Simple Yet Effective Methods for Starting an eBay Business

This straightforward course will teach you everything you need to know to start an eBay business. No fluff.
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  • Lectures 56
  • Length 4.5 hours
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  • Languages English
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Published 5/2014 English

Course Description

Learn the Secrets to Making Extra Income on Ebay

Do you have the entrepreneurial spirit but don't know where to start? Have you tried other methods of making money online with little success? Take advantage of this course as taught by an Ebay PowerSeller with 6 years of experience.

This course is the ultimate complete guide to selling on Ebay and walks you through step-by-step everything you need to know to make an additional income by selling on Ebay. Learn how to avoid the countless mistakes I have made through trial and error throughout the years.


In this course you will learn

  • How to start a business on Ebay (by watching me guide you through every step of the way) and create an additional source of income
  • Ideas for things to sell and where to get them which means you can avoid wasting hours looking for products in the wrong places (learn from my mistakes)
  • The business side of Ebay and how to avoid losing $100's of dollars in beginner mistakes
  • Best practices and strategies in selling so you can sell more products quickly and earn greater profits


Your Success and Satisfaction is Guaranteed

In this course I, the instructor, will always be available to answer any questions you have. My ultimate goal is for my students to succeed. I want you to be proud of your Ebay business. If you do not get huge value from this course let me know and I will refund the full purchase, no questions asked.

Click on the 'Take This Course' button in the top right corner to get started without delay. The fact that you are reading this shows you are already on the path to creating an additional source of income on Ebay, lets get started!


You Do Not Have to Fear 'Getting Stuck'

Have you ever signed up for some form of training in the past only to stop when you had a question that no one would answer. You do not have to fear being stuck and not knowing where to have your questions answered.

This course is an open community where every question, no matter how simple it may seem, is valuable. I have already given countless thorough answers to all the questions I have received.

All of these answers are listed in a FAQ that you have access too. This means in most cases you will get a thorough answer to your question instantly.


What Students are Saying About this Course:

"I recommend this course. You can call it the bible of ebay commerce" – Evan

Excellent course! Eric does a great job of explaining the material! He answers your questions thoroughly. Definitely learned things I didn't know before!" – Andres

Great in-depth course. Eric's a good teacher and it's awesome that he takes the time to answer everyone's questions and concerns." - Sergiu

What are the requirements?

  • A computer with internet connection
  • An Ebay and Paypal account
  • An open mindset and attitude that mistakes are ok and valuable learning tools
  • Willing to put in effort and not expecting a 'magic pill' to make you rich

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Have all the knowledge needed to start your very own profitable Ebay business
  • Become confident in your ability to find profitable products to sell on Ebay
  • Know where to find high quality wholesalers and drop shippers

Who is the target audience?

  • Complete beginners to experienced Ebay sellers

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction to the Course
How did you get here?
Course Intro

In this video I talk about why the Ebay marketplace is a great place to create your business.

 00:06 Huge Marketplace 
 01:10 Automated Income 
 02:18 Entrepreneurial Playground 

In this video I talk about how the course is broken down into 6 sections:

  • Introduction
  • Item Selection
  • Learn by Doing
  • Drop Shipping
  • Wholesaling
  • Conclusion

I then highlight the importance of taking action while going through this course.


In this video I talk about the four ways we can find products to sell on Ebay:

  • Around our house
  • Garage Sales
  • Drop Shipping
  • Wholesaling

I then explain what Drop Shipping and Wholesaling are and highlight the advantages and disadvantages of both.

  00:46 What Drop Shipping is 
  01:21 Drop Shipping Advantages and Disadvantages 
  02:30 What Wholesaling is 
  02:55 Wholesaling Advantages and Disadvantages 
Section 1 Summary
1 page
Section 2: How to Choose Items with a High Profit Margin
Section 2 Intro

In this video I talk about what are the important things to consider when looking for a profitable product.

 00:05 General Qualities 
 02:29 Shipping Considerations 
 03:47 Customer Satisfaction 

In this video I talk about why shipping from home will save you money. I then describe the difference between one time shipping supplies and recurring supplies. Lastly I explain how to calculate total shipping supplies cost per product (unit).

 00:21 Shipping Options 
 01:19 One Time Supplies 
 01:44 Recurring Supplies 
 02:13 Per Unit Cost 
 03:08 Shipping Cost Example 

In this video I explain how to calculate your profit margin for a product.

The main product costs are:

  • Cost to buy the product
  • Ebay / Paypal fees
  • Postal fees / Shipping supplies
  • Customer Returns
  • Drop Shipping fees

I then talk about how to use an excel spreadsheet (attached as supplementary material to this video) to make your life easier by automatically doing all the work for you.


