Where did Mrs. Alaska get her stunning dress? Flight attendant, mother of four, and former Mrs. Alaska, Maureen Reese (user ID: mom_in_georgia) bought her 2002 pageant dress on eBay. Since then, she's found that selling things on eBay is a great way to bring in extra income.
Recalling her first sale on eBay, Maureen says, "I was super excited. Princess pajamas that would have gotten fifty cents at a garage sale sold on eBay for nine dollars." While that profit seems modest to her now, she's continued to sell on eBay—and has come a long way. "I talk to my PTA friends and tennis team about eBay, and they get excited to hear that I can make $300 to $400 a month on items around my house."
While the items she sells are no longer useful to her family, the extra income definitely is. Much of the money goes toward her two daughters' college education or college savings for her other two kids who are still at home. She mentions this in her listings to give buyers a reason to shop with her. Maureen enjoys connecting with her buyers on a personal level while offering them prices that usually beat what they'd find in other retail channels. "I make money, and they save money," she says.
Besides contributing to college funds, Maureen likes keeping a balance in PayPal. This way, when she purchases something on eBay, "It feels like it's free—a free treat that I earned by selling what I didn't need anymore."
When she's not traveling the world as a flight attendant, Maureen's busy at home, helping her kids get where they need to go and attending their games: football, baseball, lacrosse, and wrestling. She's constantly on the go, so she uses the eBay Mobile Selling app for iPhone to list and monitor items from anywhere at any time. When she has downtime between flights and during layovers, or breaks during her kids' games, Maureen uses the eBay app to turn idle minutes into extra money.
"It just keeps getting easier to sell on eBay," Maureen says. She cites not only the eBay app but also shipping tasks like printing labels at home, automatically uploaded tracking information, and having packages picked up from her doorstep.
Maureen has earned a reputation among her family and friends as someone who will sell anything that isn't nailed down. She's adopted techniques that let her list items easily while delivering excellent customer service—which keeps her DSRs (Detailed Seller Ratings) high. Here are some of her secrets to success:
An eBay seller since 2002, Maureen expects to continue selling even after the kids have all received college degrees. "It's fun, and it's so user-friendly, I can't think of why I'd stop."