Top Tips for eBay Sellers

Top Tips for eBay Sellers

eBay continues to prove a popular platform for people to make some extra money by selling their old things. But it has also proven to be popular for people selling crafts and even running a small mail order business. It is one of the most popular platforms due to the auction functionality that means you could get much more for your item than you originally thought. But there are some things that you should bear in mind when selling anything on eBay to make the most out of it. Our blog guide provides some top tips for eBay sellers to get the most out of your venture.

Understanding the Costs

No matter whether you are looking to sell unwanted items from around your home or you plan on making it more long term, you will need to take into account the costs. Although costs on eBay are fairly low, if you don’t take them into account then you can be losing profit on each sale. The first charge to be aware of is the percentage eBay take from the final fee. eBay takes 10% of the final selling fee, which includes delivery. There are also some additional costs on listings as follows:

  • You can list 20 items per month free of charge, but if you plan on selling a larger amount then you will be charged 35p per item as an ‘insertion fee’
  • If you plan on using PayPal, there is a 20p charge along with the additional 3.4% fee from PayPal themselves
  • There are also costs for using additional features on your eBay listing, such as a 50p charge for using a “buy it now” price

Take Time on Your Profile and Listings

It might seem like a quick way to make a few extra quid, but eBay has grown massively and has become a competitive marketplace. This means that it’s likely somebody else is selling a similar product to you already, so you need to make sure you take time on your profile and listings. You should make sure that you have a professional sounding account with a slogan that clearly explains what you plan to sell. Making sure that you spend time adding enough description on your items and also leaving a way for people to contact you is also important. These factors are reassuring for people buying online, and it means they are more likely to trust you and buy from you repeatedly.

Plan Your Listing

You should also make sure that you plan out your listings to give yourself the best chance of selling. It is important to check your competition before you list your item, as you will need to make sure you are listing at a competitive price. Make sure that you also plan the time that you are going to list if you are going through the auction, as this can have a massive impact. Take a look at the time the auction will be finishing and aim to have it finish during the evening. It can also be a good idea to list items towards the end of the month as this will be close to most people’s payday.

After the Sale

It doesn’t end there either, and you should make sure you plan for after your item has been sold. When you post the item, make sure you go for an option where your package is tracked. This means you can be sure when the person has received and signed for your package. Make sure that you also follow up the sale with an email asking for feedback. It is important to your account to have good feedback, as this will make people more likely to buy from you.

By following these top tips you will become an eBay pro seller in no time at all. No matter whether you are looking to clear some space in your home and make some extra cash, or looking to sell items more regularly, these tips will help you make the most out of it.

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