How to Sell on EBay

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Introduction: How to Sell on EBay

How to sell on eBay. Many have heard of friends making money selling their old junk on eBay. EBay has proven that the age old saying "One man's trash, is another man's treasure" is the complete truth. If you have wondered if all that junk you've been hoarding away in the attic is worth anything this article is for you. It will help you understand make a profit on what you might consider useless.

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Step 1: Research Completed Listings

1) Click 'Advanced Search' located on search bar.

2) Check 'Show completed listings only.' This shows any listings that ended in the last 15 days.

3) Enter keywords and click 'Search.'

4) Sort items by price.

5) Find items that match items you wish to sell. If the price is green, the listing sold. If the price is red, the item did not sell. Only pay attention to listings that sold.

6) Analyze the listings you found. Determine what your item is worth. Figure out what was successful and unsuccessful about other user's listing. Use caution in how you use this information: Use it as a learning tool, do not to copy.

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Step 2: Create a Listing

1) Click on 'Sell an item' located at the top right corner of the screen.

2) Select a category. There are two methods of finding the category.
- Keyword Search: Type in a brief description of the item and eBay will search for the category that item is most likely to be found in.
- Browse for Categories: Select the best category from a list.

3) Enter a title for your listing. This could be considered the most important part of the listing since it is the first and often the only impression a buyer will have. Use as many searchable keywords to describe your item as possible (avoid using words people arent likely to search for like WOW and L@@K)
Include: Brand name, manufacturer, artist, specific attributes, short description of the item

4) For brand name products: Click on Find your product to have eBay fill in most of the basic information for the title

5) Create a subtitle subtitles cost 50 cents extra and are searchable.

6) Add a picture. It is important to always include a picture and recommended to add as many pictures as needed to give the buyer a complete idea of what is being bid on.
- The first picture submission is free.
- Checking the Gallery Picture box will show the main picture on search pages: This is optional and costs 35 cents. Statistics show that using a gallery picture can add as much as 19% to the sale price.

7) Create an item description. Use the html editor to change font and format. Using proper grammar and format will give the buyer added confidence in the seller.

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Step 3: Select a Selling Format

Select a selling format: Online auction or fixed price (eBay store required)

Fixed Price

1) Enter the 'Buy It Now' price.

2) Select whether to allow buyers to make offers. You can select prices at which to automatically accept and decline offers.

3) Enter quantity, default is 1.

4) Select duration, this is the length of time the auction will run.

Online Auction

1) Enter a starting price. Entering a starting price that is too high will be seen as unattractive to buyers. Entering a starting price that is too low will generally attract more buyers and will result in a higher selling price. Do not set the starting price lower than you can afford to sell the item.

2) Enter a reserve price. This is optional and has additional fees attached. Optional: Additional fees. Reserve prices should be used with caution, often buyers may see a reserve price as an invisible obstacle to bidding and just not bid.

3) Enter a 'Buy It Now' price. A buyer can choose to bypass the auction and purchase the item for the 'Buy It Now' price

4) Enter quantity, default is 1.

5) Select duration, this is the length of time the auction will run.

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Step 4: Promote and List

1) Select accepted forms of payment.

2) Select shipping options. Ship flat rate or have fee calculated based on the buyer's address. Offering to ship internationally yields more potential customers.

3) Add return policy and any additional instructions. Specify whether returns will be accepted. Specifying a policy, even a no-return policy can increase sales if it is listed.

4) Select methods of promoting your listing. EBay offers many options for promoting your listing. Each of these options costs an additional fee. These options are a great way to attract potential buyers to your listing. You can review how your listing will appear in search results in the pane below.

5) Review recommendations eBay has for your listing. Click on 'Edit Listing' if you wish to follow any of eBay's recommendations.

6) Review your listing. Ensure that your listing appears exactly the way you want it to.

7) Review fees.

8) List the item for sale. Select a start time. You can delay the start until a specified time. Select a start time during a time of day when buyers are likely to be online.

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Step 5: Create Frequently Asked Questions

1) Go to the My eBay Preferences.

2) Click on 'Edit' Under 'Ask Seller a Question.'

3) Select options you desire. These will appear on the 'Ask Seller a Question' page.

4) Enter the FAQs and answers.

5) Review the FAQs.

6) Click on 'Submit'.

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Step 6: Change a Listing

1) Go to the 'My eBay' page.

2) Click on 'Selling.'

3) Find the listing you wish to revise and click 'Revise' Select from current listings. Select 'Revise' from the dropdown list under the 'Action' column.

4) Revise the listing. Any section highlighted in gray cannot be revised.

5) Click 'Save and Continue.'

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