6 Great Tips for Selling Success on eBay

When it comes to ways of making a little money, selling items on eBay may not be an obvious option. However, you’d be surprised at the number of people who have raised thousands of dollars on this one website. You don’t necessarily need to sell extraordinary items—you just need to know how to make the most of the site.

Follow these steps and you too can start experiencing selling success on eBay:

1. Do a little research.

Before listing a particular item, do a little research on similar products selling on eBay. Take note of how much interest there is in the item, as well as how much it seems to be selling for.

2. Start your auctions at $0.01.

It may seem tempting to begin your auction at a price closer to what you’d like to actually get, but starting at $0.01 is a smarter choice for small items. You’ll capture more interest this way, and you’ll have more people following your auction until the very end. Of course, you may feel comfortable using a different pricing tactic if you’re selling a very expensive item.

3. Upload professional-looking photos.

People may be making an online purchase, but they still want to see what they are buying. Avoid using stock photographs. If you have a camera, then take nicely lit and arranged photographs of all the products you list on eBay in order to accurately show the item’s condition.

4. Make your message a good one.

The way you write your eBay listing can greatly affect the outcome of your sale. Write an enticing and detailed description of the item, and use any necessary keywords. Include sizes and dimensions when applicable. Be transparent. It helps to include a more personal message, such as your reason for selling the product.

5. Communicate.

Make it a point to check your messages regularly so you can quickly and respectfully respond to all queries. Timely communication with your potential customers can boost sales. Someone might just be waiting to hear back from you before making a bid on your item.

6. Study your shipping options.

You may be trying to make some cash, but don’t make money off of shipping charges. Spend some time searching for the best shipping method for your product in terms of both reliability and expense. Your customers will thank you for it.

These are just some of the many things you can do to achieve success when selling on eBay. Follow these tips and you’ll not only gain good feedback from your customers, but you’ll fatten up your wallet, too.

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$5 Dinner Mom’s Holiday Guide Just $1.99!

Get YOUR Copy of Erin's Holiday Entertaining Guide

Erin Chase, better known as the $5 Dinner Mom, has written some of my favorite cookbooks for feeding your family on a budget, and now she’s done it again!  Starting today she has a new Holiday Entertaining Guide available that will help you to thrive, not just survive, this holiday season.  Most holiday guides feature over-the-top meals and homes with recipes and decorating tips that don’t even try to stay within a budget.  Erin’s book is the opposite of those holiday guides – she gives you 30 simple recipes that your guests will love, plus chapters on making beautiful decorations and centerpieces that cost next to nothing, how to get the kids involved, and grocery shopping tips.  You even get bonus printable holiday planners that you can use for planning your menu, grocery list, oven schedule, to-do list, table décor and setup and more.  All of that is a mere $3.99 for either an ebook or Kindle version, but Erin has graciously provided me with the promo code SHOPPER which will take 50% off your purchase.  So for just $1.99 you’ll learn how to simplify this busy season and to spend less on your holiday feasts!

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Legitimate Survey Sites & Home Business Opportunities

People ask me all the time how they too can go about earning some money from home so I have compiled this list of legitimate survey sites and work at home opportunities that you can check out.  Nobody ever got rich doing online surveys, but you can make a few extra bucks here and there plus you can get products to try out and review and even gifts and prizes on occasion.  Here is a list of legit survey sites that you may want to check out if you’ve got some spare time you wouldn’t mind trading for some spare cash.  At the bottom of the list you’ll find some inexpensive manuals that provide training for several different businesses you can start from home if you’re looking for a part or full-time income.

Global Test Market Panel – Get rewarded for voicing your opinion and trying new products. Earn rewards for every online survey you complete and receive checks for sharing your opinions and helping companies with their market research.

Inbox Dollars – Get cash rewards for taking surveys, playing games and reading email – plus new enrollees get $5 just for signing up!  I do their email ones all the time because they’re easy.

Ipsos I-Say Young Adults Survey – Must be between 18-30 to qualify. As part of the Ipsos i-Say Community, you get to see new products and ideas before anyone else. Earn rewards for taking surveys, plus you’ll qualify for cash giveaways and other great prizes too!

MySurvey – Made up of a group of consumers from throughout the United States who influence future products and services by volunteering to participate in consumer research. By sharing your opinions about products and services, you are rewarded with Reward Points to redeem for cash and merchandise.

Nielsen Consumer Panel – This is an awesome program, if you’re accepted you’ll earn points for doing surveys and for scanning the things that you buy.  You can turn around and use those points to buy all kinds of cool stuff from their online catalog.  (I was a member of the panel for two years and really enjoyed doing their surveys and scanning my stuff!)

Shadow Shopper – Get paid to eat and shop!  You could make $150 or more a week Shadow Shopping part time.

Survey4Profit – Cash payouts can range from $10 to $250 per survey completed. Prizes include Plasma screen televisions, iPods, computers and cars. 

Swagbucks – Win Prizes just for searching the web. Swagbucks is a loyalty program where you can earn free stuff including 1,000′s of products for doing the things you do everyday. Simple to register, no credit card required!  I search with Swagbucks on a daily basis and redeem all of my rewards for cash through PayPal or Amazon gift cards that I use to pay for the majority of our Christmas gifts and other goodies.

