Q: Selling on Ebay

lilywow
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  • I saw a discussion on making money on Ebay. I wanted to share my experience with you on this one transaction because it is a good example of how much fees and shipping can eat into your profits.    
 
  • Item selling price (including shipping)             $12
  • Ebay Final value fees                                   -  .75
  • Paypal fees                                                    -.77
  • Shipping                                                    - $3.78
  • Cost of product                                         -  $3.50
  • Profit                                                            $3.20
 
  •   I hope this helps.
lilywow posted Jan 07, 2013
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kffight3r
For lower value items (below $20), I think it is best to charge for shipping and do media mail when possible. Otherwise it really cuts into your margins. Check out Amazon FBA, it is a lot better for small items of big quantities.
kffight3r (rep: 712) posted Jan 07, 2013
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arsiel
This fee calculator would really make it easy to put things in perspective:
http://www.newlifeauctions.com/calc.html
arsiel (rep: 13k) posted Jan 07, 2013
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bbattag
I would use craigslist for lower priced items. Anything over $20-30, I put on ebay and am happy with doing. On low priced items, fees and shipping can kill you.
bbattag (rep: 6.76k) posted Jan 08, 2013
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bbattag
@kffight3r is right. But keep in mind media mail is only for select items, such as books. And they do check packages to ensure they meet the "media mail" rules. I got caught one of the first times I sent something different.
bbattag (rep: 6.76k) posted Jan 08, 2013
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helloamy1977
Before I sell an item on ebay, I make sure to weigh it and charge shipping by their location as that can vary significantly. I only have free shipping when it is under 4 ozs like a ds game or dvd. I learned my lesson one time when I lost money on an item when I had free shipping and the shipping charges for the location of the buyer were super high.
helloamy1977 (rep: 2.53k) posted Jan 08, 2013
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LisaNtom08
This is really good to know..
LisaNtom08 (rep: 1.57k) posted Jan 09, 2013
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gangstabarbie
forget ebay! i just sold my iphone 4s on craigslist for $300 CASH!
gangstabarbie (rep: 9.67k) posted Jan 09, 2013
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