Parents Can Make Money for the Holidays with eBay

I can still remember the first thing I sold on eBay. It was a broken camera lens. I was shocked when it sold because I clearly indicated that the lens was broken. It was then that I realized one man’s trash is really another man’s treasure.

After that experience, I was bitten by the eBay selling bug. I scoured my house for anything that could possibly be of value and listed them on the site. I’ve been an eBay user since late 2000 and over the years I’ve sold over 900 items. In 2005, I got serious about selling on eBay. That’s when I started Red Star Toys and Collectibles. I specialized in hard to find action figures and dolls. In the two years that I operated the business, I earned over $30,000 in revenues and $10,000 in profits (Side note: I also bought my car on eBay).

I reduced my online selling in 2007 due to increased family obligations, but I continued to sell items on eBay. In the past few years have sold several guitars and camera equipment.

Recently, I was selected to be a member of the eBay Parent Panel. As an ambassador for the company, I plan to help parents find extra money with items they already have in their homes – clothes the children have outgrown, tech gadgets and computer accessories, toys and more.

Over the next few months, I will share some of my experiences as an eBay seller. Each week, I will post new items on eBay to show you how easy it is to make money with the site. Check out my profile to learn more about me as a seller and to view my current listings. My goal is to make $3000 between now and December. You can also visit the eBay Holiday Selling Guide for more money-making tips.

Stay Strong,



Question: Have you used eBay as a buyer or seller? How was the experience?

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Frederick J. Goodall

Frederick J. Goodall is the founder of Mocha Dad - a parenting website focused on fatherhood. He is passionate about parenting and helping men to be great dads, husbands, and role models. You can contact him at or on Twitter at

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