01 February 2010

How to Make Money on eBay

by Todd Alexander

Allen & Unwin. Adult Non-Fiction, Australian. Paperback rrp $14.99

I love eBay. I shop on eBay. I have sold my trash and clutter on eBay. But could I really make money on eBay? According to Alexander the answer is Yes.

But… It isn’t as easy as uploading your picture, setting the price and hoping for the best. It’s all about marketing. Unlike taking your goods to the local market to sell, eBay has lots of rules and regulations. However, in the long run, you would probably make more profit selling on eBay than you would at the local market.

Alexander has written a concise and easy to use book with step-by-step instructions on how to set up your eBay business and how to continue running your business profitably – so long as your goods are in demand.

Todd Alexander knows what he is writing about. He has been employed at eBay Australia for eight years and is now Head of Customer Insight, the department responsible for the successful growth and development of sellers. Who better to instruct on the machinations of eBay and selling?

After reading How to Make Money on eBay the only problem is to find what to sell… Anyone got any ideas?


  1. As far as sourcing a few items, something that might be worth trying is searching eBay for listings that have main key words misspelled in the title, buying them at a discount, and then re-listing them on eBay for a profit.

    Most interested buyers will never see these misspelled listings, so you have a better chance of getting a good deal.

    You can use a site like ebuyersedge.com (typojoe.com, etc) to search ebay for common misspellings of keywords you enter.

    Ebuyersedge also gives you the option of saving your favorite searches, then sending you an email when an item is listed matching one your saved searches, giving you a jump on other potential buyers.

    This works best with 'Buy It Now's, but is also effective with auctions.

    I've read that some people profit from this and even make a living doing it. I don't know about that, but it is at least worth a try to find yourself a good deal if nothing else.

  2. The Reading Stack team02 February, 2010 21:34

    Thanks for the extra info Gary