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How to successfully sell on eBay

Posted 29th March, 2017

Buying and selling on eBay has become very popular in recent years. Have you got some old clothes, tools or collectables? Are you thinking of starting to sell your unwanted items on eBay? If you’re a first time seller, the whole concept can be quite daunting. We have put together our step-by-step guide on how to successfully sell an item.

  1. Research

The first thing you need to do when selling any item on eBay is research. This is vital so you know how much the item may be worth. We would recommend you searching on eBay for any existing sales of that item, or something similar. Make a note of how much it is selling for, what information they have included in the description and how much they are charging for Postage and Packaging.

  1. Postage Quote

There are many options for postage in eBay. Firstly, you need to decide whether you are going to make the buyer pick the item up from your home or whether you will post the item. If you are going to post it, it is very important that you get a correct postage quote so you don’t under or overcharge the buyer. There is a postage calculator on the eBay website but you can use Station Couriers too. Simply fill out a quote form on our website and we will get back to you with a price.

  1. Photographs

For many buyers, the photographs that are uploaded of an item are the first thing they look at. There is no such thing as too many photos. Take them from every angle, side and if the item has any damage make sure that it’s clearly shown. Photos must be of high quality, well-lit and clear.

  1. Creating the Listing

Once you have completed the previous steps, you are ready to create your listing. Firstly, you need to pick an appropriate category. Secondly, you need to come up with an informative but concise title. Include everything you think is needed, don’t worry about the title making perfect sense. If people search for a word that is included in the title, your listing will show up. We would recommend the title length to be 15-20 words.

Now you need to write up a long description of the item. Include all information, no matter how insignificant you think it is. Make your returns policy clear.

This step is the biggest of all, but the most important. The form on eBay is very clear and offers suggestions on how to fill it out. Make sure you take your time and read through everything carefully before you publish the listing.

  1. Wait for the item to Sell

Now, it’s time for the fun bit. Waiting for your item to sell. If you have opted to sell your item by Auction, you have to wait until the time you set is up. Don’t be alarmed if nobody is bidding on your item, most people wait until the last few hours of the auction. The most important thing to look out for is the number of people watching your item.

  1. Posting the Item

Do not post the item until you have received full payment from the buyer. Once this has been done, make sure you send the item via the way you specified in the listing. Ensure you have proof of postage, so you can’t get blamed for any negative claim by the buyer. Always message the buyer letting them know you have sent the item and thank them for buying the item. If you choose to use Station Couriers to send your parcel, you will be able to come down to the depot and drop it off. We are situated out of town with plenty of parking space, don’t struggle to carry your heavy items for longer than you need to.

  1. Leaving Feedback

Once the buyer has received the item and the sale is complete, make sure you leave them feedback. They should also leave you feedback, if they don’t, politely prompt them to do so. Positive feedback is important for eBay sellers as it gives other buyers more trust in you.

If you follow these simple steps, you should get some great sales on eBay. The process isn’t as daunting as it seems and soon you will get to know even more tips by trying it out yourself. Remember Station Couriers when you are researching your postal methods and quotes.

 

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