Can You Make Money In EBay?

By: rosemary
Ebay is an auction site which facilitates buying and selling of all kinds of products ranging from books, DVD, jewelry to boats, cars, houses, etc. EBay, which was founded in 1995, has more than 114 million active users till date. It was reported that eBay is the most sought after shopping place in the internet than any other online sites. In 2004, eBay users transacted a record of $34.2 billion worth of merchandises. According to eBay, about 430,000 people in the world are making their living by selling merchandises and services on eBay. Can you make money in eBay? The answer to this question is obvious. These facts have revealed it to you and as we know, figures are good supporting evidence.

John Stack, who operates his eBay business under the name A City Discount, is trading new and used restaurant equipment. In 1999, the company had a revenue of $400,000 and it did not rest there. The revenue increases every year, $1.4 million in 2002, $4 million in 2003 and $10 million in 2004. Bruce Hershenson is selling vintage movie posters and cinematic advertising through eBay under the name eMoviePoster.com. He made $1.89 million on 31,000 auctions in 2002 and $2.8 million on nearly 40,000 auctions in 2004. Randy Smythe is running Glacier Bay DVD, which sells DVDs. He made a revenue of $5 million in 2004, making Glacier Bay DVD one of the 30 largest DVD retailers.

How do the three examples above sound to you? Does it seem too good to be true? In any case, these are real life examples providing evidence on the amount of money you can possibly make on eBay. Will you make the same amount of money as these people? Nobody knows. If you want to find out, you need to try doing it. Thankfully, this is not an expensive trade to start. Both registration and getting an account is free and you need only to pay a small sum for listing your item.

Using eBay as a platform to make money is neither a myth nor an impossible venture. Taking the chance to try it out can make this become a reality. It is only through the willingness to try and making a genuine effort that you can conclude whether this trading business is your cup of tea. Experimenting is the best way to discover the outcome. You can try by opening an account in eBay and buying an inexpensive item through bidding. By doing this, you will become more familiar with the auction system in eBay. You can also experience the feeling of standing in the shoes of a bidder. By getting more familiar with the whole auction environment and the system, you will feel more comfortable doing trading business in eBay and not be intimidated by the auction system. By just reading the baking recipe and admiring the nice picture will not make you a good cook! You need to try baking the cake! Why not get a free eBay Starter Kit for your trial today? Who knows, you may become one of those Titanium PowerSellers in eBay one day. These people chose to try it out in eBay. They succeeded because they gave themselves a chance. You can do the same. To know more about ebay, you can go to ebay auction.

Note: Figures in this article are taken from 'The eBay Million' by Amy Joyner (Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc).
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