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How to sell on eBay for Beginners
When we were jobless in 2015 and had to sell off a load of stuff, my husband became obsessed with eBay.
Having been clueless about selling before about the power of eBay, he became hooked.
I’d created a monster!
I’ve been selling things on and off for years on both Amazon and eBay.
A lot of people are afraid to sell on eBay or unsure of how to do it.
Did you know it’s estimated we have £4,000 worth of clutter in our homes and garages?!
Think of what you could do with that money!
A holiday, a new car, the possibilities are endless!
So here’s a step by step guide on how to sell on eBay with some helpful tips on how to get the most out of your listings:
1. Use the Advanced Search tool to see how much similar items sell on eBay for
I had no idea about this tool until I started reading Emma’s tips on selling on eBay.
To find it go to the Advanced search page on the eBay homepage:
Type in the item you want to search for:
And the results will show you how much similar items have sold for. You can go into more detail on price, type of item etc to get full results.
2. When you’re ready to sell click on the Sell Link from the drop-down menu on your profile
3. List the item with as much description as possible in the selling bar when you sell on eBay
4. When selling on eBay write in as much detail as possible on the listing
5. When you’re selling on eBay Make Sure You Have LOTS of Photos
Trust me faulty stuff still sells as long as you’re open and honest about it.
And I’ll do this for all the pictures in the listing.
6. Give as much detail in the item description as possible
7. Choose between Auction Style and Buy It Now
9. Work out your delivery costs before you list
Delivery is a tricky one to work out. I recommend using some household kitchen scales and putting the item in the packaging to work out exact weight before you list it.
This has two benefits:
- The item is already packaged and ready to go once your listing ends.
- It will give you exact delivery charges so you’re not left out of pocket.
For smaller items, I prefer Royal Mail, and for larger ones over 1 kg, I prefer Hermes which has very competitive rates.
You can list both delivery methods as I’ve done here, allowing the buyer to choose their delivery method.
For the packaging itself, I tend to buy plastic mailing bags
eBay itself has a postage calculator, so you can use the kitchen scales and a tape measure to work out postage costs before you list your item.
Offer Local Collection
If your item is heavy or can’t be shipped, you can offer local collection.
This means the successful buyer will come to your house or another place of your choosing to collect the item.
I’ve had people come over to collect an Elliptical trainer, my old MacBook, broken makeup trolley and all sorts of other heavy things you can’t easily post.
If you’re concerned about safety, meet at a public place such as a coffee shop, petrol station, outside a tube station etc. to hand over the goods, and take someone with you.
10. List the item
You can now finally list the item!
In this example, I chose to save and continue later as I’m doing these for my husband and he will review everything before he makes the listings live.
And that’s it! How to sell on eBay.
It really is that easy and slightly addictive!