When you think about eBay product acquisition in terms of selling on eBay, there are really only three choices. You can buy inventory to resell. You can find free items to sell. Or you can make your own items to sell.
The first choice is the way that most people go. You can buy products from several sources. A lot of bigger eBay businesses buy their inventory from wholesalers or manufacturers. This cuts out the middlemen and allows these sellers to offer the lowest price possible on their items. A lot of newer sellers start by buying their products at garage sales, thrift stores, and from sales at local retailers.
The next option is to sell things that you find. By things that you find, I’m referring to things that you get for free. You can find items around your house to sell. You can also hit up your friends, family, and neighbors for items that they might be considering taking to Goodwill to donate. It probably won’t be hard to convince them to allow you to look through their stockpile first before they take it off to the donation station. Another good place to find free items is in the free section of Craigslist. There are plenty of people trying to get rid of perfectly good items. Like they say, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. And nothing turns a profit like free items.
The third option is to make your own items. This can be anything from candles to your own inventions. Manufacturing your own items can be a great way to turn a profit, especially if you can get the components of those items cheaper than you would pay for a completed item on eBay.
Product acquisition is a key part of profiting on eBay. You obviously can’t get started selling on eBay without a profit. And to maximize your income potential you need to find a way to acquire that product as inexpensively as possible. If you don’t already have a solution in mind to product acquisition, you can test out the methods listed above until you find which one is right for you and your market niche.