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Selling On eBay

September 10, 2007

Just a word of advice: I see a lot of articles and feedback on many thrifty websites suggesting that a great way to make extra money is to sell on Ebay. PLEASE PLEASE be careful that you are actually MAKING money in the long run! I have sold and bought off Ebay for quite a while now and there are times when the cost of driving to the post office, or the packing materials, or even the time involved in listing an item negates the earnings.

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And PLEASE watch out for Ebay's fees. They can mount quickly and then you discover that after selling a ton and cheering for your windfall, half of it goes right back out the door to Ebay. I think Ebay is a great sales tool but some things are really better sold on craigslist (no fees), private chat boards (like Diaperswappers for us cloth diapering moms) or at a yard sale. By all means, use Ebay but please be careful.

Victoria from Carpentersville, IL

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Kelly Ann Butterbaugh
August 11, 2006

An avid fan of eBay, I often wondered about the opportunity that eBay stores offer. For those who are new to eBay, a store is just like what it sounds. Rather than post random items on the site for sale, one opens a "store" and posts all the items there.

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January 13, 2006

Let us know if you have ever sold items on Ebay. Also, feel free to share you ebay selling tips.

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July and August is the time to get your things ready to sell on Ebay. Ebay shoppers shop during these two months for school clothes and they might purchase some things for Christmas too!

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November 11, 2005

I am interested in selling Gymboree Clothing on Ebay. Does anybody know where I can find out free information for buying the clothing wholesale? Everywhere I seem to look, it costs money for an e-book download. Also, can anybody tell me where I can find out the "lines" that Gymboree has sold over the years. Same as above, everywhere I look, it costs money to subscribe. Thanks in advance :-)



Julie C. from Park River, ND

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By Cathy (Guest Post)
December 10, 20050 found this helpful

Try gymbohaven.com for line identification that is free!

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By Nancy (Guest Post)
December 18, 20050 found this helpful

Hi Julie, I was trying to find the same info. If you find out anything, can you share with me as I will do the same for you.
Thanks,
Nancy

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By Julie (Guest Post)
December 19, 20050 found this helpful

I will certainly post any updates I hear...Thanks!

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By sumi (Guest Post)
May 18, 20060 found this helpful

Yes gymbohaven.com is the ultimate source for line id! the older lines they do not have listed but dont sell well anyway. when i was in sacramento california (not anymore and missing gymbo) they sold gymbo at ROSS. The lines would show up after about a year. Prices as follows: Dresses 9.99 pants 6.99 tops/shorts 4.99 accessories .99 i never found any outerwear but sweaters were 7.99. they allow for returns in 60 days i believe. No ross here :( and i have never found it at marshals :( They have outlets, but no new lines there, i hear they are remaking the old ones there. i have never been to one though. The actual stores do clearance but not the greatest deal unless you start getting into gymbucks. (i never have) subscribe on the gymboree website to the newsletter. they give coupon codes, you can get some good buys that way. Be aware though that gymboree stores and online do limit quantities of same items... to help deter reselling. i have yet to find an authentic wholesale source for it. i wish i could too but i hope this info helps someone out there! stores.ebay.com/magic-tree

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May 31, 20060 found this helpful

I have always wondered where some of the sellers of new gymbo items on ebay get their merchandise but have decided that they are probably Gymboree employees!

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By (Guest Post)
December 26, 20070 found this helpful

Gymboree told me that they are cracking down on people who are selling their clothing online. It is something they do not allow.

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By SUSAN (Guest Post)
January 25, 20080 found this helpful

Selling all my brand new children's clothing. I have every brand you can think of . A lot of gymboree, osh gosh b'gosh, carters, youngland, seseme street and many many other brands. Please contact me if interested. You can check out my lines of stuff and my whole store of stuff that I have on ebay my store name is "babes-boys-n-toys" I have a lot more than I have listed on my store. I do not have time to get it all listed due to my bad health and the reason why I'm trying to sell it all. Please contact me at babysnus AT comcast.net

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February 5, 20080 found this helpful

What ever you do, don't buy from people in wholesale forums. It is very dangerous. Here is a video to watch:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=euuQy9hCYac

Here is an article to read:
www.janesdeals.com/wholesalerforums.asp

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By Tiffany P. (Guest Post)
April 6, 20080 found this helpful

I LOVE Gymbo Clothes. I only buy mine online. Lately, I have been buying them on Mommy Auctions, but I used to get them on ebay.

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By tash (Guest Post)
July 23, 20080 found this helpful

Another gymbo addict here! Love it! Here's another great resource for finding new and older gymboree lines: http://www.gymbo-clothing-lines.com

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October 16, 20080 found this helpful

There is no gymboree wholesaler. E bay sellers buy items on clearance at the stores and online ( and use gymbucks) and resell it. It is against Gymboree policy for employess to sell clothes they buy, on Ebay. if you want more advice GOOGLE selling clothes on E bay, or go to ebay and search articles. They are now selling kits on how to sell on Ebay but, you can research good info yourself on the web.

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I have about 10 gift cards that I am going to be selling on eBay. I have the value of each card and I will list that in the auction. How do I know that the person who buys it from me wouldn't come back and say that the amount stated in the auction is different on the card. In other words, they could easily say I gave them the wrong amount.

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By Cindy

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I only have a very few items to sell, but would like to sell them on eBay. Do I need to have a web site and a store to do this?

I do not want to go that far just sell a few individual items. Can someone help me with this?

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I keep hearing that if you want to sell successfully, you need to find your "niche" on what to sell on eBay. For those of you that do sell on eBay, how did you find your niche? I'm trying to sell and I seem to be floundering. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

By karen from Charleston, SC

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As the only child of only children, all the family heirlooms have passed down to me, and I'm buried. I want to list items on eBay, but I'm concerned about knowing the value of an item before I set a starting bid or reserve for any of it.

A great deal of it is porcelain figurines and china, not stoneware, real china. What sources can I refer to to make sure I'm in the ballpark? Most particularly, is there a really big book of porcelain and china marks that will let me look things up easily?

By Polly Levesque

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May 1, 2019

If you are purging things from your closets and garage, you need to decide whether or not to try to sell before donating. This page disucsses donating vs selling.

A box of clothing to be sold or given away.

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March 6, 2017

If your home kitchen passes an inspection by the Health Department, you can become eligible to sell your homemade food products to the public. This is a page about selling homemade food on eBay.

A jar of homemade vegetable relish.

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October 13, 2009

Are there any eBay sellers on here? I am trying to begin selling on eBay, but I am wondering about setting the price for shipping.

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August 7, 2009

I am new to eBay and I was wondering if anyone could tell me the best time of day or night to target buyers by age, gender, and sex? I am so new that I haven't even sold anything yet. Thanks.

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February 20, 2009
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