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What I learnt from selling on eBay UK.

Updated on February 4, 2017
All photos in this article personally taken by myself of items I have sold.
All photos in this article personally taken by myself of items I have sold. | Source

Who am I and why should you read this?

Well, first let me establish one thing - I am NOT an amazing eBay sales expert offering to tell you how you too can make a zillion pounds / euro / dollars each and every week. You've read a lot of what those people have written on-line and what have you learnt? You've learnt half are scam-artists and the other half are deluded twelve year old kids, who having sold ONE item are now convinced they're a financial genius.

I am not a financial genius (I wish I was), or scam-artist (Isn't that what a scam-artist would say too?) and I was born in 1968 (of course kids do lie about their age on-line). I am just an ordinary fellow who been selling on eBay since 2008.

Do I make a fortune?_______ANSWER = "No".

Do I make a decent living?___ANSWER = "Ah...well, um...you see...*sigh*...No".

Do I make peanuts?________ANSWER = "Some weeks, Yes. Some weeks, No."

However, for what it's worth I shall list the highlights of my years of selling on eBay : So you can learn from my mistakes or if you're doing better than me, feel better about your own sales.

I will limit my entries to items that did much better or worse than expected and try to draw a lesson from it. I'll also add a few of the stranger items that actually sold.

No Sales on eBay
No Sales on eBay

What does not sell.

Everyone, myself included, wants to know the answer to the question, "What items will sell on eBay?".

There is a more important question a new seller should ask, "What does NOT sell on eBay?"

Most sellers learn the answer to this themselves, but they waste a year or two doing so. If you are NEW to selling on eBay read this section, it is the MOST IMPORTANT section of all.


---------------------- Do NOT try to compete with the shops ----------------------

Sad truth time : A never used, thing-a-ma-bob, still sealed in its box is worth a tiny faction of what an identical thing-a-ma-bob sitting on some international mega-store shelf is worth, now that YOU are the one selling it.

You list it for 3/4 shop price = Doesn't sell

You list it for 1/2 shop price = Doesn't sell.

You list it for 1/3 shop price = Doesn't sell

You list it for 1/4 shop price = To your disbelief and outrage It STILL doesn't sell.

You list it for 1/10 the price = This time it DOES sell, but was it worth it, especially after fees and other costs?

-------------------------- The big secret to selling on eBay --------------------------

The time to sell a thing-a-ma-bob is when it can no longer be found in the stores. The people who will pay a decent amount for a thing-a-ma-bob are the people who live countless miles from the nearest store who still sells it, say in another country (I make the most money from my International sales). Better profit still is if the thing-a-bob is no longer sold in any store anywhere at all. The real money is if YOU are the only owner of a thing-a-ma-bob the buyer is ever likely to find.

Bottom-line = The least competition from other sellers for an item the more you will make.

I know you are thinking, "This is bloody obvious. I don't need some-one to tell me this."

I say, "Yes it is bloody obvious. In hind-sight, anyway. It took me two years to learn this, and I STILL have to keep reminding myself, because I STILL keep making this mistake. Good job you're smarter than me and don't need to be told this."

Points to readers eBay listing and says, "What about that thing-a-ma-bob then? That one right there, there's a million of those for sale."

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2008 - My Selling Begins

Please forgive the quality of the photographs, I had a very cheap camera back in 2008.

Interestingly the much better quality photos I put on my eBay listings these days have NOT increased the number of sales I have made, nor the final sale price.

LESSON THAT I LEARNT - What you have for sale is more important than presentation.

People will buy something they really want, even if the picture is *blah*. A fantastic picture of worthless rubbish no-one wants, however, won't make the worthless rubbish sell. Of course one persons rubbish is another persons treasure, so...it might be worth the gamble of listing it the ONCE.

ANOTHER LESSON LEARNT - A decent quality photo (or better yet multiple photos) will greatly reduce the time spent answering questions.

Demon Diary
Demon Diary

Demon Diary : Complete Series ( Vol. 1 to 7 )

£ 13.99 ( UK buyer in Chesire )

My very first sale (Third item listed) : A complete set of Manga books.

First listing (No Sale) was a cheap kung-fu DVD.

Second Listing (No Sale) was novelty Halloween bubble bath (with free toy spider).

LESSON - Manga books will sell if sold as a set.

I should point out that It is very hard to sell a lone Manga book.

