Tips for Selling Your Stuff On eBay

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Posted by The Savvy Retiree on September 19, 2017 in Online Income

Andy Fleming writing on tips for selling your stuff on eBay…

Selling in a digital marketplace is essentially the same as running a yard sale…except your customer base is much larger. You can easily set up an eBay store and, once you get the hang of advertising and pricing your extra stuff, you can make a bundle off things you might otherwise throw away.

Being able to run your own profitable eBay shop will allow you to make money from anywhere. Keep these tips in mind and you’ll be running a successful internet shop in no time.

The Buyer Experience

Try using eBay to do some shopping before you start shipping. You’ll quickly get an idea of what a good product page looks like, and you might have some bad experiences that will teach you valuable lessons about what not to do. Any time you buy an item on eBay, you’ll be prompted to leave seller feedback once the item arrives. Always leave honest seller feedback, and you will receive buyer feedback that influences your account rating. The higher your account rating, the more people will trust you on the site. Selling expensive items is difficult without a high rating, as your customers won’t know if they can trust you or not.

Start Small

Sell small, low-risk items to start with, and always be honest about their condition. You might lose a few sales by advertising the dents and scratches on your used items, but you’ll avoid bad feedback and instead develop a reputation as an honest seller. Some buyers even look for damaged items they can repair and sell for a profit. You might be tempted to try to repair items with damage. This isn’t a bad idea, but if the item could be considered a collectible, you’re better off leaving it alone. Some collectors prefer items with personality, and unless you’re an expert, you could do more harm than good. In fact, failing to properly report restorations to collectible goods can result in a lawsuit or significant loss of value.

Best Products

The best items to sell on eBay are rare, popular items that are easy to ship. You can lose a lot of money shipping heavy or bulky goods across the country. eBay’s greatest value comes from the fact that buyers can bid on items, potentially driving prices much higher than market value. Items with a high potential price tend to be vintage goods that may hold value for collectors and enthusiasts who are willing to compete against other bidders. Think about collectibles from past decades that you may have in storage like baseball cards or vintage posters. Also, posters, CDs, and sporting goods may have high value if they’re signed by players or artists. Even less popular celebrity autographs might hold high value if they complete someone’s collection.

Photo Selection

A single photo isn’t good enough for eBay…you’ll want to showcase the item from several angles. If your item is damaged, highlight this in a photo to increase your show of honesty. It’s also a good idea to leave the flash on, even when taking photos outdoors. As long as you’re not washing out the picture with too much light, using the flash will keep shadows from obscuring parts of the photo.

Good Description

Look at eBay items sold by sellers with high ratings to see how they describe their goods. Keep descriptions brief, and use bulleted lists whenever possible. You’ll want to stay away from lengthy blocks of text as this will bore customers who are just looking for a quick description. If you’re selling vintage goods with interesting stories behind them, including the story can entice collectors…but keep it brief. eBay charges extra if you list your item under multiple “categories”, so stick with one unless it’s an expensive sell.

Package with Care

If your item arrives in worse condition than when it was shipped, you might suffer a bad rating. Package your goods properly and include plenty of padding with fragile items. A personalized thank you note addressed to the buyer can also encourage them to give you a better rating on the site. Leave your buyers positive feedback whenever you can, and it will remind them to do the same.

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