EBay is one simple and quick way to make some extra cash on the side. All you need is a few items to sell and a couple of spare hours a day to get started. Most of your old and unwanted items at home have a value and all you need to do is get selling them.
I have put together a few pointers to help you get started on your eBay journey.
Where to start
It’s best to start off small and learn the ropes before taking off into bigger projects. Don’t jump straight into selling you need to build up your eBay profile first, or potential customers will be suspicious of you. It’s important to have at least 10 or more feedbacks, so start as a buyer and buy some cheap items and get a good feedback profile.
You also need to sign up for a PayPal account if you don’t already have one. PayPal is free to use and is eBay’s recommended payment method.
Now that you have set up your PayPal and eBay accounts you need to figure out what to sell. Start with your wardrobe. If you are anything like me, you probably have quite a few forgotten pieces lurking in the back that you have never worn or never plan to wear.
When it comes to listing your items keywords are key and be extra careful of spelling errors. Take your time with the product description and be honest. Make sure to add plenty of information to your listing such as colour, size, material and brand. If you want to list multiple items, you can use eBay’s turbo lister.
Use as many high-quality pictures as you can. Make sure you have good natural light and if there are any extra components to the items such as a shoe box etc make sure to capture and add those as well.
When it comes to setting the price do a bit of research first. Think about how much it cost to buy new and look at what others are selling the item for and come up with a fair price that will induce interest and bids.
When you have sold the item you will need to source packaging. You can buy envelopes or boxes in bulk from local discount stores or online on Amazon or EBay. Make sure to wrap up the item carefully and send it the customer promptly to ensure positive feedback.
For smaller items like clothes and DVDs you can simply use your local post services for the best price, however for larger items, you can use delivery comparison websites like Shiply for free quotes from couriers who can carry large and bulky items.