Batman - A Death in the Family
Batman - A Death in the Family

Batman : A Death in the Family ( 1st UK Ed )

£ 2.70 ( UK buyer in Hampshire )

I made a collector very happy, when I sold this first British edition, early Graphic Novel (technically a trade-paperback issue collection, not a Graphic Novel, if you want to nitpick definitions).

I later found this was worth more than I thought.

LESSON - Graphic Novels sell, but cheaply.

LESSON - Do some research before listing an item

Corgi Batmobile
Corgi Batmobile

Boxed Corgi Batmobile 1976

£ 92.09 ( UK buyer in Lancashire )

A 1976 Corgi Bat-mobile in excellent condition. Comes in it's original box, which is intact, but slightly battered. Comes with ten of its twelve missiles (Nine still attached to clip).

The final sale price of this auction came as a complete shock (I started it at £9.99 and hoped for at most £25).

LESSON - Your childhood toy might be highly collectable

Shogun Warrior - Great Mazinga
Shogun Warrior - Great Mazinga

Great Mazinga (Mazinger) 1970s

£ 51.09 ( To buyer in Spain )

Jumbo Shogun Warrior

Slightly discoloured head and some fine scratches, otherwise good. Comes in the original box, which is rather battered. Has all ten missiles.

LESSON - Mazinger is very popular in Spain, Italy and France (To Judge by all the emails I received when I listed this).

Not one email from a UK buyer : Probably because none of the Mazinger cartoon series were ever shown in the UK, so very few British people have ever heard of this character.

Corgi 007 Lotus Esprit from The Spy Who Loved Me
Corgi 007 Lotus Esprit from The Spy Who Loved Me

Corgi 007 Lotus Esprit (Spy Who Loved Me)

£ 5.72 ( To buyer in Belgium )

Hoping for a repeat of the Bat-mobile sale, I listed this James Bond car that I got for a birthday in the mid 1970s.

Still in amazing condition and with nine of its ten missiles.

Fires four missiles at a time, often into the face of the child playing with it. No Heath & Safety nonsense back in Britain of the 1970s. These days you have to wear goggles and gloves to play conkers.

Evidently this is worth only a tenth what the bat-mobile from the same period is worth.

LESSON - Not all your childhood toys are highly collectable.

Maybe it was the lack of a box? Or maybe there were simply too many of these made.

Corgi 007 Moon Buggy from Diamonds are Forever
Corgi 007 Moon Buggy from Diamonds are Forever

007 Moon Buggy (Diamonds are Forever)

£ 6.55 ( UK buyer in Wales )

I was going to bin this, instead I listed it on a whim, hoping it would draw attention that would then bid on the 007 Lotus Esprit that was listed at the same time.

Defects mentioned in the listing were -

- In-ground dirt

- Chipped paint

- Left claw won't grip

- Broken seat prevents hatch release

- Radar-dish no-longer rotates, when vehicle is pushed

It sold for more than the perfect, "Spy Who Loved Me" Bond car. ( huh ? )

LESSON - One persons rubbish is another's treasure.

Norton 360
Norton 360

Norton 360 Ver 2 ( New & Sealed )

£ 41 ( To buyer in Jersey, Channel Islands )

December 2008, I decided to treat myself to a better computer for Christmas. I let the salesman talk me into adding this Norton 360 to my purchase as, according to him, there was no anti-virus software pre-installed on the computer (He fibbed, but store refused to accept the software's return, despite it having not been unsealed).

So I listed it on eBay and the watch counter says 85 people looked at it.

It sold for more than what it cost me (half-price with purchase of computer).

LESSON - Sell the unwanted software you get with your computer purchase.

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2009 - New computer, same old camera

Bought a new computer, when I should have brought a new camera.

I think the camera light sensor was defective : In anything less than blindingly, brilliant sunlight (uncommon here in England) the photos came out murky. Picasa and Windows Photo Gallery Fix and IrfanView helped, but the best thing was to take ten times as many pictures and pick the one that was least horrible.

----------------------------- Now for a quick off topic rant -----------------------------

Oh, and that new computer that was ten times more powerful (on paper) than my old was running VISTA, so after tweaking it for a year it actually runs stuff as well as my old computer.

LESSON - Vista sucks (Actually, by 2011 the new PC runs twice as well as the old PC)

I am a qualified *bleep*ing programmer, it shouldn't take me TWO YEARS of tweaking to make a computer TEN times as powerful as the previous one work TWICE as well.

