Originally Posted by mom2dea
What if the person never sold on e-bay , what pointers would you give them ?
Thanks for any help .
I've sold on eBay for over ten years and my ex told me there was no way I could do it, it was too complicated, we didn't have a camera, I didn't know anything about computers, etc, etc, etc. Well, the best way to make sure I succeed at something is to tell me I can't do it!!!!
Here are some suggestions:
- Before you attempt to sell something, check the auctions for a week or so to see if someone is selling something similar. It will give you a great idea of what sells and what doesn't, how to take your picture, how to write your description, how much to charge for shipping etc etc etc. This is probably my number 1 tip - saves me from listing things that make no money.
- You really do need pictures except for perhaps books. Books are listed by ISBN and if they are stock books in eBay's system there will be a stock photo; however, you must detail the description of your book very carefully to let the buyer know condition. Otherwise, you really need a photo or two. One photo is enough for most things, but if there is damage you should show it in a picture or at least offer to. Make sure the photos are as clear and close as you can get them.
- Ship internationally. This is a bit more complicated, but I find that Australia and the UK are huge buyers of all kinds of things... Canada too. This may require a trip to your PO to figure out exact shipping, but it is worth it. These folks seem to like to pay more than US buyers.
- Do not make up for a low starting bid by upping your shipping. Charge a fair shipping price and include it if at all possible in your listing or use eBay's calculator. If you don't know how much it will cost to ship, pack it up and take it to the post office for an accurate weight. Use the postage calculator at www.usps.com to get shipping charges. I always list charges to US, Canada, UK and Australia in my listings. I usually ship Priority mail because the boxes and tape are free from the post office and they arrive more quickly than parcel post.
- Wrap and ship very carefully or you risk negative feedback. Wrap in plastic to prevent dampness (grocery bags work great) before putting in the box. Pad with newspapers or old office papers or whatever.
- Open a PayPal account for handling payments and do not take checks or MOs. PayPal makes international currency easy plus you get your money right away. I am not afraid of bad checks or MOs, they just take too long - usually 2 weeks to complete an auction when it closes and that is time the money is out of your pocket.
Oh and one final thing, be prompt with feedback. Leave it as soon as a buyer pays you. That is only fair. The nicer you are to your customers, the higher your feedback rating will be.
Have fun making some money!!!