In this video I walk you through using Ebay's completed listing tool to help find profitable products. The completed listing tool is helpful because it allows you to see what products have sold in the past and which ones have not.

By looking for an item that is identical or similar to an item you are thinking about selling you can also see what price points the item sold at, what listing titles were effective and what type of listings sold more (auction or buy it now)

8 questions

This quiz is about how to find items with a high profit margin.

15 Seconds of your Feedback
Section 2 Summary
1 page
Section 3: Learn by Doing
Section 3 Intro

In this video I talk about the importance of practicing by selling items around the home or by finding items to sell at Garage Sales.

00:41 Why Practice
01:31 How to Practice

In this video I talk about what qualities you should look for when selling items from home. I then talk about what you will learn by selling items at home.

00:07 Start Selling
01:20 Why Sell From Home

In this video I talk about practicing selling on Ebay by finding items to sell at Garage Sales. I then talk about how you can choose to specialize in a niche and make more money. Lastly I walk you through finding local Garage Sales using Craigslist.

00:10 Sell More
01:25 Make Real Money From Garage Sales
02:04 Finding Garage Sales Using Craigslist
4 questions

This quiz is about becoming a better Ebay seller through practice.

Section 3 Summary
1 page
Section 4: How to Create a Ebay Business using Dropshipping
Section 4 Intro

In this video I share my honest view about dropshipping. I have tried to make money dropshipping for years and I have never had much success. I believe if you are serious about making money online than you should pursue wholesaling.

   00:08 Why dropshipping is attractive 
   00:37 The truth about dropshipping 

In this video I explain what are the important things to consider when searching for a Drop Shipper. The main things to consider are the quality of the product, the Drop Shipper's customer service and the Drop Shipper's location.

00:04 Questions About Products
01:50 Important Questions
05:20 Drop Shipper Location

In this video I walk you through the website as a great place to find Drop Shipper's for free.


In this video I explain why and are high quality Drop Shipper databases that are worth the cost. I also talk about how to avoid 'middleman' scams like


In this video I talk about the importance of putting your drop shipper on a 'trial period,' and what criteria you should use to evaluate your drop shipper.

00:18 Trial Period
01:39 Product Testing
5 questions

This quiz is designed to make sure you know how to find great drop shippers.

Section 4 Summary
1 page
Section 5: How to Use Wholesaling to Create an Ebay Empire
Section 5 Intro

In this video I discuss why wholesaling products from Alibaba in China is a much better option than wholesaling in the U.S. The main reason Alibaba is better is because of the lower MOQ (minimum order quantity) and lower per-unit cost.

00:12 Why Alibaba
01:21 Why Not American Wholesalers

In this lecture I walk you through finding profitable products by comparing products from Alibaba and Ebay using the completed listing tool. I also recommend using an Excel template to organize your product ideas which is available to download as a supplement to this lecture.


This video explains what to do next once you have find a profitable item to sell. In this video we use the example of 'tungsten rings' and go over how to find different wholesalers and how to start communicating with them.


In this video we will review what a typical wholesaler email response will be. We then talk about what information is most important to look for in a wholesaler email. We do this through example by narrowing down three potential wholesalers to one that is the best fit for what we are looking for.

Lastly we discuss what to send in an email reply back to the wholesaler if we are interested in ordering a sample from them.


In this video we calculate the profit margin of a product we are considering selling on Ebay. We choose a wooden tungsten ring from our supplier's price list and use Ebay's completed listing tool to make an educated guess as to what our final selling price will be.

We then input our final price estimate, cost per unit, $2 postal fee and $1.50 shipping supplies fee into the profit margin calculator to discover our true profit margin.


In this video I talk about how to communicate with wholesalers on Alibaba.

Important things to keep in mind are:

  • Be as clear as possible
  • It doesn't hurt to ask
  • Think about your audience
  • Get to email as quickly as possible

I then walk you through sending your first message to a wholesaler on Alibaba.

  00:07 How to Communicate with Wholesalers 
  01:39 Walkthrough Sending Wholesalers First Message 

*The Alibaba contact template comes from the website They are a great resource with valuable information on wholesaling and other entrepreneurial advice.

Click here to see their post on wholesaling from Alibaba


In this video I talk about the importance of ordering a sample before placing your first order with a wholesaler and how doing so can save you a lot of money. I then talk about what qualities to look for in the product sample. Lastly I discuss what steps to take when you are ready to place your first order with a wholesaler.

Most importantly make sure the wholesaler takes care of shipping and after sending payment confirm with the wholesaler that they have received it.

