Tips for Becoming a Successful eBay Seller

by Valerie, Mom Knows It All

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Tips for Becoming a Successful eBay Seller

Why Should You Sell On eBay?

When my kids were babies, I was a stay at home mom. That meant we were a family trying to make it work on one income. We found out fast this was way more difficult than it looked. A friend of mine told me about eBay and her success at selling her kids clothing, toys and other items for a profit. I decided to give it a try and it was so much easier (and fun) than I thought it would be. If you have a regular flow of items coming into your home, you my qualify as an eBay store. Another option is to sell on eBay as a hobby, which, unlike many hobbies, can show a profit. Either way, it is a win-win all the way around! I wanted to pass that knowledge on to help others find success selling on eBay.

What Are You Selling?

One of the most important decisions you will make about selling on eBay, is what you are going to sell. When I first started, I had a surplus of gently used baby clothes, toys, and accessories. We also had a very nice second hand store that would sell name brand items for $1, which I could sell on eBay for a great profit. I have also sold gifts we could not use, gift cards and other household items. You may have a special collection like military or sports items you have access to. This is popular on eBay and may do very well. They key is deciding on your niche and becoming on expert in that field!


A Quality Photo Is Key To Successful eBay Sales

When I first started selling on eBay, I was using an old 35mm camera and had to get the film developed and then scan it into my computer. What a pain! Now, I have a nice DSLR camera that takes amazingly clear quality photos. A photo can say a 1,000 words, and that is especially true on eBay. I know if I am buying something on eBay, a good picture will catch my eye every time. I also have a tripod, to keep my camera nice and steady and a macro lens for close up shots of smaller items like jewelry. I use a nice backdrop with no distractions in the background. Who wants to see a pile of laundry or dirty dishes in the background, right? Whenever possible, be sure to use natural light instead of those florescent bulbs you have in the kitchen! Be sure to take photos from several angles so your potential buyers can really see what they are buying. You get to upload 12 photos at no charge, so take advantage of that!

How Do You Know What Price To Charge?

One of the most difficult things to learn about selling on eBay was the pricing. I wanted to get a fair price for my items without scaring away my potential buyers. This meant I had to do a little research. The best place to research? Ebay! Find out what other like items have sold for on eBay. Is your item in super duper condition or not so much? This will affect your selling price as well. If you are selling a higher priced item like a car or extremely valuable, historic or antique items, be sure to get it valued by an expert and get that in writing! Also take eBay fees into consideration. There are listing fees, final value fees, Paypal fees and materials for packing and shipping.

The Listing

Listing your item is an extremely crucial detail that takes a lot of thought and effort. Make sure your title tells the buyer what you are selling and why it is perfect for them. You only have 80 characters, so make them count! When you are writing up your sales description, be sure to be honest and describe the item in full detail. The more thorough and thoughtful your description, the more likely it is to sell. If it has flaws, say so. If it is in pristine condition, brag about it! Just remember, honesty is the best policy and avoids issues down the road. When you are selling on eBay, you can list your item on your desktop, via mobile device, the eBay valet (which sells for you) or via YouTube.

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Close Your Sale With Top Notch Packaging

One you have sold your item(s) on eBay (Yay you!!), the next step is to pack and ship your item. I bet we have all had an experience with buying something online and the item arrives damaged due to poor shipping. Don’t be that seller! I ship my items Priority Mail from the USPS, which means I get my boxes for free. You can also purchase quality boxes to ship as well. I always wrap my valuables in bubble wrap or use tissue paper for clothing and like items. I use strong packing tape, so I know my box will not come open during the delivery process. To be sure you are charging the correct shipping price, use a postal calculator or take it to the USPS, UPS or FedEx office in your neighborhood. They will be happy to weigh your package for you.

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