How To Work From Home On eBay: Finding Products

One of the most often asked questions is how to work at home from eBay. Then there is a question of finding products. How do you find products to sell on eBay? You read about looking in your house for items, but frankly you just don’t have that much stuff. Perhaps you use lawn chairs for living room furniture. What then?

Although many articles about making money on eBay focus on selling your unwanted items, many people either do not have a lot of unwanted items or what they have is not suitable for sale on eBay. Then you must go looking for products to sell. You should decide if you want to sell new or used items. This needs to be done because the avenues to pursue for products is very different. If used goods are your ideal product then flea markets, yard sales, moving sales, estate sales, and swap meets are going to be your main source of products. You can also check into storage unit auctions. This is where those that did not pay their rent have had the units repossessed and the storage facility is now selling off the contents. This is where you find products to sell when you work from home on eBay.

If new items are your hearts desire, then you need to locate wholesalers and liquidators to buy from. Here is where you need to understand a few terms, A wholesaler usually buys products from a manufacturer and sells them to retailers. It is more expensive to buy from a wholesaler than directly from the manufacturer however, many times you cannot purchase direct. This is what a wholesaler does. A liquidator also resells to retailers but the merchandise is different. Here is where you find shelf pulls, customer returns, items that were overstocked, slightly imperfect, “fire sales”, etc. There is a good chance that some of the merchandise you receive from this type of business cannot be sold. This is especially true with anything electronic. For your first few purchases, stick with wholesalers until you understand the terms that the liquidators use.

What about liquidators, are they rip offs? No, they are not. Many big chain stores such as Big Lots and Burlington Coat Factory are actually liquidators that sell to the general public. There are really good deals to have, however, you need to know what to look for. Understanding the terms liquidators use will help you make the correct type of purchase. The most commonly used terms are overruns, shelf pulls, customer returns, overstock, and imperfect. These are also associated with store codes. Here is a brief description of each. Overruns, this is where the manufacturer made too many of an item. Shelf pulls are pulled form the shelves at the end of a season. Customer returns are items that people have returned after purchasing them. Boxes are usually opened and they may or may not be complete. Overstock comes from a store, not a manufacturer. They bought too many and cannot sell them. Imperfect items are usually clothing, linens, rugs, or home decorative items like curtains. These items have slight, imperfections in them that do not effect the items usability. Perhaps a small part of the seam is not straight, the fabric may not have been woven perfectly. These items are flawed and cannot be sold as first class merchandise.

Now you know how to work from home on eBay. Finding products should be easy for you because you are in the know!


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