01:44 Why Sampling Saves Money
02:46 What to Look For in a Sample
03:29 What to do When You are Ready to Place an Order

In this video I discuss what criteria you should use to evaluate wholesalers. Most importantly what is the quality of the product and how long does it take the wholesaler to deliver the product.

00:17 Important to Track
02:31 Other Considerations

In this lecture I talk about general advice for wholesaling and common wholesaling mistakes to avoid.

The main points are:

  • Always order a sample first
  • Make sure the wholesaler will take care of shipping
  • Watch out for unresponsive wholesalers
  • Make sure to do thorough product research
  • Keep in mind the time difference between product from inventory and manufactured product
7 questions

This quiz is about finding profitable products from wholesalers.

Section 5 Summary
2 pages
Section 6: Conclusion
Section 6 Intro

In this video I review what we talked about throughout the course.

00:03 Is an Item Worth Selling?
01:40 Learn by Doing
02:45 Drop Shipping
03:47 Wholesaling

In this video I talk about why it is important to give create customer service. I then explain how to deliver great customer service. Most importantly, always assume the customer is right and if a customer asks give them a refund without requiring them to send the product back to you.

00:10 Importance of Customer Service
01:28 How to Deliver Great Customer Service

In this video I highlight the importance of taking action and why it is important to embrace your mistakes and realize that they are a part of your learning.

I then invite you to contact me with any questions via the following methods:

  • Udemy Course Discussion
  • Udemy Private Message
Section 6 Summary
1 page
Section 7: Extras
Frequently Asked Questions
8 pages
Section 8: Bonus: Ebay Success Course
Ebay Success Course Intro
Task 1
Task 2
Task 3
Task 4
Task 5
Task 6
Task 7
Task 8
Task 9
Task 10
Task 11
Task 12
Section 9: Bonus Videos
How to Create Professional Looking Ebay Listings Optimized for Mobile

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Instructor Biography

Eric John Campbell, eLearning Expert | Location Independent

Let Me Tell You a Story…

My background as an online instructor started when I was 13 years old. At the time I was playing an online video game called Runescape. One day I wrote a guide on how to make money in that game, sold it on eBay and made a couple hundred dollars. Ever since then I have been hooked to starting random online business ideas.

Then fast forward until I was a sophomore at Penn State University. At that point one of my random business ideas was importing men’s magnetic therapy bracelets from China and selling them on eBay.

I Created My First Online Course Out of Boredom

During one rainy day in February I was bored and decided to create a course that taught people how to import products from China and sell them on eBay. I created that free course in one day and went to bed. When I woke up I had 50 new emails, each telling me that a new student had enrolled in my course. I couldn’t believe it, I was so excited and happy!

That first course I created ended up getting 10,000 students in it. Soon after creating that course I made my first paid course which went into greater detail about how to import products from China. I marketed it by telling everyone in my free course that if they wanted to learn more about this subject they could spend $20 and you get lifetime access to it.

Making $100+ Dollars from My First Paid Course Was an Incredible Feeling

I remember making the first couple hundred dollars off that course. It’s an incredible feeling. It feels completely different than working at a job and having someone pay you on a paycheck. In a weird kind of way, it really felt like I had earned this. And since that point I have been absolutely hooked.

I have created online courses in a bunch of different subjects such as copywriting, lean startup philosophy and how to become an authority. I can’t see myself stopping anytime soon. At this point I have over 40,000 students enrolled in my courses.

A Conversation with My Mom Inspired Me

After two years of creating online courses my Mom called me and told me she really wants to create her own online course but doesn’t know how to get started. I realized there was 10 different places I could send her that would each teach her one thing that she has to know, but there wasn’t a single place where I could say, go here and you’ll learn how to create your own online course.

I knew that my Mom, not being the most tech savvy person in the world, wouldn’t want to spend all her time trying to figure out how to connect the pieces from these ten different websites and set up all the technical stuff. She just wanted to share what she knows, her expertise, and create an online course.

I know how intimidating it is. I had to figure all this technical stuff out in the beginning and it was really complicated. But the thing is, it doesn’t have to be. In hindsight I realized if someone had just shared with me the right things to do, I would have saved an incredible amount of time, money and frustration.

Going from No-Experience to Creating & Marketing Your First Course

This is why I’ve decided to take on that project. I’m creating a collection of courses with the goal of taking someone that has no-experience teaching online courses all the way to creating and marketing their first online course.

I’m going to walk you through every single step of the way. That includes how to outline your course, how to prepare the camera or the recording software and much more. This is by far the most ambitious project I’ve ever taken on but I think it’s going to be the most valuable project for you.

If you want to create an online course and share your expertise with the world, you shouldn’t have to focus on figuring out all the boring and complicated technical stuff.

Have a great day,


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