One of my experiences as an eBay seller was kind of interesting for anybody who is contemplating starting a business on eBay. It happened in the late 1990’s, and into the year 2000. I had a regular job at that time, but I sold on eBay as a side business. I sold all kinds of different products. At the time, I was doing pretty well on eBay, although not nearly as much business as when I did it full time. On many of those days, I would make $100 or $150 in profit per day. That was about the same amount of money that I was earning on my job at the time. I was a Supervisor at a factory that Manufactured Silicon Wafers. So, basically, by selling on eBay, I doubled my salary, and made a fairly nice living.
Each morning, all of the Supervisors in the area where I worked would have a morning meeting with the Plant Management to take care of any problems, plan production, etc. Before the meeting, while waiting for everybody to get there, we would get into all kinds of discussions. One day, I said something about eBay, a lot of people started asking me about it. I told them that as a side business, I sold on eBay, and the discussion started turning to my eBay business every day. When I would enter the meeting people would start asking me how I did on eBay the previous day. I could tell that a lot of these people were just joking around, and really thought it was kind of silly to sell on eBay. Some of these people were basically mocking me, although a few of them were sincere and interested in doing it themselves. I just played along, and told the truth to them about how my business was doing.
The thing that I found really funny was that some of these people who were mocking about having an eBay business were the same people who would be complaining about having trouble paying their bills or they didn’t have the money to pay their rent or their mortgage! I would just sit there quietly thinking to myself how I had doubled my take home pay with just a few hours of work per week. Over time, a few of these folks at the meeting would ask me to tell them more, and some of them also became regular eBay sellers. I helped them learn how to do it, and witnessed them become successful over time. I found this rewarding.
Not living in the USA any longer, I don’t know what the attitude is these days toward people selling on eBay. I would guess that it is more accepted now, compared to in the 90’s when the Internet was still fairly young.
What do you think about people selling on eBay?