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E-Bay Tips for Sellers and Buyers

Updated on December 10, 2017
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Sally has been a prolific writer of wet felting tutorials for several years with the occasional foray into literature and much more...

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Become a Seller on e-Bay

Start selling on E-bay and let this be the start towards achieving financial freedom?

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From Buyer to Seller

We can all remember that first bid we placed on e-bay. I recall those last few seconds when I could feel my heart pounding in my chest. Was I about to become the next successful bidder on e-bay?

That feeling of excitement is still there, sometimes! I rather suspect this is the reason why so many people still continue to use e-bay.

My first intrepid steps into e-bay were taken on my own. I can say now, that there can be definite benefits to having someone hold your hand when you are first starting out. I learned the hard way and that was on my own and I was about to discover that a few hard lessons would also have to be learned along the way.

Sell with a Goal in mind

My initial goal was to own a digital camera! I still have it today! It is perhaps now a relic of the past as I cannot find a replacement battery for it! Digital technology sure has moved on a pace in the last few years! Little did I know that this small Canon Ixus 11 would be instrumental in teaching me to love photography, It would give me the perfect tool with which to take great product shots for e-bay. I had overnight graduated to a seller instead of a buyer simply because I now had the tool to make it happen. My next goal would be to own a digital SLR and this would be the Nikon D200.

I started out selling small items of little value. I figured that as long as I did not need them, someone else should have the benefit from them. And so, it was, I began selling odds and ends on e-bay.

I then hit pay dirt, when I noticed that someone was advertising an old film camera & lenses to go with it. All of this equipment was to be’ free to a collector’.

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Advanced Section (Check the Sold Items)

The one great thing about e-bay is that you can call up on an advanced section of the site, a way of finding out which items have recently sold and also how much they sold for. It is a fairly accurate way of estimating what one might expect to get for an item! As I typed those items into this 'advanced' section of e-bay, I knew exactly what I might expect to realize for them!

I called to the Advertiser to ask him if he was serious about ‘giving them away’, He reluctantly told me that the advertisement had been placed by his girlfriend as ‘she was sick of them hanging about the house’. He now felt obligated to ‘give them away’ as stated and I drove around to his house to pick up my treasure. I might add in my defense that I too felt obligated to purchase a tripod which I did not need! It seemed churlish of me to refuse. It was a very small price to pay! I knew exactly which items would be appearing on my e-bay in the next few days. The rest is history. I have owned my Nikon D200 for several years now. It has been instrumental in giving me a completely different outlook on the world on a whole, hence my love for macro photography.

What exactly did I learn from this whole experience? Well, I learned the little Canon Ixus 11 was a great little camera. I learned the inn’s and out’s of e-bay. I learned that not everyone is as honest as I am! I learned that sometimes it is possible for someone to infiltrate your e-bay account and actually end up getting the money you have worked so hard for. I learned too, that sometimes people say that they have not received the goods when they actually have!

All in all, was it worth it? Yes, a definite yes! I learned too that there are far more nice folk out there than bad ones! I learned that with the help of the internet, you can teach yourself anything without it costing you anything except an internet connection. I learned to edit photos and how to write a decent listing and more than that, I learned how to treat customers the way I would like to be treated. I learned that nothing is impossible if you have a goal.

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Selling on e-Bay

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© 2012 Sally Gulbrandsen


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    • sallybea profile imageAUTHOR

      Sally Gulbrandsen 

      7 years ago from Norfolk


      Thank you very much. I am glad you found it useful.


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      Lynsey Hart 

      7 years ago from Lanarkshire

      Great hub! Some very useful tips on how to get the best of selling on ebay!

    • sallybea profile imageAUTHOR

      Sally Gulbrandsen 

      7 years ago from Norfolk


      Itt really is dead easy to sell on e-Bay but-like everything it needs just a little practice. Confidence comes from doing it.

      Glad you found the Hub of some use.

      Thanks for your comment.


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      Devika Primić 

      7 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Self employment the E-Bay way it all sounds so easy and useful but selling on E-Bay has never been for me. I just can't get into it. However this is an informative hub, and is helpful to all.

    • sallybea profile imageAUTHOR

      Sally Gulbrandsen 

      7 years ago from Norfolk

      Buying and selling on e-bay may very well be the way forward for you to get your hands on your dream camera! I was at a car boot a week ago and acquired a rather nice Canon Lens for £9. I use Nikon equipment, no good for me - but I do know that the lens was a steal. It will be the next item I list onto e-bay. I also know from my research that I will make a healthy profit. I did learn the hard way and there are some unethical people out there who target 'new' sellers on e-bay. As long as you make sure you answer all your e-mails from within your e-bay account, you should have no problems. I really appreciate you comments re my photography. I have been so grateful for YouTube. It is a wonderful way to learn new skills - anything you ever wanted to learn is all there for you and that includes selling on e-bay. How lucky we are to have these free resources. Thank you for the vote up. Sally

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      Connie Smith 

      7 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Sally, that's quite scary that people can steal your hard-earned ebay dollars! I hope that safeguards can be put in place so that does not happen. I have been working towards selling on ebay as well. Right now my internet connection is iffy at times because of some very tall trees, but when they are topped I want to get started on ebay on a regular basis.

      I appreciate your insights on this subject, and your awesome photography! You are very talented ;) Pearl

      Voted Up+++

    • sallybea profile imageAUTHOR

      Sally Gulbrandsen 

      8 years ago from Norfolk

      Digital photography certainly makes life a lot easier and the resulting free images can be very useful. It certainly made photography affordable for everyone and also a very useful aid when it comes to selling anything online. Who knows, the old video recorder might be collectible and also a great item to sell on e-Bay - you never know! Check e-Bay for a means to transfer your VCR's to DVD - you are bound to find something. Thanks for your visit Oscarlites.

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      Oscar Jones 

      8 years ago from Monroeville, Alabama

      and I'm learning to sell on Ebay now.. btw.. I have a Nikon EM, and an old RCA VCR recorder. I'm looking for a way to get a couple of family VCRs transferred to DVD. I loved the macro feature on the Nikon.. its been put away for a while. I use a small 5 mm digital now and of course the droid phone catches my everyday pics that I need. I easily transfer them to my laptop.. life never was so easy.. right?

    • sallybea profile imageAUTHOR

      Sally Gulbrandsen 

      8 years ago from Norfolk

      Thank you so much Joe - I am delighted to have your comments and even more delighted to have your 'follow'. I have a feeling we are going to have some mutual enjoyment on these pages. Aloha to you my friend, until we meet again at the next Hub!

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 

      8 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Hi, Sally!

      I think it's awesome that you're an eBay seller as well as a talented writer. I'm so fortunate to have encountered you here on HubPages. Thank you for this wonderful Hub. Aloha, my friend, and I'll see you at the next Hub!



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