Toluna – Earn cash for taking surveys and test free products!

Under One Roof – The people who bring you HGTV, Food Network, and Travel Channel invite you to join an exclusive online community where you can share your opinions, thoughts, and ideas about topics related to home, food, travel and more! Under One Roof is your opportunity to tell us about your experiences in home improvement, decorating, cooking, shopping, entertaining, traveling, vacations, and much more. Plus, you earn points for rewards by participating in surveys and discussion forums. Once you’ve qualified and confirmed your membership in the community, you will also be entered into a drawing for a chance to win one of three $250 amazon.com electronic giftcards.

Vindale Research – Review products and take simple online surveys. Make a difference by sharing your opinion and you’ll receive up to $75 per survey completed, plus you can choose to keep the products that you review.

Zoom Panel – Get paid $5 to $75 to take surveys plus you can get paid to review new products.

Work At Home Opportunity Training Manuals

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Sewing Machine Repair As A Home Business

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Earn Points for Cash with Synovate

Whoohoo – the Synovate Panel is open again!  If you haven’t already signed up then head on over and check them out – Synovate is one of the largest marketing research firms in the world, and you can earn points to trade for cash and be heard by some of the largest companies across the globe when you fill out their surveys.

 

Cash In Your Old Electronic Gadgets

Cash in on your gadgets!

I’m still working on my New Year’s resolution to get more organized so I’ve been tossing and recycling all kinds of stuff – today I’m getting rid of a couple old cell phones and I just got paid to do it!  It’s super easy to cash in on your old gadgets at Gazelle – all you do is type in the name or brand of your item, then answer a couple questions about the condition of the item, and they’ll make you an offer.  You can take it or leave it, choose to get paid via check or PayPal, get paid in gift cards for your favorite retailers, or donate the value of your items to charity.  Once you’re done they’ll even send you a box and a prepaid label if you want.  They buy all types of used electronics like hard drives, computers, laptops, digital cameras, MP3 players, satellite radios, video games, movies and more.  Plus you can get an additional 10% on laptops and cellphones through the end of January with promo code NEW.  They just offered me $85.80 for two old Blackberries that have been in the closet for awhile and I happily accepted 😉

 

Earn Cash – Get Paid for Your Old Books!

I’ve just spent most of the day cleaning out the “junk room” so I can have a larger office space and I’m thrilled to have also made $85.77 for my effort!  I divided up all the books that I found into piles of those I wanted to keep and those I just didn’t need anymore, then typed all of the ISBN numbers in at Cash4Books to see what they were worth.  Of the 15 books that I typed in they offered to buy seven of them for a total of $85.77.  They pay for shipping and there are no fees, I even got a free upgrade to FedEx shipping since I have more than five books to send in.  You can request a check or to get paid through PayPal, which is the option I chose.

Another cool thing you can do with Cash4Books if you’ve got some spare time and would like to make a few extra bucks, is that you can use any cell phone with Internet access to look up what they’ll pay for books before you even buy them.  You could look up books you find at garage sales, flea markets and used book stores to see if they’d make you a profit.  They even have an Android app that allows you to simply scan a book’s ISBN to get an immediate quote.  As for me, I’m just happy to have been paid to clean out my new space 😉

 

Last Chance – Synovate Offer is Closing

I really like participating with Synovate, their surveys are fun and it’s easy to get paid quickly.  Their panel only opens up occasionally and when it closes it stays that way for quite awhile so grab this opportunity to join Synovate while you can!

You Can Make A Difference

  • Help companies improve everyday services, products, and household items Be the first to test new consumer goods
  • Help design new products before they appear on store shelves nationwide
  • Being a Panel member is easy, fun and provides many rewards. Rewards are easy to earn by simply spending some time each month answering questions about your likes and dislikes.

You Will Be Rewarded

  • Register today to be entered into their Monthly Sign-up Sweepstakes with over 200 winners monthly
  • Earn points redeemable for cash by taking surveys with the Synovate Rewards Program Their minimum payout is only $5, so you can start earning quickly. Signup now!
 

Legitimate Survey Sites

Nobody ever got rich doing online surveys, but you can make a few extra bucks here and there plus you can get products to try out and review and even gifts and prizes on occasion.  Here is a list of legitimate survey sites that you may want to check out if you’ve got some spare time you wouldn’t mind trading for some spare cash.

Inbox Dollars – Get cash rewards for taking surveys, playing games and reading email – plus new enrollees get $5 just for signing up!  I do their email ones all the time because they’re easy.

Mindfield – You’ll get lots of invitations from them, just take them up on the ones you want to do – some of them lead to free trials. 

Nielsen Consumer Panel – This is an awesome program, if you’re accepted you’ll earn points for doing surveys and for scanning the things that you buy.  You can turn around and use those points to buy all kinds of cool stuff from their online catalog.  (I’m a member of the panel and I enjoy doing their surveys and scanning my stuff!)

Panda Research – Earn $3 to $75 for each survey that you complete and 3¢ to 25¢ for every email you read!

Survey4Profit – Cash payouts can range from $10 to $250 per survey completed. Prizes include Plasma screen televisions, iPods, computers and cars. 

Toluna – Earn cash for taking surveys and test free products!

Zoom Panel – Get paid $5 to $75 to take surveys plus you can get paid to review new products.