eBay, the world’s largest online auction website, is a fantastic place to buy and sell nearly everything. You can a lot of money and time using eBay. You can also sell your items on eBay, and often will make more money than you would in a garage sale. If you have never sold your stuff on eBay before, it can be a little bit intimidating. Don’t worry, as it is not too hard to do, I will walk you through the basic steps of selling on this great website.
First, you need an account on eBay. Registering is a snap. You’ll need a way to pay and to receive payments, and PayPal is pretty much the easiest way to accomplish this. Alternatively, you could accept checks as payment, but this is not recommended. Keep in mind that eBay has fees for selling, and you’ll need a way to pay these fees (they aren’t very high). Finally, you need to change your eBay account status from ‘buyer’ to ‘seller.’
From here, you can start selling your items! First, do some research on how much other items like yours are going for online. For instance, if you are selling a Sony PSP, take a look on eBay, and on a site like Pricewatch.com to see the rough value of your stuff. Then, select the ‘Sell’ option from your My eBay section. Select what category your item belongs to (you can do a search if you aren’t sure) and then put in the information regarding your stuff.
Remember to say what shape the item is, and how much shipping will cost. Then, you can add photos if you like as you are allowed to input one for free, and you can also add other things to make your auction appear more appealing (a gallery will cost more, but it is often worth it). You can even add the option of ‘buy it now’ to entice buyers who want the item sooner. Finally, review your auction, make any needed changes, and put the auction up!
You can now watch the status of your auction in the ‘My eBay’ window. Once the auction is up, after seven days, check to see if someone bought your item. If so, send them an invoice from the ‘My eBay’ window. Then, once you have received payment, mail the item to them at their address. If you have a question about the address, contact them through the messaging system on eBay.
Leave feedback with the buyer to indicate how the purchase went. Usually, it’s best to wait until they have received the item and they leave feedback with you. Then, leave positive, negative, or neutral feedback. Generally, even if the purchase went a little rocky, it’s best to leave positive feedback. Negative feedback looks very bad, and you want to build up your own positive feedback ASAP to entice more potential bidders and buyers.
I hope this helps you with your eBay selling! I’ve had a wonderful time on eBay, and I hope you will to! Enjoy!