In this post you’ll learn to sell with eBay. eBay is a fun and easy to use platform to sell used products and new merchandise.
eBay also sees a ton of traffic, so you have a great advantage of getting exposure to sell your products.
Now obviously, the hotter the product that you have, the faster it will sell. But in general, you’re going to have greater success selling on eBay verses selling on Craigslist or at your own garage sale.
And the coolest thing about eBay, is that you don’t have to do any selling, that’s one of the great advantages about selling online.
You don’t have to convince anybody to buy a thing. You list your price or go auction style, and eBay sells the item for you.
Check out my easy to use guide to learn to sell with eBay, it’s a simple and painless process.
Learn To Sell with eBay – Here We Go!
1. Create Your Account on eBay:
You can do that right now: start an eBay Account here.
2. Create a PayPal Account:
At the same time, you will need to get a PayPal account set up to get paid once your item sells, you can do this right now: Click here to start a PayPal Account.
3. Hit the Sell Link:
Once registered, you will see the SELL link on the top left side of your home page, click this link.
4. Choose How to Manage Your eBay Listings:
eBay has a new feature that allows you to choose to sell it yourself or have eBay manage the listing.
This could be convenient but will cut your profit margins down to 70%.
I would recommend listing it yourself, it’s easy to do and will save you money if you follow this simple step-by-step guide.
Normally if you are listing under 50 items per month, eBay charges 10% per auction style or fixed style sale.
But, they charge 10% of the whole transaction including the shipping fees.
So it may be as high as 15% of the transaction depending on your shipping charges.
Make sure you go check out the cost to ship something before listing your merchandise with eBay.
That way you won’t cut into your profit margins once you sell your item.
There’s nothing worse than selling an item for say $15 and charging a 3 dollar shipping fee only to realize that your shipping charges are $9 dollars.
You would only end up with a $9 dollar profit. Which would most likely be a waste of time and energy.
Do your homework first on you shipping charges before listing an item on eBay.
PayPal also charges an additional 2.9% per transaction. Kind of a pain, but PayPal is the preferred manner of payment from eBay.
For further explanation of eBay fees, see this link.
5. Create a Title for Your Listing:
Next you need an attractive title for your listing.
When creating a title, ask yourself how you would describe this item. Then add any important details.
Here is a listing that I recently sold on eBay.
6. Fill in the Product Details:
Now to create your listing, fill in the relevant product details such as:
- brand name
- listing price
- and a description of the product.
With my example above, I was selling a generic case for iPhone 4/4S. Here’s my description below:
- Solid Metal Case with Industrial Strength Glass. Made for iPhone 4/4S
- 100% brand new, high quality, great price NON BRAND NAME Case
- Sleek Fashionable case, perfectly fit your phone
- Durable design protects your phone from scratched, damages, shock, bumps and dust
- This case is NOT waterproof and You CAN NOT submerge this case in water with an iPhone.
Latest Greatest Customer Review: I have already bounced this off the wall a few times and rolled 210 pounds over the face and not a problem. Love the size and weight. It’s heavy duty and perfect for me.
7. Use Quality Images with Your eBay Listings:
Make sure you take nice photos of whatever you are selling. Try to have a clear, transparent background and shoot your photo with the light behind you.
Make sure you have a good and accurate description and photos to improve your chances of selling your product.
Here are some quality photos from leather products I sold on eBay. Nice white backgrounds and high resolution photos.
8. Consider Selling Auction Style:
You can list your products as a set price or use eBay’s auction. The auction style is more fun, but higher risk for profit or loss. My personal experience with the auction style is to be patient.
Most all the sales come in during the last 30 minutes of the auction.
– Here’s an a good example of a iPhone 4s that I bought from a friend.
My friend wanted $100 dollars for it, I check out other listings on eBay and saw that it was selling in the 200 to 300 dollar price range. Sounded like a pretty good deal for me to make a decent profit. So I bought the phone from my friend for $100.
I listed it for $175 on a 7 day auction. After a few days I had 5 bidders and the top bid was $187.50.
In the last 30 minutes of the auction, I ended up selling for $241 dollars, including shipping charges. My net income after eBay and PayPal fees was $209.91 or 87.1% of the total transaction.
