5 Actions to Follow to Sell Things on eBay

You’ll find it’s amazingly straightforward to get started putting up your first auction to sell things on eBay. Just simply stick to these easy steps.

Get yourself an eBay seller account.

If you have bought things on eBay, then you have already got an eBay account – simply log in  and click on ‘Sell’ in the toolbar at the top of the page, after that click on ‘Create a seller account’. If you have not been on eBay before, then you’ll need to open an account  making use of the ‘register’ link underneath the toolbar, after which click ‘Sell’ and ‘Create a seller account’.  The eBay site will then guide you through the process. For security, this may involve giving card details and bank information, but it is perfectly secure.

Decide what to sell.

For your first little experiment with eBay, it doesn’t really matter what you sell. Take a look around the room you’re in – I’m sure there’s something in there that you’re not all that attached to and could put in the post.  DVDs, CDs, Books, old records and board games are all great for practising your selling skills.

Submit your item.

Click ‘Sell’, and you’re to start to sell things on eBay.

You’ll have to choose a category – it’s best simply type in what it is you are selling and go with what eBay suggests, unless it really doesn’t seem right. Next, write a title and description.  Try and get as many of the words you think people will use to search for your item, into your title. And put as much detail as possible in your description, so the buyer has everything they need to make their decision.

You need to decide on a starting price. It’s a good idea to set your starting price as low as possible, $0.01 if possible, it makes your listing cheaper and draws in the bidders looking for a bargain, so your item will rarely finish at such a low price. Now you need to decide on the length of your listing: 3, 5, 7 or 10 days.

Longer auctions might attract more bids, but you might also put off he people who want the item sooner – either way, ending an auction at the weekend is always a good idea.

Add in any pictures you’ve taken of your item, or use the one that eBay sometimes provides, but make sure you have a picture of some sort as it helps your item sell for more. Finally, tick the payment methods you will accept (you’ll have to select PayPal and that’s best for now anyway), and where you will post to (limit yourself to your own country to begin with).

Submit and you’re done!

Wait for the sale.

This is just a matter of sitting back and letting eBay do its thing – buyers will find your item and leave bids on it.  If a potential bidder can’t find all the information they need, they may email you through eBay with a question. Try and get back to them as quickly as possible, with the details they need, to convince them to bid.

Remember that if your item doesn’t sell then you can list it again, usually for free.

Wait till you’ve received your money, then ship it.

eBay will notify the buyer of how they need to pay you, and you will receive notification from PayPal when the payment has arrived. Only when you have got the buyers money do you send them the item.

Once you’ve got the payment, all you need to do is pack the item for posting (make sure to use some bubble wrap), take the buyer’s address from the confirmation email eBay sent you, and write it on the parcel. Put some stamps on, post it, and you’re done!

Creating a listing to sell things on eBay is as easy as that.

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