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Posting your items for an eBay sale

Updated on December 28, 2009

Now that you have your items, start listing. 

One of the most important things is to choose a category, and eBay has a tool that allows it to be done easily.  Of course, it can be difficult, so use the Search engine to enter in the title of your article, and you should find the proper category. 

I mentioned in a previous article the necessity of making certain that you have the proper Title, but you have to make certain that it best describes your item with the proper number of characters. 

You could do a Subtitle that adds to the description if you want to, but this will cost extra.

From here, you can access the program that allows you to add a picture to your posting.  I mentioned earlier that you should have these photos saved on your computer, so it will be very easy to access.  It might take a while to load, but you can continue with your entry while it is loading up. 

You can then describe, in as much detail as you like, the item that you are selling.  Now, it is important that you put in your description if the item has a defect of some kind.  Granted, you may lose a potential bidder because of it, but you will be honest.  It would be better to lose a potential bidder, rather than sell the item to a buyer who is angry about the condition. 

In the description, you might want to hyperlink the potential bidder to any information about the item.  There didn’t seem to be a hyperlink program, so I created the hyperlinks on Word, and Copy/Pasted them to the Description. 

You can use a Listing Designer if you want to, but it is an option, and costs more. 

From there, you can set your opening bid price, and I suggested some things in a previous article about how to do that.  If you like, you can use the Buy It Now option for a small fee.  This gives potential bidders the option of bidding and buying right away, without having to wait for the auction to end. 

Only change the quantity if you happen to have more than one of the item.  As for Duration, you should choose the one that you believe will fit.  I recommend seven days, with a weekend somewhere in the middle.  For an extra dime, you can schedule when the bidding will begin.  I highly recommend that you do, because the moment you finish the posting, the auction will begin.  It’s much better to put all your auctioned items in bulk and start the auction all at the same time and so they will end at the same time. 

I highly recommend using PayPal only as a payment method.  You might not want to deal with money orders unless there is some special deal you are making. 

As for shipping, you can use the shipping wizard to make certain you give your customer the right price for shipping via Post Office, UPS, FedEx, or whatever.  I found that the shipping calculator was a little underestimating, so I would often add a pound to my parcel to make certain the shipping was right.  You don’t want a buyer to overpay on shipping, because they will complain when the package arrives and see the actual amount it costs to ship.  Instead, you want to over estimate, and refund any money necessary before the item arrives to the buyer. 

You can use the Additional checkout instructions, and I usually do.  As I mentioned before, I like to plan my auction to end at the same time.   That way, I go straight to the post office on the day of the sale, and get them sent as soon as possible.  Therefore, I usually leave them this message: 

“If you are the winning bidder on the day the sale ends, I will send you the invoice by 1:00 (whatever time zone you are in).  If you pay me by 4 PM that day, I will go to the Post Office and ship your item that day.”

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