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Làm sao để trở thành triệu phú bán hàng trên eBay?

Làm sao để trở thành triệu phú bán hàng trên eBay?

Mục tiêu: Tăng cường vốn từ vựng tiếng Anh thương mại

Suy nghĩ để trả lời: Have you sold anything online? What was it? How much did you sell it for? Did you make a profit? Was it worth the trouble of setting up the sale? How much did the postage cost you? What are the pros and cons of selling on eBay?


If you could open a shop (either a physical one or an online one) which products from the list below would you sell? Why? What would you do to guarantee you made a profit?

jewellery CDs & DVDs

paintings stamps

cosmetics rare items

shoes watches books

designer clothing antiques

handbags toys furniture


2 Reading I

Read or listen to the article once. Which eBay business is the most impressive? Why?

3 Reading II

Read the article again. Then, write Ethan, Alison or David next to each statement.


1. …left school with no qualifications?

2. …sometimes loses money on sales?

3. …made a 300% profit on the first thing they sold on eBay?

4. …more than doubled their money within two weeks of trading?

5. …was helping a relative liquidate some stock?

6. …often starts auctions at 99 cents?

How to become an eBay millionaire!

Want to become a millionaire? Why not start selling things on eBay? Many people have made a fortune buying and selling on the online retailer. And thousands are now millionaires. Here are a few.

One eBay millionaire is American Ethan Dekel. He sells luxury designer menswear at 40% to 80% below retail prices. In an interview with entrepreneur.com, Ethan recalls how it was a relative with a clothing shop who got him into the fashion business. “My uncle asked me to help him liquidate some designer suits on the internet. Right away, I thought of eBay,” Ethan says. “When the first suit sold for a 300% profit, a light went on in my head.” The same uncle helped him find wholesale suppliers – one of the biggest hurdles for those starting on eBay.

Alison Abruneiras is another eBay millionaire. She left school with no qualifications and had no business experience. She now runs The Nail and Beauty Emporium, a successful cosmetic retail business. She started out selling from her house, but now trades worldwide and has a warehouse with employees. “It’s incredible to think that this started on a computer in my bedroom,” she said in an interview with the Daily Mail. “If I can do it, anyone can. You don’t have to have an education,” she added. So, how did it all start. “I bought £3,000 worth of products from a wholesaler and stored them in my bedroom – which had become my office,” she explained. “Within two weeks I’d sold nearly all of that too and more than doubled my money. From then, it became an addiction. I’d be on the computer first thing in the morning and up until midnight.”

David Wirtenberg is another ecommerce millionaire. He sells engagement rings, wedding bands and other jewellery. He recalls how it was his father-in-law who helped him at first. “He said, ‘Let’s see if we can sell jewellery on the internet. So, I went to 47th Street in Manhattan. I knocked on every door. I didn’t know anything about diamonds at the time. I was looking for suppliers, for an education, anything.” He ended up buying a couple of diamond rings, and he immediately sold them for a profit and it all went from there. “Most of my diamond auctions start at 99 cents. Sometimes I lose money; sometimes I make money. Whatever makes the customer happy, I do. Our packaging is second to none. Sometimes we pack our diamonds in Fabergé eggs [for free]. Once you have customers, you have those customers for good.”


Get selling!

How to sell on eBay

Write a description of your product and upload a photo of it. Then, either set a fixed or auction price. If you set an auction price, you receive bids from buyers. An auction usually lasts for a week.


a retail price n

a price a customer pays for something in a shop

a relative n

someone who is related to you: your brother, uncle, aunt, sister, etc.

to get you into something exp

if someone “gets you into” a business, they help you to start working in that business

to liquidate vb

if a company “liquidates” its stock, it sells it

a light went on in my head exp

if a “light goes on in your head”, you suddenly have a good idea or notice something

a wholesale supplier n

a company that sells large quantities of goods to shops, etc. (not to customers)

a hurdle n

a difficulty

to run vb

if you “run” a business, you manage it

cosmetics n

lipstick, make-up, powder, mascara, etc. that people put on their faces to make themselves look beautiful

a retail business n

a business that involves selling products to customers

a wholesaler n

a company that sells large quantities of goods to shops, etc. (not to customers)

to double your money exp

to make 100% profit. For example, to make €50 after investing €25

ecommerce n

buying and selling things online / through a website, etc.

an auction n

a public sale. Goods are offered and the person who offers the most money can buy them

packaging n

the paper or plastic that goes around a product to protect it in a shop, etc.

a Fabergé egg n

an egg with jewels on it

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