Ever since the kids were young, we have been stockpiling there old clothes, shoes and toys. However I now have two little ones both of school age and so the once small pile of old clothes has overtime turn’t into something that resembles a small shops worth. Friends of mine have suggested selling bits on Ebay in the past, but because its something I’ve never done I was a bit nervous about doing it.
I have brought things in the past of Ebay and it was simple enough, I never had any issues. However actually selling products on there I was worried about how hard it would be. I was worried that it might take a long time to set it all up or ever when it was set up I might do it wrong. I was wrong though and needn’t of been worried as it was surprisingly easy to do and thanks to the Ebay app it hardly took any time at all.
The whole process was made even easier thanks to the Ebay App which can be downloaded from the playstore if your an android user or the app store if your a apple user.
Once downloaded you then just simply follow 4 steps.
1. SNAP IT
Use your phone to take a picture of the item/items, making sure you try and get the best angel possible. To try and make sure you have the best lightening for the image, don’t be afraid to take several different snaps. The nicer your product looks in the photo, the more likely it is to stand out to potential buyers resulting in a quicker sale.
2. WRITE IT
Take your time when it comes to writing the description for your item/items. It is important to be as descriptive as possible, so the buyer knows what it is there buying and what to expect from it in terms its condition etc. Being as honest as possible is also very important as it can save having any issues later on if the buyer ends up not being happy with what they’ve brought.
3. PRICE IT
Pricing items can be quiet tough, its hard to know what things are worth. I was worried if i priced it too high, then it might put people of buying. However that’s where Ebay comes in as they can suggest a rough price of what similar products to yours have sold for, which helps act as a guide. You can also opt to auction the item off, so you input a starting price your happy with and then people bid for a time set by you in order to try and win the item. However if this isn’t suitable there is also a buy it now option, where you set the price your happy to sell the item for and then if someone is happy with it at that price and click buy it now and its theirs.
4. POST IT
When it comes to posting the item to the buyer, again Ebay comes in very useful as it gives you costs depending on which delivery option you select. You can also print out the postage label with the buyers address on. Saving you lots of time. There is also another option of Local collection, if the person lives close by then this can sometimes be the easiest option to choose.
I followed these 4 steps recently myself. I found that I was turned from a Ebay newbie to what felt like a Ebay Professional. Something that seemed so scary and daunting to me before was actually so easy to do. I don’t know why I didn’t do it sooner.
From downloading the app and using these 4 steps above I have successfully been able to list 2 items this week. The auctions are still currently running however both items already have a fair few bids. Meaning that hopefully once the auctions have finished I will have funds to put towards Christmas presents for the kids. As well as a slowly clearing out the unneeded kids bits, that have been lying around the house unused for years. I’m excited to list more items on Ebay now .
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