How I Made $1000 On eBay In One Month

We've all heard the stories of people getting rich on online. Either by selling a piece of toast with an image of the Virgin Mary on eBay, or by getting lucky and finding some long-lost document in their attic that was signed by Abraham Lincoln only hours before his assassination. But did you know you can make money by selling everyday items on eBay?

I Never Would Have Guessed People Would Want My 'Junk'!

It started one day when the battery charger on my cordless phone died. I checked with the manufacturer and they wanted $70 for a replacement! I thought I could get a better deal from an internet reseller so I did a Google search for the batter charger. In the Google results I came across an eBay listing for what I was looking for, and it was only $5! I made a bid on that $5 item and won the auction. By using eBay I saved myself $65 !

Winning That ebay Auction Got Me Thinking

The person that sold me that battery charger on eBay probably thought it was a piece of junk, but to me it was gold. I wondered how much 'junk' in my closet might be gold to someone else? So I spend the next weekend going thru my closets, garage, and basement looking for all those things I had that were too good to throw away, but not quite good enough to use.

I Was Surprised How Much Stuff I had

Here are the results of what I found during my eBay 'junk' search:

  • My old collection of comic books from when I was younger
  • Camera equipment from my photography hobby days
  • A spare part from my car that was still good
  • An older digital answering machine
  • Some old cordless phones
  • Several old toys, dolls, etc

None of these things seemed particularly valuable, or even useful to me but my experience with the battery charger had taught me that these things would be worth something to the right person. Make no mistake, these things weren't 'garbage' - everything was in good condition and clean. If anything was dirty I did my best to clean it up.

How To Get Started Selling On eBay

So I had my pile of 'gold', but how did I go about getting it into eBay? I had already gotten familiar with how eBay worked when I purchased my battery charger. It's important to understand the eBay process and rules. If you've never bought or sold anything on eBay before, check our how to buy things on eBay for the first time page.

I Needed To Get A PayPal Account

One of the things I learned is that using a PayPal account at eBay for transactions was safer, and preferable by many buyers and sellers. Paypal has certain protections against fraud and makes selling and buying fast and easy. With PayPal there is no need to wait for a buyer's check to come in the mail and there's no worrying about bounced checks or other scams. With PayPal you get your money fast and easily!

With My eBay and PayPal Accounts I Was Ready To Make Money!

Now I was ready to get started, so I started off with the smallest, cheapest (so I thought)item I had to sell, a spare part from my car. There was nothing special about this item - it was a part of the grill. I had put on a 'fancier' grill, and I no longer needed it. It was slightly dinged, but in good condition. A brand new one was about $300 from the dealer. So I took a few pictures of the grill, wrote a simple description for the eBay auction being careful to explain that it was not new and had some scratches, and why I was selling it. I posted the pictures (very easy to do on the eBay web page) and started the bidding at $10.

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I Watched My First Auction Like A Mad-Man

The first day or two I didn't get any bids. But on the third day I got my first bid! I was thrilled! Then, only a few hours later, the bidding was up to $20! I started watching my auction results like it was an addiction. After a few days the bidding price was over $100! I could not believe it! This car part that was just laying in my basement was already worth over $100! A few days later the auction ended and the winning bid was for $175! That was the easiest $175 I ever made!

After It Sells There Is More Work To Do!

A few hours after my auction ended the winning bidder had already transferred his payment into my PayPal account. Now that I had my money I was ready to ship the car part the winner so eagerly wanted. I took the part to my local UPS store had them box it up and ship it off. Shipping is where you can cut into your profit. After seeing how expensive it was to box up and ship my part I decided that I would do all the packaging myself for any future sales. This saved me a lot of money on everything else I sold on eBay.

After My First eBay Sale I Felt Like A Pro!

Once I got past my first sale I felt like I could sell anything. I started one new auction per day for the rest of the items I had. I was surprised at how much some of the items sold for! I had one camera, that was of no value to me that sold for $250, and several other items that sold for $50-$75. Of course I also had a few things that only sold for $5-$10.

