How To Make Money On eBay

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On this page, we focus on how to make money on eBay.  You have probably seen newscasts or read about people making money on eBay and wondered how they do it.  Well, on this page we will teach you how to make money on eBay as part of our series on How To Make Money Online.

When we think of eBay success, the immediate image that often comes to mind is that person selling old trinkets that they found in their basement and making a mint of money.  It is true that eBay has created a world-wide market in which people can find buyers for just about anything, including grandma’s old ice skates.  In fact, the founder of eBay, Pierre Omidyar, is regarded as one of the great thinkers of our time.  His whole idea of eBay came from selling a broken laser printer.

However, let’s dispel this myth.  You do not need a bunch of old stuff laying around in order to make money on eBay.  The reality is that you do not have  to have any products to learn how to make money on eBay.

How can I make money on eBay if I do not have any products to sell? Well, it’s very simple.  You become what is called an “eBay Affiliate”.   An eBay Affiliate is anyone who sells on eBay OR drives traffic to eBay’s sites.  For example, if on this page, I put an eBay banner and you visited eBay, I could then receive money because you clicked through to eBay from this how to video site.   eBay states that…

…the top 25 affiliates in the program average above $100,000 in monthly commissions.

Not bad, huh?  $100,000 a month.  Of course, you are just beginning and it will not be short term goal to be making $100,000 a month from eBay.  But, the point is, you can make some serious money becoming an eBay affiliate and, if you are truly dedicated, you may be able to make it a second income or a permanent means of making a living.

Of course, there are many people who want to know how to make money on eBay fast, but this usually does not happen.  Perhaps…if you happen to stumble upon a stamp collection from ancient Prussia.  Then, you’re in luck.  For the rest of us, slow and steady wins the race.

Thus, you can be making money on eBay by selling items or linking to items on eBay, or both.  To begin making money on eBay in either situation, you are typically going to need a website and then become an eBay affiliate, which is free.  If you do not know how to build a website, there are many companies such as SiteBuilder Elite that will help you create webpages in a matter of moments instead of months. Then, you are ready to sign up for the eBay affiliate program here.

Below, we provide you with many videos on how to make money on eBay followed by quality articles on the subject. Enjoy the shows and the get started now making money on eBay.

How To Make Money On eBay: Videos

Each of the videos below shows you how to earn money on eBay from people who have been through it. With each video, we provide our own commentary to guide you in your viewing. Simply click the links to launch the video in its own window.

Emma Moreton eBay Strategy

In this video, we learn how a real person makes money from eBay. Emma Moreton, a recent college grad, walks you through the process of selling basic items on eBay and how she makes an extra 300 pounds ($500) per month. Bottom Line: Quality video on making nice extra income each month…lasts about just under 3 minutes.

Hidden eBay Secrets

In this 6 1/2 minute video, we are introduced to the “want it now” section on eBay, which is a great key to making money on eBay. This is a detailed, but slightly boring video, but it gives a few techniques in which you may be interested.

Earning eBay Money Without Selling a Thing

This video illustrates a very true point: it’s not easy to make money with eBay the obvious way–trying to sell items at lower cost than other. Unfortunately, he does not teach how to how to make money on eBay in this video. We have to visit his site, eBay Crusher, to get the valuable information.

Look At What You Can Sell on eBay

We throw this short 3 minute video in for fun but also to let you know that you can sell just about anything on eBay and it might just fetch a good amount. This are the 10 craziest things sold on eBay. A Ghost in a Jar for $55,992?

Selling on eBay with Zero Investment

As you start this video, you will realize that it is not high-tech by any means. The producer has a distinctly Indian accent but the video is very straightforward and informative. AT a length of 17 minutes, you can learn a lot from this straightforward (but kind of boring) video.

ABC News: The eBay Hunter

In this video from ABC Online, we meet Niki Campbell, an eBay treasure hunter. She visits people in the Pittsburgh area and identifies items that can be sold on eBay. Niki gives us nice tips on what we may have that we can sell on eBay. This is a professional 3 minute video that allows us to see real people making money on eBay.

Tips for Selling on eBay

This is a quality video not for the production level (the video starts in a car) but for the forthrightness. We have someone in this video who really uses eBay and tells us how to make money on eBay through his vast experiences over the years. This is a 9 minute+ video that you will really learn from.

Making Money on eBay: Articles

For those of you who would prefer to read about how to money on eBay, we bring you several articles that you may find interesting. Each of these articles details ways to make money on eBay as a seller of items or as someone who sends traffic to eBay. Simply click the link to launch the article in a new window.

Top Five Ways To Make Money on eBay: This article from tells us the 5 key strategies that we need to employ to make money on eBay. We learn that $52 billion dollars worth of merchandise was sold last year and are taught the secrets to getting our little piece of the pie.

Keys to Successful eBay Selling: brings us the detailed steps we need to follow to be successful eBay money makers. As we see in each video and article, one of the keys components is researching what we want to sell to determine if there is a market.

The Money Making Mommy on eBay: In this article, we learn from the Money making Mommy, who has done very well for herself earning an income online. She talks about how to use wholesalers to find inexpensive products and sell them for more on eBay. Be careful with the strategy. The growth of eBay has led wholesalers to direct sell on eBay and it is very difficult to beat there price.

Earn eBay Money Without Selling: This page teaches how to make money on eBay without selling a thing. The way you do this is through eBay affiliate links and this page will walk you through that process.

How To Make Money On eBay: Where to Begin?

So, after seeing all of these videos and reading the articles, where should you go from here to begin making money on eBay?

Well, as we saw above, the first thing that you need to do to sell items is to sign up for an eBay account. If you would like to be an eBay affiliate, and get money for sending people to eBay, you need to create a website on your own or through this program and then sign up for the eBay partner network.

People will tell you that you do not need to pay money to make money on the Internet and this is partially true.  However, if you don’t pay money for quick lessons, you can spend months and months simply learning the game when someone can teach you tips and tricks for a low price.  The following programs will help you get started making money on eBay if you do not want to learn everything yourself.

The Definitive Roadmap To eBay Riches: Tom Barnes has been one of the top volume sellers on eBay since 1997. He will teach you the techniques that he has learned through trial and error over his 13 years with eBay so that you can begin earning money quickly with eBay.

Make Money on eBay and Your Own Website: This program teaches you how to use suppliers to buy items at a low price and sell them on eBay for a greater price. Additonally, you will learn how to create a website where you can sell your items and create links to other eBay items.

The Silent Machine: This is book from an eBay master that details exactly how you can make amazing money on eBay by finding out where the traffic is and how to take advantage of it. This newly revised book for 2009 (which is important with a technology issue such as this) offers the first two chapters for free and is well worth checking out.

How To Make Money On eBay: Summary

Making Money on eBayWell, if you have made it this far, you are someone who is dedicated to making money on eBay. On this page, we have brought you not only great how to videos but also articles on how to earn money on eBay as well as resources to help you get started.

We want you to know two things: (1) Making a good monthly income with eBay is still very possible. And (2), any program that promises overnight millions is not a program that is speaking the truth.

There are many programs out there that purport to teach how to make money on eBay but what they are really doing is making money selling items about making money on eBay but not making any real money themselves. Be sure that you learn from existing masters and we have tried to identify them for you here. The most popular one mentioned above is Tom Barnes, who runs the The Definitive Roadmap To eBay Riches.

We want to wish you all the best with making money on eBay and hope that your have learned a lot about how to make money on eBay so that you are ready to get started right away.

Happy Selling!

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Richard Cummings

Richard Cummings is writer, traveler, and web content developer. He creates fun, informative how to articles for this site and exercises his creative writing prerogative at

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