While it is the world's largest online marketplace, eBay doesn't come with a definitive training manual. At one point, there was an eBay Education Specialist Program, where sellers could sign up for classes taught by experienced sellers, but this program ended in June of 2016. Not to worry, there are many blogs written by eBay sellers for eBay sellers that are very helpful to anyone who wants to learn more about how to start or improve their eBay business. Here are a few of the most popular.
Formerly known as the eBay Scavengers, Ryanne and Jay are two eBay sellers living in rural Virginia who have made a life decision in 2008 to be professional scavengers. The two left their life-draining soul-sucking jobs in California 2008, cashed in their 401Ks, and bought a homestead in rural Virginia. Their goal is never to have to work for "The Man" ever again. These two creative and inspiring people have a huge eBay business with over 4,000 items for sale. They also run a rental property through Air BnB as another stream of income.
They scavenge in their local area, go to local auctions, thrift stores, buy off Craigslist, sell art on consignment, and find stuff everywhere that they can sell on eBay. In addition to their blog, Ryan and Jay have been doing 2 podcasts a week available on YouTube. One blog/podcast is a weekly show with a specific business topic or interview, and the other is a "What Sold This Week" recap that Ryanne films as she is packing up their orders.
Their blog, called "Scavenger Life: Trash to Cash. A blog about making a living on eBay" is a great community of eBay sellers having in-depth discussions and sellers share their numbers for the week. Most posts have over 100 comments, so it is a great place to learn and network with other sellers.
Things I Find in the Garbage
Here is a fantastic blog about things people throw in the trash that sell on eBay. Martin, who writes the blog from Canada, has this tagline on his blog:
"I'm a professional scavenger and entrepreneur making a living selling curbside garbage. This blog details my finds and sales. It also acts as an archive for things beautiful and historic that would otherwise have been destroyed."
This blog is a wonderful place to learn about what sells even though the original owner threw it in the trash. Martin finds everything from jewelry, historic postcards, art, electronics, clothing, new cosmetics and soap, sports memorabilia, collectibles, and even shipping supplies. One man's trash is another man's treasure. Spend some time on Things I Find in the Garbage and learn what you (or your neighbors) may be throwing away that can be sold for cash on eBay.
The Teen Thrifter
Nandry, a college freshman, is the author of The Teen Thrifter. A bright teenager, she started selling on eBay at the age of 12 (under her parent's account) and built a home business any adult would envy. She gets her items at a Goodwill Outlet in Tennessee a few hours from the rural area where she lives. She makes day trips to the outlet, shops for several hours, and returns with a few hundred pounds of items to sell. Her monthly revenue (before fees and expenses) is between $1,000 and $1,500, so she is no slacker. Her eBay helps pay for some of her college tuition - she is a brilliant girl who has scholarships helping to pay her way as well. Nandry has over 600 items in her store, Nandry's Bluegrass Bargains.
eBay Selling Coach
This blog has been around since 2007, has over 4 million lifetime hits, 800+ posts, and is the oldest yet still current and active blog about eBay selling. Suzanne A. Wells actually started this blog because many of her friends noticed how her eBay business was not only surviving but thriving and they began asking the same questions over and over again. It was easier start a blog with all the answers rather than have the same conversations all the time.
eBay Selling Coach focuses on what to sell, eBay FAQs, seller success stories, eBay BOLOs, and news from the eBay community. Suzanne has been a seller since 2003 and has sold over 30,000 items ranging from clothing, collectibles, jewelry, household items, baby items, and anything else she can find to flip for a profit. Suzanne has taken her knowledge a step further and offers courses, consulting, and a consignment directory to connect other sellers with clients who want to hire someone to sell their items on eBay.
If you are new to eBay, or just want to expand your knowledge base, spend some time reading these blogs and listening to the corresponding eBay podcasts or YouTube videos. Experienced sellers have a lot of knowledge to share and can save you time and money by sharing what they have learned. There is always something new to learn about eBay selling.