LESSON - Vista sucks

Tokyopop Manga Previews
Tokyopop Manga Previews

Tokyopop ( Five Volumes of Manga Previews )

99 pence ( UK buyer in Yorkshire )

To clear some space on my bookcase, I listed these Manga comic previews. Each had been given away by the local bookshop for free. They sold for a pittance, but as they hadn't cost me anything, I said to myself, "Hey, free money. Gosh, I wonder what other FREE stuff I could sell?"

I had a unasked for SIM card arrive in the mail, so I listed that. It sold for 75 pence.

I then went a little crazy, thinking I'd found an easy source of money. I requested lots of free SIMs from various websites and tried to sell them. Zero expense way to make a small profit, which would add up if I sold enough.

I sold NONE, as the first SIM card sale was a fluke. I ended up throwing away all of them. At least this lesson cost me nothing.

LESSON - Free stuff can sell, but it's not worth the effort.

LESSON - One fluke sale doesn't equal a trend.

LESSON - There is no such thing as a free lunch.

Bob Hersey Teapot
Bob Hersey Teapot

A Dog Shaped Teapot by Bob Hersey

99 pence ( UK buyer in Herts )

I'd thought this would sell for more.

LESSON - Perhaps novelty teapots don't sell well.

Duke of Wellington novelty teapot
Duke of Wellington novelty teapot

Teapot Shaped like Duke of Wellington

99 pence ( UK buyer in Essex )

Unused, brand new, novelty teapot with box.

LESSON - Yes, novelty teapots don't sell well.

Rock Collection - Treasures of the Earth
Rock Collection - Treasures of the Earth

Rock Collection - Treasures of the Earth

£ 5.50 ( UK buyer in London )

People may not care for novelty teapots, but they will buy a bunch of rocks.

LESSON - Supply and demand can be strange.

Coalport Snow Globe - Hold on Tight
Coalport Snow Globe - Hold on Tight

Coalport Snow Globe "Hold on Tight" + Box

£ 14 ( UK buyer in Essex )

Same day I sold this ( 26th July 2009 ) I also sold a CoalPort, "Line Dancing" Father Christmas Snow-globe for £ 13.49 to a buyer in Durham.

So around £ 14 (plus cost of postage for 1.4 kg item ) seems to be a typical price for a second-hand CoalPort Snow-globe.

I wonder if I would have made more waiting until the Christmas period? Or would I have made less because of the greater competition from everyone selling Christmas stuff? Hmm?

LESSON - There's a UK market for Coalport Snow-globes.

Ladies Winter Coat
Ladies Winter Coat

Ladies Full Length Winter Coat

£ 23 ( UK buyer in Gloucestershire )

September in the UK and people start thinking about how cold they were last winter in their current coat. So they look for a warmer one. So now is the time to sell a real heavy coat.

Same month I sold this one, I sold an Oasis coat for £ 22.25.

LESSON - Coats sell for more when winter looms.

Border Fine Arts - Caught Napping
Border Fine Arts - Caught Napping

Border Fine Arts ( Collie on Chair )

£ 26.76 ( UK buyer in Northumberland )

Ornament entitled "Caught Napping", showing a border collie on a chair. The cover of the magazine is peeling and there is a small area of mild paint chips on the chairs back.

Border Fine Arts almost always sell and if they are cute and/or show animals they sell well.

This heavy ( 1743 gram ) awkwardly shaped ornament was an absolute nightmare to wrap, as I'd misplaced the original packaging. You have to wrap things well. Remember every postal sorting office is obliged by law to employ one person who can't handle anyone's parcel without dropping it onto the floor and then treading on it.

LESSON - Wrap things well (Or else!)

LESSON - Having the original packaging saves SO much time and effort.

Oh, the buyer says it arrived in perfect condition, if you were wondering.

WeatherBeeta dog coat
WeatherBeeta dog coat

Dog Coat by WeatherBeeta

£ 8.99 ( UK buyer in Scotland )

Britain loves its pets. So after they've bought their own winter coat, the dog owner thinks, "Oh, I've forgotten about Fido".

£ 7 to £ 10 seems to be the usual range of final sale price. Dire forecasts of imminent snowfall of the likes not seen since the Ice-age can increase this a further £ 4. After winter has passed, halve these figures (assuming it sells at all).

