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eBay MoneyMakers highlights real families {GIVEAWAY}

2011 November 30
by Emily Hill

I am super excited to announce the new eBay MoneyMakers series a day BEFORE its official launch! Woo hoo! That eBay Parent Panel definitely has its perks…

MoneyMakers is eBay’s new Web series highlighting different families for whom selling on eBay has had a powerful impact on their lives. The vignettes illustrate a family’s challenges and eBay’s role in helping overcome them. As cheesy as this next line is going to sound, I’m going to say it anyway: This is powerful stuff, my friends.

I was able to preview the O’Brien’s story a couple weeks ago and I’ve been excited to share it with you ever since.

The eBay Entrepreneur


Their story starts out with the birth of a new baby and an unexpected job loss, a combination I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. (Okay, maybe I’d wish it on my worst enemy but definitely not on my worst friend.)

The O’Briens needed to generate cash quickly. They started selling household items on eBay to cover day-to-day expenses. Eventually their selling proficiency increased and Tristen (Mr. O’Brien) started reselling clearance and vintage items to earn additional income. He now documents his eBay experiences and offers seller advice and how-tos over at The eBay Entrepreneur.

Prepare to be inspired.


Tristen is currently employed but the family continues to sell on eBay to fund their wish list, which includes a trip to Disney World. (Kim, one of our eBay Parent Panel moms, is shooting for a trip to Disneyland and has already made close to $700!)

Oh, and searching completed listings to see the final price for items sold on eBay? GENIUS. I use it all the time. That’s how I discovered no one is buying books on eBay unless their collector’s items (i.e., signed copies, first run, out of print, etc.). Trust me.

You can follow discussion about the new eBay MoneyMakers series on Twitter by searching for the hashtag #eBayMoney.

And now, thanks to eBay, you get to find your own eBay treasures!

One lucky reader will receive a $25 eBay gift card!


For your chance to win, leave a comment telling us what item you own that you’d most like to sell on eBay. Or tell us what wish list item you’d most like to check off if you had extra funds.

(I’d love to fund the spouse portion of my husband’s MBA trip to Europe but that’s a good $7,000. Sadly, my denim and stiletto collection wouldn’t even come close.)

For extra entries, you can do any/all of the following. Please leave a separate comment for each one you do (each one earns you an extra entry).

~ “Like” ITRML on Facebook (or tell me you already have).

~ Subscribe to ITRML (or tell me you’re already a subscriber).

~ Tweet about this giveaway and leave the URL of your tweet.

~ Update your Facebook status with a link to this giveaway.

This giveaway will end at midnight on December 7th.

Note: Winner will be notified via email. If no reply is received, a new winner will be drawn.

Disclosure: A big thank-you to eBay who provided the $25 gift card for the giveaway. Also, as an eBay Parent Panel member, my eBay-related posts are sponsored by eBay. My opinions, thoughts, views and love of buying and selling (basically selling so I can buy) on eBay are mine, all mine. And yes, I really do the eBay thing; check out my eBay seller ID: emihill.

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  1. November 30, 2011

    I’m not sure I have anything currently I want to sell, but we did have success selling on ebay in the past. The first house we bought had a large commercial grade sink the garage. The previous owners left it since it was connected at the time, but we had no use for it. We sold it on ebay and used the money to pay for part of our vacation.
    Allison´s deep thought ~ First real snow of the season …My Profile

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  2. emily permalink
    November 30, 2011

    I love ebay! I don’t currently have anything to sell, but makes me want to go look around the house for something. With our first baby coming in febuary it would be used for baby stuff!

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  3. November 30, 2011

    oh man, what DON’T I have to sell on ebay?!? I have a couch set, and a wedding dress from YEARS ago that I’ve been trying to get rid of. Think someone would buy it? :)

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  4. November 30, 2011

    hmmmm.. What could I sell?? I have a GIANT tub of good shoes in my closet that I dont ever wear. Maybe I could start there.. :)
    Ryley´s deep thought ~ And the winner is..My Profile

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  5. Rebecca Graham permalink
    November 30, 2011

    I have authographed NARCAR items that I would like to sell on eBay.

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  6. Adrienne gordon permalink
    November 30, 2011

    An autographed Ali hat

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  7. Margaret Smith permalink
    November 30, 2011

    I have some sport memorbila that I’d like to sell.

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  8. Margaret Smith permalink
    November 30, 2011

    I’m a FB friend (Margaret E. Smith)
    Thanks
    rickpeggysmith(at)aol(dot)com

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  9. Margaret Smith permalink
    November 30, 2011

    I’m a subscriber.
    Thanks
    rickpeggysmith(at)aol(dot)com

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  10. November 30, 2011

    I like this idea, sign me up!
    vanessa´s deep thought ~ every little thing gonna be all rightMy Profile

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  11. Ann F permalink
    December 1, 2011

    I’d like to sell my daughters Leapster cartridges that she doesn’t use anymore

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  12. Ann F permalink
    December 1, 2011

    I’m an email subscriber

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  13. Mary Casper permalink
    December 1, 2011

    a bunch of clothes that no longer fit me

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  14. December 2, 2011

    I have had success in the past selling my daughters out grown gymboree clothes. Now I just have a bunch of random items that I need to list.

