Category: eBay Success Stories
I just got an email from Tina Kastana of eBay store FashionAlaCarte! In 2012, she was named eBay Canada’s Fashion-preneur of the Year. Last fall, her eBay success story was featured in Auctiva’s newsletter, The Online Seller. It’s a great piece!
Amazingly enough, Tina is a one-woman show! (After you’ve read the story, be sure to sign up for The Online Seller newsletter! Just click on the “subscribe by email” link in the upper right-hand corner of the page.)
I love reading about other online sellers. Auctiva’s newsletter, The Online Seller, recently featured Rebecca Price. Rebecca loves selling vintage products she finds at yard sales. Click here to read the story! (And don’t forget to check out the entire newsletter. Very informative!)
Don’t forget: If you would like to be featured on my blog, write up your story, and send it to email@example.com!
Just got this submission from one of my former students. Very inspirational! Here’s her story:
“In 2006, I started getting interested in eBay. We needed a motor for our spa, so I thought I would look on eBay and see what I could find. I wasn’t sure which motor would fit. I figured I would buy one and resell it if I made a mistake! Well, I ended up purchasing a motor I couldn’t use, so I threw it back on eBay. That was my first sale!
Then I started looking for things around the house to sell. Selling on eBay was easier than having a yard sale! I started selling some candles and bath items. I really enjoyed selling on eBay and decided to take my selling to the next level. I came across some new Dish Network receivers. I bought all of them, and they sold!
At the time, we had a wheel repair business. I was in charge of the office work and was really busy. eBay was put on the backburner. In July 2011, my husband injured his back and could no longer work at his shop. We needed a way to make money. I decided to give eBay a try! I bought a book on eBay by Skip McGrath. I went to Skip’s site and purchased his list of wholesalers. That’s how I got involved with Skip’s coaching program. He set me up with Miriam Otto. She coached us and sent us a ton of information. It was the best thing we could have done. I could email her with questions anytime. We listed and listed. Within a few months, we had hundreds of listings up and became Bronze PowerSellers. We were done with our training but continued to make progress!
It has been a year since we started seriously selling on eBay, and we are Silver PowerSellers! I never thought we would reach that level. When you hear people say that they make a living on eBay, believe them! It is possible! My two daughters and my sister now have eBay stores as well. I am so thankful for that phone call from Skip’s office. Thank you, Miriam, for all your help!”
You’re welcome, Linda! And congratulations! To check out Linda and Tom’s store, click here. (I just checked, and they have more items listed than I do!!!!)
Thanks for this video, eBay! This guy has over 150 employees, and he’s not even 30….
I’m busy, busy, busy, so I missed posting yesterday. But I’m back! Just listed this cool trench coat. I had someone model it because it was too long for my mannequin. Thanks, Linda! I have this coat in a wide variety of sizes. Love it! It’s made of a high quality pleather!
A few days ago, I received the latest PowerUp newsletter which featured an inspirational video about a clothing, shoes, and accessories seller called BHExpress that just hit 1 million feedback. This husband and wife team started their multi-million dollar business out of their living room in 2003. So awesome! Check it out here!
For eBay-related information, check out this blog each and every day! Become part of the eBay community by posting a question or comment on the new discussion board! And don’t forget to post a score to my “score board” to get my two free “10 Items That Sell on eBay” lists.
Don’t miss reading this story about a man who started selling on eBay after suffering a brain injury. Very inspirational!
I’m in a wedding today, so I’ve got to get going. Before I do, I wanted to show you the cool jeweled bouquets my old college roommate Noaki creates for her business. Aren’t they gorgeous?
If you get a chance, “like” her Facebook page here. And don’t forget to watch Ask the Danni App! Yes, ATDA is now a video show! If interested in watching the show and meeting other eBay sellers in the chat room, tune it at 5 PST!
For eBay-related information, check out this blog each and every day! Become part of the eBay community by posting a question or comment on the new discussion board! And don’t forget to post a score to my “score board” to get my two free “10 Items That Sell on eBay” lists. Take a look at what sells best on eBay here.
Have you ever considered creating your own product to sell on eBay? It’s a great alternative to traditional sourcing. Last week Yahoo News featured Sticks and Stones, a company that sells alphabet photos. I don’t think the photos are sold on eBay, but it’s a great product invented by a husband and wife team. Here’s a sample:
This multi-million dollar business was started on just $100. Cool story! Here’s the video.
For eBay-related information, check out this blog each and every day! And don’t forget to post a score to my “score board” to get my two free “10 Items That Sell on eBay” lists. Take a look at what sells best on eBay here. The Score Board is getting longer! If you need shoes, browse my eBay store, Blue Frog Shoes and if you’re on Facebook, don’t forget to “like” the eBay Life Blog Facebook page. I would really appreciate it!
Just found this 2011 eBay Green Team video featuring Corri McFadden of House of Consignment. Interesting! I’ve been watching each episode to find out how her business is run. In one episode, she talks about the fact that she launches all the auctions herself. I thought that was interesting…..(I know it’s reality television, but I think she was serious.)
Cindy Sorley is a military wife turned eBay seller! Before deciding to sell exclusively on eBay, Cindy owned a brick and mortar store that sold stitchery supplies. Eventually, she decided to close her brick and mortar so she could spend more time with her young son. She decided to keep her original userid, Bubbacandance, (a reference to a famous country song) but called her eBay store Stitchery X-Press, which was the name of her brick and mortar. After only one month, Cindy was selling twice as much as she had sold in her physical location.
Selling on eBay meant that she could work from home and not be tied to the shop 24/7, six days a week. Eventually, Stitchery X-Press became one of the largest needlework stores on eBay with customers from all over the world. How much does Cindy sell per month? Well, on average she sells more than $7500 worth of products every 30 days.
In 2008, she was featured at the eBay Live event. Here’s the video:
I encourage everyone to check out her store, Stichery X-Press! Thanks for sharing, Cindy!
FYI: Don’t forget that I’m still giving away my three “10 Items The Sell on eBay” lists to anyone who signs up for email updates. (See box below.) Just email me at Bluefrogshoes@live.com after you do it! And if you need shoes or want to check out my recent sales, check out my eBay store, Blue Frog Shoes!