Selling on eBay is one of the most efficient ways to get rid of clutter and get cash for your unwanted belongings. You'd be amazed at what weird and wonderful things are sold on eBay each month so it's definitely worth giving this venture a go! Here are 15 tried and tested tips for you.
Use the eBay app
The eBay app makes listing so much easier! One of the advantages for example, is if you take your pictures on your smartphone or tablet, then, using iCloud, you can sync your photos so you can access them on other tech; this makes uploading photos simple. Searching recently sold listings as well as scheduling tweets (see below) can also be done via their app.
Use your free listings
Every month, private sellers are given 20 free eBay listings. You will still have to pay your final value fees (10%) and your Paypal fees, but these 20 items will be free. eBay often gives you plenty of promotions, including up to 100 free listings but won't always email you. The way to check for these offers is under “My eBay,” then “Selling” and scroll to the bottom to see your remaining free listings for the month.
List on Thursday nights for 10 days
Ending eBay auctions on a Sunday evening is the most profitable and popular time to do so. Remember that listing for 10 days on a Thursday means that you actually cover two Sunday nights and it's actually proved to increase eBay sales for quite a few people.
List similar items at the same time
eBay listing can be extremely tedious. In order to save yourself a little bit of time, why not list similar items together? That way after listing one object you can simply choose “sell similar item,” and get on with the next one. By doing this, eBay copies details over (category etc.) which saves you time!
Take good photos
eBay allows you to put 12 free photographs per listing so try and use as many as you can! This can be through experimenting with angles, close ups of details or of any damages and trying out with different backgrounds and time of day for the best lighting.
Description is important
As with photographs, description of a product can actually help it sell. Stating “size 10 TopShop skirt,” is ok but potential buyers would love a description involving measurements, quality of fabric, additional little details such as any damages etc. Damaged items also sell on eBay for a variety of reasons, so remember to be upfront about any damage.
Relist your items
If items don't sell initially, it's always worth relisting them again and not giving up. You don't know if somebody is interested in your item but just weren't active on eBay at the time? Relisting is simple and you won't have to enter all the information again.
Don't suffer from eBay burnout
eBay burnout is when you get tired of listing and just go off eBay for a while. The best way to avoid this is set yourself realistic goals and finding the right system for you. Will you aim for 2 listings a day and do it for a week? Or do 10 in a day and allow yourself a few days off? Whatever you choose, make sure it's something manageable that you can stick with.
Know your postage costs
Knowing your postage costs is vital unless you want to eat into your eBay profits. My Hermes seems to be a very popular company amongst eBay resellers. If you drop off a 1kg parcels at a parcel shop, then it'll only cost £2.79 or £3.10 for the courier to collect it. This is much cheaper than Royal Mail’s prices. To weigh your items, some simple digital kitchen scales does the job well enough (just don't forget the batteries)!
Don't spend over the odds for your packaging
If you leave buying your packaging until the last minute then you could find yourself paying lots more than you need to. It's easy to save on your packaging through either recycling bubble wrap or jiffy bags that you receive in the post or buying them as a job lot in varying sizes. Make sure you take note of the measurements and if you don’t have a ruler to hand then this website is perfect for you.
Buy it now vs. auctions
There's an equal amount of both as both have their advantages. On “buy it now,” items, it's a lot easier to inflate the prices slightly and allow buyers to send their own offers. With auctions however, it's possible that your items sky rocket and fetch a lot more than you're expecting but it could end up just going for your initial starting price.
99p start vs. a higher starting price
There is no doubt that 99p listings generate a lot of interest, but there's always the risk you end up with only 99p for it. 99p starting prices aren't normally recommendable unless you know it'll increase and you don't include postage. Having said that, if you list your item £1-£2 less than a shop's retail price, then it probably won't generate much interest.
Be flexible with your prices and experiment a little on what works well for you and what is selling well.
eBay remains forever surprising. Anything and everything sells; from an old VHS player (£35 plus postage) to a broken pen (£12) or a dirty remote control (£24.95). Like the saying goes, one person's junk is another person's treasure, so just list everything!
Following on from an unsold listing
If you continuously can't sell an item, then it's worth seeing what else you can do with those products, including other places you can try and sell them.
Know what to do when a buyer opens a case against you
The threat of buyers opening an eBay case against you might scare you when it comes to eBay but it really doesn't have to. There are various ways to help you protect yourself, especially as eBay provides both buyer and seller protection.