5 Simple Steps to Posting Your First eBay Auction.

It’s surprisingly simple to get started posting your very first auction listing on eBay. Here’s what you need to do.

Open an eBay account.

If you’ve bought things on eBay, then you already have an account. Log in with it and click ‘Sell’ in the toolbar at the top of the page. Then, click ‘Create a seller’s account’.

If you’ve never used eBay before, then you’ll need to open an account first using the ‘register’ link underneath the toolbar, and then click ‘Sell’ and ‘Create a seller’s account’. The eBay site will then guide you through the process. For security, this usually involves giving card details and bank information.

Decide what to sell.

For your first little experiment with eBay, it doesn’t really matter what you sell. Take a look around the room you’re in or your house – I’m sure there’s something in there that you’re not all that attached to and could put in the post. Small books, kid’s toys and CDs are ideal first items.

Submit your item

Click ‘Sell’, and you’re on your way to listing your item.

The first thing you need to do is choose a category – it’s best to just type in the search what the item is and let eBay choose for you. Next, write a title and description. 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. Try and set this at an amount you would be comfortable with it selling for. Setting it at £0.01 or £0.99 could mean it sells for that. The lower the starting price, the higher the likelihood it will attract buyers as it draws people in to bid who otherwise wouldn’t. The next thing to set is the duration of the auction:  7 or 10 days. This is up to you: longer sales will usually get more bids, but will also seem to drag on forever. If you’ve taken a picture, add it now – items with more pictures always sell for more. You get up to 12 so why not use them all. Finally, tick the payment methods you will accept. eBay Managed Payments has now come in so you will end up with what is left once all the fees have come out. Submit and you’re done!

Wait for it to sell.

This is just a matter of sitting back and letting eBay do its thing – 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. Buyers like to know there is a real person at the end.

Remember that if your item doesn’t sell then you can list it again for free.

Collect payment and post it.

eBay will sent your buyer emails guiding them through the process of sending you payment for the item. Make sure you have the money before you send anything.

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. Take it to the Post Office and you’re done! eBay does allow you to buy postage through their platform, Hermes is a cost effective way of posting up to 1KG for only £2.90, where as it could be £4 with Royal Mail!

Do you have any suggestions about getting started on eBay?

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