I am starting to sell on Ebay, i was wanting to know good tips and information that could help me out?

I am going to start selling items on Ebay and im new at this so i was interested in knowing anything helpful.

Example: How to earn feedback without selling? and Earn it fast? Any good tips or information would be greatly appreciated.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Everyone who joins ebay starts with 0 feedback and yes, prospective buyers are reluctant to bid on items from such a seller, especially if the items are higher priced. It is best to establish some feedback for yourself by first buying 4 or 5 items and paying for them in a timely manner. Once you’ve established a 100% feedback rating, even it is for only a handful of items, then you can start selling.

    You can go to ebay for a tutorial on how to be a seller:


    The basics in getting started can be found via online tutorials and books. But to get to the nitty-gritty of listing an item:

    Be honest and accurate in your descriptions – One-sentence descriptions are for lazy sellers. One paragraph should be sufficient for most items. My general guideline is the more expensive (read higher priced) an item, the more you should ‘talk it up.’ It won’t be time wasted. Use lots of adjectives in your descriptions. Adjectives make prose and your items come alive. Without them, prose is dull and your items less appealing.

    Be professional - use good English with no spelling errors


    ALWAYS include at least one picture, more pictures for higher priced items. Make sure your pictures are clear. There are far too many pictures on ebay that are dark. If prospective buyers can’t see your items clearly, your items, more than likely, will not fetch the closing prices they deserve. To remove darkness, use any photo editor to add some brightness and a wee bit of contrast.

    Eliminate clutter. Prospective bidders don’t want to know what kind of cereal you eat or what kind of kitchen table or bedspread you have. Use a SOLID backdrop when taking your pictures as you want to focus all of the attention on your item. In short, the one and only thing you want in your picture is the item being sold. A SOLID white or light blue backdrop is best. However, there are certainly items that won’t show well on a light backdrop. In these cases, use a darker backdrop. And for gosh sake, don’t even think of using a plaid blanket as a backdrop for your pictures as I once saw on ebay. You should also crop the photos in your photo editor. Good pictures can add 5% to 10% to final closing prices.

    GOOD DESCRIPTIONS + GOOD PICTURES = GOOD PRESENTATION. This is what you should strive for.


    GOOD Communication is a must - Always notify buyers when you mail their items. It is not only a courtesy you would want and expect as a buyer but it is also both good customer service and good business practice. After all, you are the 'President & CEO' of your 'company' running your business but using ebay as your selling medium. In short, conduct your business so that it reflects well on you as a person. Treat everyone as a human being, not a living being, and this includes people who have inquiries about your items, not just your buyers. They could be your buyers and repeat customers.


    Do not limit your auctions to one country. SELL WORLDWIDE. The reason is elementary. You now have access to the largest market ebay has to offer. Limiting your auctions to only one country also limits your potential profits. A basic business tenet is, 'the greater the potential market, the greater the potential to maximize profits.' But do note in your listing that PayPal is the only form of payment you will accept from overseas bidders/buyers. Through experience, you will learn that there are certain problem countries. Italy seems to be one of them. Mail sent to buyers in Italy very often ‘mysteriously disappears.’ If this is the case, just note in your listing you sell to all countries EXCEPT (name(s) here).

    However, if you decide to limit sales to only one country, such as the USA, never say NO when you receive an email asking if you would ship to Taiwan, Germany, Australia or wherever. The reason is that you have a ‘FISH ON THE HOOK!’ This person will bid! When he or she does, this may force a previous bidder to enter another, higher bid or force later, first time bidders to come in with higher bids. So always say YES to these emails if you want to maximize your profits. But do say that PayPal is the only form of payment you will accept from these overseas bidders

    Do not limit your payment options – Offer all of them. Sellers who offer only PayPal or only money orders or money orders and checks are further limiting their potential market and, in turn, reducing their potential to maximize profits. Some people will not bid on items that do not have PayPal as a payment option. Then you have a smaller percentage that refuse to use PayPal and prefer to pay by check only or money order only.

    NOTE: Effective late October 2008, ebay will no longer allow payment for items by checks or money orders.

    Avoid selling ‘nickel and dime’ items. People who list and sell a steady stream of items that close for $5 or less are wasting their time. Less expensive, similar items ($5 or less) are best sold as a group to save time. If you have a large number of these cheaper, similar items, divide them up into sub lots of four or five.

