Since earlier this year I have become a keen seller on eBay. The lovely Imy requested that I do a little post on how to shift items on eBay. Now I have had quite a successful last 6 months selling my unwanted or unused items on eBay and in the process I got rid of a lot of clutter! I have sold quite a lot of stuff, including most of my Radleys, my Michael Kors Hamilton tote, my filofax deco and some Boden clothes. I even got rid of 2 preloved LV handbags and a Mulberry handbag. I also sold all of my new Carbotti handbags. It has been a mostly pain free process. And it is actually not that difficult to do.
There are many free and detailed guides available on the internet so in this post I will basically give a summary of what I have done and what I have found most useful.
Remember it is extremely important to be open and honest. This will always be beneficial!
Here are the first five tips!
10. Make sure you have good feedback. No one is going to buy from you if you have a feedback score of 0. I would recommend buying some cheap items to build up your profile. Also you can start off by selling lower priced items before getting to that designer handbag. Buyers will need to trust you before they part with their cash.
9. Check out the prices at which other buyers are selling your item or similar items. Of course you can make adjustments for age, condition, whether gently used or well used. Price accordingly.
8. Create an honest description of your product. Do not lie about what you are selling as this is guaranteed to annoy buyers and will result in headache for you later on. If it is stained, has pen mark, or smells like a chimney stack, ADMIT IT in your description. Although this will affect the price you may get for it, DO NOT LIE. Lying is guaranteed to score you negative feedback at best and a dispute at worst. It is NOT WORTH IT. Also make sure you use proper grammar.
7. Take great pictures. For example if selling a handbag, make sure the bag is stuffed and not floppy. Take clear pictures of the inside, outside corners, handles etc. If you are selling a designer item you will also need to take clear pictures of certain features which show it is an authentic item and show the receipt. You can find guides for this on bag forum sites such as the purse forum. DH was my photographer and he was simply excellent!
6. Choose your start price. I am not a risk taker so I tended to set my start price as the minimum price I wanted for the product. Braver souls may put lower start prices. Or if you are a little less gutsy then set a reserve price although this will cost a bit extra on eBay.
Ok I will continue these tips in my next post. Do you sell on eBay? Please share.
And have a lovely day!