In February 2019 Shoukry explained to ABC 13 why becoming a seller on eBay had worked for him in his situation. He said, “While sick, I was stuck on the couch a lot, and I started selling on eBay to help make ends meet, as it was something I could do from home without too much bodily stress.”
So Shoukry began listing multiple items to sell before shipping them to their respective buyers, working the transactions around his cancer treatment. And before long, he was making enough money to survive. He therefore decided to keep up his eBay business even after his health improved.
Unlike selling in person, though, being an online retailer means that you rarely come face-to-face with the people buying your items. And for Shoukry, once he’d sold an item on eBay and shipped it off, the matter would normally be closed; he’d simply move on to selling something else.