Ten Effective Ways to Make Money on eBay Without Selling Anything
The prospect of working from home is, of course, always an attractive one.
While people have different reasons for wanting to do this, not many are prepared to actually go the mile to put in place mechanisms that will enable them to.
This is especially true if you want to make a decent income off of eBay without hocking any wares. But if you are one of those people always looking for opportunities to make an honest buck, then you ought to read this post…
1. Putting in speculative bids on items currently for sale
You probably spend a lot f time behind your computer surfing through hundreds of eBay stores. So while you are at it, why not place speculative bids on items?
This is not a common practice, but it might work for you if you know how to play your cards right.
- First identify in-demand items currently offered for sale.
- Next is to place a bid, one which you think is really a great deal for the specific product you think will sell well offline.
If you get contacted for this bid, grab the offer! You can then sell the items offline (while still technically selling, it isn’t through eBay, a platform which has lots of seller competition).
2. Put up a dedicated website for affiliate products
Consider setting up a website or blog solely dedicated to the affiliate products you are interested in, and create relevant write-ups that are keyword-targeted.
3. Opt for the “dropshipping” method
Again, this may still be considered as selling, but there’s a whole lot of difference. First, you do not need to put in any capitalization to obtain items to sell. Secondly, you won’t need to take care of stocking any products (you won’t even have to attend to shipping and all that stuff).
So how does it work, you may ask? It’s really quite simple – manufacturers and suppliers will take advantage of your vast network to reach to as many potential buyers as possible.
All you need to do is to contact your friends and people in your list to engage them to buy. Once you close a deal, you get the payment from the buyer. You then contact the dropshipper company you are working with to pay them for the item, and of course, instruct them where to deliver the paid product.
4. Opt to join the eBay affiliate program “AuctionAds”
If you have a website or blog going which enjoys decent traffic, then this is a good opportunity to make passive income.
You sign up for this eBay affiliate program, and any relevant items for auction will automatically appear on your site. And if someone clicks it and gets directed to eBay, then you get a meager income. And if that visitor ends up buying, then you’ll earn as much as 50% share from the sale.
5. Opt to put up a store using the BANS software
This is much like item four. However, you’ll need to put up a niche store to go with your blog or website. The advantage of this option is that you get assistance in building the niche store, making the whole process easier.
Also, you won’t have to spend hundreds of hours searching for niches, as the software is built in with a system that constantly updates its lists of these.
6. Use eBay’s Merchandising API on your blog or website
The Merchandising Application Programming Interface (API) is a more advanced software program that allows you to customize the auction-related links that appear on your blog or site.
The benefit of using this is that you get to really optimize your site to fully feature ads that are popular among eBay users, helping drive traffic to it, thereby earning you cash.
7. Utilize eBay’s Best Match Item Details API
Another useful program that allows the website or blog owner to better gear the contents of the site based on the information most commonly typed in by interested buyers (these are typically keywords such as product ID, seller name, or product description).
8. Incorporate eBay’s Trading API
This is another useful tool that allows for access to private eBay data to further customize your site’’s optimization settings.
Through this, you will have access to information about how a certain product sells or what type of products a specific seller disposes within a given day.
9. Come up with your own product reviews
To ensure that your site is really geared towards directing traffic to eBay auction items, opt to post more reviews that mention these items.
10. Work in the capacity of an assistant seller
Now, this may still be considered selling, but first hear the idea out. If you have spent considerable efforts on building your eBay reputation, but perhaps want to take a break in selling stuff there, it would be such a waste to leave your account inactive. To keep it going, have it used by other people looking to sell wares but don’t have their respective accounts in place.
Of course, you’re not going to let them take control of the account. You’ll still take care of the intricacies of uploading pictures and descriptions. This is why it will look like you’re working in the “assistant” capacity, and you’ll earn by obtaining commissions from the supplier of these items.