How To Find Products to Sell on eBay – Spoiler Alert!!

Product Sourcing for eBay

Ever skip to the end of a book? Not me. However, today, I broke that golden rule and found myself inextricably drawn to the product sourcing section located at the very end of Marsha Collier’s book, eBay for Dummies.  It turns out there is no crystal ball, no secret website that can fulfill all my product dreams. What it does tell us, is how to use good, old-fashioned elbow grease and intuitive thinking to find the right product at the right time.


  • Find Stuff Around Your House. Women’s Day recently reported on 5 eBay Hot Sellers, including vinyl records, iPods, VHS tapes, comic books and toys. The old saying “one woman’s junk is another woman’s treasure” couldn’t be more true when it comes to selling on eBay. So look around. Instead of throwing away or donating items, put them aside. You’ll be surprised at what you accumulate.
  • Shop Til’ You Drop. If you love shopping and have a knack for spotting hot items, find local discount stores, shop going out of business sales, specialty gift shops or garage sales – all of which can be a great way to score some cheap inventory. You can also go online to sites like Brad’s DealsSlickdeals or Woot. But be prepared and don’t buy just because it is cheap. Be sure to know product prices and salability ahead of time and be willing to store the items if necessary.
  • Category Research. There are many resources to help identify top selling products in specific categories. eBay category pages often list top sellers above the fold.  You can also get similar information at eBay Items in Demand or What to Sell on eBay. 3P tools like Terapeak offer additional assistance by analyzing millions of data nuggets from eBay and Amazon to help you find what products are hottest.
  • Watch for Trending Topics. We literally have all the information we need at our fingertips. Follow trends on social media, especially Twitter. Follow collection trade magazine sites, watch TV or follow a specific niche group. I, for one, am super excited about the Wonder Woman movie scheduled to come out in 2017 and can’t wait to start my collection.

I’ve certainly only scraped the surface. For more, you’ll have to read the book. 🙂

Whatever you do, be sure that you don’t invest more than what you are willing to lose.


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Jodi Gaines Pereira

Jodi Gaines Pereira is the co-founder of ReplyManager, a web-based tool designed to help online sellers manage their incoming customer communications. She served as CEO and blog editor until it's sale to XSellco. She is also a founding partner of iguanafarmGroup, a product development and engineering company. Jodi is a frequent contributor to online publications such as Tamebay and WebRetailer and often speaks about customer experience and marketing within the eCommerce community and is an accomplished singer / songwriter.

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  1. June 29, 2016

    […] Buying of Inventory. Although many eBayers move on to various forms of product sourcing, it is not necessary to get started by laying out a ton of cash for products. You have a treasure […]

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