skippytjc I'm finding out about that with surveys. As I said my husband did good with NFO, but the other survey sites I joined mostly tell me that I
don't qualify or I only get a sweepstakes entry. I make more money being a decoy agent for hauser. They hire people to recieve ads and magazines in
the mail. Then you log in to thier site, say what condition the piece came in and type in the promotion code. Not bad for 25 cent a piece. I do return
some stuff to them at thier cost, and they pay me 50 cent a piece. It is low pay especially at the beginning. After three years I might get $40 every
three months for little time on my part.
As far as Ebay goes, my husband is trying to find his nitch. He is looking into wholesaling, but all the places he has seen so far either have walmart
or amazon prices, or it just seems something is not right with the outfit. He tried a dropship listing. It sold, but to a guy in Canada. We are going
to be paying a little out of pocket for it. The dropshipper wants to start charging $14.50 a month after a 30 day trial period. The guy decided to
send a money order, which hasen't arrived yet. I heard that mail through the border of Canada is now taking longer. It could be another month before
we see the money order. On top of that, I have been reading how people can scam others through money orders and that if it is a fraud, the authorities
or bank will come after you for the fradulant money that you more than likely already spent and now no longer have.
Edited to add to this rant, that when the money order arrives who knows if this dropshipper will even still have the item. Who knows if the money
order will even arrive. This could be a negative.
My mom is an antique dealer. My parents started over twenty years ago. They went to garage sales and estate sales, bought items, then went to flea
markets to sell them. They got a feel for the market, and studied in their feild by buying current antique books and looking what the average selling
prices were for different items. After awhile they started to go to antique sales, started doing appraisals, and even taught some classes in a college
on the subject. At one point they did own a shop, but are now back doing shows. My mom loves this stuff. It seems like it was embreaded into her. My
dad went along, since he knew they needed the money.
Now she is asking me to start auctioning some items on Ebay. She is trying to build up her feedback, so she has given me items that are not worth much
to start at 99 cents each. One auction busted, and I sold two Italian horn necklaces for 99 cents and $2.00 shipping. I have three more auctions, and
I'll have to wait to see how they do. Right now it seems like it really isn't worth it, but she said if the smaller items sell, then she will try
some more expensive items. Then again maybe I'm too through in my descriptions that I would turn people away. On the other hand, I don't want
someone coming back on me and complaining that I didn't mention this nick or that scratch.
When ebay was new, I did try to sell. My first auction a horse head planter the buyer complained about a 1mm nick that was hard to find. They sent me
a picture, and they had to circle the spot where the nick was. They demanded a full refund. I ended up letting the keep the item if they would accept
a refund for the price of the item only. First auction, first netrual. After that I did all right, but my husband complained that I was only making
pennies for the items I was selling. Of course he didn't complain when I bought a pitcher for $2.00 and sold it for $75 later on, but he called that
an exception. He's changed since then. I don't know if he hasen't said a word because he has changed, or I'm doing this for my mom.
My mom found another nitch becoming a distributor selling artifical fruits and vegetables. To tell you the truth, I see why they sell well, and many
people place big orders. They really do look real. Most of the time I have to pick them up and feel them to tell the difference.
Now if my husband can just find a realiable wholesale nitch for e-bay where the products sell well.... Maybe he is just looking in the wrong
direction. I'm glad the tee shirts are working out very well for you though.
[edit on 4-8-2006 by Mystery_Lady]