My Tips For Selling on eBay

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Recently I have been selling a few bits and bobs on eBay. I haven't sold for a good few months as I find I have to be 'in the mood' as it can take a while to pack everything up and head to the post office. After Christmas though, I have been trying to get a little extra cash by selling unwanted items on eBay. I have managed to earn £50 just from selling three items which I can then go on to spend more things, yay! (Not the point, I know). I wrote a blog post about how to find eBay bargains which you can read here, so I thought I would follow up with my selling tips. I'm not claiming to be an expert but if you are new to selling on eBay then I just hope my tips can help you.
 
 
Selling An Item - Images & Clear Description
To sell an item on eBay is really easy. To start, you will need to log in or create an account and click 'Sell an Item'. Before you sell an item, for example lets say you're selling a designer perfume then it's a good idea to search for the same product in eBay and see how much buyers are bidding and how much the sellers are charging for. This will give you a rough idea of how much you can expect to start your bidding at. Obviously it is your own choice, but I guess it makes sense to be offering a better price than the next seller to attract more buyers. When you sell an item, it's important you have a good image of the product. Whether it's an image you take from the internet or take the picture yourself, that personally doesn't matter to me but just ensure that the image meets up to the actual product. For example if the perfume box is battered and you're showing an image of a perfectly pristine box, then you may receive a negative feedback. When writing your description which is read by potential bidders, keep it simple but informative. Include what it is, the amount (eg 100ml), the brand, size and condition. Make the title clear to read and be aware of codewords which you can then use to attract buyers. BNIB = Brand new in box. BNWT - Brand new with tags. Used etc. Include in the title: The product name, brand and size - Marc Jacobs Daisy BNIB 100ml. This makes it easier for buyers to find what they are looking for - you!
 
Relist for free & Free insertion charges.
eBay now offer a new selection of being able to relist for free if your item doesn't sell. To get this you simply need to tick the 'Relist for free' box before publishing your sale and eBay will then automatically relist your item if it doesn't sell. Not only do you not have to go through the hassle of relisting the item all over again, you don't have to pay insertion fees. Insertion fees are the price you pay to eBay when selling anything with bids starting over 99p and you are automatically charged for this. Always look out for 'Free Insertion' time slots as these will help save the pennies as you have to pay the fee regardless of whether the item sells or not!
 
Postage Charges
Be aware of not overcharging buyers to make extra money. I have seen people starting bids at 99p to attract buyers but then charging postage of £6.00 for a t-shirt! This personally would put me off as it would not cost that much to post but buyers will be more accepting of reasonable postage charges. If you are unsure of how much it is going to cost you to post, eBay have a postage estimator you can use. You simply need to tell them what it is you'll be shipping, how heavy it is, where it is going e.g. in the country or abroad and it can then calculate an average fee. If you only want to post in the UK, it may be a good idea to add this onto the descriptive part of your listing. A good way of attracting buyers is to offer free postage. Of course you still have to pay the postage fee but I personally do get sucked in by free postage fees so there must be others who do too! When you sell you also have to set an estimated time of when you will be posting. If you know you can only post on a Monday due to working hours, make sure you put this in the descriptive text too.
 
 Ending Time
When you sell an item, you have the choice of how long you are going to list the item for. This gives you the option of being able to maximise your chance of selling. If you are ending an item at 3am on a Monday morning, chances are that not a lot of people will be bidding right up until the last second (Unless they're night birds of course!) but a more reasonable time will attract more bidders. It has been said that the best time to end an auction is on a Sunday evening. I can only imagine this is due to people being at home and at a point of the week where they are relaxing and browsing the internet. Obviously this is not a fact but it can be something to bear in mind. Be aware that the time you start the sale, this will be the same time the auction ends.
 
Positive Feedback & Potential Problems.
It is really important that as a seller you have positive feedback. If you are new to eBay and have no feedback then that cannot be helped. The more you sell, the happier buyers are, the more positive feedback you will receive. Having positive feedback will ensure people are happy to buy from you and will increase your chance of sales. I'll end the post with a little warning that selling on eBay doesn't always go to plan. Buyers will bid and then refuse to pay (Why?!) and can leave you negative feedback purely so they can have their money back. All I can suggest is to be aware of this and most buyers just want their items and will be happy with it!
 
I hope you found my tips helpful x
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7 comments

  1. I love selling on ebay because I get such a buzz when the bidding starts to end! I love your tips!
    xxx | daisydaisyxxo

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  2. Great tips. Ive sold a few bits on ebay in the past but this is really going to help when I sell again.

    Jenn | Photo-Jenn-ic

    x

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  3. fab tips! I love buying off ebay but never ever sold anything! am clearing out my wardrobe in the next few months so will bare this in mind when i decide on a few things to sell that i've hardly ever worn! :) xx

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  4. I'm going to start selling on eBay in the future so thank you for these great tips! I better start selling rather than buying, which I do an awful lot haha!

    Kathryn x
    effievanity.blogspot.co.uk

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  5. Great idea for a blog post! Ebay is my one true love, I need to stop bidding! I end up bidding way over what I would actually pay just to beat the other person - it's terrible!

    Great tips! :) have a lovely saturday!

    Clementine x

    http://clementinehartley.blogspot.co.uk

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  6. I have lots of things I want to sell on Ebay, but I have always put it off as it always seemed too complicated. Might have to try and give it a go. Great post.

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