So I was really excited to read Make Money from Home with a Children's Ebay Business: Work from Home and Make Money on Ebay Selling New, Outgrown and Unwanted Kid’s Clothes, Toys and Baby Items by Carol Woods. This is exactly the guide I needed then.
Woods, also the author of five Lightning-Fast Language books which teach children foreign languages, covers everything you'll need to know about selling children's items on eBay. Throughout the book she uses children's clothing as examples, but the principles are good for any child's item.
She starts with the basics of getting set up as an eBay seller, then moves into whether you should sell items in groups or lots, or if you should sell them individually. This was always a challenge for me. She has some great advice on which items sell best individually and how to create lots that will sell at the best possible price per item. I have a bunch of children's designer clothes that I was planning to sell as a lot, just because it was easier for me. After reading Woods's advice, I'm thinking of pulling some individual items out and doing research to find out which designer line they are from, then selling those items by themselves, and creating smaller lots from the rest. Although it's a little more work, I should make more profit from this strategy.
Woods moves on to give great advice on pricing and dealing with spots and damage, and the best times to sell various children's products. I always had my auctions end on Sunday night, to take advantage of eBay buyers searching during the weekend. This is the standard eBay seller advice. But Woods points out that buyers of children's items are usually moms who often use their children's naptime to search for items. She's found that for children's items, an ending date of a weekday afternoon is best.
She discusses making best use of the auction form through creating great photos, choosing the product category carefully, and writing a detailed description and most importantly, a great auction title. Finally, she addresses shipping and auction management, as well as managing your eBay business.
One small downside to the books is that the author assumes that you already understand basic eBay lingo. If you've ever bought anything on eBay, you probably will understand the phrases specific to eBay, like Buy It Now. Still, an appendix covering basic terms would have been handy.
This book is great for anyone who is thinking of selling anything related to children on eBay, whether it's just a few items to make a few extra bucks or if they are planning on starting a full-fledged business. Even if your product is not child-related, the book still has some great advice.
Would you like to read Make Money from Home with a Children's Ebay Business? It's available from Amazon.com, both in paperback or in a Kindle version. If you don't have a Kindle, you can get the free Kindle Cloud Reader for Windows, Mac, iPhone, Android, or other operating systems.
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