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A few of you wanted to know if I had any tips or suggestions regarding selling on eBay. I am by no means an expert. Selling 20 items on eBay does not make anyone an expert but I'm getting the feel for it and if you have things sitting around your house that you'd like to sell, you should give it a try. Here are a few things I've learned...
First of all, getting set up is easy. This link can get you started. They offer extremely easy guides for you to follow. I think it took me about 20 minutes to complete all the steps. You also need to hook up with PayPal, that's easy too. I only use PayPal and I request that the item is paid for within 1 to 3 days of the auction end. Once you are set up, go into your closets and basement or attic and find something to start with. I highly suggest you list something that is not too valuable. This way you can get a feel for how things work. If it sells quickly then yay for you but if you have to relist it (which I've done a few times) then you can do some more research and see if your item was priced wrong. We all think our things are more valuable than they actually are. :) It doesn't seem like getting $20 for an old blouse would be worth the trouble but it all adds up,
You also must get in the right frame of mind as far as letting your stuff go. Rarely will you get exactly what you paid for it. Unless, that is, if you have lots of stuff that you bought at yard sales and charity shops. But if you paid full price for a shirt at a retail store you will be doing good to get 1/2 of what you paid for it. But that's ok because you've already worn and used it and now you'll be getting a small portion back into your wallet. It's a good thing when it works out.
eBay makes it so easy for you to price things too. During the process of listing they make suggested prices to you based on what similar items have sold for. If you are happy with their suggestion you just plug in their number. I normally do that.
I think everyone agrees that shipping costs are the most tricky part of selling. eBay does a good job at that too now. If I'm unsure about what it would cost to ship a pair of shoes to Wisconsin then I usually post the priority flat rate box prices. That way I don't have to pay out of pocket for shipping. I'm sure as I sell more I can learn more but this is what I do now.
I also try to package my things nicely. I always wrap clothing in tissue paper and tie it with twine. I recently sold earrings and the lady who bought them said one of the earrings was slightly damaged but that she was able to fix it easily. She was super nice and I was glad she told me because in the future I know to wrap more carefully.
Brand names sell well on eBay. J.Crew lovers know their stuff and are quite savvy shoppers. Every single J.Crew item I've listed has sold fast. Right now I have a London Fog coat listed and if it had a J.Crew label it'd be sold already. Be as descriptive as possible when listing the item - that way you'll attract more buyers.
I also list winter things in winter and summer things in summer. I don't know if you remember the good deal I got on my vintage riding boots in the middle of summer a few years back but if the seller had listed them in the fall she'd have gotten twice as much as I paid.
The main thing I'd suggest is to just go for it. If your stuff is just sitting there and you feel like someone else would like it then just list it. If it turns out to be too much work or not worth it to you, donate it. Since I'm in the process of letting go and paring down it's working for me. Keep in mind that there are at least 10x more buyers than there are sellers on eBay. Really you have nothing to lose...give it a try.
If you want more tips just google eBay for beginners and lots of articles will come up. I'm just a beginner and it works! I just wanted to give you the courage to try. Happy Selling!