I love using eBay for both buying and selling. It can be a great way to recycle your old, unwanted goods for cash, and you can also pick up some amazing bargains! So I thought I would put together some of my top tips to make the most of your money. This article is on the selling side of things, but I will also do a ‘buying’ one soon too!
- Find – Have a rummage through your wardrobe/room and take out everything you don’t like, will never wear, or doesn’t fit. Seperate the things that are in good condition, and take all the very ‘worn’ condition things to your local charity shop.
- Photo – Take good quality photos of all of your items that are in saleable condition. No one wants to buy things that look secondhand. I suggest taking a photo of the front of the item, the back, and then come close ups of any details (zip, buttons, labels etc).
- Sign up – If you don’t already have an account, sign up to eBay and Paypal! Then it’s time to start selling.
- Starting – Don’t be over ambitious with your starting prices. It’s rare that a New Look dress will get a single bid if the starting price is £10+.
- Profit – Don’t expect to make a living selling on eBay, it’s just an effective way of recycling your items. If you were to sell things at a carboot sale, you would probably get pennies.
- Listing – I usually start all of my items at 99p because this is completely FREE to list. Anything above this, eBay will charge a fee for. If you don’t want to start so low, keep an eye out for free listing weekends, where you can list at any start price for free. I still suggest starting your prices low because people will look for the cheapest items.
- Titles – Make sure you include all your key points in your item listing title. For example with clothing include: brand name, size, colour, basic description, condition, e.g. “Blue racerback Topshop mini dress, Size 10, NEW with tags RRP £20”. This should catch the buyers attention. I see so many items listed as ‘ladies dress’ and that’s it, and no one will bother to even look, and therefore sell very low. This is actually how I pick up many bargains!
- Description – Make sure you put all detail in your listing description. Be polite and honest. If it looks a little bobbly, then mention it. People can claim their money back from you if you sell an item and it’s not as described, and you will be out of pocket.
- Timing – Selling flip flips and bikinis in November wouldn’t be the best idea, and the same goes for trying to sell a gorgeous knitted jumper in July. People just won’t be searching for those items and they will sell for very little. So save them up for the correct season to make the most money on them.
- Postage costs – These have gone up a lot lately. I send all my items second class because it is cheaper for the buyer. Selling a small item of clothing will usually weigh up to 250g which would cost £1.72 to post, going up to £2.16 if it weighs up to 500g.
- Proof of Postage – When you send your items at the Post Office, always ask for a proof of postage for each item. And keep them somewhere safe until you have received positive feedback from your buyer. This is to protect you. If the buyer claims to have not received the item, you have to refund them. But if you keep your proof of postage, you can take the claim up with Royal Mail who will then refund you the postage and item cost.
- Recorded Delivery – If you would like an extra piece of mind, you can pay 75p on top of the postage costs to get recorded delivery. This enables you to see whether the buyer has actually received the item.
- Posting – Always think about how much the postage materials will cost you and include this in the postage charges. Padded envolopes can be expensive. I use plastic seal mail bags, which you can buy on eBay for £1 for 10 bags. Therefore I add 10p onto my postage charges.
- Enjoy – Last but not least.. enjoy selling! Keep an eye on your emails and eBay account so you can see how many item watchers you have, and to see if anyones asked you any questions.
- Don’t panic – If your items don’t have bids! Many, many bidders wait until the last minute (literally) to place their bids, which can lead to a huge bidding frenzy and your item selling for more than you expected. Usually a good number of watchers (5+) means that your item will sell, and there may be a bidding war!
- Sending – Last but not least.. please make sure you send your buyers item off in due time. If you can’t get to the post office on weekdays, let your buyers know this in the description. Post the items asap, and let the buyers know if there will be a delay.
I hope this helped any prospective eBay sellers! If I missed anything, you can ask me in a comment 🙂
Have you made much cash from eBay recently?