LESSON - Dog coats sell when winter looms

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2010 - eBay Takes Over My Life

Spent seemingly every waking moment during this year thinking about eBay. Upped my efforts ten-fold compared to the previous years effort. DID NOT MAKE AS MUCH MONEY.

LESSON - Quality, not Quantity, makes you money

LESSON - Don't let eBay consume you! Life is too short.

Corgi - Mr Bean Mini
Corgi - Mr Bean Mini

Corgi : Mr Bean Mini and Resin Figure

£ 21 ( UK buyer in Lincolnshire )

This surprised me. Recently made toy cars don't usually sell for much. I listed this at a start price of £ 2.49 and would have been pleased to get £ 5.

LESSON - Sell stuff related to anything with a Fan Base. The Fan will pay more for something than you would.

To quote SpaceBalls , "Merchandising, merchandising : Where the real money from the movie is made. SpaceBalls - the T-shirt, SpaceBalls - the Colouring Book, SpaceBalls - the Lunch box, SpaceBalls - the Breakfast Cereal, SpaceBalls-the Flame Thrower."

New Look - Rainbow high-heeled shoes
New Look - Rainbow high-heeled shoes

Rainbow Heels ( Size 7 ) by New Look

£ 27 ( UK buyer in Cumbria )

LESSON - Bright contrasting colours attract more interest.

Any photo that stands-out from the surrounding ones, will get lots of views, which hopefully means lots of bids.

Harry Potter Wizard Chess
Harry Potter Wizard Chess

Harry Potter - Wizard Chess ( by Mattel )

£ 16.20 ( UK buyer in Devon )

Remember the movie scene with the giant, moving stone chess pieces. Well these are NORMAL sized chess pieces, made of real PLASTIC that do NOT move. How cool is that! With the Wizard Chess set YOU TOO can experience chess battles EVERY-BIT as EXCITING as the battle Harry and his friends had ( C.G.I. not included ).

LESSON - Sales pitch-ur-us, maxi-zealous-ur-us (But please, don't forget to include the facts).

The Simpsons Cluedo
The Simpsons Cluedo

The Simpsons Cluedo ( New & Sealed )

£ 17 ( UK buyer in Buckinghamshire )

LESSON - Same as the last.

LESSON - If you find an approach that works, repeat.

Sailor Girl Costume
Sailor Girl Costume

Sailor Girl Costume ( Adult Size )

£ 4.09 ( UK buyer in Cumbria )

No comment.

Lilliput Lane Cottage - The Chocolate Box
Lilliput Lane Cottage - The Chocolate Box

Lilliput Lane Cottage "The Chocolate Box"

£ 21 ( To buyer in Canada )

Lilliput Lane Cottage : New with Box + Deeds.

Having received emails from interested buyers in Canada and Australia, I opened up my listing to outside of Europe. Ever since I have included postage for these countries to my listings.

LESSON - Don't be afraid to sell outside of Europe

LESSON - Make sure you know the postage before quoting anyone a figure.

I undercharged on this one, but I was lucky, I still made a decent profit. Also the buyer was pleased.

I see on the eBay forums some sellers make the (understandable) mistake of asking the buyer for MORE money after the sale ends, because they underestimated the postage - NEVER DO THIS! Chalk it up to experience and get the postage right on the NEXT sale.

LESSON - Buyers goodwill is worth more to you than what you lose on the undercharged postage.

Multiple Choice : Which would you prefer?

- - - - - Option One - Lose a pound on a SINGLE sale.

- - - - - Option Two - Gain a NEG that will lose you bids on ALL your future sales for a year.

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2011 - The year I learnt nothing

Well I learnt to use my new ( Second-hand ) camera and so finally retired the old one.

No words of wisdom to impart for this year, so I'll just post pictures of some of the more interesting items sold.

Snoopy Ceramic Cauldron ( 1958 )
Snoopy Ceramic Cauldron ( 1958 )

Snoopy Ceramic Cauldron ( 1958 )

£ 2.50 ( To buyer in Australia )

Little ceramic cauldron made by United Features Syndicate in 1958.

I'd hoped that, because it was old, it was worth something. I was wrong.

