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How to Sell on eBay

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You asked for it! The beginner's guide to listing and selling an item on eBay.
 
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Step 1: How to Sell on eBay (Auction Style)

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I'm assuming you have already signed up on eBay .
If not, you will need to do that before being allowed to sell/bid on eBay.
Secondly, you will need something to sell! It can be almost anything, but makes sure it complies with eBay policies

Step 2: Starting

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Log in to eBay and click the 'Sell' button in the top right-hand corned. Type in what you want to sell.

Step 3: Categories

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eBay will automatically match your keywords with a category. You can choose from the suggested list or browsed for an alternate category you think will suit your item better.
I recommend only choosing one category if you are selling something cheap - although you can choose a second, eBay will tack on an extra fee.

Step 4: Create Your Listing

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Just follow the eBay prompts. When choosing a title, think of what you words you would use if you were looking to purchase your own item. It might be a good idea to search eBay for items similar to yours and see what keywords other sellers are using in their auction titles. Make sure there are no spelling mistakes in your title - you want your auction to be seen by as many people as possible.

Step 5: Add Pictures

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I highly recommend taking pictures of whatever you're selling. People online can't pick up and observe an item like they would normally be able to do in a traditional store. Make it easy for them to see what you're selling - provide images from several angles.
eBay lets you upload one image free and gives you the option of upgrading to a gallery listing (your picture will show up alongside search results) for a fee. However, you must pay for additional pictures, which is an unnecessary cost. Upload your pictures instead to a free host, such as www.imageshack.us, and use the HTML code provided to insert images into your auction fee-free.
Bfrank83242 years ago
Additional Tools:

The Master eBay Selling Guide which I have provided the link below, is a detailed and extremely helpful guide for selling on eBay. This is a step by step process on how to make the most profit possible when selling on eBay.

http://collegecashes.blogspot.com/2011/10/ebay-selling.html

Also, If anyone wants more information or another tutorial on how to set up an eBay/PayPal account, underneath the link will lead you to a site with step by step instructions on how to set up your accounts and get started!
http://collegecashes.blogspot.com/2011/10/how-to-get-started-on-ebaypaypal.html
Wasagi5 years ago
Man! And I was going to sell my soul on E-Bay!!! You see the top two bidders are Lucifer_666 and I_am_Him_Alpha_Omega, that would be kind of disconcerting...
arpoky Wasagi5 years ago
hardy-har-har
Nice work! This covers the listing procedure quite well. One thing I've recently discovered, Is its easier to sell your expensive items once you've earned a high star rating with excellent feed back. For those just starting out I would recommend to first list your inexpensive items. Once you've achieved that than start listing serious electronics and expensive goods. The biggest issue for me right now is the shipping and handling charges. There's so many things to take into account. The ebay calculator and the UPS site are utterly confusing. Any suggestions?

I thought tsatskes were japanese wooden sandals not teapots....
i did not know about that
You should use Turbo Lister.
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grimsqueaker (author)  monkspaceman7 years ago
Glad you liked it!

You would insert images into Step 6 - where you write up the description for the product. I guess the difference between adding it in yourself and letting eBay add it in, is that there's sort of a slideshow effect eBay provides (where if you have multiple pictures, they become thumbnails and you can click on each one to enlarge it).

However you can even do that with some advanced HTML, but there's not really a need for it. I like just displaying pictures right in the product description, your HTML should look something like this:

<img src="http://www.whereveryourimageislocated.com">

That's how I got the jam jar there.
xrobevansx7 years ago
Who exactly "asked for it" again?
grimsqueaker (author)  xrobevansx7 years ago
Well.....alrighty then! I will now STFU.