make money flipping on ebay

How To Make Money Flipping Products On eBay [As a Re-seller]

eBay is a well-known online marketplace that many people use to sell both new and used items to make extra money. While this is a convenient way to bring in income, those who sell on the site will need to have products to sell. 

Some people already have items in their possession that they can sell. Collectors, for example, may have memorabilia they are ready to part with. Fashionistas may have overflowing wardrobes that desperately need purging.  

If either of these situations apply to you, you are in a great position to sell on eBay. If not, you can still make a profit on eBay by flipping items.

Flipping items involves buying items at a lower price point, or getting them for free, and selling them for a profit. To be successful at flipping, there are a few things you should know in advance. 

Read on to find out more about how you can make money flipping items on eBay.

Flipping Items For Free

It is best to flip items you don’t have to pay for in the first place. That way you will be making 100% profit on the items you sell.

Craig’s List is a great way to find items that people are giving away for free. People will often give away items like furniture, collectibles and more. They are happy to part with these items for the cost of having someone haul them away. 

Look on the ‘free’ section of Craig’s List to find out about items that are being given away. 

Purchasing Items To Flip

You can also purchase items at a low price and sell them on eBay for a higher price to make a profit. You can do this by browsing thrift shops, salvation armies, used item websites on the internet and more. 

Since you are taking a risk by investing in the product before you sell it, you want to take some time to make sure you are buying a something that will resell and one that is sure to make a profit.

But no matter whether you purchase items or get them for free, there are a few things you want to keep in mind. These are as follows: 

Quality and Condition

Before buying anything, it’s a good idea to search through eBay to determine what items are selling and how much they are selling for. This will help you choose items that are likely to bring in a profit. 

You should also think about the condition of the item you are buying. If items are not in good condition, you may not be able to sell them no matter how low they are priced. 

Pricing Your items

And speaking of price, you want to price your item to sell. To do this, search eBay to find out what similar items have sold for and price yours accordingly. Be sure to take the condition of the item into account as well as any shipping costs. If shipping costs are high, you can try to offset the expense by charging a slightly lower price. 

You also want to make sure you cover your profit margin. When determining a profit margin, you should consider how much you paid for the item as well as any time and expense that went into acquiring the item. Shipping costs should be accounted for as well.

Other Tips for Selling on eBay

Here are some other tips that will make your item more likely to sell:

List pictures of items with as many details as possible: When listing items on eBay, you want to provide as many pictures and as much of a description as possible. If the item has damage, be sure to point out the damage to potential buyers. Not doing so will result in returns and lower seller ratings.

Maintain excellent communication with buyers: Providing great customer service is as important on eBay as it is with any business. Communication will not only enforce a sense of transparency; it will also eliminate confusion and help to increase your seller rating. 

Ship Items Quickly: Customers are more likely to be satisfied with items that ship quickly. As soon as you make a sale, do what you can to get the item out as quickly as possible. If shipping has to be delayed for any reason, let your buyer know.


Selling items on eBay can be a great way to make extra income. Hopefully this article has given you valuable information on how you can acquire items that are likely to sell and how to be a successful eBay merchant. We wish you luck reaching your financial goals.