Selling on eBay After the Holidays

December 22, 2007

As you scurry around trying to finish your last minute gift shopping in the final days before Christmas, keep in mind that the next few days can be a great time to prepare to make some money on eBay.  The following four tips can help you make some extra money to help pay off those holiday bills:

eBay Feedback
If you’ve done any of your Christmas shopping on eBay then you’ve already built up a feedback profile that will make others comfortable doing business with you.  If you haven’t purchased anything there before now is a good time to get some great deals on things you can put away as future Christmas or birthday gifts.  Sellers have flooded the site with auctions to meet the holiday rush and typically the more people selling a product, the lower the price goes, with exceptions such as the Nintendo Wii.

Free Shipping Supplies
You and your family will likely open gifts in the week ahead and with gifts almost always come boxes.  Save the boxes and packaging material as you open presents and you’ll have free shipping supplies!

Big Discounts
As we get closer to the day of Christmas retailers continue to offer sales and once the holiday is over they will offer big discounts on many products.  Take advantage of these low prices as they try and move out inventory.  If you can buy it for a big discount chances are you can re-sell it at some point in the future for a handsome return on investment.

Unwanted Gifts
Another inevitable side effect of the season of gift giving are people who end up with presents they don’t really want.  In some cases there is no gift receipt so they’re stuck with what they got.  In other situations the thought of standing in long return lines prevents people from taking back or exchanging unwanted gifts.

So what does this have to do with you?  Offer to sell your friends, families, neighbors, or co-workers unwanted presents for them on eBay and take a commission.  They get rid of something they don’t want and you make some extra money, win/win.

Of course the best thing about the holiday season is the time you get to spend relaxing with your family but that doesn’t mean you can’t think ahead for some pre-emptive eBay action.  Enjoy!


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Ben Edwards, the founder of Money Smart Life, saved up enough to buy a Nintendo back when he was 12 years old. When he used the money to buy shares of Wal-Mart stock instead, he knew he wasn't like the other kids... His addiction to personal finance has paid off for his family and now he's helping you to afford the life that you want. Check him out on the web at Google Plus, Twitter and Facebook.

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