2 min article

Create a listing

Creating a listing is the first step in getting your item in front of buyers. Depending on your needs, we have a range of tools and options to help make sure your listing ends in a sale.

If you're a casual seller, our quick listing tool - opens in new window or tab provides the core features you need to get started selling, and will walk you through the listing process step-by-step. If you want to see more options in the quick listing tool, such as reserve price, duration and schedule listing, here's how to enable them:

  1. At the top of the listing form, select Change listing preferences.
  2. Check the Enable more options box and Save.
  3. Select More options to view your additional listing options.

If you're selling frequently, in bulk, or as a business, you may want to use our advanced listing tool - opens in new window or tab.

We recommend that you know our rules for sellers, our policies on prohibited and restricted items, and what's allowed and not allowed when listing and completing a sale.

When you're ready to list your item, you'll start by describing what you're selling, choosing whether to use the auction- or fixed-price format, and setting a price. You'll then go on to select your postage preferences, a return policy, and how you want to get paid.

You can also save a draft of your listing and go back to finish it later. You can save up to 5000 drafts in Seller Hub, although they expire after 45 days. If you prefer to create your listings through the Selling section of My eBay, you can save up to 20 drafts, and they'll be available for 30 days.

Our guides below also have useful information on how to add images and categories, set buyer requirements and make changes to your listing after it's live on our site.

Create a listing - opens in new window or tab

Using the advanced listing tool

Find out how to use our advanced listing tool to list your items.

Selling with Buy It Now

With Buy It Now listings, you set a fixed price so buyers can purchase your item immediately.

Selling through auctions

In eBay auctions, you set a starting price and potential buyers bid on your item. The highest bidder wins.

Pricing your items

If you're unsure how much your item is worth, read our guide on how to price it.

Adding pictures to your listings

Learn how to choose, edit, upload, and manage the pictures you use in your eBay listings.

Adding a category to your listing

Find out how choosing the right category can help you reach the right buyers.

Creating listings with variations

Discover how to create a single-fixed price listing that includes all the variations of item you offer, such as different colours and sizes.

How immediate payment works

With the immediate payment option on eBay, a listing is still available until a buyer has completed the purchase. Requesting immediate payment in your listing is especially useful when you're selling time-sensitive items. 

Creating 1-day listings

If you're selling something time-sensitive, such as food or holiday packages, 1-day listings can help you find a buyer quickly.

Bulk listings

If you've got more than one of the same item available for sale, use eBay bulk listings to make all your stock available at once.

Selling templates

Find out how using listing templates can help simplify the listing creation process.

Setting buyer requirements

Learn how to manage who can buy from you through our buyer requirements feature.

Selling with Classified Ads

Learn how to sell your item through our classified ads.

Was this article helpful for you?

Related help topics