If you want to make some extra money working from home, eBay can be an excellent resource. I have been an eBay seller since 1998, long before smart phones and scanners made selling so much easier.
In this series, I am going to attempt to teach you step by step everything you need to know to make some extra money selling items on eBay. Please keep in mind that it has been a long time since I did some of these activities, such as signing up for an account, so I may make mistakes. If you attempt my tips and find that there is a problem along the way, please comment below and let me know so that I can correct it.
Please keep in mind that some of what I will write is my opinion based on my years of experience. I am in no way an expert and do not claim to be. However, I do have over 2800 positive feedbacks and am an eBay powerseller. Please use my tips as such and make your own decisions based on your own research. However, I am happy to assist if you have questions. You can always send me a message via the comments or my Facebook page which can be found by clicking HERE
If you have never bought on eBay before, your first step will be to set up an account. It is a simple process. You simply go HERE and all you need is your name, email, and password. You will then have to confirm registration through an email that is sent to you. That’s it. You now have an eBay buying account.
Now, gather your items and we will start listing. eBay walks you through the process in a series of videos. Later in this series I will teach you to research items and how to find items to make money. But for now, I suggest you look around your home and find things that you no longer need or want and start with those. There is a bit of a learning curve to doing this right so now is not the time to be buying items for resell. That will come later.
Start by clicking the SELL link in the top left corner. It will bring a page to type your title.
THREE SIMPLE STEPS TO SELLING (per eBay site)
1. List it
Describe your item and add photos
Start by simply telling us what you’re selling. Then add up to 12 free photos
This video teaches you to write effective, detailed listings.
This video teaches the importance of taking good pictures of your item. You get up to 12 pictures in your listing for free through eBay.
Choose your price and shipping option
Most new sellers choose auction-style to attract the most buyers. Or choose a fixed price listing to get exactly what you want for your item. The quick listing tool suggests popular pricing and shipping options for similar items.
If you chose to sell your item on auction, set the starting price at the least you are willing to take for the item. If you are using the “Fixed Price” format (which I recommend) set your price at a “happy price” and use the “best offer” option.
Offer the shipping option that works best for you
USPS Flat Rate boxes and envelopes are easy. Order them for free now and save time. You can even schedule at-home pickups and skip a trip to the post office. Want another way to ship? You can offer multiple shipping options at checkout, too.
List your item for FREE.
As soon as you click “List it,” your item is visible to millions of buyers. It’s that simple.
2. Ship it
Confirm that you received payment
Once your item has sold, and you have been notified that the buyer has paid, pack your item safely and ship it.
Use My eBay to create and print shipping labels
Pay for postage and print shipping labels that are auto-filled with your buyer’s information from My eBay.
Leave positive feedback
Be sure to leave positive feedback for your buyer as soon as payment is confirmed. This makes buyers happy and keeps them coming back.
Send the item to your buyer
We work with all major carriers for simple shipping with guaranteed great rates.
3. Get paid
The fastest way to get paid
To ensure quick payment, use eBay shipping labels and collect payments with PayPal. Payment times vary and some new sellers experience slight delays, so be sure to do the following:
Print your shipping labels through My eBay
This will help you get paid in as few as three days. Learn how to print shipping labels through My eBay.
Collect payments through PayPal
It’s the fastest, easiest, and most secure way to get paid. Create a PayPal account now.
That’s it! I hope that you find this to be an easy to use walk through. Once you get your first item listed, please post a link in the comments so that we can all check out your fabulous item. You might even make a sale. If you have any questions or you need help, please send me a message on my Facebook page, I’m always happy to help.