eBay is probably one of the best ways for the beginner to earn money online. Once you’ve listed a few items and sold them on eBay, you get the hang of it and the process is fairly simple. The hard part is finding things to sell and making a profit off of them. Here is a list of places I find free or low cost products to sell on eBay.
Craigslist – I love this site for finding free and low cost products to sell on eBay. If you live near a major Metro area, then it’s likely you have all the resources you’ll need with this site. I look under the “free” section of Craigslist and plan out a route to stop by and pick up free stuff people are getting rid of. I also look under the other sections for cheap products that I know will bring more on eBay.
Kijiji – This site is a lot like Craigslist. It’s a classified site and most cities around the World have a listing. I follow the same scenario for finding free or low cost things on this site as I do Craigslist. Some people just prefer to list here rather than other places so don’t be surprised to find great bargains here.
Garage Sales – Yeah, I visit garage sales in my area to pick up low cost products to sell on eBay. One trick I constantly use is to hit the high end neighborhoods to find better products. I look in papers and online to see where the most garage sales are happening. You’ll be surprised at how little the well off will sell something just to get rid of it.
Estate Auctions – The nice thing about estate auctions is they generally put out a list of things they’re going to sell a week or more in advance. You can then take this list and look on eBay to see if these things have any real value. It will also tell you what you can expect to bring. This in turn tells you what your maximum bid should be so you don’t overbid.
Classified Ads – In my area, we have a lot of small town newspapers. I use these to find Garage sales and auctions, but I also use them to find low cost things people are selling. For whatever reason, some people have no idea what they’re selling is really worth.
Storage Auctions – These are auctions of public storage units where people haven’t paid their rent. To get their money back, the storage company will hold auctions. You can find these auctions in your local paper. You’ll be amazed at the things you’ll see in these storage units.
Your Own Haul Off Service – When pickings get slim, I advertise in the classified section of the newspaper or on Craigslist that I will haul off junk for free. I get a lot of offers and always end up with some really good products to list on eBay for sale!
There you have it. These places can be a goldmine if you’re serious about making big money on eBay. Give them a try and I’m sure you’ll find one or more that becomes your go-to resource for free or low cost items to earn money online.