Are you looking for affordable top of the line computers?
The refurbished and cheap computer part category is a wide open place. You probably first and foremost will want to narrow down what part of the “game” you want to play. Are you into gaming computers, productivity computers, super cheap computers, Linux computers, are you a Mac guy? Maybe you just want to to PC components or maybe you want to do accessories and peripherals. If you are going to build a store on eBay it is a good idea to have a general theme. You can see what is hot in the gaming computer category by checking out High Ground Gaming. It is a simple site that has reviews on everything gaming related. If you are looking at cutting edge stuff and maybe want to buy refurbished parts and put together computers yourself and resell at a premium, I’d suggest checking out a website like PCMag to see what is trending. It is an online magazine that has tons of articles about the latest personal computer parts and accessories. So to summarize, no matter what angle you take when it comes to this business, you want to get informed before you start throwing around cash.
My first suggestion to those new to used computer shopping is to start at eBay.com. There are many people that use this site and it is probably the best website to go for used electronics. If you have never used eBay you’re missing out. It is going to take you some time to figure out the user interface. You’ll need to create an account and if you’re serious set up a form of payment. As long as you have a mobile phone and email address registering is pretty easy. The next step if setting up a form of payment. My first instinct would be to say just use PayPal. If you already have a PayPal you’re going to be up and running in no time.
Once your set up on PayPal and eBay you can start playing around with the search functionality of eBay. If you find something you like, you’re already ready to start bidding. I’d suggest simple search strings like “cheap computers” and “cheap computer parts” to get your feet wet. If you looking for something particular like a new hard drive you could search “cheap solid state hard drives” for example. To get the best deals, you really need to incorporate eBay into your daily schedule. You’ll learn the best times and product categories to find the best deals. There are people out there who have made this into a business that they can do from home. It is possible it just takes a lot of hard work. My ritual for awhile was scouring eBay then switching to Craigslist finding deals. Some days I wouldn’t buy anything at all, other days I’d get like half a dozen items. If you’re into it, it can be a lot of fun, sort of like a daily treasure hunt. Your best friend for awhile will be your watch list, where you can manage all the upcoming auctions and narrow down what you really want to chase after.
The best part is many of the users have no idea what certain parts are worth. It really can be like a car mechanic walking into a junkyard and finding tons of spare parts for virtually free. The thing about it is, you need to have the knowledge like the mechanic but about electronics. For me it is like being a kid in a candy store to be honest. If you are a computer wiz and are deep into the world of building computers and know everything about the latest gear you will probably flourish in this business. If you are brand new to all of this don’t worry that is why I am here. It is going to be a longer and harder road but it is do-able. Probably the best thing you can do for yourself is start putting together some computers of your own and learn as much as you can. There are plenty of books out there that can get you started. I will put together a list of the top books. Eventually, this website will include all the resources you need so make sure to bookmark it.