3 Ways to Source One-Of-A-Kind Products

One of the questions you get asked a lot as an eBay seller is “where do you find the stuff you sell?” That can be a tough one to answer because for many sellers it’s “everywhere.” If you’re savvy, there are lots of great places where you can find inventory. Here’s a list of ideas to help you get started.

    Yard Sales. There’s an old saying “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” and this rings true in yard sales. In fact, some people compare visiting yard sales to looking for buried treasure. You never know what you’re going to find or where you’re going to find it. Prices are usually low and the person selling the items just wants to see their “junk” gone. They either don’t have the time or don’t care to know what the items they are selling are really worth. For the eBay seller looking for good inventory, the right yard sale can be a dream come true.


Flea markets and swap meets. Although swap meets are sort of like yard sales, they usually consist more of independent sellers that trade in antiques, collectibles, and oddities all at a low (usually!) price. The thing about these kind of places is that you never know what you are going to find. One week it may be a box of old antique door knobs and the next week it could be vintage jewelry. Keep in mind, you really have to look for the diamonds in the rough at flea markets and swap meets. A lot of items often require cleaning or restoring, but if you do your homework and a little research before buying, you can often pick up some really great bargains at almost rock bottom prices.


eBay and other online auction sites. While some sellers think it is unethical to buy an item from an online seller and then turn around and sell it for a profit, plenty of sellers do this. One thing to keep in mind if you do this is that the original seller still owns the photos they used in the description, and they can get pretty upset if you re-use the photos or use the exact same wording in your item description. Stay out of trouble and avoid bad eBay karma — always take your own photos and rewrite the description in your own words to keep everybody happy.


This guest post was contributed by Kat Simpson. Kat is a trusted eCommerce author, speaker, educator, and entrepreneur. Kat Simpson has been a successful eCommerce merchant for over 10 years; is an eBay Education Specialist and Gold Level PowerSeller, as well as a successful Amazon merchant. Currently Kat is the hosts the popular weekly eCommerce Podcast That Kat Radio and an active Facebook Group ThatKat.

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