Selling on Ebay, Working From Home

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This Guide has lots of tips on how to get started selling on Ebay. It's NOT aimed at people who want to buy pallets of Mobile Phones or Laptops and make a million in a week - there are plenty of e-books to tell you about that ( and for only ONE PENNY!!)

So you’ve bought some bargains from Ebay and can find your way round. You understand how Feedback works, you have a Paypal account and you’ve started looking round your house speculatively, wondering what you could sell to make a profit. It suits you to earn a little money working from home, you need the flexibility and have a bit of space. You are ready to start learning how to become a Seller!

  1. Consider selling clothes or toys to start with – every house has stuff surplus to requirements. Be aware that you can sell your own stuff without breaking any rules, but the moment you buy something with the intention of selling it for a profit, you are effectively running a business and must register with the Inland Revenue. Local Business Links can give very good advice about this.
  2. You need some space just for selling – space to store things, space to store packing materials and space for your computer, paper, pens, etc. The good news is you don’t need much - Desk or table for the computer, big bookshelf for packing stuff and a few plastic or even cardboard boxes to store items.
  3. You need a camera or camera phone that takes good pictures. Don’t bother selling anything without a means of taking photos and getting them easily onto your computer.  Preferably take 3 or 4 photos per item, showing all the best bits and any damage or makers marks/labels. Always put your photo first, then a few lines of text explaining it underneath. As children, we learn to read by looking at a picture and then reading the word underneath, so a listing is clearer in that format.
  4. Do your research – before you even take a photo look up in “Completed Items” what your item actually sold for. A good tip is to filter the results (box at the right hand side) in order of “Highest first” so that you can see the best price your item sold for. Be careful to compare like with like – for instance if a Silver Cross pram usually sells for £200, check yours is exactly the same model, with the same attachments, in the same condition.
  5. Most sales on Ebay are made after people have searched for a particular item. This means your Title is the next most important thing after your photo, so make it work for you. Buyers do NOT search for  “WOW!!” or “LOOK!!” or “Wonderful, Amazing, Cute, Sweet, Unusual, Pretty,”etc etc. They search for “Beswick” or “Nike “ or “Nokia N70 Mobile Phone” so make sure you use the right words.
  6. Also don’t describe your item, think about what buyers want. This takes practice, but for example don’t put “Very nice jacket with 6 buttons and long sleeves” even if it is. A much better title is “ Long Red Velvet Monsoon Jacket Ladies Size 12”. All these statements may be true, but some will be searched for and some will not. If you are not sure, put the words in the Completed Items box and see what comes up.
  7. Consider making a ME page. This is very easy, and allows you to list your terms and conditions, also you can put up some more information about yourself. To See My ME PAGE, CLICK HERE
  8. Finally Customer Service – Be polite, friendly and efficient and you will have few problems, and you’ll enjoy the Ebay experience much more. Remember, if a Buyer is paying you for an item, they have a right to expect it will be as described and reach them safely and quickly. Don’t clutter your page up with long lists of “I will not accept BLAH BLAH BLAH “  and “By placing a bid you agree to BLAH BLAH BLAH “ Trust me, no-one reads them anyway.
  9. I hope you find this guide useful, To See My Auctions, CLICK HERE
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