Kidzlabs - Gold Mining
Kidzlabs - Gold Mining

Gold Mining ( Pyrite Digging Kit ) Kidzlabs

£ 3.99 ( UK buyer in Kent )

New and sealed kit that teaches you how to mine for gold : Using for demonstration purposes the included fake rocks (made of plaster) containing fake gold (iron pyrite).

Armadillo Handbag by Accoutrements
Armadillo Handbag by Accoutrements

Armadillo Handbag by Accoutrements

£ 5.10 ( UK buyer in Kent )

Words fail me.

Pink Panther Trinket Pot
Pink Panther Trinket Pot

Vintage Pink Panther Trinket Pot

£ 21.01 ( To buyer in Italy )

Ceramic trinket pot with lid.

Clean, no chips, no crazing.

Two barely visible scratches - 1/2 cm and 1/4 cm

LESSON - Polystyrene is excellent for packing items.

LESSON - Cutting Polystyrene blocks into the needed shape makes an incredible mess. You will be picking it off the carpet (and out of your hair) for HOURS.

Hey, I DID learn something in 2011 after-all. Yay me!

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2012 - Trying to attract more customers

This is the year I decided it wasn't good enough to wait for customers to come to me - I had to do something to lure them in.

Er, - that came out sounding a bit sinister.

Auction bump site for UK eBay sellers
Auction bump site for UK eBay sellers

Auction Bump ( .co.uk )

First thing I tried to bring more traffic to my eBay listings was to investigate these things called Auction Bump sites.

They all seem to work much the same way. You upload a picture of your item, cut and paste its eBay listing number and write a single line describing the thing being sold. It's good manners to limit the number of items you are promoting to three (don't hog the site).

Now, once this is done, others that are using the Bump site will see what you've listed and hopefully will want to buy it. They click on your items photo and are taken straight to your full listing on eBay, where with luck they will decide to purchase it.

LESSON - Extra customers for free, is a good thing.

LESSON - There are a lot of Bump sites, but most are for eBay USA.

LESSON - There is a Bump site for eBay UK sellers ( Auction.Bump.co.uk ).

LESSON - Make sure your photos are SQUARE or they'll look distorted.

Squidoo

Second thing I tried was going to this site called Squidoo. This was an article site like HubPages, however it no longer exists.

Well, anyway, near the bottom of this HubPages article you should find I am advertising my current eBay listings as I use to do back on Squidoo.

Royal Mail tool for finding a Postcode or Address in UK
Royal Mail tool for finding a Postcode or Address in UK

Incompete UK Delivery Address Tip

Find a Postcode or an Address

If you sell on eBay there will be times when the delivery address given by the buyer is incomplete, confusing, misspelled or simply gibberish.

Now if it's just nonsense, you will have to contact the buyer for clarification. If however, the address is merely incomplete, you don't need to bother your buyer simply because you're a worrywort (Like me) concerned that this isn't enough for the postman to find them. Royal Mail provide an on-line tool to enable people to obtain complete UK addresses and postcodes.

Click on the Link on the right to use------>>

Just fill in what you know of the address and the whole address is then displayed for you.

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2013 - I'm still selling...and this article is getting really long.

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Wooden Russian Nesting Dolls ( UK buyer in Wiltshire )  £ 21Cross Stitch Kit - "Winter on Main Street" ( To buyer in Russia )  £ 44The Beatrix Potter Collection - 3 DVD Box Set - Runtime 247 minutes ( UK buyer in Grimsby ) £ 27Border Fine Arts - Ewe & Two Lambs ( UK buyer in Herefordshire ) £31
Wooden Russian Nesting Dolls ( UK buyer in Wiltshire )  £ 21
Wooden Russian Nesting Dolls ( UK buyer in Wiltshire ) £ 21
Cross Stitch Kit - "Winter on Main Street" ( To buyer in Russia )  £ 44
Cross Stitch Kit - "Winter on Main Street" ( To buyer in Russia ) £ 44
The Beatrix Potter Collection - 3 DVD Box Set - Runtime 247 minutes ( UK buyer in Grimsby ) £ 27
The Beatrix Potter Collection - 3 DVD Box Set - Runtime 247 minutes ( UK buyer in Grimsby ) £ 27
Border Fine Arts - Ewe & Two Lambs ( UK buyer in Herefordshire ) £31
Border Fine Arts - Ewe & Two Lambs ( UK buyer in Herefordshire ) £31

2014 - I'm still selling...and this article is getting even longer!

