Step-by-step Post your first list­ing on eBay

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Build your rep­u­ta­tion first

Many bid­ders will stay away from sell­ers with low feed­back, es­pe­cially when it comes to high-price auc­tions. So, it’s a good idea to build your pos­i­tive feed­back by buy­ing items be­fore you sell any­thing – you don’t have to spend much, but aim for around 10 pos­i­tive feed­back be­fore you start flog­ging your own items. Buy­ing first will also help you get to grips with how eBay works.

Re­search your item be­fore sell­ing

Be­fore do­ing any­thing, search eBay for other peo­ple sell­ing the same prod­uct as you. This will give you an idea of how much the item sells for. Look for auc­tions where peo­ple have ac­tu­ally bid, as this shows you what peo­ple are will­ing to pay – don’t just use ‘Buy it now’ prices as a guide­line, since these are of­ten set much higher than what the prod­uct is ac­tu­ally worth.

Take your pho­tos

If you want to sell, it’s vi­tal you take good pho­tos. Cover your item from mul­ti­ple an­gles, and make sure to show any blem­ishes – hon­esty is im­por­tant, and helps po­ten­tial bid­ders to trust you. If the item has a prod­uct name printed on it, show that too. Imag­ine you’re the bid­der – what would you want to see to get a good idea of the item and whether you should bid on it?

What’s in a name?

Click ‘Sell’ at the top of the page, then en­ter your ad­dress. On the next screen, en­ter a de­scrip­tion for the item, in­clud­ing the brand. This will be used by eBay to fill out de­tails like the prod­uct name and, in our case, things like the max­i­mum power out­put. It uses this in­for­ma­tion to cat­e­gorise your item. Once you’ve stated the item’s con­di­tion and found a match, click ‘Sell one like this’.

Pic­ture per­fect

Now upload your pho­tos. You can drag and drop them from your PC, or use the eBay app to upload them di­rectly from your phone. Re­ar­range the pho­tos into an or­der you’re happy with, and make any ad­just­ments with the ro­tate and crop tools. If you don’t have any pho­tos you can use the ‘Stock photo’ op­tion, although this won’t show as much de­tail as your own shots will.

De­tails, de­tails

Next, en­ter a prod­uct de­scrip­tion. Make it as de­scrip­tive as you can, and be sure to men­tion any blem­ishes or other points of note, such as bun­dled ex­tras or how long you’ve had the item. Hon­esty is the best policy – not only will it make for pos­i­tive feed­back, but you’ll avoid hav­ing to pay any re­funds if the win­ning bid­der feels the item was not as you de­scribed it.

Set your ask­ing price

You’ll then get a sug­gested price from eBay based on how much sim­i­lar items have re­cently sold for – try not to set your start price too high, or you’ll put off po­ten­tial bid­ders. Adding a ‘Buy it now’ op­tion is a good idea if you don’t think you will get many bids on your item. Try not to be greedy – no one will go for your ‘Buy it now’ of­fer if it’s ridicu­lously high.

Choose a list­ing du­ra­tion

Un­der the ‘7-day Auc­tion’ text, click ‘Change’ to al­ter the auc­tion du­ra­tion. Auc­tions can be listed for three, five, seven or 10 days. If you’re not in any hurry to sell, choose 10 days to in­crease the like­li­hood of mul­ti­ple peo­ple bid­ding on your item. Try to time it so your auc­tion ends on a Sun­day evening – this is eBay’s busiest time, and in­creases your chances of get­ting a good price.

Select a pay­ment op­tion

Pay­Pal pro­tects bid­ders against fraud­u­lent sell­ers, but also charges sell­ers 3.4% on the fi­nal sale price, plus 20p per list­ing. You have to make it an op­tion for bid­ders, but you should also con­sider the ‘Cash on col­lec­tion’ op­tion. If the item your sell­ing is too large to send by post, say in the de­scrip­tion that you’d pre­fer cash on col­lec­tion – that way you can avoid the Pay­Pal charges.

Look­ing good

Click ‘Pre­view’ to see how your list­ing will look once it’s live. If you’re happy with ev­ery­thing, close the pre­view box and click ‘List with dis­played fees’. Your list­ing will go live shortly (or at the des­ig­nated time if you chose to sched­ule it). You can change the list­ing’s de­tails from the My eBay sec­tion, but you can’t change the auc­tion du­ra­tion if it’s been live for more than two hours.

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