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  15. December 2, 2011

    I liked you on Facebook. :)

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  16. December 2, 2011

    I subscribed to your blog!

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  17. Katherine permalink
    December 2, 2011

    I have a sewing machine I don’t use

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  18. Katherine permalink
    December 2, 2011

    LIke on FB kathy Persons

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  19. Linda Lansford permalink
    December 2, 2011

    I would sell an old vase

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  20. Linda Lansford permalink
    December 2, 2011

    “Like” ITRML on Facebook

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  21. Denise S permalink
    December 4, 2011

    I wish my husband would let me sell all his old DVD’s on eBay.
    lazybones344 at gmail dot com

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  22. Jamie Brigham permalink
    December 5, 2011

    If I had extra money I would love to buy my son the Let’s rock elmo

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  23. Jamie Brigham permalink
    December 5, 2011

    Facebook fan of Yours- Jamie Brigham

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  24. Jamie Brigham permalink
    December 5, 2011

    email subscriber- cinderella10383 @ aol dot com

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  25. Jamie Brigham permalink
    December 5, 2011

    Tweeted about this giveaway- @cinderella10383
    https://twitter.com/#!/Cinderella10383/status/143889502409203712

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  26. Jamie Brigham permalink
    December 5, 2011

    I shared this giveaway on Facebook- Jamie Brigham *FB Name*
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  27. Jennifer permalink
    December 6, 2011

    I would like to sell my closet full of “too big” clothing!

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  28. Carrie Conley permalink
    December 7, 2011

    I am sure I can find something around here to sell so that I can check of the lap top…

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  29. Carrie Conley permalink
    December 7, 2011

    Like ITRML on facebook…

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  30. Carrie Conley permalink
    December 7, 2011

    Subscribe to ITRML….

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  31. Geoff K permalink
    December 7, 2011

    I have an acoustic guitar that was autographed by Tim McGraw that I’d love to sell on Ebay, but I can’t quite get myself to part with it yet!

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  32. Geoff K permalink
    December 7, 2011

    I already like ITRML on Facebook: Geoff K

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  33. Geoff K permalink
    December 7, 2011

    I already subscribe to ITRML by email: gkaufmanss at yahoo dot com

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  34. Donna K permalink
    December 7, 2011

    I would like a kindle.

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  35. Donna K permalink
    December 7, 2011

    I “Like” ITRML on Facebook (Donna Kozar)

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  36. Donna K permalink
    December 7, 2011

    I subscribed by google reader.

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  37. September 5, 2012

    I would love to sell all my fat clothes and fit back into my skinny clothes!

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    Margi Reply:

    If you’re in Las Vegas, we may be able to help. Visit http://backinmyjeans.com

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  38. September 7, 2012

    Living in our first Home now 20years ,raised our children. There are just no Jobs left
    My Husband thank goodness is still with his job now 28 years. But we just get by
    we so need to retire, I am still in the learning stages of Ebay Selling. This makes me feel soo good when there is extra Funds. But My Goal is to say to my Husband Ok Dear there is extra funds
    so you can retire.

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  39. January 6, 2013

    I love hearing success stories. My ebay story is also one of those unbelievable overnight success stories. I am still reeling over our holiday sales and so excited to continue growing and learning the eBay ways. One item I would love to buy, this is a weird one… my husband and I have been trying to move back home to So. Florida from Las Vegas for the past 3 years and it is our 10th wedding anniversary in May. for our anniversary, I would like to give him that move. It will cost about 10K, but with my new ebay biz, I think we may have a chance. :)

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    Emily Hill Reply:

    I’m so glad you have a success sorry and I wish you the best of luck with a achieving your goal. Sounds like it will happen soon!

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  40. January 6, 2013

    I just liked ITRML on FB. -Margi Faze
    My ebay username is BEAMBABES. I sell balance beams :)

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  41. Sue permalink
    January 28, 2013

    Some people do buy books contrary to what this article says. I buy books all the time on Ebay. Just got 12 books by an author I just read for the first time. 99 cents to 4.00 per book and most from the same seller so I saved on combined shipping.

    I have a ton of high end clothes (most of which I got on Ebay in the first place) that no longer fits into y lifestyle or location. I moved from Illinois to Arizona – totally different lifestyle and way of dressing. I don’t personally have the time or the desire to list things myself and sell and ship so I have hired a local Ebay seller to come and go through my 2 – 6 foot closets full of clothes and sell them for me. 50 / 50 split but 50 of something is better than 50 of nothing

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    Emily Hill Reply:

    I agree–50/50 is better than nothing! I would do the same thing if I had a large volume of clothing.

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  42. Ida Charlton permalink
    January 28, 2013

    I have six place settings of brown and turqoise like-new fiesta ware that I would love to sell. I love them but decided they weren’t the colors I wanted.

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