I Was Running Out Of Stuff To Sell!

The following weekend I went to several yard sales in search of other people's junk I could make money from. I found some old radios, portable TV's, toys, etc, all which only cost a few dollars each. I put all of my Yard-Sale finds on eBay over the next few days. I was disappointed that my profit's were not as high as with the items I found around my house, but I still made over $200 ! The next weekend I went yard-sale'ing again and found more low-cost 'gold' for eBay. Again, making even more cash.

After 32 Days I Had Just Over $1000 In My Pocket!

It wasn't easy, there was a lot of learning involved and there was a lot of legwork involved, but I'd have to say that was the easiest $1000 I've ever made, and it was fun! For the next few months I kept-up the yard-sale'ing and eBay selling and continued to make money. I still haven't beat my first month's record for sales, but it's still a fun way to make a few extra dollars.

To learn about how to buy things on eBay for the first time see our Buying on eBay for Beginners page.


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Yashira (not verified)
Re: Paypal is a scam!
Hi, I read your post and I had heard of another matter about PayPal doing things that were a no no in the internet retail world. I wanted to know is there anyway that I could post things and not get involved with Paypal and just take straight credit card transactions?
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Re: Paypal is a scam!

Yes, you can open a merchant account or use a service like "Square" .

Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
Paypal is a scam!
Dont trust paypal with your money . They are a real thief. They have stolen money from me 3 times a good amount. Others friends and familly told me the same even you request paypal doesnt trust anybody thanks
Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
Re: Paypal is a scam!
I doubt seriously if Paypal has scammed you or anyone. They are one of the top companies in the nation for handling credit card and ebay/amazon and thousands of other transactions. Chances are you did not bother to read the rules of the road before you used them. I have heard of people being told to use Paypal to pay scammers only to have their account jeopardized because they were victimized by some slick scammer that promised them the world and delivered a theft of their funds.
Paypal Victim (not verified)
Re: Paypal is a scam!

You're doubts are wrong. I am not the original poster but i can tell you the short version of my brush with Paypal.
One day, out of the blue, with no warning and no reason, Paypal decided to 'freeze' my account. The account had over $5,000 in it and they told me that were going to hold that money for six months and ban my account forever. They gave me no option for appeal or review and would give me no information as to why they decided to do this. My account had zero complaints and zero issues. When calling different support numbers I was given different stories every time, and told to call other phone numbers that were no longer valid.
I finally had an attorney write a letter to Paypal threatening to sue them AND to report them to the media, social media, and every regulatory agency we could think of. PayPal's Office of Escalations almost immediately called me by phone, apologized, instantly transferred all of the money of mine they were holding into my bank account, and un-banned my account.
Based on my experience, and based on a quick Google search of "paypal scam" or "Paypal holding funds", I think you will see that Paypal is a bunch of crooks that will hold your money (and collect interest on it) whenever they feel like, for no reason at all. The real problem is that since Paypal is not a 'bank', they have very little regulatory oversite - leaving them nearly free to do whatever they feel they can get away with.

Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
Buying on Amazon and selling on eBay?
that's nice to hear...i am trying to do the same thing. Someone told me buying things from Amazon and sell it on e-bay could make some extra income. is it possible?
eBay Seller (not verified)
Re: Buying on Amazon and selling on eBay?
Possible? Sure.. But the risk is high. Most people that buy on e-bay also buy on Amazon and shop both first before buying and the only way you could make money is to sell it on eBay for more than you got it on Amazon.
Amontre (not verified)
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Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
Re: How I Made $1000 On eBay In One Month
Selling on ebay and making money is all about exploiting the knowledge that you have. Everyone has a hobby that they now stuff about - use this knowledge, exploit it.
Riz (not verified)
Re: How I Made $1000 on ebay in a 1 month

Can anyone kindly explain to me how Paypal works? I am very frustrated with Paypal! I made an account on Ebay and on Paypal as well. When I then tried to get verified my Paypal to my bank account Paypal then wanted a 4 digit passcode and try saying go to bank and take bank card statement. There is a 4 digit passcode but when I got it bank statement there's only 0.01p balance from Paypal and there is not any code
Please can someone kindly help me?

