With eBay being one of the most visited sites on the internet, it is one of the best places to sell your unwanted, unused items, or start your own online store. With so many people trying to sell their own goods on eBay, it’s important you stand out in order to sell your stuff, and create trust between you and your buyers. These tips will help you start selling more of your items on eBay and reap the profits.
- Establishing an Account
If you’re a first-time seller on eBay, it’s going to be hard to sell big, expensive items as you will have no reputation or feedback. This means you will have to sell smaller, cheaper items to build up a reputable image your buyers can trust.
Ask for Feedback and give your own. The Feedback score is what eBay runs on.
An image of the item you are selling is extremely important. Without an image, gaining the trust of bidders will prove difficult, and using an image puts you ahead of all those sellers who unwisely don’t. You can add up to 12 photos, so show your item from numerous angles.
For any second hand items that may have some cosmetic damage, most of the time it helps to be upfront and include pictures of these areas. This shows your buyers you aren’t trying to hide anything.
Researching similar items that have sold helps you get a good idea of what the final selling price is. Using the ‘advanced search’ feature, check ‘completed listings’ to see what has and hasn’t sold. This will help you to decide where to start your bidding, along with what to expect your item to sell for.
- Title and Description
When selling your item, you should use relevant and accurate keywords in the title. If you are selling an iPhone, for example, you should state the colour, model and condition in the title. This would look something like, New Black iPhone 7.
The description should also be thorough and well written, making it easy to read and understand. Again this helps buyers trust you.
This also applies to answering any questions you may receive about what you are selling.
- Postage and Packaging
Measure and weigh your package before you even list your item. Find out how much it is going to cost to post, and charge your buyers for the fee. There is nothing wrong with this. If you estimate or don’t state any fee you may lose money after the sale is made. That being said, offering free postage and packaging will help your listing stand out.
Another way to help ensure your item is sold is to avoid selling it as ‘collection only’. Collection only limits what your selling to those buyers local to you, or who are willing to drive. Which is likely a lot less buyers then those willing to pay a little extra for postage.
This tip requires a little thought. When are people most likely to be available to put their final bids in on what your selling. After work hours generally works best. Sunday afternoons are usually regarded as the busiest time for eBay.
- Become a PowerSeller
PowerSellers are the most successful eBay sellers. They sell the most products and boost the most customer satisfaction. These sellers have a minimum of 100 transactions and $1,000 USD in sales with Australian buyers over the last 12 months and a feedback score of 100 or more. Check out what the other requirements of becoming a PowerSeller are.
So there’s our top 7 tips to help you start selling more on eBay. Remember to be descriptive, do your research and establish a well trusted account and you’ll be on your way to becoming a power seller.
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