The Pulse of eBay…How To Find The Best Items To Sell
There is one question that is often asked by the widest range of eBay sellers, whether they’ve been selling for a while or just starting out. That question is… “what are the best items for me to sell”?
I’ve discussed this before in previous article. You want to stick to something you are familiar with and enjoy. I’ve also pointed out that if you’re not one of the most experienced sellers on eBay, you most likely want to avoid the highest profile items, such as electronics, brand name purses, videogames, and the like.
This is still not an easy solution though, as the questions still linger. Another question often follows up… “how do I figure out the best items for me to sell”? You’ve eliminated the high profile items and the ones you don’t feel comfortable selling. At this point you may also be done selling the extra items around the house, and are interested in pursuing a serious eBay business. Where do I go from here?
I will say that there are many resources you can use to determine products that would be good to sell on eBay. All you have to do is search Google and you will find countless people and resources to help. The problem with this is that there is so much information out there that it can become overwhelming. Another issue is that many of these sources charge money to receive access to them. Once you have developed an established eBay business, spending small amounts of money for these resources is a good idea. However, at this point I will assume that if you are reading this, you are looking to increase your capital first, and are probably seeking the most inexpensive and free ways to accomplish this.
In my experience, one of the most valuable resources of assistance I have received is found right on eBay itself. It’s called eBay Pulse. The purpose of eBay Pulse is to tell you what the most popular products are on eBay. It can also advise which products are TOO popular for you to sell, as in which products are already too saturated and are therefore more difficult if not impossible to break into and achieve success amongst the competition. On eBay itself, I often have difficulty in finding the page amidst all of the navigation. Here’s a shortcut that will take you right there..
When the Pulse page first comes up, the most important thing to remember about this list that you see at the top of the page is that it’s an excellent indicator of which products/brands NOT to sell on eBay. This is because, as mentioned previously, the market for these higher profile items is highly saturated. For various reasons (to be outlined in a later article), it is almost impossible to succeed with these items as you are competing against the most experienced eBay sellers.
The key in using eBay Pulse is in finding the hidden gems of what to sell. This is what I have had most success in using this resource, and I believe it is extremely valuable in helping you do the same. How? Find the area that says “Categories”. When you click on this you can further break it down into more detailed categories instead of using only the general ones. The next step is to find a category that you are interested in, and break it down as specifically as possible. You will then see a list of the most popular products within that subcategory. You can get some great ideas by doing this with one subcategory. However, the more you can break it down into several other subcategories, the more detailed information you can receive.
I my opinion, eBay Pulse is the easiest way to get started in researching specific items to sell. Determine what you would possibly be interested in selling, then break it down into various subcategories. You will see the most popular items and whether it is popular and profitable enough to look into selling.
There are other ways to research which items to sell. I will follow-up with articles of more helpful details. In the meantime, I recommend you check out this free e-book on how to increase your income and profits on eBay..
Have an excellent day!