Thank you so much.

I See Stupid People (not verified)
Re: How I Made $1000 on ebay in a 1 month
Read the instructions again.
Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
Re: How I Made money On eBay
I have like 720 bars of Kashi go lean protein bars that expired on March 23, 2013, would it be ok to sell that? I ate one today and it tasted just fine. I have boxes of 12 each
Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
Re: How I Made money On eBay
Yes the expired bars sell and actually very well Good Luck
Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
Re: How I Made $1000 On eBay In One Month

1. Go to Costco and take pictures of everything you would like to sell.
2. List them on eBay, mark the item up 5-10 dollars
3. Make your auction at least 10 days
4. Wait for your item to close.
5. Ship the item and leave positive feedback
6. Rinse and repeat....forever.
7. Thank me later

Jeff (not verified)
Re: How I Made $1000 On eBay In One Month

I have sold quite a few items on eBay; secret is to make the money when you BUY your stuff to sell. Do your research, check demand, then sell what is in demand....not what you THINK may be in demand

First sale is daunting, but once you get the hang of it, it is mostly following a system.

cheers, jeff g ( aka physiologist1 on eBay )

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ebay IRS records

Have to share this story of my friend. They had six children. Her smallest child, about 6, wanted to sell his toys to make some money for him. He went through is toy box and she agreed to list everything he brought her. In his stash was the leg (1 leg only) of an old GI Joe toy. She listed it on Ebay and within minutes, she got a message from someone who told her he would give her $200 RIGHT NOW and asked her if she could ship it immediately. He paid, she shipped and he reposted the GI JOE complete for $200 and got it. The leg that little boy had was golden to someone else.

Also, my tip is go to an Ebay class in your local area. I paid the $60 for an all day class and learned tons of info about taxing, etc. She's a certified instructor with Ebay and she said to keep good PAPER records in a notebook in case you're audited, she's been audited. The IRS likes handwritten notes for this type of business. If you do in on the computer, that's fine but handwritten are a good thing if audited. Computer notes are easily manipulated. The IRS told her she had to clear $20,000.00 profit before she had to file off of Ebay. Your paper records combined with your paypal and ebay statements are your key to a good audit.

Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
Re: ebay IRS records
Great story I'm going to keep trying after laid off I'm struggling. I feel bad. 18 yrs and laid off I'm in freight trucking and we have slow months. I have got to to something .....I'm 50 and scared about the future. thank you for the story.
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I became Ebay Top and Power Seller in 6 months. I’m expecting to get laid off and I’m and I'm caring my second baby. So, far I was re-selling staff from thrift stores on Ebay, but I would like to expend, due to expected unemployment (my and my husbands as well). Any tips on how to turn Ebay to profitable FT job and be able to pay the bills?

Thank you!

Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
Re: How I Made Money on eBay In One Month
Thanks for the advise and helping me to get enough courage. I figure that you did it even with all your challenges of being a mom .its been difficult for me and my wife our health isn't good and I got laid off. I've been praying alot I'm hoping this eBay might help I have PayPal and eBay bought stuff never sold anything do you have to pay PayPal anything. Just need some advise. I'm stupid about this stuff. thank you bunch mj
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Dont get ripped-off by eBay/PayPal !

My advice (based on experience) is to NOT trust PayPal with your money, especially if you need/rely on that money. Just google "paypal ripoff" or "Paypal holding funds" and you will see that paypal "freezes" thousands of accounts per month - basically stealing any money from you that you have in your account at that moment. I learned this the hard way when they decided to "hold" my $5,000 for 6 months, for NO reason.

Since when you use eBay, you have NO CHOICE but to use Paypal, so protect yourself by moving money out of your PayPal account whenever you have a balance - then, MOVE IT TO ANOTHER ACCOUNT NOT LINKED TO YOUR PAYPAL .. did you know that on a whim, Paypal can take money OUT of your bank account?

