I don’t mind admitting, early on in my eBay career I found myself missing out on a lot of money. I found myself shopping around for eBay inventory but over looking the items that had no use to me. It took me a while, but I figured it out. When shopping for eBay inventory, you can NEVER shop for yourself. I had the mindset that if I didn’t like the item, then no one else would. I would buy things that I thought for sure would be a home-run, but soon realize that no one wanted a Blackberry Branded Beach Towel, but for me. This is a common problem with both new eBayers and tenured eBayers alike, but can easily be fixed!
I get emails every other day regarding this issue. Some claim that they don’t have the “Eye” for shopping. That’s the key word right there – Shopping. You are not shopping; you are buying! Buying for other people who are going to want your item, and that does not mean that you have to like it. Here is how I overcame this mindset.
I’m sitting in my car and staring at the Thrift Store door. I knew this day was going to be different because I told myself that I’m NOT going to pick up any item that I think would be good. Not even if I knew that it would be a home-run. I walked through that door and spent almost two hours in there. I picked up every ugly and unpractical item you could imagine, but I checked the completed listings on my phone. 95% of the items were worthless, but about mid trip, I found something that I normally would not have looked at, and I’m glad I did. I found a Dermal Tone Facial Exerciser.
I know I have mentioned this item before, but it is worth mentioning again! This item alone changed the way I look at eBay inventory. I found this item sitting all by itself, and I had no idea what it was! When I looked it up on eBay and saw that it was going for over $70 I was amazed (especially since I got for under a dollar). I would have missed out on this excellent item if I kept to my old way.
Remember you can NOT go shopping for yourself, but instead start buying for others!
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