How to Import: A Guide for eBay Sellers

[Last week I published a guest post about importing from China. That article seemed to have got some of the readers dabbling in eBay excited about a new option they have not explored before for cutting through the competition. I had several mails asking me about some of the basics of getting started. Since the guest author, Alice, is an expert on this topic, I asked her if she could help us with a more basic How-To guide. And she was kind enough to oblige. I hope this will come in handy for some of you.]

I recently wrote a post about The 6 Essential tips for importing from China. Not surprisingly, it sparked an interest among some of the enterprising readers about what is possible when you import items from China to sell on eBay and they want to learn more. So, I have put together this little guide to cover some of the finer points of importing goods from China to the US. Read on to equip yourself with the knowledge you need to import cut-price goods to resell for a profit.

Finding a supplier

Obviously this is the first step to importing anything. I covered some crucial tips in my last post, but if you need a refresher, the main things to remember when ordering from an overseas supplier, from China or elsewhere, are:

  • Use safe payment methods such as PayPal or ProPay. These payment methods offer you some level of protection if something goes wrong between the time when you pay the supplier and when you receive and inspect the items at your home or warehouse.
  • Be wary of on large marketplace-style wholesale websites such as DH Gate. While there are plenty of trusted suppliers here who offer great service, these sites are also rife with scammers posing as suppliers who will either take your money and run, or deliver you poor quality items that you won’t be able to give away, let alone sell for a profit.

Ensuring that you can legally import your chosen items

Common sense can often determine whether you can import a particular item, but it’s worth doing a thorough check anyway to avoid the disappointment of spending time and money trying to import something that you cannot legally bring into the country.

Check out the Customs and Border Protection’s list of restricted items and prohibited items to check your items are fine to bring in.

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Importing from China to Sell on eBay: 6 Essential Tips for Successful Importing

If you are interested in making money on eBay, you might be aware of the fact that some sellers find that competition on the eBay marketplace a little intense.

For many items such as electronic gadgets like mobile phones and mp3 players, it’s pretty much impossible for a new seller to make sales. This is because you are going head-to-head with long-term sellers with big budgets (they often make wholesale orders of over $20,000 -$30,000 at a time) which is difficult to compete with.

However, there are still a lot of unsaturated markets on eBay and therefore, there are still plenty of opportunities for you to cash-in. One of the best ways to ensure fast sales on eBay is importing from China, the global manufacturing giant.

When you import from China, you open yourself up to being able to source products that sell like hotcakes on eBay at a fraction of the cost of sourcing them locally. Products at 60% below retail prices? Yes please!

Importing from China isn’t as complicated as you might think. Here are six essential tips to help get you started.

Take precautions when importing from china

This is especially true when you order from suppliers on DHGate, China Vision, iOffer, etc. While these sites can have some exceptional bargains, they are also rife with dodgey suppliers who are offering products that are of such poor quality that you will have trouble selling them. In some cases, products bought from sellers on these sites never even show up. Your best protection is checking the suppliers feedback score (most wholesale marketplaces have feedback systems just like eBay) and contacting the supplier for a chat before you purchase anything.

Above all, remember that if a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is.

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How You Too Can Get Started on eBay in a Very Short Time, with Minimal Investment

If you are thinking of creating an eBay store that sells merchandise, there are various things you should consider before doing so. The type of merchandise you will be selling is obviously one of the most important things to determine. You don’t want to sell merchandise that is also being sold by a thousand other people on eBay.  If you happen to end up selling things that other people offer, you definitely need to make your store, photos, and descriptions unique to make your listing pop out.

Besides that, the next most important thing to consider before starting your store is whether or not you will be holding stock of your items, and whether you will be shipping your items to customers. Some people would rather keep stock and ship their products, but some people prefer not to. People that do not want to stock and ship their items should consider dropshipping. Wikipedia defines dropshipping as

Drop shipping is a supply chain management technique in which the retailer does not keep goods in stock, but instead transfers customer orders and shipment details to either the manufacturer or a wholesaler, who then ships the goods directly to the customer. As in all retail businesses, the retailers make their profit on the difference between the wholesale and retail price.

Dropshipping can be a very good way to get your eBay business up and running in a very short time, without spending a ton of money. But, there are some downfalls to it as well. Before you think about dropshipping on Bay, there are many pros and cons that should be taken into consideration.


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6 Easy Steps to Making Money with an eBay Store

With the instability of the current economy, people from all walks of life have been looking for ways to make money online. Making money online can be easy–if you know where to go, what to do, and how to do it. College students, stay at home moms and out of work dads are all looking for money making ideas, but too many money making ideas online are scams meant to get your money and leave you frustrated and feeling betrayed.

