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    Is it difficult to create a small business on ebay?
    I want to buy clothes at a low price and sell them at a higher price on e-bay. I don't want to hire anyone momentary, I just want to see if I can make some money. Is it difficult to ship the items to other countries? Can I make a profit? Do I have to pay any taxes?


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    No need to hire anyone at this point, shipping the items yourself is enough if you're just starting.

    Now. Shipping to other countries means added costs via postal services. If you're planning on selling cheap products I don't think it'll be worth it nor will it be much interest since such items will be bough locally (why pay shipping for something cheap?). The taxes. This depends on the country you're located in. Where I'm living I'm not required to declare the money I get from selling items online as an individual. If you're opening an online store things may be different.

    One more thing I can say about taxes is that when buying from other countries you have to pay both VAT and border taxes when you pickup your package, or so it is here where I live.


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    Ebay is a good choice if you have quality and unique product. If not, it's tough. The competition on Ebay is so tough so selling cheap items is not a very good idea. You may want to buy items that will target a particular market that they will be willing to pay the big amount of shipping fee wherever they are.

    Like what the previous post said import taxes are also there and shipping cost depending on where the customer is might hurt your price and they will always choose a cheaper option. So even if you and your competition have the same price tag, but your shipping fee is way more than his then the customer will chose the cheaper shipping cost.
    That's why ebay is tough unless you have really good items and you a have a particular target market.


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    Last edited by jptrey06; 02-21-2014 at 12:19 PM.
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    I don't think this won't be hard. It's not really a business, though. You might be able to turn it into a business but just make sure you get a lot of sales first.


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    ebay is great if you have a niche, but if you're selling random items you're always probably gonna have stiff competition.


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    I used to have an eBay business. I made my first money online via eBay. It was fairly easy, but that was awhile ago. I didn't ship international either. It just made it much simpler. Clothing is very popular on eBay. You will need to standout from the crowd.


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    No. It's not hard at all. In my opinion selling on Ebay is the easiest business you can have online. All you need is a little start up money to buy products, and to pay for shipping when you make a sale. Just sign up for a seller's account on Ebay, and you're ready to go. Make sure you have a good selection products, and keep your seller rating in good standing. People know better than to buy from sellers with bad ratings.


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    That's not difficult but you may want to be cautious since E-bay generally is a site full of scammers including the employees and the site itself. Be warned, I had a bad experience with this site already in our locality since the employees are in cahoots with the scammers who get approved in posting stuff in the website, there is no customer service help whatsoever so it's much worse.


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    Ebay has alot of competition but it can work. If you get a ebaystore you can cut down on fees. the store fees start at $19.99 per month. but their are lots of other places to sell items. eCrater.com it's free and Tophatter.com and many others. Just do a google search.


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    I would forget about Ebay. There is more money to be made elsewhere. Have you considered private labeling your own clothing and selling that online? I learnt how to do this and now I have my own E-commerce business selling my own private label products.


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