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How to Make an Extra $200-$300 per Month with your Ebay Account

If you’re already selling on eBay or thinking about selling on eBay, with very little effort on your part, you can easily make an extra $200-$300 or more per month by this method. If you’re like most people, you have hundreds or thousands of books, video games, CD’s and DVD’s that are just collecting dust in your house. Of course you could just list them on ebay but that would mean listing fees and significant effort on your part. Consider selling them on Half.com – an eBay marketplace for books, cd’s, video games, dvd’s and books. If you already have an eBay account, you automatically have a half.com account. Go to the website, half.com and click on sell my stuff. You’ll have to fill out some information but it’s easy and free.

Here’s the best reasons to use half instead of ebay.
1. No listing fees.
2. Half collects the money and direct deposits to your bank account bi-weekly.
3. No photographs necessary – you input the barcode information and it supplies all information necessary except for quality.
4. Shipping cost is paid by buyer and all items are considered “media mail”.
5. Buyers leave you feedback which helps your eBay account.
6. Half supplies you with sales data regarding how much any item sells for within its market – so pricing is easy.
7. Buyers post items they want so you can sell immediately.
8. You get an email telling you an item is sold and click and print a label right from your email and place in your outgoing mail.

Your biggest expenditure of time and effort is initially in listing your catalog of items. You can manually type the UPC code which is on every book, cd, dvd and video game or, to save time you can scan the barcode. I recommend you get an inexpensive barcode scanner like we use in our business:

You will start getting emails immediately that items sell. Simply print a label and have some bubble mailers from Uline to stick the items in and they’re off and your ebay feedback will start to quickly escalate (which translates to better sales on your regular ebay items – power seller status – bigger final value fee discounts and all the benefits of colored stars – yay!).

To keep the ball rolling and increase your sales potential, look on craigslist, garage sales, thrift shops and flea markets for cheap books, dvd’s cd’s and video games to list. If you’re buying storage auctions like I have consistently suggested you probably have a garage full of these items already. You’ll make 4 to 5 times the amount per sale from half.com transactions than at your garage sale or flea market and shipping is easier than making pie. The barcode scanner will save you a massive amount of time because half will allow you to enter multiple items and it’s as easy as clicking a button to list 20 items at a time.

The big ticket items on half are textbooks. You can find them at thrift stores for $1-$2 and sell them on half for just under the msrp. Students are clued in to half and would rather pay a half seller than the campus used bookstore.

If you’re all about making money – and why would you be reading here if you’re not – check out the opportunity to make more with less effort on half.com.

What’s up with Las Vegas Storage Unit Auctions?

Question:

Scotty Boy, I was at a storage unit auction in Las Vegas and I couldn’t believe what people were paying for the stuff.  What is going on with this craziness?

James B., Las Vegas

Answer:

James, I was in town for the storage unit auction last week you’re referring to and I agree that there is some craziness going on here.  What I saw were a bunch of laptards, desperate for merchandise, willing to pay anything to give themselves work.  That first storage unit auctioned off for $750 absolutely blew my mind.  There’s no way, in my opinion that unit full of junk could have been a profitable purchase at that amount.  In fact, everything sold at that particular auction was sold too high.  As a professional buyer, I just watch and walk away from such situations.  It appears, at least at the moment that the gig is up in the Las Vegas Storage Unit Auction game.   So it’s time to move to plan B.

Plan B:  There are still many buying opportunities out there that you can be looking at – it just takes more effort on your part to find them.  Try looking over the collectibles for sale on craigslist.  When you see something that strikes your fancy, check the completed listings on ebay.  What you’re looking for is a high percentage of listed items closing and an average amount per sale.  When you find something that looks like a winner on ebay, go back to craigslist and start making low-ball offers on the ads.  If you’re persistent enough with this, you will get merchandise and be able to make a profit on ebay.  Also, get back on a garage sale circuit.  Stay away from the pro garage sale and stick with the people who just want to clear out stuff so that they can go buy more stuff.  There are many fantastic bargains waiting for ebay sellers at garage sales.  In time, the las vegas storage unit auction circuit will thin out.  The laptards that are overpaying will go out of business and you can get sheds full of great stuff cheap perhaps.  But you can’t put all your eggs in one basket so being in an opportunistic business, you have to go where the opportunities are.

Thanks for the great question – I hope this answer helps.

Scott Asher

Old Painting Found in Storage Unit Auction

Hey Scott, I bought my first storage unit at auction last week. There was some decent stuff, furniture, appliances, a sweet tv, some video games and dvd’s. The reason I’m writing is I found an old painting but I can’t find anything about it because it’s not signed. Any ideas on how I can figure out if it’s worth anything?

Thanks,
Ron, Las Vegas

Hi Ron, congrats on getting some good stuff. I have to tell you that my wife and I have found some art that we couldn’t figure out anything about. I have a couple ideas that might help you. I am aware of four auction houses near Las Vegas, Las Vegas Auction, McManus Auction, Clark County Public Auction, and Darwin’s Auction at the Boulder City Antique Mall. They all offer consignment and might have an idea about the value of your painting. You can also take digital pictures and start sending them out to various places on the internet like askart.com and artnet.com. What we usually do is take great pictures and list them on ebay with a starting price of 9.99 but we purchase the Gallery Plus feature. This gets the painting an affordable exposure and we’ve sold the majority of our art this way. One last option is to call some local antique dealers and ask them if they’re interested in looking at the painting. We’ve had several come to the house and we ask them lots of questions. They usually say they have to research the item and you’ll never hear from them again. The process can be frustrating but the last thing you want to happen is sell it at a garage sale for $50 and then see the buyer on the antique roadshow with a $20,000 painting.
Hope that helps,
Scott R Asher

How to sell the storage content

Most people buying storage auctions have a good idea how to get rid of all the stuff, connections is key in getting top dollar for items.

I personally sold about 80% of everything I won, at garage sales and the flea markets, with eBay and Craigslist filling in the other 20%

*One thing to think about: There is a tricky cost in handling items. The more you move it, the more it cost you, everything adds to the bottom line. If I won a storage unit full of stuff, it was on the open market in a matter of hours.

Popular places to sell the storage content:

  • Craigslist
  • eBay
  • Local newspaper classifieds
  • flea-markets
  • swap meets
  • Own a shop
  • Yard sales

here is my eBay number here.