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Walker & Hall Late Victorian Silver  Plated Tankard ( Buyer in Minsk, Belarus ) £6The Transformers Annual 1985 ( UK buyer in Yorkshire ) £ 4.50Vintage Crown Devon Sugar Sifter with Leaping Red Stag Deer Stockholm Pattern ( UK buyer in Surrey ) £35.59Flexi Extending Tape Ribbon Black Dog Lead with scuffed case - suitable for Medium to Large Dog ( UK buyer in Kent ) £ 15.10The World of The Future : Robots - Usborne 1979 ( UK buyer in Berkshire ) £7.50Battle of the Planets Annual 1980 ( UK buyer in Suffolk ) £ 4.50Vintage Wade Whimsies Flying Birds - Three Green Swallows with Box ( UK buyer in Dorset ) £10
Walker & Hall Late Victorian Silver  Plated Tankard ( Buyer in Minsk, Belarus ) £6
Walker & Hall Late Victorian Silver Plated Tankard ( Buyer in Minsk, Belarus ) £6
The Transformers Annual 1985 ( UK buyer in Yorkshire ) £ 4.50
The Transformers Annual 1985 ( UK buyer in Yorkshire ) £ 4.50
Vintage Crown Devon Sugar Sifter with Leaping Red Stag Deer Stockholm Pattern ( UK buyer in Surrey ) £35.59
Vintage Crown Devon Sugar Sifter with Leaping Red Stag Deer Stockholm Pattern ( UK buyer in Surrey ) £35.59
Flexi Extending Tape Ribbon Black Dog Lead with scuffed case - suitable for Medium to Large Dog ( UK buyer in Kent ) £ 15.10
Flexi Extending Tape Ribbon Black Dog Lead with scuffed case - suitable for Medium to Large Dog ( UK buyer in Kent ) £ 15.10
The World of The Future : Robots - Usborne 1979 ( UK buyer in Berkshire ) £7.50
The World of The Future : Robots - Usborne 1979 ( UK buyer in Berkshire ) £7.50
Battle of the Planets Annual 1980 ( UK buyer in Suffolk ) £ 4.50
Battle of the Planets Annual 1980 ( UK buyer in Suffolk ) £ 4.50
Vintage Wade Whimsies Flying Birds - Three Green Swallows with Box ( UK buyer in Dorset ) £10
Vintage Wade Whimsies Flying Birds - Three Green Swallows with Box ( UK buyer in Dorset ) £10
This is what I look like.
This is what I look like.

Where to find me on eBay

I am a British seller ( Mangafan_123 ) selling on eBay UK

I sell mostly to Europe, Australia and Canada.

I am willing to hear from the rest of the world.

This Weeks Special Offers

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Old Stamp Album 1500 + World Stamps Collection
Old Stamp Album 1500 + World Stamps Collection
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Weird Al Yankovic - eBay Song

As a treat for staying with me to the very end of this rather long article, here is a Weird Al song.

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      james25882 3 years ago

      Thanks for the tips!

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      Doc_Holliday 3 years ago

      I've had more success with limited edition books but sales have been few due to limited stock.

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      ChimpWithKeyboard 4 years ago from East coast of England in the county of Suffolk

      @Nico1: I will answer yes, at the risk of jinxing my current sales. I currently have thirty-four people watching a pair of shoes that I'm selling and will be annoyed if it goes for minimum.

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      Nico1 4 years ago

      great read. are you any better at selling now?

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      TedWritesStuff 4 years ago

      Great article. I tried to sell silver jewellery (also in the UK..out of London) and like you found out that the same pieces in a shop, selling for 4x my price, were flying off the shelves...whilst mine remained safely in my storage cupboard... people are funny creatures. Now selling my rare crap through ebay Oz.. Will be returning to the workforce soon I fear! ;-(

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      adragast24 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing your tips. I am not very active at eBay (whether UK or others) but if I do when day I will check this lens again.

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      Alisha Vargas 4 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      This is such a fun lens and you've got some great tips here!

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      gottaloveit2 4 years ago

      Really enjoyed reading your description about the articles. Had me really laughing. Well done and great information to share. WAY blessed!

