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Meet the 18-year-old entrepreneur making $50K a MONTH selling items on eBay via ‘dropshipping’

A teenager who used to work at McDonald’s now enjoys a life of designer clothes, international travel and top-notch dining by selling “trendy” merchandise on eBay.

Olivia Percoco, from Melbourne, launched an e-commerce eBay store in 2020 before Covid hit Australia, but said the online business “took off” in mid-2021.

The 18-year-old told Daily Mail Australia that she uses the ‘dropshipping’ business model which involves shipping products from the manufacturer directly to the customer without the retailer seeing it.

He claims to have generated over $500,000 in just two years, including $50,000 in just one month, by scouring social media for the most in-demand products.

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Olivia Percoco (pictured) launched an eBay store in 2020 before Covid hit Australia, but said the online business

Olivia Percoco (pictured) launched an eBay store in 2020 before Covid hit Australia, but said the online business “took off” in mid-2021

In just one month, he made a staggering $50,000 selling products

In just one month, she earned a staggering $50,000 selling “fashionable” products, which has transformed her lifestyle.

In her spare time during Melbourne’s first Covid lockdown, Olivia learned “everything she knows” about dropshipping by watching YouTube videos.

Before launching her online store, she worked at McDonald’s and was “completely broke.”

“I hated working (at McDonald’s), it wasn’t fun, so I googled ways to make money online and came across dropshipping,” he said.

After noticing others making quick money, she was motivated to open her own online store.

Initially, she tried the popular e-commerce platform Shopify, but wasn’t satisfied with the sales she was making and turned to eBay.

Olivia does not limit her business to a niche and sells products from a variety of categories.

Some of the products it sells include coffee machines, desks, DIY supplies, garden supplies, mouse mats, phone cases, and home organization products.

Last year, Olivia’s best-selling product was the reversible octopus plush that was seen all over TikTok, while this year the Starbucks coffee pod machine is the number one seller.

The key to making sales using dropshipping is researching a product’s popularity and demand, researching competitors, and then deciding if it’s worth adding inventory to your own store.

Olivia does not limit her business to a niche and sells products from a variety of categories.

Right now, one of the most popular items being sold online is a Starbucks pod coffee machine (pictured)

Olivia does not limit her business to a niche and sells products from a variety of categories. One of the most popular items being sold online right now is a Starbucks pod coffee machine (pictured right)

“A lot of time is spent on product research first: I look at trends on TikTok by looking for hashtags,” he said.

‘On eBay I can list 40 items at a time and not limit myself to a niche.’

Once you decide on a product, you find a supplier who is often based in Australia to reduce delivery time.

Olivia never sees any of the stock as it is shipped directly to the customer.

He chose eBay as a platform because it is reliable and has a large number of customers from all over the world.

Today, Olivia is able to support herself full-time while financing her luxury lifestyle, which she brags about on TikTok.

Shop for designer handbags, fly business class abroad, and go to fancy restaurants.

In the future, she hopes to transform what she learned through dropshipping to create another profitable branded business and possibly study marketing in college.

Today, Olivia is able to support herself full-time while financing her luxury lifestyle, which she brags about on TikTok.

Shop for designer handbags, fly business class abroad, and go to fancy restaurants.

Today, Olivia is able to support herself full-time while financing her luxury lifestyle, which she brags about on TikTok.

When asked if anyone can learn to dropship on their own, Olivia said ‘absolutely’.

“It’s very easy, but you have to be persistent; you won’t see results right away, but that shouldn’t deter you if you really want it,” he said.

‘You need tunnel vision and a motivator, otherwise it’s easy to lose sight of what you want to achieve.

“Two years ago I never imagined I could afford to stay in nice hotels and fly around Australia, it opened my eyes to what is possible.”

WHAT IS DROPSHIPPING?

Dropshipping is a method of order fulfillment that does not require a company to keep products in stock.

Instead, the store sells the product and passes the sales order to a third-party vendor, who then ships the order to the customer.

However, contrary to popular belief, dropshipping is not a get-rich-quick scheme.

Source: big trade

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