Consignment shops are a great way to make money, but one mom says you can make even bigger bucks selling on eBay. She's doing so well, it's now her full-time job.
"It's almost like my calling," Kesha Scott said.
Scott is the boss so she sets her own hours.
"I get to shop for a living, and I don't know anybody who wouldn't want to do that," Scott said.
Another bonus, she doesn't have far to go. In fact, her boutique is inside her home.
"It evolved, my company just evolved," Scott said.
Her online boutique is called Glam Authority, and it's powered by eBay.
"I think that people have the old idea of what eBay used to be, kind of people just pitching out their garage sale items and hoping that someone buys it for a few bucks. Well, it's completely evolved," Scott said.
Anyone can actually set up their own online shop inside of eBay, and that's what Scott did. She says if you want to start to sell: Keep in mind there are certain brands that do better that others.
"Lily has a huge cult following," she said.
Banana Republic, Ann Taylor and Anthropologie are always top sellers. When you are ready to start listing, be specific. Scott says the devil is in the details so include brand, style name and number whenever possible.
Another tip, Scott says take a lot of pictures of the items. eBay allows you to add up to 12 photos for free. Scott says use snapshots from different angles to show prospective buyers every detail.
"The more that they can see, the less questions they will ask about it and they are more tempted to buy it because they can see all the detail in it," she said.
When it comes to fees, eBay allows you to list 50 free auctions every month.
"If you want to list something and it doesn't sell, you don't pay anything. There are some fees if you sell items," Scott said.
The fee for an auction item that sells is 9 percent of the total amount of the sale price. If you want to create a store...
"There are three different store levels. You can start out with a store for $15 a month," Scott said.
Fees also apply to the items you sell depending on what level store you have. But Scott factors in fees and shipping into her prices to make sure she gets the most out of her items.
Your reputation on eBay is the most important factor when it comes to gaining new business. People will buy from you based on your reviews.
Scott says eBay is your source to price items. By searching a specific item, you can easily tell what your item will go far by looking at winning bids.
For more about Scott and her eBay business, you can ask her more questions through her Facebook page.
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