Smart Ebay Selling Tips for Everyone
These are selling tips that most books, websites, and Ebay leave out.
They are the Ebay Selling Tips only learned through trial and error, heartache, lost time, and lost money.
Selling on Ebay can be a great hobby, help you to clear out your cluttered shed or basement, and make you another source of income. Millions have made it their career. But before we go that far you need to heed these simple Ebay Selling Tips.
Selling on Ebay is actually very easy. There are 10’s of millions of people on the site daily Shoping. So you do not even have to find shoppers they did it for you. And they trust Ebay and it’s policies making them trust you the seller (to a certain degree, more about that later).
Below you will find Ebay Selling Tips to get you started in the right direction and onto making money.
The first 3 Ebay Selling Tips below are the basics and the 7 that follow are the ones with real value.
With these you can save time, make more money, and avoid getting into Ebay trouble!
Ebay Selling Tips: #1
You don’t need much to sign up for Ebay and you don’t need much to start buying on Ebay either, but to start selling you need a little more. This is because you will be collecting money off of their customers!
Gather these things before you even go to the registration page if you plan to start selling fast.
Bank Account # and a debit or credit card that you can link to your new Ebay account to collect money!
A non – P.O. Box address with a phone number (this can be a home phone or cell phone).
Enter all this information into the registration page and do the necessary verifications.
These include verifying your email by clicking on the registration link they send you. Allowing an Ebay automated teller to call whatever phone you specify and rattle off a 4 digit pin that you must then enter when they ask you.
When you sign up for your Ebay account you should immediately sign up for your Paypal account. This is by far the most accepted and easy payment receipt method on Ebay.
Paypal will also do some verification steps including sending 2 small deposits under 25 cents (.25 dollars) to the bank account you provided.
By verifying the exact amount of money they made in those deposits they feel confident that the account number you provided is actually yours.
* Important Ebay Tip – If you want to get selling as fast as possible you need to do the Paypal registration that day also. It sometimes takes a couple of business days for Paypal’s deposits to show up in your account
Ebay Selling Tips: #2
Find something to sell! You can sell anything on Ebay. The more desirable or popular an item the more you’ll make of course. Some good 1st time selling items are cell phones you don’t use anymore, a collector’s item, the list is endless.
Get out your digital camera or borrow one so that you can take a picture of the item you are selling. Taking a good picture can increase your chances 10 fold when it comes to selling your item.
Take the picture where there is sufficient light but not too much so that there is not a glare off of the item. Taking a picture with the item laying on a big white posterboard (dull side up) is fine for getting you started. That is actually what I still use.
Ebay Selling Tips: #3
Find or gather some basic information about your item such as the condition, specifications, or just a simple description of exactly what it is.
For example if you wanted to sell an old book your grandfather passed down to you, then you would want to look at the year it was published, the subject matter (what is the book about?), and the condition. Get ready to put this information into your selling description.
Ebay Selling Tips: #4
Now it’s time to List your Item! Go through the “Sell” button in the upper right hand corner of your Ebay page and start filling out your listing.
One of the first things your going to be asked for is the Item Title. Don’t dismiss this part lightly.
The title block to your item is just as important or more important than the whole item description to follow when getting potential buyers finding and clicking on your item out of the 10s of millions of other items out there. It’s a balance between having the Item Title flow when reading it and getting as many search keywords in there as possible.
Ebay searches work a lot like Google searches. The more keywords and phrases that match a buyers search words the higher the item comes up in their search. Get as many keywords and specifics in there as possible.
Tips for the Item Title are as follows:
Use all the character space they provide to you to elaborate and put as many keywords and phrases specific to your item as possible.
Mix up the use of Capitol letters throughout the title. I don’t recommend using punctuation as that just wastes your allowable characters that you could be using for words that will help you get found better in the searches.
Searches pick up numbers too so be sure to use any model numbers or year dates if they are applicable to the item.
Ebay Selling Tips: #5
Now it’s time for the item description. Be as clear as possible but not cumbersome. Use spaces as needed and colors only sparingly. Use a font that is visually appealing and clear.
To give you an idea of what I mean look below.
It is the item Title and a copy of a listing I used on a daily basis to sell 4WD Badges. This isn’t the most popular item in the world but the Title and Description helped me get found and people excited.
It was simple yet effective and the Ebay search engine tool put my item in front of the masses in search results. These used to fly off the shelves.
Notice the font is appealing, there is plenty of space, colors are used sparingly (you may not be able to see them below), it reiterates the product, and has a friendly tone. Also make sure you don’t have any typos!