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Whether you're looking to sell a new or used piece of furniture, the first step is to identify its characteristics: type, colour, brand, style, material, etc. You should make a note of how long you have owned the furniture for too, and whether it was bought new or second hand.
Once you feel you have all the information about the item you are selling, you are ready to start making your listing. When it comes around to writing your item description be as accurate as possible, so that potential buyers know exactly what they are purchasing, e.g. 'Contemporary Rattan Corner Sofa', '4ft double bed' and so on. Take lots of photos for your listing too, showing your item from different angles and highlighting any signs of wear.
Search on eBay for a similar item to the one that you are selling, and see how other sellers are valuing theirs.
If you have a specific price in mind for your furniture, you may want to choose the fixed-price listing option over an auction-style listing. You never know though: an auction listing could fetch more than your original estimate, so experiment with your listings and see which method is more successful.
Once you have provided the item description, you will see a recommended price, which can be a good indication of how much your furniture is worth.
These are our top tips for making a successful sale:
Include a detailed and accurate item description.
Include clear photos that show your item from a number of different angles.
Price your item competitively.
Offer free delivery and local collection. (You can do this in the delivery details section when you create your listing).
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Furniture can be tricky to ship due to size and weight. It may be easier for a potential buyer to pick the item up themselves, so offer 'Local collection' when you list as well as the usual delivery options. You may want to inform a buyer of your home's access information - for instance, will they need to take a dining table or wooden bookshelf down a flight of stairs when they come to collect it?
Check out this useful guide to help you through the packing and shipping process.
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