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      ChimpWithKeyboard 4 years ago from East coast of England in the county of Suffolk

      @GardenerDon: It can, but it doesn't have to. It's best to start slow by selling only one or two items at a time and familiarising yourself with the basics. Doing is the best way to learn and taking your time is the best way not to be overwhelmed. Once you know how long it takes you personally to prepare pictures, work out postages, list items, answer buyer queries, pack and post item, etc, you can then work out a routine and start selling more items.

      At this point it comes down to a personal decision of how much time you're willing to devote - could be as few as two/three hours per week or full-time. Best advice I can give is focus on selling Quality not Quantity - The first brings in money, whereas the second will exhaust you for little gain.

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      Gardener Don 4 years ago

      eBay has always been total mystery to me. Does it require a lot of time on your PC to succeed selling on it?

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      Peggy Hazelwood 4 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      What a hoot! Between the novelty teapots and armadillo purse, I actually learned a whole lot! Glad you got a new camera.

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      moonlitta 4 years ago

      Learned a ton from your "Ebay selling tutorial". Now please, wrap it and send it to me:) And tell me what it will cost with the new Royal Mail prices, too;)

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      Wedding Mom 4 years ago

      Great lens. Thank you for sharing these tips :)

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      Dan 4 years ago from CNY

      Love this lens. Funny and educational. I've learned so many things from Ebay too. One that cheap Chinese factory made art sells quicker than original art. Never ship overseas, because it always gets stolen, and don't assume that because you list the item for 3x what you paid that you will actually earn 3x the profit after ebay/paypal fees.

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      justramblin 4 years ago

      Well done on your eBay tips. I bet once that '76 Batmobile sold you were hooked! Thanks for the great tips; very informative and fun to read.

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      askformore lm 4 years ago

      Thank you for sharing the info!

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      guitaristguild 4 years ago

      Interesting lens, thanks for sharing it.

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      Vikki 5 years ago from US

      Awesome info and tips on ebay selling.

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      Sara Dowling 5 years ago

      thanks for such an honest opinion on ebay. About 10 years ago I used to make a good iving (working part-time) on eBay by going to auction places - I remember one day walking out of the auction room with about 50 furbies that had cost me about $10 as a bulk lot - they ended up selling for over $10 each as you couldn't buy them anymore!

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      Gloria Freeman 5 years ago from Alabama USA

      Hi thanks for sharing your tips on selling on ebay.

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      snrklz 5 years ago

      This is very interesting for me to read especially since I just finished a ebay lens a few days ago! :) Nice job. You made me laugh more than once.

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      Mistl 5 years ago

      Very interesting article. Should be helpful to any eBayers out there! :)

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      psiloveyou1 5 years ago

      Great lens! Very informative and it made me laugh. I have an Ebay Store selling craft items. It takes alot of trial and error. Sending an Angel Blessing your way :)

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      HorseAndPony LM 5 years ago

      Love this! Great info, tips and love the funny.

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      Indigo Janson 5 years ago from UK

      Very interesting, thanks for sharing your eBay experience!

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      Good selling tips.

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      VatsalMakhija 5 years ago

      I love your sense of humour man!

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      SailingPassion LM 5 years ago

      I enjoyed this lens - I have only ever sold items for peanuts on ebay and have always wondered if it is worth it - not for me.

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      ChimpWithKeyboard 5 years ago from East coast of England in the county of Suffolk

      @anonymous: Thanks for the suggestion. I went and checked it out.

      Hmmm, it looks like you have to PAY to use "FreeAds4u (ironic name) and it doesn't seem to get much traffic in comparison to some free sites like Squidoo.

      Quick comparison using Urlspy shows -

      http://urlspy.co.uk/www.freeads4u.co.uk

      ranked 3,331,415 in the United Kingdom

      Estimated worth £215.74

      Monthly visits < 300

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      http://urlspy.co.uk/www.squidoo.com

      ranked 104 in the United Kingdom (246 worldwide)

      Estimated worth £20.75 Million

      Monthly visits 61,689,600

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Promote Your ebay Listings Live & in Real Time

      Http://www.freeads4u.co.uk/advertise-on-this-site

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      glutenallergy 5 years ago

      As a casual eBay seller in the US, I was amused to see what did or didn't sell well for you. I've found it to be much the same here in the US. Your advice is good, to sell things that can't be found elsewhere. I'm currently swimming in things i want to sell that I can't even give away. Much luck to you on eBay in the remaining months of 2012!

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      Hypersapien2 5 years ago from U.S.

      Good tips (even though I'm not in the UK), thanks