EcommerceBytes-Update, Number 261 - April 18, 2010 - ISSN 1528-6703     5 of 6

First Item Sold Online: An Appetite for Cookie Jars

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Do you remember the first item you ever sold online? Let us know by sending an email to and we may publish your story. Today we hear from Belinda who struck gold with a pair of rare cookie jars!

My husband and I wanted to sell on-line, being disabled myself, I really needed something to keep me busy. So one day while we were at a flea market we found a very cute cookie jar, it was different and I had never seen one like it before. They were asking $25.00 for it. We decided to see if it would sell on eBay.

I knew if it didn't I wouldn't mind keeping it myself. After 7 days on eBay, that cookie jar went for $946.45. We found out it was a rare cookie jar from the 1940's and only 25 were made. That got us looking harder.

We sold another cookie jar that we found and paid $10 dollars for and made $659.00 dollars. Those are the 2 sales that got us started on-line.

Today is there is so many out there selling that it's harder to find the good ones. So we have gone wholesale and now only sell new items for your home. We have to pay taxes of course, but it's worth it.
Belinda Brown
Sweepingangels on Ebay

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Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to

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