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Product Sourcing

For anyone who runs a business either online or offline and you sell a real product, product sourcing must be in your blood. If as yet you have not had a Product Sourcing implant than ask me or any of the other Rock Stars and we will help you get one.

Product Sourcing needs to be at the forefront of your mind 24/7. I shall start to cover the basics of how you do this in the blog posts next week.

But here is the Product Sourcing Tip for today.

Look around your own home and what ever you have not used for 12 months add it to your eBay stock.
Once you have added your own items go around family, and if they will not just give you the items, say if it sells you will give them a percentage of the sales price, most times they will agree to this.
And when you have gone through your family, try your friends.

Now I can hear you think yes ok this is a good idea, but think of all the hard work in writing listings , taking pictures, postage and package. Yes it will be hard work, but there is nothing wrong with hard and it will get you used to writing good listings, taking pictures. And this will get you ready when you start to pay for you stock.

Have a Great Day.

Andrew Milburn

Another Good Source

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Have you wanted to buy and source stock at rock bottom costs that could bring you in a nice little income ? I guess the answer to that questions is why yes of course.

Well have you tried your local Library? A few times a year in the UK most library have sales where they sell of the older books, dvd’s talking books, videos and Cd’s. Most of these items are in good condition – if they are not do not buy.

They are priced real cheap, so take a long some strong bags and some cash and have a few hours of fun.

You get to hear about these sales from adverts in the local papers, adverts in the library and on loacal notice boards.

Again set yourself a budget and stick to it.

Have fun sourcing

Andrew Milburn

Another Place To Source

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Continuing on my sourcing theme, I have found another great place – Discount shops, such as Costco, Asda (Wal-Mart) , Aldi, Matalan – A hint here please keep a lookout for my new low cost report coming soon.

As with charity shops you need to set yourself a budget for the day, and not go over it unless you find a real bargain, but do be careful and if you keep to your budget if it all goes wrong you will not loose much.

Also take your laptop with you so you can do some coffee shop research, or have your internet phone with you, or as your last line of research a friend or family member sitting by the phone and a computer who can do the research for you.

Most of these places sell bankrupt or end of line items and over stock – I shall be going over these in other posts and also in my report. Most of the shops carry new items and if they are customer returns they must tell you both when the item is on the shelf and when you go to pay for the item.

Hope this gives you another idea on where to source items to resell.

Andrew Milburn

Places To Source


Here in the UK we are not as lucky as our friends over in the USA. We do not have garage sales as such….. we have car boot sales, this can be a good place to source products to sell.

Another place to source is Charity Shops, Bring and Buy sales, looking at adverts in the local papers, Craig List,  eBay, Amazon and the list goes on and on.

Today I am going to talk about Charity Shops. Most towns have a few and the largers ones have over a dozen. Pick a day when you are going to visit the town or area. As well as picking the area decide before you leave home the budget you are going to spend in the day. Take this in cash with you because a lot of the shops do not have Credit Card facilities.

Also say to yourself right my budget is £100.00 and do not go over this……. a good way to keep to this is to leave your cards and cheque book at home.

You need to take with you a laptop if you have one (you can use these in Coffee shops most free of charge), if not a laptop then a mobile phone that can access the internet.
Failing those two, a phone so you can phone home or a freind so you can research the items you find.
If you know what you are doing you can buy blind, but I do not recomend this.

When you get to the shops, go round each one first and if you see a goods buy and it works out ok on the computer buy it But do make a round first and get a feel see whats in them, make notes.

Then it is time for a rest…….have a coffee and open your computer up and see if what you have seen can make you a profit. Make a note of all the winners, finish the coffee and go and buy.

When you have bought up the town, head for home and take your pictures and do the listings.

A question I am always asked is, what mark-up (profit) should I allow. And my answer is what do you want or better still what does the market want.
Your best action is put it on eBay as a starting price for what you bought it for then if you only get that price you do not lose money.

Hope This Helps

Andrew Milburn

Why You Should Join OSI.


Today if you go into any bookshop, a place that sells magazines or do a search on Google, you will come accross a host of tens of items that offer you information on selling eBay and online.

Now although these are often very good, they are often written or run by people who are good at research and writing but have never sold on eBay or the other online places.

