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EBay: A Guide For Beginners On How To Sell
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Selling unwanted items on eBay is a great way to make a little bit of extra money but it can be very confusing. Before you start lugging all those things out of the attic, make sure that you know the very basics of how to sell on eBay for beginners. From creating your account to making that first sale, there are a number of things that you should know so that you can make the most money with your new hobby without spending out every cent on the shipping and handling.

How to Sell on eBay for Beginners: Creating an Account

The first step to selling on eBay, the step you must take before you can even list anything is to create a seller’s account. You register for the account, creating a username and password to protect yourself. In addition, you will have to create or link a paypal account to your eBay account so that your buyers can actually pay you. In some cases, you can link a credit card, but there are additional restrictions that you will have to comply with, including setting up a merchant account.

While it is free to set up an account to buy items on eBay, you will have sellers fees to pay with a number of options for handling these.

How to Sell on eBay for Beginners: What Your Feedback Score Really Means

The savvy eBay shopper looks at the number that appears beside your user name and decides whether they want to bid on your item and put their trust in you at all. The higher your number, the better your feedback has been up to that point. As a seller, it is important that you get a five star rating in every category because even a four can negatively impact your overall feedback rating. Establish communication with your customers and always keep those lines open so that you keep top ratings.

How to Sell on eBay for Beginners: Your First Listing

Whether you are selling handmade items, decorations that you don’t use any more or collectible sports items, your listing is very important. Unless you have a truly rare, one of a kind piece, you are going to be competing with thousands of people all with the same or similar items. Make yours stand out by starting with a great photo of the item. Better yet, start with several photos from every angle. Next, write the description that is included in the listing being as honest as possible. If there is damage of any kind, describe it, perhaps photograph it . If someone is looking at an item that is used, they are probably not looking for perfection, but they will want to be aware of any potential issues with the item before they choose to bid.

How to Sell on eBay for Beginners: Pricing Your Item

If you have an idea of what the value of your item is, you can include that in the pricing, however, do not expect that you will get that if you start your price at that amount. Look at similar listings to see what the price that is being asked is and then set your amount at a comparable rate. If you are lucky and it is a great item, the price will go much higher at auction.

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