OK, today I am going to wrap up my “Refreshing” series of the article here on WTML. It is all about things I am doing to refresh the way I do business on the Internet so that my income will get back where I want it to be!
Just for a quick review, in addition to this article, I published these other articles this week:
- Now That Is Refreshing
- Refreshing: Book Publishing
- Refreshing: DVD Production
- Refreshing: Amazon FBA
- and today we wrap it up!
A very refreshing move!
Hopefully, one of my big keys to refreshing my business is something that is sort of “Back to the Future”. I have returned to selling on eBay. I have said many times over the years that I consider eBay to be the world’s most perfect marketplace! Well, over the years, eBay has remained a close to perfect marketplace, although there have been other examples of perfect marketplaces on the Internet as well. I mean, really, there are now even better marketplaces available to entrepreneurs in my view. Perhaps the best I can think of is FBA, which I talked about yesterday.
So, we are in the days of really great possibilities for people to make money on the Internet, and many of the methods don’t even require your own website. That also involves dangers as well as benefits, and I will talk about that next week on this site.
My eBay past
I started out selling on eBay in the very early days of eBay’s existence, in the late 90s. Within a year after eBay went online, I was there selling! And, I did very well.
When I moved to the Philippines in 2000, I stopped selling on eBay, but only about a year later I decided to get back on eBay to sell products again! I was not sure that it could be done from the Philippines, but I quickly found out that it surely could be done, and very successfully.
From 2001 until about 2005 or 2006, I hit the pinnacle of my eBay days! I became a power seller on eBay and was selling huge amounts of product from right here in Davao City. Around 2005 or 2006, I decided to stop doing eBay and moved on to other types of businesses.
If you were so successful, why did you quit?
I know many are wondering why I stopped selling on eBay if I was as successful as I say. Well, it is a simple reason… I was just too stressed out. I quit selling on eBay for my health! I also had other businesses that were doing so well that I really did not need eBay anymore. Back in those days, I was working around 20 hours per day selling on eBay. It was just too much. So, I decided to move on.
About a week or so ago, maybe 2 weeks now, I decided that I had these great new products – the paperback books, the DVD courses and such – and I should be selling them on eBay! With the great success that I have achieved in the past, it is only natural that I start selling those items on eBay in addition to Amazon and my own websites.
I am not sure why, but when I went over to eBay to list some items, I felt a little nervous! But, I pushed through and got my items listed. For that first round of auctions, I listed my Cebuano Course and my Tagalog course. On my first auctions, no sales.. that that is OK, I know that the stuff will sell on eBay, I just have to keep plugging away at it, and it will catch on. Right now, I have Cebuano Courses on eBay, Tagalog Courses, and my How to Move to the Philippines Manual.
I am really excited to be back on eBay, sort of my eCommerce home over the years! I have sold so many thousands of items on eBay over the years and it just kind of feels like “coming home” to be back there again.
I can see that in the 10 years or so that I have been gone from eBay, the site has changed a lot, but I think that the changes that I have seen so far are really on the positive side, and I am looking forward to building a new career as a seller on eBay. I think it will be both fun and also profitable!