How to Become an Online Distributor

By Ivy Liu

If you have a product to sell, you can earn extra money and become an online distributor with a little effort. You do not need to create and maintain your own website in order to sell products online. Several websites offer a worldwide audience of potential buyers for your products. Evaluate a few options ---online auctions websites such as eBay or Etsy, for example---and get started as an online distributor.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • Internet access
  • Email address
  • Product inventory
  • Post office
  • Postage

How to Become an Online Distributor

Step 1

Go to an online sales website such as ebay.com and register for a new account. Click on the "Register" button, complete the form and click the "Continue" button to become a registered member.

Step 2

Sign in with your new login and password by clicking on the "Sign In" link. If an ad appears, click on the "Continue to my original destination" button to proceed.

Step 3

Review the "Getting Started" section to learn about how to set up your account to become a seller online. You'll need to verify your identity to eBay with your credit card information, checking account or the ID verify service. Tell eBay how you'll pay your seller listing fees and which payment methods you'll accept from buyers.

Step 4

Search for similar items sold on eBay before listing your item for competitive research. Click on the "Advanced Search" link at the top of the page. Enter your keywords, select the "Completed listings" check box and click the "Search" button. This will help you find the best category and price for your item based on your competition.

Step 5

Click on the "Sell" button at the top of the page, then click on the "Start selling" button to sell products online. Type in a keyword description for your item, and click "Search" to find the right category. Check one or more categories, and click "Continue."

Step 6

Choose a listing form. Start with the "Keep it simple" option on the right, and click "Go." Complete the 5-step form to fill out your online sales ad, including a description, a photo, item specifics, detailed item description, price and shipping, and which payment method or methods you'll accept.

Step 7

Click "Save and preview." Carefully proofread your ad, making changes if needed. If satisfied, click "Continue" to publish your listing.

Step 8

Monitor your results and any buyer questions. Confirm payment and deliver the product as promised, then solicit feedback.

Tips & Warnings

  • To become a successful online seller, take some extra time to research your competition and prepare a descriptive, appealing ad for your product. Proofread your ad carefully before you publish, as the site may not allow you to end your auction early if you have already received a bid for the item.Deliver responsive, excellent service to your customers to get good feedback ratings. Positive feedback translates to building sales and a good reputation when trying to become an online distributor.
  • If you need a specific price for an item, use the "Buy it Now" feature to name a fixed price or set a reserve price; otherwise, with an online auction system, you may receive less than the price you were expecting.

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