eBay MoneyMakers Highlights Families Making Money Online by Selling on eBay {Giveaway}

by Melanie Edwards on December 29, 2011 · 258 comments

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Through our partnership with eBay, I’ve been learning a lot about how various people use eBay to either earn a little extra spending money, make a living from selling on eBay, and every scenario in-between. One of the latest ways I’m learning about families who sell on eBay is through the eBay MoneyMakers video series. Each video series highlights a family and shows how selling on eBay has impacted their life. It’s amazing to hear these stories and see how families are earning money online through selling on eBay.

Selling on eBay Helps Family Overcome Unemployment

The first eBay MoneyMakers video introduces us to the O’Brien family of Westfield, Indiana. Soon after relocating for a job, Tristen O’Brien’s position was eliminated and he found himself unemployed. Sadly, this occurred just a week after their son’s birth. As you can imagine, they needed to find a way to earn some money fast! By selling household items on eBay, they began to fund their day-to-day expenses. Eventually, as they gained experience in selling on eBay, they began to sell clearance and vintage items for profit. Tristen O’Brien is now employed, but the family continues to sell on eBay and even have a blog to share their tips for selling on eBay. Check out their video below to find out more about the O’Brien family, then read on to learn about another family who’s had success selling on eBay.

eBay MoneyMakers: The O’Brien family makes money online in the midst of economic difficulties

One-Income Family Supplements Earnings by Selling on eBay

The second eBay MoneyMakers video in the series features the Sibbersen family, who has been using eBay since they got married to supplement their one-income family. The extra income from selling on eBay allowed Windy Sibbersen to stay home with their children. Much like the O’Brien family, they began by selling items in their home they no longer needed, then moved on to buying discounted items they could resell. The family has been able to fund family trips with their eBay income, as well as extra expenses not normally within budget. Additionally, the family uses their funds to give back to the community by ‘adopting a family’ during the holidays. Learn more about the Sibbersens and check out their story in the video below.

eBay MoneyMakers: The Sibbersen family finds financial comfort through extra eBay income

ModernMami™.com Reader Giveaway

We want you to treat yourself courtesy of eBay, so we’re giving away a $25 eBay gift card!

How to Enter

Required entry: If you’d like to enter this contest for a $25 eBay gift card, simply leave a comment below sharing how you would use extra funds earned from selling on eBay.

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All entries must be in by Friday, January 6, 2012 at 11:59 pm EST. You must be 18 or older and a U.S. resident. No purchase necessary. Remember to leave a separate comment for each entry. The winner will be chosen using Random.org and will be notified via email. (Please be sure to provide a valid email address with your entry.) Winner will have 48 hours to respond and claim prize, otherwise a new winner will be chosen.

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Hsimone January 1, 2012 at 11:45 pm
Monique Rizzo January 1, 2012 at 11:55 pm

Id save it up for a trip to Disneyland.Thanks for the chance.
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Joy F January 2, 2012 at 12:08 am

I would use them to pay towards my credit cards.

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Kristi Hayes January 2, 2012 at 12:46 am

I would use the extra money for things that always get delayed because of lack of funds such as trips to the dentist, oil changes, etc.

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Kristi Hayes January 2, 2012 at 12:48 am

Following ModernMami on twitter as xraygirl2008.

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Anonymous January 2, 2012 at 1:55 am

I would pay off charge cards.

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Anonymous January 2, 2012 at 1:57 am

follow you on twitter @smilekisses

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Anonymous January 2, 2012 at 1:58 am
Crystle tellerday January 2, 2012 at 9:17 am

i would buy a new bed

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courtney b January 2, 2012 at 10:56 am

i would use it for my medical bills

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courtney January 2, 2012 at 10:57 am

following your twitter meandbells

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courtney b January 2, 2012 at 10:57 am
Anonymous January 2, 2012 at 12:37 pm

for gifts for my grandchildren mverno@roadrunner.com

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Erica Carnes January 2, 2012 at 5:25 pm

I would use the extra money towards gifts and holiday shopping.
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lisa lo January 2, 2012 at 5:57 pm

Way back when I used to be a powerseller and always had money come in everyday.  Now that I really need money, I’d like to sell once again on ebay…broke as a joke today.

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kyl neusch January 2, 2012 at 7:25 pm

trip to Vegas

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kyl neusch January 2, 2012 at 7:26 pm

Follow @modernmami on Twitter. bleush

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Katie January 2, 2012 at 9:06 pm

I would use them to help pay off my student loans!

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Lisa Lodter January 2, 2012 at 11:48 pm

I subscribed via email :)

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Lisa Lodter January 2, 2012 at 11:48 pm

I followed on twitter
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Lisa Lodter January 2, 2012 at 11:49 pm
clynsg January 3, 2012 at 10:31 am

I would put them into my Christmas fund for next Christmas.

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MaryT January 3, 2012 at 12:03 pm

I would use the money toward a car for my son. Thanks!

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Cinderella10383 January 3, 2012 at 4:38 pm

I would use the extra funds from selling on Ebay to buy my son new clothes, basically sell his old ones to buy new ones 

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Cinderella10383 January 3, 2012 at 4:39 pm

Following on Twitter- cinderella10383

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