John, the days of Mom or Pops selling on eBay for a living are over. Those glory days are a thing of the past. It's big biz now, just like JD envisioned. It still may be OK for the stay at home mom who doesn't need the income but needs something to do while the kids are in school. Other than that I would guess that 90% of the small time eBay sellers have been phased out and are now working outside the home in order to pay the bills. That's the reality of it. Please consider doing the same. Let your wife take over your eBay tool sales. Put your pre-eBay skills to work so you don't lose everything you've worked for.