I’d start off by searching for stuff in the “Popular near me” category.
Set your filter for within 5 -10 miles away. With the “Sort by” button, you have the options below.
Personally, I went with the closest because I’d rather not have to drive far out at all.
Then just hit apply and see what kind of cool stuff you find.
At first I thought I could do this with cell phones but the risk that there might be something wrong with the phone was too high (something could come up later on the phone like it won’t charge or it heats up).
I instead decided to go with something that can have its condition based on appearance alone for the most part.
I went with a pair of Retro Air Jordans.
I will admit that the first pair I posted on eBay got sold on Offer Up before I could sell them on eBay.
Luckily the same seller said he had more shoes he just hadn’t posted them on Offer Up yet.
I would like to point out that I did no research on this beforehand, but I suggest you do. (I will in the future as well).
Here’s how you go about doing that:
Now, if you don’t want to do any of this I understand. You could just do what I did and wing it, besides your just fishing really.
Okay, so either way when you find something that you deem worthy of listing on eBay (researched or not), hit the little star on the top right hand side of the screen next to the cutesy little camera symbol.
This will add it to your favorites.
Next, go to your computer and sign-in to your account, go to that favorites item and save the picture.
Make sure and hit the “ask” button and find out some more details from the seller on the item or items if you’re doing more than one listing.
Get as much info as you can, like final price, (always try to offer a little less, you never know) ask for more pics they can send to your phone or email (Offer Up only allows 1 pic unless you download some app which I didn’t do lol), and just make sure that the seller is responsive otherwise I wouldn’t really mess with them.
The final piece of the puzzle is creating the eBay listing.
PRO TIP: Look at the sold items if you want help on what kind of titles sell. Create a similar title. Simple right?
On the top left-hand side of your eBay page you should see “Sell” right next to “Gift Cards”, you know what to do now….HIT SELL knucklehead lol.
You’ll see 2 buttons come up:
Hit “Sell it myself”. Where it says “Tell us what you’re selling”, just spin around some of the titles from the tip in red font from before and don?t use the exact same wording.
Don’t take too long on this, but add the main parts to the listing like:
It?s true, I do.
For as much as I?ve been reading blog posts, listening to videos, and buying digital products on the subject for the last 8 months or so?I SUCK AT INTERNET MARKETING.
You may have heard the term ?Shiny Object Syndrome??boy, was I riddled with it (and I still jones for more digital products but not as bad lol).
I?ve purchased hundreds of dollars in digital products without much to show for it. I?ve tried CPA/CPC marketing, doing Fiverr gigs, email marketing combined with solo ads and?I was going about it all the wrong way.
I wasn?t ready because I didn?t have a clear idea of what I wanted to do so I was looking at gimmicky crap that promised the world even if you?ve had no experience, and of course? THIS DID NOT WORK.
I was not building something sustainable and even when something worked, (I made about $5 off of an e-book upsell from somebody joining my mostly non-buyers/unresponsive email list) I didn?t even have things set up right to track where they came from!
Basically?this was me:
Does any of this sound familiar?
Now that I have your undivided attention let?s move on to something that actually worked for me, it?s a mix of online/offline marketing and it?s something you can test yourself without any initial cost (you?ll see what I mean).
This was fairly recent too mind you. A few months back I read a phenomenal blog post on Appsumo (a daily deals website for digitally distributed goods and online services founded by Noah Kagan) about making money throwing fun events and I flirted with the idea of doing it myself.
You can read that blog post and follow the instructions to the tee if you?ve got the stones.
Here?s how it went down for me though: I told everyone I knew I was going to throw a cocktail event (via text, call, Facebook, email, etc.) in about 2 ? weeks. I informed them that the event was either going to be on June 9th, 2015 or the 10th.
It would be $25/person or you could buy 3 tickets (although I didn?t really have any tickets) and get 1 free. I explained that their purchase entitled them 1 drink and 1 cocktail class. I didn?t have an exact day or a venue, but I still threw it out there.
Why not right?
This was all for shits and giggles anyway.
Okay, now Noah?s blog post talks about not worrying about the logistics too soon but I do what I want.
I went ahead and asked around about the venue and got a response (just look for bars on Yelp or just Google and pitch the idea to the manager it?s simple) from a bar called Bar Louie. I told them I?d pay them $10 a head which would equal 1 drink and 1 cocktail class. do it on Wednesday, a slower night for them.
They absolutely LOVED the idea and told me to do it on a Wednesday?a slower night for them.
Remember, it is important that you should set the event in the middle of the week so it is on a slow night (it?s easier to get a cocktail class in that way, bars are usually not as busy), it?s a win-win because you?re bringing in paying customers who are probably going to buy more drinks and food over the course of the night.
Easy, right? Moving on. Tell people about the event and get them to Paypal (it?s an action verb now apparently) you the money, that way your idea is validated with presales.
NOTE: instead of marketing to complete strangers it is better to tell your friends, family or acquaintances about the event (they?ll be more likely to trust you)!
I must confess. I did end up making a little site on wix to make it easier for people to buy their tickets.
Check out my ghetto-fabulous site here or click on the pic below. I say ghetto, but hey, I?m no WordPress wiz or anything even close to that. I was proud of my work even though it took me a couple of hours, about 2 in fact.
I even made Facebook event page, which yielded?no one.
I thought I had 10-15 people easy.
Some of what I call my best friends did not even give me a yes or no.
In fact, when it was all said and done, I had 5 people total (including myself) that were actually going.
I was really butt-hurt about my friends not even giving me a response, but that?s life. When it?s all said and done, you have to think about it from an entrepreneur?s point of view. Create, analyze results, and then adjust.
However, despite only having 4 paying customers, the event was a blast!
The bartenders were awesome.
Bar Louie is famous for their martinis and they showed us how to make 6 different types of martinis although I did not retain all the information. They told us a lot of the history on the drinks, how to shake them, how certain liquors are distilled, etc. We were all very impressed. Here are a few pics from the event:
When it was all said and done, I made $39 off of the $100 I received, all with no money out of my pocket.
I did end up reinvesting most of it into some more booze for my girlfriend and I though, oh well (by the way, I charged her $25 and you can too, the bar still expects their money).
If anything, this is a great way to get some free booze! I would have never, ever tried this had I not seen that blog post. I had a blast learning to make drinks and got a couple of free drinks in the process.
It was not perfect.
I didn?t even follow the idea step for step and frankly, I kind of half-assed it on the marketing for the last week or so.
Imagine if I?d whole-assed it?
Despite all of this, I consider it a success.
I made an independent dollar ($39 of them as a matter of fact, woo-hoo!) doing something fun at that.
Can this be scaled up? Yes, it can. So, let?s do a condensed version or the (as Reddit puts is) TL/DR version:
Sounds simple, no? Ok, smart guy (or gal)?
Thanks for your time guys, hasta luego.
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