    More expensive, similar items are best sold separately to maximize profits. There are ebay ‘vultures’ who just love to swoop down on similarly grouped items in one listing. When they win these auctions, they turn around and sell the items individually and, in most cases, get one and a half to 2 times and sometimes three times what they paid for them on an average item basis. I know this works. When I had more time (read unemployed), I was one of these ‘vultures.’ This is one of those situations where the parts are worth more than the whole. However, do be cautious if you venture into this arena. You have to know your merchandise. Stay in those areas you are familiar with. You can’t jump in blindly to any and every auction that has grouped items.

    If you can buy a large lot of similar merchandise for $100 to $200 and turn it around for $300 to $600, it works out very nicely, indeed! Most buyers of these large lots will be vultures as well so you could be ‘butting bids.’ Keep in mind that the higher the closing price at ebay, the less your profit on the turnaround. It’s not an exact science and it does take a little experience to really know what you’re doing but you can’t be afraid to go out on a limb. That’s where the fruit is. When I see an auction of grouped items it tells me loud and clear that the seller is far more interested in getting rid of their stuff the quickest, easiest way possible and ‘be done with it’ rather than in making a decent profit or profit at all.

    Short of items to sell and where to find items to sell? Garage and yard sales, church bazaars, flea markets, estate sales are obvious as are ‘junktique’ shops. If you want to let your fingers do the walking, you too can be crafty ‘vulture’ like a select group of other ebay sellers. Become a member of several smaller auction sites and search for bargains there. But as before, ‘stick with what you know.’

    If you want to do your listings OFFLINE, download the TURBO LISTER program free from ebay. Once you have finished with your listings, you can upload them anytime or schedule a date and time when you want your auctions to start.

    Lastly, keep in mind that experience is the best teacher. Start off slowly listing only one or two items and see how that goes for you. Once you get your feet wet and gain confidence, start listing more items on a weekly basis. You will soon learn the ins and outs and the dos and don’ts in short order and ultimately settle on a system that works best for you. If you are conscientious and put in a little extra effort, you will do well. If you are lazy or indifferent in selling your items, you won’t. Good luck & happy selling!

    Source(s): ebay member since 1997
  • Erik
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    Look around your house for anything you don't really want and list it. You would be amazed what sells. The amount you sell/buy will determine how high your feedback score gets. Sell/buy a lot early on, so you get a lot of feedback in short period of time. This helps build credibility.

    Source(s): purple star ebayer
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

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    -Create attractive listings with low prices that will be sure to sell your informational product or ebook with virtually no hassle.

    Once you get the hang of making some eBay listings, you will slowly (or maybe even quickly) learn how to do it better and that translates into more profits. As informational products are so key in a society where we all need education in all areas of our life, you won't go wrong by dealing in such a type of ebook.

    Today, there are a few topics on the Internet as hot as how to make money on eBay, because of the incredible income opportunity eBay offers. EBay is one of the highest trafficked websites on the Internet, and brings together buyers and sellers the world over. There are many people who have attained incredible self employment riches on this incredible website, and when you know the right info, you could certainly be next.

    One of the distinct advantages of selling on eBay is that you are getting people who are already in the buying mode. For instance, let's say you are selling golf equipment. If somebody types in golf equipment in the search engines, they are not necessarily searching to buy; they might be simply looking for information on it.

    They might be looking for reviews on different kind of equipment to help them in their buying decisions. They might not necessarily be looking to actually buying it there.

    However, when somebody types in golf equipment on eBay, you know that they are in the buying mode. This one the best things about selling on eBay, because you know the buyers are already to buy from you.

    So what of the best ways to start to make money selling on eBay? Obviously, physical products are by far the best, as information products typically don't sell very well and eBay. Where can you find good physical products?

    You have to find good wholesalers in order to get products from them. However, keep in mind that wholesalers will not give out their product to just anybody; you have to prove to them that you are legitimate, viable business and will probably sell a lot of products for them.

    Source(s): Think about it from their perspective: would you want to be giving out product catalogs and information to just anybody who calls up asking for them? You would want a retailer who would be selling a lot of your products and services, and that's what they are looking for. However, when calling them up, don't mention that you will be selling them on eBay; regardless of how much money you will be making or may have made in the past, most stores don't want their products on eBay because they think it will reduce the value of their products, since eBay is generally a bargain website. Simply say that you are an online retailer.
  • 1 decade ago

    Be very careful, now the feedback system has changed, there are a lot of people out to rip you off. Check out this Facebook group.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Good pictures, clear description but most of all be truthful..if the product has a fault, name the fault if it's second hand don't say it's new. If you stick to these rules you will get good feedback and people will trust you therefore buy your products. :)

  • 1 decade ago

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