Friday, February 20, 2009

How to Make Cheap eBay Photo Studio

I recently moved into a new storage space to run my Internet businesses. I was very tempted to buy one of those portable eBay Photo Setups for $220.00+, but as I watched the stock market down another 150 for the 80th straight day I knew that I could make something just as good for about $180 less.

Here is an easy way to make a cheap (only in terms of expenses) eBay Photo Studio.

Supplies needed;
PVC Pipe (1/2") about 15 Feet
PVC Pipe Fittings 4-6
Clamp Lamps
Roll of White Background Paper
Garbage Bag Twist Ties
Daylight-Balanced Light Bulbs

Tape Measure

This is very easy to make:

Cut the PVC pipe in to 5 pcs.

(2 pcs. about 40", 2 about 30" each, 1 about 50")

Using the PVC fittings connect the pcs. to form a backdrop stand as shown below.

The two 30" pcs. will be the base and come out towards you, the two 40" pcs will be the legs that rise vertically from the table, the largest pc. will go horizontally across the top to hold the legs in place as well as hold the backdrop paper.

Once the stand is put together hang the backdrop paper from the PVC pipe going across by punching 3 holes (2 at the ends, 1 in the center) in the top of the paper and hang the paper from the pipe with garbage bag twist ties.

Finally place the clamp lamps on the PVC pipe as shown below.

Buy a tripod and a good Digital Camera and you are good to go. I use a Nikon Coolpix 4500. It's a great eBay camera due to the swivel design, makes it easy to take any shot. Great closeup shots as well. Get a used one on eBay for avg $150.00.

John Paul

Saturday, February 14, 2009

The ebaY Business Answer Book

I have read tons of eBay related books and I would have to say the best one to date is;

The ebaY Business Answer Book by Cliff Ennico

Wow, an eBay book that I actually learned something from. The book is a question and answer format which makes it very easy to read. Pick up a copy and keep it nearby, it will come in handy when an eBay questions arises.

John Paul

Saks Fifth Avenue Snow Globes

I did really well with these Saks Snow Globes in January. I purchased them online from during there After Christmas Sale I paid between $20.00-$28.00/each and made some real nice profits. There are Saks Snow Globes for many of the U.S. cities that Saks has a store in. The 3 highest selling globes on eBay are Washington D.C., Boston, and NYC.

The price online has gone back up to $40.00, but you might be able to find these cheaper at a Saks Retail Store if you live in one of those 3 cities. Or try Saks Off Fifth Outlet Stores.

Still at $40.00 (D.C., Boston, NYC) should net you a nice profit with D.C. being the highest. (I sold D.C. for $91.00). Check the Saks website daily and type in snow globes. They seem to restock and run out of the NYC one quite often and the Boston one is up there right now. I saw the D.C. one last week.

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John Paul

Friday, February 13, 2009

Target Clearance - TMX Cookie Monster

TMX Cookie Monster on Clearance at and in stores. for $14.94

This is selling on eBay U.K. between $32.00-$37.00 USD with not much competition. It is an easy way to double your money which in these tough economic times is a hard thing to do. ***Make sure you put Elmo's Friend in the title to get more hits for people looking for the more popular TMX Elmo.***

For an even bigger profit, take a chance and try this:

Lot of 3 TMX Dolls
  1. Elmo
  2. Cookie Monster
  3. Ernie

are selling for $49.99 plus shipping on eBay.

Turn around and sell the same lot on eBay U.K. for $89.99 USD. Still a nice profit after fees.

John Paul

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Woot Deal of the Day.

The deal of the day for Sunday 2/8/09 is a

VEXplorer RC Robotic Construction System
$79.99 + $5 shipping

I would take a shot to pick up at least one to resell on eBay.

These are selling on eBay for at least $130.00 and a lot of 2 for $249.00

Click Here to see the Completed Listings

Hurry over before they are all gone. Woot has a cult following and the good items tend to go fast.

John Paul

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