How to Sell Things on Ebay
How to sell stuff on Ebay
Every day there are millions of items for sale on eBay, either sold using the traditional auction method or through fixed-price listings (also called "Buy it Now") The great thing is you can get started anytime of the day or night. If you're a seller, your auctions will be posted immediately, and if you're a buyer, there's a hot item whose listing is always just about to end so you can scoop it up at 2 o'clock in the morning if you like.
So with that in mind, here's my basics 101 overview of selling on Ebay.
Anyone can easily learn how to start selling your own stuff on eBay. The only essential items that you'll need you may already have. Naturally enough, you need a computer and internet access, but you already have that, otherwise you wouldn't be here. A digital camera is definitely something you'll want to consider if you plan on posting a lot of items for sale on Ebay, but you can get away with a standard camera if you aren't in too much of a hurry. Just make sure to have your photos scanned to disc when you take them in to get developed.
You also need a space to put your stuff for sale and keep it organized, and some shipping and packing supplies. If you're in the US, the US Post Office provides Priority mail boses and envelopes for free and that's usually a good place to start. You might also want to consider bubble wrap and plastic bags, etc. for items that need protection during their travels.
Next you’ll need to learn how to list auctions on Ebay.
The first thing to do of course is to sign up for Ebay.
After you've signed up for your Ebay account, you should check out the Seller's Tools for Listing on Ebay. Don't be overwhelmed; just take it one step at a time. Listing is quite simple through the use of templates. All you have to do is fill in the blanks as you proceed through each step. There are some tips and tricks you can learn along the way about listing but for starters, just follow the easy steps of how to put a listing onto eBay until you feel comfortable with the process.
To get your feet wet, look around your own house for items to sell. You should eventually find a niche to sell as you get more experienced, but for now you simply want to gain experience and build your feedback. You'd be amazed at what people buy.
Online payments such as PayPal http://www.paypal.com/ are very convenient. You may also want to accept money orders or personal checks. The more options you leave your buyers, the more likelihood you'll get more bids; although most buyers prefer the ease of online payments.
Many sellers ship their items using USPS, due to the convenience of flat rate shipping options provided by the USPS priority mail service. You can also print your postage online and mail the items from your home, as well as set up delivery confirmation for free from the USPS website.. There are of course other vendors, such as UPS and FedEx that you may prefer to use. The size and weight of the items will help you to make a decision and you'll often find that it is much cheaper to use FedEx or UPS for anything that is either bulky in shape or just plain heavy.
Remember this is a learning process. eBay has a great messageboard called Seller Central if you are looking for more guidance. And Yahoo and MSN have lots of message boards and networks to help you along the way as well. In summary, if you want to just "start pushing buttons" and learn on your own, you can do it! If you do better chatting with others, those resources are available too. Use what is available.
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