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The Ebay Bare-Bones Starter List

Updated on January 20, 2008

Ebay Makes Selling Easy!

Despite the previous setbacks when the dotcom bubble burst at the beginning of the new century, with the 2.0 Web crowd, or the next generation of web-based communities, there is plenty of money to be had in numerous places on the world wide web. One of the most outstanding of all of these money-earning sites has been the now-veteran Ebay. By implementing an easy means of purchasing and selling goods, the company has brought electronic commerce to a new pinnacle.

Yet despite the relative ease of the site, many people find the initial start-up a bit daunting. Utilizing my own experience, along with a few “How to” books on the subject, I’ve come up with this bare-bones basic list on how to begin selling on Ebay. Of course, for some people, you’ll want to consider some of the options that are not listed here and try them out, as they may work better for you. This is strictly an absolute beginner’s list.

A note to those reading this without knowledge of Ebay’s website: it is best to read this as you go through the start-up, and this will make more sense. Again, as said before, this is an absolute bare-bones list for those who are not as worried about frills and superfluous information as they are about jumping into the cyber-fray and selling right away.

1. To begin with, you’ll want to have a credit card and put it on file with Ebay.

2. Click the “Sell” link at the top of Ebay’s web page.

3. Choose Auction type at the “Provide Pictures & Item Details” page, and then click:

    1. Sell Item –standard auction
    2. Sell at fixed price
    3. Advertise your real estate –ignore this
    4. Reserve bid

4. Choose a category AND appropriate subcategories (NB There’s also a 2nd category option –fees will be doubled, however).

5. Now describe the item that you want to sell. If you have more than 1 item, maybe just start with one item until you’ve gone through the entire process and see all of the ins and outs to become comfortable therein. Either way, be clear, concise, and above all, honest about what you have to sell.

6. In Details, a 7-day length is a good amount, especially for starting out.

7. Here Reserve Price is a good idea. Do this with at least one item, as it makes you look generous, makes bidders greedy and eager to buy (supply and demand, right?). This makes for good experience, likewise. Consider the following, also:

Buy It Now is for a quick, static-priced sale –not biddable items.

Item location –important for heavy items being sold.

Photos -1 photo is free; after this, you must pay for each additional photo.


Option 1: Host photos on another web server

Option 2: Use of listing creation software

Note: A free hit counter can be displayed, if desired. This is helpful, as it will indicate just how much traffic your sellable goods are receiving.

Essentially, that’s it!

Final Notes:

Editing must be done BEFORE YOUR FIRST BID IS RECEIVED (though new information can be added later).

To edit: Go to your item listing page and click “Reverse Item” link (in the Seller Services section. An editing screen will soon be encountered.

To add information: Go to the site map and click “Add to my item desc.” link. The next page appears and on this enter auction item #, and click the “Revise Item” button. The “Add to Description” page will appear and new text can then be added (and too, URL’s for pictures). Press the “Save Changes” button when you are done.

Happy, successful selling!


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