Despite our initial apprehension, we found that it's really simple to get started listing your very first auction on eBay, and like us, here's what you need to do in five very easy steps:
1. Open an Account with eBay as a Seller
If you've bought things on eBay before, then you already have an account - just log in and click on 'Sell' in the toolbar. Then click 'Create a seller's account'.
If you've never used eBay before, then you'll need to open a new account first using the 'register' link, and then click 'Sell' and 'Create a seller's account'.
The eBay site will then guide you through the process. For security, this may involve giving card details and bank information.
2. If You Haven’t Thought About it Already, Think About What You’re Going to Sell!
As a ‘newbie’ with eBay, it really doesn't matter what you sell while you get used to how things work, so take a look around your home and see what you can find that you're not all that attached to and could put in the post. Books, DVD’s, CD’s, good quality clothes, even shoes are ideal first items.
3. List What You’ve Decided to Sell!
Click 'Sell', and you're on your way to selling your item!
The first thing you need to do is choose a category - it's best to just type in what the item is and let eBay choose for you. Next, write a title and an honest description of what you’re selling. Include key words you think people will search for in the title box, and all the information you have about the item in the description box.
Now set a starting price. This can start at just one penny (which often starts a bidding frenzy!) and items will almost never finish at such a low price.
The next thing to set is the duration of the auction, which can be 3, 5, 7 or 10 days. Longer sales will usually get more bids, but will also seem to drag on forever as well. Add a picture now as well, as goods with pictures always sell for more.
Finally, tick the payment methods you will accept (just PayPal is best for now and you should have set an account with them when you signed up), and where you will post to (limit yourself to the UK to begin with). Click on ‘Submit’ and that’s it! Congratulations, you are on your way to being a PowerSeller!!!
4. Wait for it to Sell.
This is just a matter of waiting and letting eBay do its thing – hopefully buyers will find your item and leave bids on it. Some bidders might email you with questions about the item, and you should do your best to answer these questions as quickly as you can.
Remember that if your item doesn't sell then you can list it again for free on one other occasion.
5. Once It Sells, Collect the Payment and Post It to the Buyer
When someone buys your item, eBay will send your buyer emails guiding them through the process of sending you payment for the item – called ‘checkout’.
Make sure you receive the money before you send anything, and if you’ve taken payment by cheque, or an e-cheque via PayPal, or any other method that may take some time to clear……wait until it does!
Once you've got the payment, all you need to do is pack the item for posting (make sure to use some bubble wrap), take the buyer's address from the confirmation email eBay sent you, and write it on the parcel. Put some stamps on, post it, and you're done!
You’ll be amazed how easy it becomes after just a short while, so don’t hold back, take a look around your home now and get selling today!
You know you want to!!