Of course you will also have to watch out for all the theives and liars on eBay, but only PayPal has the power to TAKE all of your money.. on a whim.. with no reason.. leaving you with NO recourse..

Yashira (not verified)
Re: Dont get ripped-off by eBay/PayPal !
Get an attorney and have them submit a letter.
Maine-Marine (not verified)
Re: Dont get ripped-off by eBay/PayPal !

Wow - this must be an exception not a rule.. I have used paypal for almost 15 years....used them for a business and ran over $100,000 per year through them...

my experience is if you are doing a large volume they will give you a discounted rate and work with you...

my worst experience was a lying customer that managed to get them to refund $500+ dollars after they received merchandise. They were in the islands (Bermuda)and USPS was slow getting me tracking number

Ebay and paypal are set up top protect both the seller and might be leaned towards the buyer slightly..but - if you are honest and work with will be fine

Paypal sucks! (not verified)
Paypal scams people every day!

This is what everyone says "i've used it for years without a problem" .. then, there is a problem.. Saying "i've driven a car for years and never had an accident" in no way means that you will never have an accident.. But of course, there are those few that never will.

If you want to see how many people get screwed and scammed by Paypal, just do a google search of "Paypal sucks", "paypal ripoff" or "paypal account limited" - it happens to thousands of people every day just like Hubby said and because there is no oversight of PayPal like there is for all other financial instituations, they get away with it.. Every day.. Over and over.

You're lucky if they havn't bent you over yet. Obviously it happens to a minority, but it happens. I advise against leaving large sums of money in the bank account that you deposit to from paypal - because you gave Paypal permission to PULL money of ouf that account at will - did you know THAT?

Anonimouse (not verified)
Re: Dont get ripped-off by eBay/PayPal !
hey 'hubby' do you have proof of all of this? I have a PP and an ebay acct and this doesn't sound promising when I have lots I'd like to get rid of.
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Re: Dont get ripped-off by eBay/PayPal !

Proof of what? That PayPal tried to screw me?
Yes, it's all documented in my PayPal account.

"F" paypal (not verified)
Re: Dont get ripped-off by eBay/PayPal !
I agree that paypal are some sonofbeeeiotches!!! They took money from my account 5 times in one month for no good reason, I guess because they can and they felt like it. They robbed the fudge out of me. Stupid son of stupid big beeeiotches
Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
Re: How I Made $1000 On eBay In One Month
I am a full time power seller on ebay and let me tell you it has its ups and downs. I started with one item I made in my garage and turned it into a 700 sq ft retail store in about a year. The best advice I can give anybody who wants to make ebay a full time job is to research your competition that is selling similar items to the ones your selling and see what they are having success with odds are you will be successful with the same items if you can compete with there price. you can visit my website at to learn more about what I do.
Zubairu U. Yunus (not verified)
I want to be selling old things,damages,scrap,condem,etc
Im 4rm Nigeria and i want to be selling damages things,old, scrap, condem,etc. Like mobile phone engines/mother board.please tell me every you want as damage,scrap,etc that you ll recycle them. i want to be making money as a great can contact me
Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
Re: How I Made $1000 On eBay In One Month
Is there anyway to evade the insertion fee? Like it's $0.50 for some stuff do you get that money back if you never sell your item? How come some stuff has this fee but some doesn't??
Eline (not verified)
Re: How I Made $1000 On eBay In One Month

This is a great story - for sure we all have lots of stuff we don't need or use anymore, and that we can earn some profit of!
I’ve recently gotten sucked into online trading myself, and it is amazing how much money you can make by looking for good deals on sites like eBay and Craigslist, and then sell the item for more (maybe “upgrade it” a little bit first). For instance, you can get an iPhone with a broken screen for a fraction of the price on Craigslist, change the screen for $50-100 and sell it and still make money of it!
I’ve used this new tool called Statricks, where you get price trends and fair market values for almost all used goods so you’ll know what the going price is for an item. I find this very useful and reassuring, as I’ll know I’m not overpaying or underselling my stuff.

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