I have been on ebay since conception, we used to only be able to post two items a day, imagine trying to make a living! hehe, it was really bad. At least then I had another outlet for income. I started seeing a good profit right off the bat. I am a hot glass artist so I create things from hot glass in a torch. It is an art form all by itself. But we have some low times, right now. So I am looking at alternatives for making money and since I produce enough art to sell some I think I will do that too. But I am not really sure yet about that part.
My store is a new thing, I have only had it for about 3 months now, ebay wrote me and congradulated me on how good of a job I did on it, if you look at my about me page on ebay you will see what I mean. They told me it was the nicest they had ever seen, even if I do have links to my web site <grin> they allow it, just don't really like it. Right now in the last 3 months I would say I have sold at least 1500.00 off of my ebay store alone, so it does work, but you need to know how to drive people to it.
It is the key thing about a store on ebay, I read the forums and loads of people complain about the stores, but I can't complain, it is cheap to list there and you can put up things for 4 months (which is what I do exclusively), my main expense there is the gallery picture which is just the most important part, you just have to do that. It is what draws people into the item.
I have even sold items in there to people who are not my customers in auctions. They do not do auctions. So it is a whole new different market.
I am glad to help!