Tips For Selling On eBay

We all are feeling the pinch of Christmas still and if you’re like me you have no room for all the new toys. This year we have decided that we need to declutter a lot. We plan on moving house in the summer. We do not want to have to transport everything. So we have been selling items on eBay for a few months with a lot of success I think in the last couple of months . We have made over £100. Just selling items which we no longer require and we are thankful for a little bit more space. Today I thought I would share with you a few of the things which I have been doing in order to enhance my sales and making more money.

Pictures

Make sure that you have good pictures. For me, I use my camera a lot of the time rather than my phone. This may not be possible for some of you.  I know because not many people have a nice camera. I try and use natural light because it always makes the colour of the item look true. Using flash can change the colour of items which is not something you want.  I make sure that I have several pictures of the item.  If there is any marks on the item make sure you state this and try and show a picture of them. People may still want your item as they may be able to get the mark out. Just because you are purchasing an item of eBay does not mean that the buyers standards slip considerably.

Times Item End

Make sure that your items do not finish at a silly time. The number of times I have seen people with items ending in the middle of the night . When not many people will be browsing eBay. Another time which I would avoid is Sunday mornings. This is when I have been picking up items cheap for Jess. Again this must be because people are not online. I make sure that my items end on a night I list between 8-10pm on a night.  This is a time when people are looking online as I seem a spate of late bids sometimes. If your browsing eBay there is a chance that some other person will be and they could be looking for your type of items. Ebay have admitted that Sunday nights are more popular and more likely to have more sales.

Reasonable Postage Costs

If you put your postage prices too high this can put people off from bidding.  I know for sure if these items are listed too high I will not purchase them.  Previously I have seen it where the items have been more expensive with postage than it would purchase the item brand new in the stores.  I make sure the maximum which I charge for postage is £3.20 for second class.  If I am unsure how much to charge I make sure I got the maximum amount it can cost me.

This is to make sure that I am not out of pocket. You may want to think about doing combine postage if a buyer purchases a number of your items. This may make people purchase more because effectively they are saving money on the postage. I do this and have had more sales as a result of this. I think the most I have had through doing combine postage and they bought a bundle of 28 items.

Descriptions

If there is a mark on your item state it because otherwise people will leave you poor feedback. This is something which can affect people purchasing of you in the future. Selling a small fitting item state this as I listed a cropped jumper recently. I wish I had added the measurements because I had a number of people message me for the dimensions of the jumper.  The more information you give the fewer people will message you asking questions.

I also put on the bottom of the descriptions  that I have other I am having a huge clearout . This might make more people check out your other items. After all this is something which you want because this could lead to more sales.

Leave Feedback 

I have found that if I leave feedback for people they are more likely to leave me feedback in return.  The more feedback which you have the more likely it is that someone will purchase from you.  If people know that you are a good seller they will be tempted to purchase from you. I now have around 900 rating as have noticed that more people are purchasing from me since I have been rated higher. I know we all start with low ratings but slowly been nice and a good seller pays off don’t forget you can even get rated for purchasing items.

Start reasonable

Start with the lowest you would want something to sell for. Don’t forget the amount may increase if you have it in an auction anyway. I have had it where items I have put on for £7.50 have risen to as much as £24. Selling at a reasonable price helps increase the likelihood of a sale occurring. eBay now also puts a suggested starting price on items as well as a suggested buy it now price. This is all based on the sales of the item in the past and currently, it is something which I have used and had items which I wouldn’t have listed so high.

Sell season appropriate

For example at the moment I have items on which are suitable as gifts for Mother’s Day. I try and sell children’s clothing which Jess has grown out of all year long and have found even in December people are purchasing swimming costumes because you cannot get them in the shops. Please may still be going on holiday or wanting to take a trip to the pool. I would recommend putting fancy dress on for children soon as world book at approaches you are likely to sell these.

These are all my tips for now on selling on eBay do you have any others let me know in the comments.

Charlotte xxx

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