EBAY – THE INTERVIEWS
PowerSellers tell their stories
By Richard Grady
Copyright © 2001-2004
by Richard Grady
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1. Introduction (and my story)
Introduction (and my story)
My name is Richard Grady and I started working online in 1998. Like many, my first ‘taste’ of
trading on the Internet came from using the largest online auction site in the world – eBay.com.
I first heard about eBay from a newspaper article and decided to take a look. I live in the UK and
at the time, there was only one eBay site – eBay.com – so most members were based in the
USA. Despite this, I could still see a huge potential and started to sell on a part-time basis to
make a bit of ‘pocket-money’.
eBay wasn’t my full-time job and I was doing the ‘9–5’ working in a 17 year career in corporate
finance, but I enjoyed it and it was profitable. In fact, eBay never became a full-time business for
me as I drifted into other things, however, I traded enough to realize that it is possible to earn a
full-time income through selling on eBay alone.
Over the years, I sold all sorts of things from vintage computers (such as the Sinclair range), to
DVD’s, to mobile phone accessories and more. eBay was profitable and generally enjoyable.
However, as I started to sell more and more products, I found that the increasing workload was
becoming less and