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Does anyone on the forum sell on eBay full-time as their main source of income? Maybe have even quit their day job as a result of outstanding ebay profits? Just curious.
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not me mate but i am very interested in setting up an ebay business as my main source of income, selling mobile phone accessories parts and things like that , any advice on a good product to sell to the irish market lads?
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I have been doing eBay full time since Dec of 2005.
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No way. Would never put all my eggs in one basket. Diversify, diversify.
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Ah there we go! Good stuff!
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I've been on ebay since 1997, full time only income since about 2000. pushing 8 years. have been through roughly 14 different accounts. most shut down for vero, my last shut down for falling 5% in a month on my shipping time. 100% positive feedback, just had a bad month that made things slow. thought it was ok because I have 8 accounts in waiting till I started listing one this weekend. Now every item I put on gets caught up in the ebay/paypal 21 day wait. I'm screwed.

From someone who has done this for 8 years.
DO NOT, DO NOT. MAKE EBAY YOUR ONLY SOURCE OF INCOME.

I have 4 children and now no income to speak of due to it.
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Here we go again.
What do you have as main products to serve people as a good income like this ?
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I'm trying to get in affiliate marketing and just started this past week. If anyone can give me advice on help me out a little on it please do. I want to start getting into something besides just ebay. Ebay is my main source of income right now though.
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I've been on ebay since 1997, full time only income since about 2000. pushing 8 years. have been through roughly 14 different accounts. most shut down for vero, my last shut down for falling 5% in a month on my shipping time. 100% positive feedback, just had a bad month that made things slow. thought it was ok because I have 8 accounts in waiting till I started listing one this weekend. Now every item I put on gets caught up in the ebay/paypal 21 day wait. I'm screwed.

From someone who has done this for 8 years.
DO NOT, DO NOT. MAKE EBAY YOUR ONLY SOURCE OF INCOME.

I have 4 children and now no income to speak of due to it.
Vero! What are u selling...shoes, handbags...china merch huh, Yea I been there...I remember the days back in 03, when u could list a multicolor murakami and bam its sold 30 mins later, wasnt no delay in listing....
However when u ship something, tell your customers to leave FB asap, if they dont just write paypal 3 days after delivery and they will release it, I do it all the time!
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I have been doing eBay full time since Dec of 2005.
I been on ebay since 99, but i would mostly sell merch i got from china....but with vero thats almost impossible now...what do you sell?
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yea the 21 day hold sucks. I have about $500 pending release in my paypal right now until my items get delivered. It just sucks that I cant order more merchandise to list until it clears.
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I been on ebay since 99, but i would mostly sell merch i got from china....but with vero thats almost impossible now...what do you sell?
You know I won't answer that.... LOL
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No way. Would never put all my eggs in one basket. Diversify, diversify.
My eggs are spread. I retired from a 15 year career in 2005 and started selling on eBay.
85% of my sales are through eBay.
15% are through Amazon, my web site and other selling sites.
Then there is the Stock Market. But who knows anything on that topic lately.... LOL
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I sell mostly t shirts. do really well with them just every now and then I get popped with a vero problem and as you know theres not much you can do about it. sometimes I get the 3 strikes and your out. other times I get booted 1st time.
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I've been on ebay since 1997, full time only income since about 2000. pushing 8 years. have been through roughly 14 different accounts. most shut down for vero, my last shut down for falling 5% in a month on my shipping time. 100% positive feedback, just had a bad month that made things slow. thought it was ok because I have 8 accounts in waiting till I started listing one this weekend. Now every item I put on gets caught up in the ebay/paypal 21 day wait. I'm screwed.

From someone who has done this for 8 years.
DO NOT, DO NOT. MAKE EBAY YOUR ONLY SOURCE OF INCOME.

I have 4 children and now no income to speak of due to it.
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Hi, This is my first post on the forum. I joined because I got the boot from ebay. I'm a single mom. I've been making money on ebay for 10 years. This was my second account, which had been in good standing for 5 years. I sell antiques and jewelry. My eggs are not all in one basket. I sell at antique shows, and I buy metals for scrap. But MOST of my income was from ebay. They booted me because my account was "associated" with my mom's account. She had an enormous past due balance from 9 years ago! They're not answering my emails. I've offered to pay the balance in installments. I'd rather do things, "right", so I don't get the boot again. But I really need to get back in business before the rent is due again. I welcome your thoughts.
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Usually if you become suspended because of non payment and later on decide to pay that balance ebay will lift your account. You could try that but that won't guarantee they'll lift your Linked account. It's worth a shot though if it's not a big balance.

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There is no "right" way with Ebay. Best way is to keep hammering at them, one of your new accounts will get through if you you are not selling VERO. If I ever paid my fees, I would have hundreds of active accounts.
Read the guides, if you are a newbie. The basic and most import things, clear cookies with CCcleaner, change ip address, use reloadable gift cards to register, and vumber for telephone verification, use altered registration info at ebay and paypal (like if you are Susan Holmes 123 driftwood dr. you register new as Sue A. Holmes 123 Drift Wood Dr.)
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For me it's just spare cash and a bit of a hobby.
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My partner and I run our ebay business full time. We have also put a lot of effort into alternative auction sites in Australia but sales are very sparse. I think the answer for us in the medium to long term is running our web site and marketing it heavily. I am very curious to see what we can do with the $50,000 a year we would otherwise pay ebay for advertising.

I'd rather be doing this that working a regular job. The changes are sickening and nerve wracking, but they are also driving us to diversify and innovate, which is a positive thing.
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However I haven't been able to quit my day job. Maybe in the next couple of years I can, hopefully
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