (, most of which reveal products selling in high quantities and attracting good profit margins on eBay.  Those sites don’t actually tell where to get the products, however, but you can find them by keying the product type into any major search engine.  Key in something like this for fictitious product called XYZ currently attracting lots of orders on eBay:

‘XYZ wholesaler’

‘XYZ dropship’

‘XYZ manufacturer’

40.  Study newspapers, usually weekend editions, many of which have special product review pages focussing on really unusual products that probably haven’t yet appeared on eBay.  Most reviews give price and retailer and that’s where most readers will go to place their orders.  But a good many people will key the product name into eBay’s search engine.  

Don’t worry that people searching the same day the product is reviewed won’t actually find the product on eBay.  

What usually happens is that other publications will copy the same reviews and copycat reviews will probably continue for several weeks or months.  As soon as early reviews appear you should contact retailers and makers and offer to sell their products as sole agent on eBay.  Some will agree and you can be listing and selling their products on e Bay, and elsewhere, long before reviews die down in the press.

For obvious reasons, monthly magazines have a longer shelf life than daily newspapers, and their reviews can attract visitors to retailers’ sites for months to come.  And that’s why it’s a good idea to make monthly magazines, with unusual product type review sections an essential part of your product sourcing strategy.

41.  At flea markets and collectors’ fairs, also at book sales and ephemera fairs, look out for product catalogues from the early 1900s, or even further back in time.  The vast majority contain advertisements for products that once proved very popular but have long since disappeared from sale.  But that doesn’t mean those products can’t be resurrected and made extremely popular and profitable for you.  

You may have to have the products created for you or make them yourself.  Sometimes you’ll find similar items available from ‘white label/unbranded goods’ suppliers.  These are products to which resellers add their own labels and packaging materials and they can be very inexpensive indeed and provide high profits.  Key your product type plus ‘unbranded supplier’ into any major search engine to locate sources.

Old publications are also a source of powerful advertisements for you to copy - if they are in the public domain - or edit to suit your product listings.

42.  Let’s stay with the public domain, being creative works that are no longer copyright protected or perhaps were never eligible for copyright.  The public domain contains millions of books, photographs, artwork, films,  music and other creative works for anyone to copy and make money from without paying royalties or licensing fess of any kind to their original creators.  

Here are just a few of countless ideas for making money from the public domain:

-  Locate patterns and instructions for products similar to those attracting regular orders and profits for other people selling on eBay and elsewhere, such as toys, magic tricks, sheds and literally thousands of items with potential to attract a good following today.  Then either recreate the patterns to sell in downloadable format on Kindle and other publishing platforms, or have products themselves created for you to sell in various markets.

-  Recreate articles and books from earlier times, sell them individually on sites allowing digital downloads or on CD and DVD on eBay.  Current top selling subjects on eBay today include the Titanic tragedy, dog art and cartoons, genealogy reports, and more.

43.  Visit antiques and collectibles malls in out of the way areas, the kind of where individual sellers have their own booth or selling space which is watched over by two or three officials who sell goods and return payment minus their own fees back to sellers.  

The fact most sellers are absent from the premises for long periods or never turn up to sell personally suggests many are operating part time and possibly earning pin money to supplement a current job or business or just to add to their pension pot.  

And that is why sellers are often willing to accept high discount offers on their goods to get rid of long standing stock and make way for new acquisitions.  This is especially so in villages and small towns away from main road and rail networks which tend to attract fewer buyers than their counterparts in major towns and cities.

44.  Study advertisements placed by collectors in antiques and collectables magazines on newsagents shelves and on web sites like Preloved (, Craigslist (, and similar.  Many ads. are placed by collectors who don’t want to sell surplus collectibles themselves on eBay and prefer to sell from low cost advertisements in high profile antique and collectibles journals and web sites.  

Those people also want to sell items fast and in bulk rather than have to wait for items to sell individually on or off the Internet.   Many such advertisements are classified by location, allowing you to contact sellers close to home and so keep your product acquisition costs low.   Also try and where listing fees are low or items can be listed free of charge and fees paid only when items sell.  Search for similar sites by keying something like this into any major search engine:

‘free classified advertising’

‘auctions sites free listing’

45.  Most factories and manufacturing outlets have departments where seconds and damaged goods are sold off at deep discounts.  Many defects can be unnoticeable to all but eagle eyed quality control staff and will sell at decent profits on eBay and elsewhere.  Key ‘factory shops’ plus your target buying area into any major search engine to locate suitable sources.

46.  Contact local transport offices, police stations, leisure centres, golf clubs, gyms, and so on.  Ask what happens to items that have been lost and not reclaimed by their original owners.   Most will be offered for sale a specified period after parting company with their original owners.

47. Place your own products wanted advertisements on postcards in shop and post office windows and on notice boards in libraries and supermarkets, especially in high predestrian areas.  You’ll pay very little to advertise this way and product offers can be as high or even higher than from costly advertisements in high circulation local and regional newspapers.  

48.  Contact house clearance specialists in your area; you’ll find them advertising in local newspapers usually at the weekend.  Most firms like fast turnover typical on larger items like furniture and toys, bicycles and cars, which generally require just a clean up to sell from advertisements in newspapers or from shops selling second hand household items.  Most clearance specialists dislike selling small products, of which most house clearances contain hundreds such items and prefer to dispose of smaller goods in bulk to people selling outside their own main marketplace.  

49.  Study image rich sites like Pinterest ( and Google Images, looking for products that jump out and grab your attention, in the same way they are likely to attract buyers on eBay and Amazon.  

Images that make you sit up and take notice are far more likely to make decent profits for you than products potential buyers only read about or have to travel some distance to view at wholesalers’ premises or through auction salerooms and flea makrets.   

Hover over those images and you’ll usually see who the supplier is and be able to travel direct to their website.  Using image sites like this not only helps identify products likely to grab eyeballs on eBay but also allows you to source hundreds of products in the time it takes to find one or two suitable items from visits to offline suppliers.

50.  Derive ideas to emulate (not to copy, but to use as inspiration for your own unique products) at sites working direct with artists and craftworkers, or selling their own manufactures on Amazon (, eBay (, Etsy (, and so on.

Use other people’s best-selling products as the source of your own unique designs.

Alternatively, contact sellers and offer to sell their goods on commission in markets they don’t already target themselves.

51.  My personal favourite product sourcing tips are these:

-  Simply buy any small and attractive item with a low price tag, such as costume jewellery at flea markets, pens decorated with iconic images and quotes and created in bulk by most high street printers, small handmade gift items from sellers on Etsy and Amazon, and hundreds more.  Then all you do is add an attractive box and a personalised gift tag and sell the ensemble on eBay.  That box and gift tag, personalised to suit the recipient, adds an easy three or four pounds to items costing literally pennies. 

-  Buy three or four similar theme product job lots on eBay, such as pens, pencils, notepads; soap, flannel, body lotion; baby’s bib, pacifier, small toy; dog lead, collar, squeaky toy, and so on.  Add one of each job lot item to a small basket, add a bow and sell as a ready made gift item.

And that is it, more than fifty ideas for sourcing high profit products for you to resell on eBay without having to remortgage your home or take out a bank loan to do so.

Thank you for reading.