How to Start Selling Print-on-Demand Products on eBay (Beginner’s Guide)

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eBay is another great marketplace to sell print-on-demand products. It might not be as popular as Amazon or Etsy, but there are tons of traffic here to make decent sales.

I have just finished some research and found that there are so many sellers from Amazon and Etsy who also list their products on eBay.

Most of them make good sales here too (I know that because on eBay’s product page shows the number of units sold).

Anyway, getting started selling on eBay is not so easy because their user interface is difficult to follow. Also, they have a product listing limit for a new account too.

So if you want to start selling on eBay, it’s better to do so as soon as you can. It takes time to unlock the account limit to list several products.

In this guide, I’m going to give you step-by-step instructions on how to start selling print-on-demand products on eBay.

Why sell print-on-demand products on eBay?

First off, let’s start with the WHY of it all.

Why should you consider selling print-on-demand products on eBay?

Apart from Amazon and Etsy, eBay is another marketplace that has a very high traffic volume. According to SimilarWeb, they have over 700 million visits every month.

Anyway, I did some research and found that print-on-demand products such as drinkware or t-shirts are not the popular products on eBay. Here, people like shopping for things like electronic items.

But I did a deeper research on print-on-demand products on eBay and found something very interesting.

I searched for “Mother’s Day mug” and found these products:

The first product has 95 units sold and the second one has 35 units sold.

That’s quite a lot.

The first product is sold at $12.99 with free shipping, and this seller also buys eBay ads for this product.

I think it must have sold really well, otherwise, he or she wouldn’t make a profit. That’s pretty impressive.

The Trump mug has $5.99 as the shipping fee. When I checked the product’s page, I found that it has been sold 71 times so far.

That’s a lot!

I checked many other print-on-demand seller profiles and saw the products that they are selling. I found that many of them have gotten many customer reviews and have thousands of products in their accounts.

Seem like many people on eBay also shop for print-on-demand items. Although these kinds of items are not as popular as the electronic stuff, we can still make some decent income selling print-on-demand products here.

More importantly, the competition is very low compared to Amazon and Etsy.

As you can see from the product results on the “Mother’s Day mug” keyword, there are only 9,560 results. I used the same keyword to search on Etsy; there are over 70,000 products. There were also over 20,000 items on Amazon from this keyword.

That’s so much different.

Another positive is the fact that I can upload products to eBay 100% automatically from my automated system. 🙂

My programmer created the function to help me list all the products I have to eBay automatically. I just need to add the product information and designs to the system and it will do the rest.

It’s 100% automated.

I’ll talk about that later. Now, let’s see how to start selling print-on-demand products on eBay.

5 Steps to Start Selling POD on eBay

Selling products on eBay is not too difficult if you know what to do. When I got started, I was quite confused with the process and the user interface. It took a few hours for me to get these things done.

Anyway, you can follow these steps below to get started quicker than I did.

Step 1: Open your eBay account and connect your account with your PayPal. I won’t go into detail for this step because it’s quite straightforward.

Step 2: Open the eBay Seller Hub. You can click here to go to eBay Seller Hub page. It’s free and I recommend you to use it, because the UI is much simpler to use compared to the Seller Dashboard on the main eBay site.

This is the eBay Seller Hub tool. Here you can see your product listing, orders, customer feedback, etc.

Step 3: Subscribe to the eBay Store to get the cheap listing fee. This one is optional. You don’t have to do it when you just get started. There are some fees to list products on eBay, but if your account is new, you will get the first 50 listings for free.

After you list some products for a while and make some sales, you can increase the account limit and subscribe to the eBay Store to get a cheaper listing price. You can see the subscription details here.

Step 4: Submit some documents to increase the listing limit. If your account is new, you can add just a few listings to your account. You have to submit the document and tell them how you plan to sell products on eBay. It’s not a difficult process. They will review your account and increase the limit within just 2-3 business days.

By the way, the number of the listing is “quantity,” not the number of products.

For example, my listing limit is 50. It means I can list 50 products in my account, but all products must have only 1 unit. If your account is new, set the quantity of all items to 1 unit so you can list more products.

Step 5: Start listing products slowly. Now you should be ready to add some products to your store. I recommend you to list products slowly and try to add the ones that have a chance to sell first to unlock the listing limits.

To list print-on-demand products, you can do it manually by creating the product on the POD website, save the product mockup image from there, and list the product here on eBay. If you have a fair budget, I recommend you use the integration system provided by the supplier, such as Gearbubble or Printful.

And that’s it!

eBay Strategy (Newbie’s Guide)

I just got started trying eBay for a few weeks, so I don’t have much in the way of results yet. I will update this post later when I see some tangible improvements in my store.

Anyway, here’s the strategy I use currently to list products on eBay.

1. List What Sell First

I started by listing the top-selling products I have on Amazon. I have a few products that I have sent to Amazon FBA and they have been sold consistently.

So, I’ll list them here first, make the short delivery time (I can use Amazon FBA to ship them fast), and lower the price a little bit to attract buyers.

I do this because I want to make some fast sales in order to increase the listing limits and make some selling records for my new account.

2. Add Main Keywords in Product Title and Description

When creating a product on eBay, there is no keyword field like there is with Amazon or Etsy. So you have to insert the main keyword in the title and description.

I usually find keywords from other people’s products. I’ll see what the common keyword is in the top-selling products and I’ll add it to my product title.

There is a free tool to check the popular products on eBay called WatchCount. You can use this tool to find the top-selling products from any keyword. Then, see which keywords that are commonly used.

3. List new products consistency

The easiest way to sell print-on-demand products on any marketplace is to list new products consistency. See what can be sold and scale up from there.

It’s just like the spaghetti method; throw spaghetti at the wall and see what sticks.

I have a system that helps me list the products on eBay automatically. What I have to do is prepare the product info and design, and then add them to the system. The system will automatically create product mockups, schedule the time to publish products, and publish the products on eBay automatically.

This is how I grow my print-on-demand business in many marketplaces on autopilot.

Bank “100% Automated” K.

P.S. The POD automated system is currently becoming available and I’m offering an early-bird price for the first group of members. This beta period will be closed next week. We will work closely with the early members and see what we can add to the system.

You can click here to check it out.

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