Beta your­self ebay

How to sell all your old tat (then buy ev­ery­one else’s) on your PC, tablet or phone: Craig Gran­nell shows you the tricks, while re­sist­ing the urge to price up the en­tire con­tents of his house

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Be­come the best bid­der on the web

Watch and learn

Your watch list ap­pears on the ebay app’s main screen, and it’s as easy to scroll through here as it is in the ‘My ebay’ sec­tion of the web­site. Use the watch list to track items with­out bidding on them, so you don’t push up the price early on. If you find sev­eral auc­tions for an item you fancy, watch them all. Of­ten there’s a bidding war as the first ones fin­ish, and you can snap up one of the others for less.

Go for sold

Don’t make the mis­take of only watch­ing live auc­tions to see how much stuff sells for. Per­form a search, fil­ter it for sold items, and then sort by price or date. Now you can see how much that ZX Spec­trum you found in the loft re­ally is worth at the mo­ment – or how much a new one might cost you.

Keep your­self biddy

On a PC you might have sev­eral ebay win­dows open at once, pre­par­ing your­self for a last-sec­ond snipe-a-thon. On mo­bile it’s one at a time, so plan your at­tack. Bid close to the end of an auc­tion, as ever, but don’t mess around – just en­ter what you’d be happy to pay, and then add a few ex­tra pence to in­crease your chances over peo­ple who bid us­ing round num­bers.

Call on the search

If you’re look­ing for some­thing rare, re­fine your search us­ing fil­ters and then save it. These searches can be pe­rused at any time in the Saved tab. On An­droid, you can also tap Edit to quickly tog­gle email and phone no­ti­fi­ca­tions for when new items are listed.

Hit the post

Fortunately, ebay doesn’t for­get ship­ping costs dur­ing searches – when sort­ing by price, the app adds postage. Re­mem­ber this your­self when sell­ing, and don’t rely on ebay’s sug­gested costs: they’re of­ten wrong. In­vest in scales, and have a chart of courier prices handy.

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