Buying & Selling Thru Ebay & Other Auctions/Query re selling online

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Hi,

I have a complicated question or two to ask:- I have had acute anxiety for some time but have mostly gotten rid of it by now. I still have a few minor issues but cannot really work with other people in an office for various reasons.So I am looking online for genuine work.  I am not interested in selling on ebay or amazon or etsy as they have long ago become far too greedy but I am more focused on the smaller online marketplaces, the ones with no listing fees, for example, and a lower cut of the profits. I have no interest in the scammy sites like Fiverr or Amazon Mechanical Turk or whatever where one gets paid a pittance per hour. What I was planning to do was to intensively study a long online course for months etc. in(oh I don't know) woodcarving, and then make and sell the (high quality) pieces on a cheaper, smaller online marketplace. What high-profit-margin high quality handmade products would you recommend to make and sell and on which online cheap marketplace? Thanks a lot!

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I tried selling on those other marketplaces and really never did any good. The only place I would recommend you to sell handmade items would be ETSY.  It is not free, but it only costs 25 cents to list for 3 months. The store is free , you get to have your own shop on ETSY.  They take a small percentage of the sale not a huge amount like Ebay. The people are great and if you join some teams you can get promoted as you also promote. Teams promote each other's listings. It is easy to use. Does not have the traffic that Ebay has but we do pretty good selling vintage items.  It is actually more geared toward handmade, there are some wood carving shops on Etsy. Just go to Etsy.com and check it out.

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Shirley McAllister

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I have experience with Ebay, Etsy and Bonanza. I can also answer some questions on RubyLane and Ecrater. I know a little about running an ecommerce site off Ebay and the google adwords although I no longer have my ecommerce site due to time constraints. We are powersellers on Ebay and have been for a few years. We know most all the rules and regulations. What I can help with is how to write the descriptions to sell the product. What should be there and what should not. How to research the product to find the right prices. Communication and it's importance before and after the sale. I do know about sales tax how to set up an account, collect and pay also how to set up an EIN business account. I am working on becoming familiar with the new 1099K and how it works. We deal with collectible tins, so can answer most questions about collectibles, especially older tins, (tobacco, condom, powder, coffee) also some newer ones (cookies, candy, trucks, trains, toys, food tins). Just basically old collectible stuff. I can answer questions on how to package and ship the various items. I am not a tax expert so do not ask about your Schedule C forms, I pay someone to do that. Since I have been 30 years in Payroll and Human Resources I have some experience with numbers and with people. It has helped me with running our Ebay venture over the years. I'll do my best to either answer your question or find the answer for you and if I cannot I will let you know.

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Ebay, Etsy, Bonanza sellers. Ebay Power sellers since 2003. Sales Tax experience through employment. Experience with people and communication through my employment for 30 years. Packing and shipping experience as well as reasearch through running our own business.

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SHRM (Society of Human Resources) APA (American Payroll Association) CPA (Canadian Payroll Association) NAPW (National Association of Professional Women) The Mentoring Network

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IOMA, BNA

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CPP (Certified Payroll Professional) BSU (Boise State University) Accounting/bookkeeping/Human Resources PHR (Professional in Human Resources) PA (Payroll Administrator -Canada) Payroll administration UK George Washington University certificate in Internal Investigations Notary of Public State of Idaho Ecommerce business owner

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