– So my total profit was $109.91 dollars. Not too bad for 20 minutes worth of work. Now I just need another 1000 or so iPhone’s and I’d have a pretty good eBay business.
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Final Points When Selling on eBay:
Make sure you put up a quality listing with good descriptions and clear photos. It just makes your job easier and will improve your buyer’s experience.
Also, make sure you provide prompt communication and always ask for, and leave, good feedback for those transactions that are positive.
You want to have a high seller rating and the more positive rating you have, the more buyers will trust and buy from you as a seller.
If you learn to sell with eBay, it can be a lot of fun and a fairly positive experience.
But if you want to make a full time job out of it, this can be quite a challenge.
There’s always the issue of where to find new product to sell.
Unless you have access to tons of hot products on a regular basis, you’ll never make a full time job out of selling on eBay.
Once you sell off your own stuff, you have to bargain hunt to find new products to sell or import products which can be a risky business.
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When you learn to sell with eBay, you’ve always got a good skill that you can use to make some extra cash online.
If you would like to leave a comment or have any questions about selling on eBay, please comment below.
Ivan Palii says
Great guide, Todd. Thanks for your experience. I’ve also tried to describe some best tactics for Ebay SEO here –
Can you share your opinion about these steps for getting TOP?
Looks like the info you shared on your post is all white hat seo tactics to me. I’ll have someone on my team check out the product and maybe even do a review on it.
Thanks for the heads up,
Hey Todd, I’ve been surfing your site. Pretty nice set up you have here. I just so happen to be a member of WA too. I was actually googling for a review on high traffic academy. Nice review on them by the way.
I wanted to ask, what about keywords in your ebay listing? Are they important? My wife is currently selling her own products on eBay. Little girl tutus, and she is having a difficult time with it. She hasn’t got any sales yet. Through listings nor auction. It’s been a couple weeks now and we’re trying to figure this out. Would really appreciate your help.
Great to hear from you and thanks for your feedback on my site and reviews, much appreciated.
Your wife’s situation could be because of a number of things. Are tutus hot right now? I had over 100 products selling on Amazon before I became an affiliate marketer and I was amazed at how only about 12 of the products sold consistently. I’d have women’s bags that my wife picked out that were really nice and a variety of other products that I thought would have sold quickly.
Brand name is big with online or offline sales. Some people won’t even look at a product if it’s not branded. Keywords play a roll in ever type of online sale. So doing a bit of keyword research (I only use Jaaxy because of efficiency and ease of use) goes a long way.
But more importantly for online sales at places like eBay and Amazon is the sellers reputation.
I would even look at given away a few tutus for free in exchange for seller and product feedback reviews. You might even try to have some friends check out the product and then submit reviews. The stronger my seller rating got, the more I sold. So after every future transaction, send the buyer a little note asking for feedback. You’ll be surprised at how many will do it.
If there’s ever complaints, deal with them immediately and respond so that people can see that on you’re wife’s seller profile. These are the first things that come to mind that I did to generate $1,500/week in net sales with selling mostly on Amazon, and some on eBay.
You’ll notice in this post I give some recommendations on presentation and listings. How you present your product with pictures and words will have a major impact on your sales.
But remember, some products just don’t sell that hot. I spent 3 weeks in Ecuador having my wife model high end leather coats, then created listing on Amazon, Etsy, and eBay. I priced them right and couldn’t make an online sale to save my life. Why? Not many people want to buy high end leather coats without trying them on first.
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Selling stuff on ebay was my first ever online venture. I have to say, I did mostly enjoy the experience. For people who want an online business but don’t want to learn to build websites, ebay could be a good alternative. I would advise anybody who is considering this to buy a book or course first and learn the pitfalls (there are some) but if you are aware of them ahead of time, you should be fine.
And thanks for sharing. I sold more on Amazon than eBay and had a few snags with buyers not committing to the purchase. But it’s a pretty easy process all in all. I think the trick is finding enough products to sell. Thanks for your comment.
Have a great day,
That is a good description of what looks like a nice, simple process.
Regards and good luck
It is if you got the right products to sell, if you find some old name brand stuff at your home that you want to get ride of, give it a try.
Great article! I have always been wanting to start up in eBay. Now i know how to go about signing up and starting my auctions.
Happy to help Terence. Cheers, Todd