Cashing in on the Internet: Part 1 - Two local eBay experts

Looking for some easy cash to put in your wallet?

How about taking that old junk that's just sitting around the house, and trying to sell it on the internet?

I talked with two women who do just that -- and make a living from it.

For these women, selling items on eBay was a way to work out of the home and raise their children at the same time. They also found that it took time for them to find their niche on eBay. But once they did, they became expert shoppers.

Beth Dennin says she considers shopping for items to sell on eBay as being similar to treasure hunting. She buys stuff at garage sales, tag sales, and auctions, and then re-sells them on eBay for profit. If an item is particularly unique, it will usually sell.

"There is a market for everything on eBay," she says.

Beth Dennin

And she seems to have tapped it -- Dennin runs three stores on eBay as a full time job.

As a former antique mall dealer, she figured eBay was the new way to success -- as long as she would figure out how to work the web right.

"You've got to have a creative mind. You have to pay attention and you have to make quick decisions," Dennin explains.

And she's not alone in the eBay selling world.

Kathy Campbell has been turning back the pages of time for a long time to make money.

Kathy Campbell

"I got started because I was in a bad marriage and needed to get out. And I hadn't worked -- I had been a stay-at-home mom, and I hadn't worked in ten years, and I needed something to do right away," Campbell explains.

She started paying for historical pictures, sold them on eBay, and it paid off.

"I gave it a try, and that's what's supported my sons and I for ten years," she says.

But both single stay-at-home moms say this isn't for everyone.

eBay has been called a beast and a market to master.

"It's the nature of the beast. You have to know your animal to be good at it," explains Dennin.

"I love the intrigue and mystery of what I'm going to end up getting. They're not all successes by any means, but when you do get those successes, it's very rewarding," says Campbell.

eBay and PayPal charge fees, and there is a process to putting an item for sale on the internet. It requires the seller to take a picture of the item, list it, and watch the auction. The seller also has to pack and ship it.

Links to Beth Dennin's eBay stores:

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