How to Start Selling on eBay

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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.


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.

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How to get out of debt


If you are in debt, you know that it is a heavy burden.  Worrying where every dime is going and whether you are going to be able to make your minimum payment this month can really weigh you down.  

Not only is it hard on your mind, it is also bad for your health.  The stress and worry can affect your sleep, your marriage, your blood pressure.

How wonderful would it feel to get that monkey off your back?  Well, it is time to buckle down and get to work ridding yourself of this headache.

Where do you start?

Step one is to pull all of your bills out and really get a full picture of what is owed and to whom.  Make a list of each debt and the amount owed to COMPLETELY pay them off.  That’s right.  We are not trying to pay the minimum anymore.  We are going to get our family out of debt.

Once you have the full picture of where you stand, now you can make a plan.  Sit down with your family who will benefit from this new lifestyle.  Make sure that you are all on the same page and understand that while it may be a struggle for a little while, it will be worth it in the long run and you will all benefit when you are free from debt.

Find the debt with the smallest balance.  Forget about interest rates, forget about what you have owed the longest, concentrate on putting the debts in order from smallest to largest.  Now, you are going to pay only the minimum on everything except the smallest debt.

This step is by far the hardest but the most important.  Find everything not nailed down that you don’t absolutely need to live and sell it.  Have a yard sale, put in on eBay, send it to Amazon, post on Craigslist, post on Facebook yard sale groups, sell it to your neighbor.  How ever you can find to make some money, make it.  Turn off everything you don’t need.  Forget cable, internet, satellite, Netflix, newspaper subscriptions.  Seriously, really think about where your money is going and stop spending it.  Stop going to Starbucks, no more dinners at Longhorns or even McDonald’s.  You are going to go to the grocery store and cook your own food.  Not only that but you are going to eat CHEAP.

Every extra penny that you save you are going to put on that smallest debt and you are going to keep doing that until the debt is paid off.  Now CELEBRATE, cheaply!  Now go to the next smallest bill and keep going.

Repeat this step until you are debt free!

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How to make extra money on eBay

As many of you know, I used to be an active member on eBay.  Since I earned my degree and began teaching, that has fallen to the wayside somewhat.  I have recently gotten back into listing to help my husband make some money while he has been recovering from surgery.  My main goal was to clean out some of the clutter that has built up while I was going to school and working 2 jobs.  At any rate, this is a great way to make a few extra bucks so I thought I would share my store with those of you who may be interested.


In the coming weeks, I will be sharing ways that you can use the items that you no longer want to put a few extra dollars in your pocket.  Start funding your vacation, retirement, or children’s college fund.

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Being Frugal Doesn’t Mean You are Broke or Cheap!


Quite a few fantastic ideas in this article. Hope you enjoy.

Originally posted on Gracefully Frugal:

Being frugal as a lifestyle choice can provide you with peace of mind regarding finances, your future and your families’ future. Being frugal can increase your financial worth with very little effort. Being frugal simply means being thrifty and economy minded in spending money or utilizing any type of resource – not just financial ones. Frugality is not just for those who really need to stretch their dollars – it can be for everyone. As a nation we have limited resources, and we are all guilty of using those resources irresponsibly. Adopting frugality can benefit you, your family and our nation in so many wonderful ways!
With the on-going financial crisis, more people are looking for various methods to help stretch their dollars further. With high unemployment, tight credit and other poor economic issues, you may be wondering who is right these days to advise you in changing your spending…

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Back in the Saddle again


Been a bit crazy around here and I have gotten really out of touch with my blogging community.  However, I am back!!!  Scary though, huh?  Anyway, thanks to the glories of Summer break (yet another reason why I became a teacher), I have something I have been searching for, free time.  I am also back to listing on eBay.  Attempting to clear out the junk that has been accumulating around my house while making a few pennies.

Hubby has been out of work having not one, but two cataracts removed.  Guess you can imagine what a whine fest that has been. SO he and I are both home.  Somehow we are both still alive.  For now.

We are all grateful for our cheap ways at a time like this when the money stream has dropped to a veritable trickle.  The funny thing is that our life has barely changed.  I was thinking about this the other day when we were out shopping, at the Goodwill.  Anyway just wanted to let you all know that I haven’t forgotten you and I will be seeing much more of you in the months to come.



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Beware – New way for stalkers to find you or your children

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This tech crazy world does have its benefits.  I love my laptop, Facebook, and Kindle.  To be honest, I am not overly savvy on cell phones just because I hate to talk on the phone but I certainly understand the handiness of it all.  I am a person who has tons of pictures posted on Facebook.  However, as a parent, I am extremely disturbed about the trend of geotagging on iphone and android phones.

We all do it.  We take a picture with our phone and upload it straight to Facebook.  But, did you know that cell phone pictures have built in geo tagging, you know the same technology that is in your GPS?  Well, unless you disable it, your phone automatically tracks the location of your pictures.

Who cares, right?  Well, we all should because stalkers and pedophiles can use this information to find out exactly where the picture was taken.  They can track it straight to your home, your child’s school, the local park, and many more places I haven’t even thought about yet.

Geo Tagging

There are several very helpful articles about how to disable geo tagging on your phone.  I urge you to research this and decide if you want your pictures geo tagged.  I’m not telling you which way to go, I just think we should be informed about the information we are sending out into cyberspace.

Creepy App

I Can Stalk U

Tracking Via Your Cell Phone

Take the time to educate yourselves, especially if you are a parent.

What do you think of the ability of others to track your location?  Have you ever considered the negative ramifications of the technology?  Post your comments below.

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How to Teach a Child to Tie Their Own Shoes the Easy Way

As many of you know, I am a Pre-K teacher.  One skill that can be frustrating for children to learn is how to tie their own shoes.  I recently ran across a site that had used a technique I had never heard of before and it is unbelievable.  Who knew it could be so simple?

If you are interested, check out the site here. The point of view video at the bottom is the best!


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