Now out there in cyberspace there are a few very good training sites of which I believe OSI is the best. There is a few others I have come accross and they too offer great content, but at present lack the content that Janelle offers. Over the coming months I will tell you about these others as I feel it is only fair to tell you so that you can make up your own mind.

OSI will take you by the hand and not only show and tell you what to do to take your business to the next level, but you have other people in the forums who will also help you along the way. OSI is like a family and all the members want you to succeed.

But one thing I kep saying and will always say is. Yes OSI will teach you, but until you put into action what you have been taught nothing will happen in your business or or life.

So go on and do your self a favour. Join OSI today and put into action what you learn and your online business will never be the same again

Have fun

Andrew Milburn

5p Listing Day Here In The UK

Thursday May 1st is the chosen day by eBay for a 5p Auction listing day. I have copied and pasted the following from the site.

Terms and Conditions

What is it?

For the entire day of Thursday 1st of May 2008 (local UK time), sellers who list item(s) using the Auction-style format in an eligible category, will pay a reduced Insertion Fee of 5 pence (£0.05) per item listed. Please refer to “What’s Excluded?” for more details.

When is it?

Thursday 1st May 2008 from 00:00:01 BST until 23:59:59 BST (promotional period).

For further information please go to the page where full information is given on what is and what is not included by clinking the link here.





Keywords are one of the important areas you need to learn if you are going to make a go of your eBay business. Also to be honest if you are going to have any business at all either online or offline you need to know what Keywords your customers are using to search for you or people who sell products like you.

Once you have got the hang of keywords and how they can help you increase your business then you will see a marked increase in the visits to your sites, your eBay shop.

Most people turn a pale shade when you mention Keyword research but again it is simple. The tools you need either free or very low cost. Yes it will take time to do, but the time is well spent and you will be paid back many times as you will be targeting the market you want and not going out there and just putting up words your customers would never use.
With Keyword research you need to think like a customer and not as a seller.

Now I could go on and on about keyword Research and what tools to buy and why you should. How to make your lists easy to manage.

But someone else has done this for us, they have aimed it at eBayers and other online retailers. They have put it in easy to understand terms and through the power of online video they show us how.

This person is Janelle Elms . Janelle takes you by the hand and shows you in simple steps how to do Keyword Research.

These two classes come as part of the OSI Rock Stars package. This montly membership site contains over 120 hours of audio and video content and this grows by the week with new classes and courses be added all the time.

As well as the classes you have a very active forum, and the forum grows on a regular basis with new topics  be added as and when. The great thing about the forum is that it has members from all other the world and this means if you have a question that needs answering, you can post it and often within a few hours and in some case a few minutes you can start to see people replying to your question.

The great thing about OSI RockStars is the fact that Janelle and her team of people are all doing eBay or the other online sites. They teach you from what they have learned. OSI is not some site put together by people who do not know what online selling is. It was dreamed up by Janelle who is an active eBayer seller and also takes part in eBay live and other eBay events to train people. And all her other trainers are working their eBay businesses day in and day out.

So go on pop over to OSI RockStars by Clicking here and see how they can help you take your eBay business to the next level.

What is OSI RockStars?

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How often have you wanted to learn something about eBay or selling online in general and most of the time have come up against a brick wall. Well I know I have then one day I came accross a site called OSI RockStars. OSI RockStars is a site run by people who are active in the area of selling and buying on eBay on a daily basis.

Janelle Elms has been around eBay for a long time know and regularly takes part in eBay live as a trainer and other eBay events. Janelle then came up with the idea and concept of running a membership site aimed at training site aimed at taking people to that next level in their eBay business either as a seller, Trading Assistant, Education Specialist or consultant.

At present Janelle has over 120 hours of webinars and podcasts teaching you on things such as how to source products, how to work a trade show, how to get key words and the list goes on and on.

Plus Janelle Elms and her team are adding new coment every single week.

As well as these classes there is also a forum where once you are a member you can go and ask and answer questions and as there are people from all areas of the world you can post a question and within minutes you could get an answer back how cool is that.

Membership is a low monthly fee and is worth it’s weight in Gold, pop along today and take a look and see how OSI RockStars can help you in your eBay business.




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