A great, verified way to make money online is to sell products that people want to buy. If you have an idea of something you want to sell, why not create and manage your own eBay store? Millions of people worldwide have built their own ‘stores’ and made money using eBay’s storefront system. It is a lot less expensive than running a traditional “brick and mortar” store and offers you the option to reach a far more global customer base.

That said, before we go any further though, let’s get one thing out of the way. If you have never sold anything on eBay until now, then we highly recommend that you first test the waters by selling some items without committing to a storefront. Check out the articles in the archive for Money making ideas: eBay to make your first few sales on eBay. Then come back and read this article about creating a storefront.

That said, if you already have sold a few items on eBay, or have a brick and mortar store and want to extend it online with an eBay store front, or just have an item that you are sure you can make a large number of sales on, use this nifty tool to determine if it is the right time for you to launch a store front.

If you are still sticking around, you probably know what you are doing and are ready to get started :). Here are 6 easy steps to making money through your own eBay store.

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A Few Things You Need to Know About PayPal

If you use any of the money making ideas that require online transactions e.g., eBay selling, freelancing, blogging, etc., then you need to have a means to accept payment online. And you need to be able to do this in a secure and easy-to-use fashion. Before you run off to invent your secure payment system, stop. That wheel has already been invented. And it has become a household name for people who buy or sell online. Yes, we are talking about Paypal.

PayPal has taken international business money exchange by storm. If you’ve purchased anything online in the past few years, chances are that you were offered the option to pay for your purchase using your PayPal account. If you want to make money online, you should consider creating a PayPal account so you can offer your customers the option to buy your products or services without ever touching a check or credit card.

Here are a few things you should know about this online payment juggernaut –


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Making Money on eBay: 10 Tips for Super Star Selling

One of the many legitimate online money making ideas is to sell on eBay is an auction site used by millions of people worldwide to sell and buy items. The income potential through selling on eBay isn’t set in stone – there are people who make millions, and then there are people who actually lose money when they don’t sell their listed items.

If you have something you think people will want to buy, you can list it for an eBay and hope to sell it, or you can follow these 10 tips and become an eBay super star seller.

#1 Sell What You Have

Many eBay novices believe that they have to go out and buy items to sell for profit on eBay. The problem with this is you may pay more for the item than what you can get for it. If you spend hundreds of dollars on items to sell and those items don’t sell, you are out of those hundreds of dollars and the money you paid in eBay listing fees.

The best way to test the eBay waters is to sell something you have sitting around the house. If you have a DVD, vacuum cleaner, textbooks, or knick knacks that you think might make some money, list them, and then learn by trial and error what sells and how to sell it.


Related posts:

Ready to Jump In? The Quick and Easy Guide to Getting Started on eBay

How You Too Can Get Started on eBay in a Very Short Time, with Minimal Investment

10 Sites for Selling Your Creative Masterpieces

How to Import: A Guide for eBay Sellers

Importing from China to Sell on eBay: 6 Essential Tips for Successful Importing


#2 Picture Perfect

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Ready to Jump In? The Quick and Easy Guide to Getting Started on eBay

With the current state of the economy many people are looking for ways to make some extra money online for their mounting bills, expenses, tuition, and hobbies. One of the most popular money making ideas is to sell items on, an online auction site that allows people to list items, sell them and make money. It could really be very rewarding for the person willing to do what it takes.

If you ready to jump in, getting started on eBay is really quite quick and easy. This short guide will give you the information you need to get going.

Getting Ready

Before you can even list an item you have to register as a seller. Even if you already have a buyer’s account, you must register as a seller in order to sell on eBay. If you’re new to eBay this means that you need to provide eBay with your personal information. In some cases, you will need to contact eBay in order to verify your personal information. Once you’ve registered you must activate your eBay account by clicking the link sent to you via email. After seller registration you must create and verify a PayPal account in order to receive payments.

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What Every Resource About Making Money on Ebay Assumes You Already Know

Finding easy ways to make money online can be like hopping through an active mine field on a pogo stick. There are so many “make money now”, “work from home”, “earn $$$$ working part time” ads and emails circulating that finding one that isn’t a total scam is difficult. One option that is NOT a get-rich-quick scheme and has made a lot of people a lot of money is the business of selling on eBay. And there are several resources out there that take you through the process. Should you consider investing time and money on these resources? What are the basics that most of these resources assume that you already know? Is selling on Ebay the right option for you? This guide aims to provide you with enough information to determine just that.

What Does it Take?

Some people think that in order to sell anything on eBay they have to have experience in advertising or marketing or running a retail business. That isn’t the case. In order to sell on eBay, you have to know how to read, have the ability to form words into understandable sentences, and know how to enter information into the appropriate box. Yeah, it really is that easy.
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