Ebay has been referred to as the world’s largest garage sale, and that does seem an appropriate description, as eBay allows you to sell, or purchase, millions of items from individuals all over the world. As someone who has been selling on eBay for almost ten years, I’ve had my successes, and failures. Here are some tips if you are thinking of trying to get your own slice of the eBay pie as a seller.
Purchase to Boost Your Feedback Profile
Since all users of eBay are essentially strangers, the way buyers and sellers evaluate one another’s trustworthiness is through their “Feedback Profile.” Basically, you are given a point every time someone leaves you positive feedback. Many buyers will be hesitant to purchase an item from a seller who has no positive feedback; so before you start selling, buy a couple of things to establish a few points of positive feedback. This will instill trust in potential buyers, which goes a long way.
Do Your Research
Prior to putting forth the time and effort to list something on eBay, search current listings of items similar of what you intend to sell and see if they are selling, and if so, for how much. Certain brand names sell very well, and others do not. Even different categories will lead to varying interest. For example, while children’s clothing is quite popular, a lot of adult clothing is not.
Download the eBay App to Your Smartphone or Tablet
While eBay’s website is more robust and provides extensive information in terms of tools and resources, the app is great for creating listings. The reason for this is that you can snap a picture of what you are selling with your phone or tablet, create a brief, but informative description, and then list it. You don’t have to go through the hassle of transferring your picture to your computer, you can just list your item directly from your phone or tablet.
Create an Informative Title for Your Listing
While you might be tempted to include flashy adjectives in your title, this is not a good use of the limited characters you have to describe your item. Ebay allows you 80 characters in your title, which is what is referenced when buyers do search queries. You want to think like a buyer when you create your title and provide as much concrete information as possible. Include the brand, color, size, quantity, etc. These are likely to come up in buyers’ searches, however words like “fantastic” or “whimsical” are not.
Purchase a Postal Scale
If you are going to be selling on eBay and you want to save time, and money, a postal scale is a must. Postal scales are available for under $25 and allow you to figure the weight of items you sell without traveling to a post office. As long as you know your item’s weight, you can purchase and print postage labels for anything you sell online through eBay from the US Postal Service at a discounted price.