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Selling On Ebay – Don’t Be Intimidated

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 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.

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    thanks for the post… I held in there until I hit the shooting star at 10,000 before I couldn’t take it any more. We all burn out now and then 🙂

    Scott on October 18th, 2007
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    Good job with the 10,000. I can’t wrap that many packages and stay sane.

    DayJobNuker on October 18th, 2007
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    Good post here on Ebay. The ability to print postage and shipping labels now makes shipping even easier, however I can see how burnout would come easily from this. Another great use for the camera, should you be shipping a “big ticket” item out, make sure to take pics of how it is shipped. It could save you later should someone claim the item was damaged en route! Learned that the hard way 🙂

    Gather for Money on October 18th, 2007
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    You are an E-Bay Veteran! Yea having pictures of your products is really important since there is no other way to perceive how something looks without pictures.

    david on October 18th, 2007
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    Nice article… I have er slightly stolen one of yours for this site – feel free to have a look around and help yourself to anything on here. Hopefully you might find something useful…

    cheers on October 19th, 2007
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    You certainly have tons of experience with eBay. You are an encouragement to me who has been dragging my feet about venturing into eBay to make some money

    leslie on October 19th, 2007
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    Thank you for sharing all the usefull information found on this site. I have been working on this eBay thing for the last 5 months trying to figure out the right formula…the magic formula to a Power Seller (PS). There is one and I’will get it. what I have learned so far

    •Find a dropshipper to test your product before you commit to a large inventory.
    •Start with small items that are easy to pack and ship. For examples, I have been successful selling pocket knives.
    •Avoid selling electronic items unless you have thousands of dollars to spend on inventory. This market is already saturated.
    •Automation is the key to your successful eBay business. Still working on this one…
    •Brand yourself from the get go and build yourself around your business. This is the only way you can differentiate yourself from other sellers selling the same Swiss Army Knife.
    •Customer Service is a big one. Sending follow-up emails personalizing the transaction.
    •Don’t get cut up on pricing your item cheaper then other sellers hopping to get a sell. This is the most challenging concept to grasp on eBay (for me); I have found that items will sell for a higher price regardless of what other sellers price is.
    •Have fun!!!

    Sakana on October 20th, 2007
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    I got burned out also on it last year, just in time for the price increase. I’m writing some occasional articles on what I learned too.

    On the template thing you mentioned, I agree that someone should stay away from that unless they’re skilled at e-commerce web site design and take the time to learn how to work within the eBay limitations. Even then, the KISS principle strongly applies.

    Frank C on October 21st, 2007
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    I’ve used ebay to buy interesting odds and ends but have never bothered selling anything. Every once in a while I want to get rid of something and think “I should put that on ebay”. Then I find a friend or co-worker who would want it and just give it to them.

    El Yanqui on October 21st, 2007
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    El, you have to buckle down and just do it. It may be hard to start but once you have a few successes it may become fun.

    DayJobNuker on October 22nd, 2007
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    Nice one. I hadn’t thought you could use images for free in the way you suggest. Time to re-enter the eBay fray I think!


    Jim on October 22nd, 2007
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    Many people think you get one small picture for free and have to pay for the rest. That is what Ebay wants you to think so they can make more money. It is true you can put the pictures in the “body” of your auctions and have bigger pictures and as many as you want.

    DayJobNuker on October 22nd, 2007