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Before you can make money selling items on eBay, you have to source your inventory for lower prices than you make selling them. Connecting with the right suppliers can keep your revenue stream flowing and help you sell items quickly.
Inventory sourcing involves finding sources that can provide goods in popular fast-selling categories. Some sellers choose a niche market, but if you are just learning the ropes, you may want to stick to the proven selling categories. eBay is a retail reseller, so finding multiple high-quality products can make your efforts more profitable.
By getting creative and being tenacious, you can find unique items that sell well on eBay. Here are our top recommendations for inventory sourcing to supplement your inventory.
Facebook Marketplace and local selling groups let you source wholesale inventory for your multichannel company. Although many listings target individual buyers, Facebook is full of opportunities for companies looking for deals on wholesale products.
For example, Wholesale and Liquidation Experts offers tips on stores that are going out of business and selling their inventory cheaply. Closeout Inventory Specialists (CIS) sells bulk products sourced from excess, closeout or obsolete inventories. BuyALot specifically targets businesses looking to source inventory on eBay and Amazon. There are many similar national resources, plus wholesalers that target local retailers.
If you want to buy large amounts of items for eBay resale, you need to find reliable wholesalers. There are two types of wholesalers: bulk lots and dropshipping. With bulk lots, you buy large amounts at a discount at regular intervals. You handle the storage, packaging and shipping yourself.
With dropshipping, you never see the goods you buy, which can be problematic for companies that want to concentrate on high-quality products and customer satisfaction. It's better to source inventory to your warehouse so that your team can inspect the products — the days of making fast money on dropshipping are over.
Here are some reliable wholesale sources to get you started.
SaleHoo.com cost less than $70 a year to join. It offers 1.5 million items in 150 categories. The site provides training for sellers and has a market research lab for beginners. It verifies suppliers and is tailored to eBay.
Liquidation.com is free for suppliers and has auctions and fixed price lots. You can also make best offers on some items. The site offers telephone support.
Worldwide Brands costs $299 to start but that's a one-time fee. This BBB accredited company has strict supplier screening for drop shippers and suppliers. Its training videos and support are highly useful to beginners.
Big Lots, Tuesday Morning and Gabe's offer the advantage of low prices and physical stores. If you can store inventory, this can save you money on shipping.
Learning the best-selling products can help you boost your revenue. Adding items that your clients want increases your total sales revenue. You can find out the top trending items on eBay anytime on the site itself. Additionally, the examples below show common best sellers and are a small sampling of categories on eBay.
If you sell smartphones, accessories and headsets are also great buys that customers will probably purchase together. This is one of the best-selling categories on eBay.
Tablets and readers, laptops and netbooks and printers are the best-sellers in this category. The top 100 eBay listings in this category sold an average of 33 items per week for an average of $189.
Craft items sell well on eBay, with top categories selling an average of 120+ a week. Although must craft items have lower prices, they are reliable sellers.
The most popular categories in the craft category are:
Inventory sourcing is a critical first step in establishing products to feed into your sales funnel. By doing the necessary research on eBay inventory sourcing, you can set yourself up with a steady supplier or find the best sources that contain the items you specialize in. It's also a good idea to diversify your product line and to find backup suppliers if you sell in bulk.
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