This article is from the eBay FAQ, by William B. Shaw firstname.lastname@example.org with numerous contributions by others.
If you figure it out, please let me know. ;-) Take stock of the resources
you have for obtaining merchandise. Make a list of what you can readily
obtain and then research the heck out of it by searching eBay's closed
Your best bet when you are just getting started is to run an eBay garage
sale. Find things around the house that you no longer need. Not only will
you build feedback, but your cash flow is high since you aren't having to
buy merchandise. This also gives you the opportunity to fine tune your
listing templates and establish a solid method to stay on top of your
auction sales and customers. Once you have things down, you also can
reinvest your income in items that you think might be profitable.