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53-year-old Mom Tells Us How She Earns $25 Million A Year Through eBay

After successfully helping her sons sell their old video games on eBay, Linda Lightman started auctioning her collection online.

A stay-at-home mom living with her two kids in Philadelphia, Linda Lightman used to be a labor lawyer before she accidentally started the biggest online luxury consignment shop in the world: Linda’s Stuff.

After successfully helping her sons sell their old video games on eBay, Linda started auctioning her collection of high-fashion bags and garments online. Weeks later, her friends began to ask her if she can sell their stuff too. Then she went viral. Through word of mouth, her hobby became what is now a million-dollar venture.

The eBay savvy mompreneur told Daily Mail Online that every home houses over 52 things that can be sold at eBay.

She said:

“Most people don’t know that the average household has over 52 items worth over $3,000 just lying around their house ready to sell.”

The mommy millionaire also assured that we don’t have to limit ourselves to the confines of our home when looking for goodies to sell – we can always expand and rummage for other unique items outside.

Linda said in a Seller Stories interview at eBay that she never thought that her online hobby would grow into a serious high-income online business.

She confessed:

“When I started Linda’s Stuff I never envisioned that it would become a $16-million-dollar-a-year business with 85 employees and 25 thousand square foot office. I probably would not have named it Linda’s Stuff.”

In 2006, Linda moved her thriving e-commerce biz into a 5,000-square-foot office to accommodate her growing collection of luxury items and 20 hard-working employees.


Today, the company continues to lead the online consignment industry for luxury items with a whopping $25 million gross income each year.

Linda gave her two cents to people who want to make it big at eBay:

  1. Research. “Learn how to price by researching what similar items are selling for.”
  2. Come up with a good user ID. “Clearly, I wish I had taken this advice.”
  3. Take high-quality item photos with detailed descriptions. “Take lots of pictures, you want ‘crisp, sharp’ images – describe, describe. Is the item new or pre-loved? Does it have tags? What is the fabric content? What are the measurements? The more you include, the better.”
  4. Craft a catchy title. “Make sure to include the designer name, size, colour, style and other identifiers that buyers would search for.”
  5. Give your customers a first class service. “It’s important to be very clear about terms for payment, shipping, and returns. And be prepared to provide more details if asked.”
  6. Be punctual and reliable. “Be prepared to pack and ship it quickly and in the manner agreed upon in your listing.”
  7. Love what you do. “People say if you do what you love and love what you do you’ll never work a day in your life – I never believed it until I started Linda’s Stuff.”
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