You can see my Ebay name and feedback in the graphic to the left. Almost all that feedback was obtained over a two year period where I was positively addicted to Ebay. I would go to garage sales every weekend and search for hours online to find good deals on items and then resell them. It was a fun hobby that made some decent money.
All of a sudden though, I burned out. I believe I shipped more than a package a day for those two years and getting boxes, packaging the items, emailing buyers, and taking things to the post office was no longer fun.
Selling things on Ebay is not hard and it is one of the most popular work at home jobs. In fact it should be kept as simple as possible. I am amazed whenever I talk to someone and find out that they don’t know how to sell on Ebay. Usually their excuse is they just “haven’t gotten around to it” or it is “too confusing to figure out how”.
The first first and only thing you need is a digital camera. You absolutely HAVE to take pictures of everything you sell (unless it is a CD, DVD or something that they have stock photos of in their database). Don’t even try to sell something without a picture because you won’t get much interest and you won’t get the price you deserve. Personally, I will never bid on an auction that does not have a picture.
The thing that scares many people are the auctions with the fancy templates and info about policies, shipping and handling, returns, and other things. These auctions are mostly put up by stores but many individual sellers use the templates also. I have never used a template and you do not need to use one either.
In my opinion, the elaborate templates that some sellers use are more confusing than helpful. I know they use them because they think it makes them look more “professional” but in the end it detracts from the item being sold and the important information that you as a buyer want to know.
My auctions have always been simple black and white text, the item clearly described, the shipping clearly defined, with good clear pictures. That’s it! In the description I try to answer any questions about the item’s condition that I would ask if I were the buyer. I try to make it as easy as possible for the viewer to see and understand what they are bidding on and my good feedback gives them a sense of security that I am reputable.
Many people don’t know that you can put as many big pictures in your auctions as you want for free. First, you need to host your pictures (upload them to the Internet) with a free picture hosting site (I use Photobucket.com). This is quite easy and there are many sites that are free.
Next, you will need to to add the pictures in the body of the auction listing section where you have the option of listing your ad in “standard” or “HTML”. You need to click the HTML tab and then ad your picture URL. You do this by adding this code: <IMG src=”your picture URL here”> and then substituting the URL of your picture in the code. You can list as many pictures as you want for free but Ebay doesn’t want you to know about that!
My rule is that the more expensive the item, the more pictures of it I may use. This makes sense as I figure the buyer of a $100 item is more concerned about the item and it’s condition than a buyer of a $10 item. The bigger the purchase the more information a buyer will want to make an informed decision.
If you are just starting out and have a low feedback number, you may want to start by selling some inexpensive items. People are more apt to take a risk and buy from someone who has little feedback if the item is not expensive. In other words, you do not want to start out by selling your car or expensive antique you got from Grandma. You want to wait and sell those when you have a track record that people can look at and trust.
In summary, all you need to be a successful seller on Ebay is a digital camera and honesty. Well, some good items that you can make money from doesn’t hurt either.