These days many people are turning to eBay to get rid of items; however there’s a big difference between listing items for sale and selling them effectively. Here are some tips about how to do the latter.
Pick Your Listing Time With Care
At all costs avoid listing items on Friday or Saturday nights. If there are two times in the week when people are not likely to be using eBay these are the ones. Even though people can pre-bid or bid from their phones, you are much less likely to get those last-minute bidding battles.
The advantages or otherwise of using eBay’s frequent free-listing weekend are debatable. The problem with them is that this is when people pile on to eBay to list their items so it’s when you’ll get most competition. If there’s an item you really want to get a minimum price for and won’t sell otherwise, this can be the time to do it, but it can be better just to list a £0.99 and let the bidding do the work.
Make Sure Titles And Photos Are Clear
Titles should mention the most important point first and then the following points in descending order of importance. Avoid using the cheap trick of NOT as in NOT Apple etc.
Photos should at the very least be clear. There is no excuse for some of the appalling photos found on eBay. If you want to use more photos than eBay lets you use for free, just link to an external website. Photos should show all the relevant details on a product including any damage which should also be mentioned in the text. This is particularly important if you have hosted photos on an external website as it has been known for buyers to raise disputes if they haven’t read the description properly.
Only Use eBay For Items You Just Want To Get Rid Off
This is a bit of a contentious one; however generally speaking if there’s a dispute between a buyer and a seller, the chances are the buyer will win. Most eBay buyers are honest, but there are scammers out there. If you have an item you genuinely believe has significant value, whether it’s an antique or a designer handbag, then you may find it better to sell it through other means, such as an on-site auction or to a trader. Depending on the method you choose, it may fetch a lower price, but the price is guaranteed.
If, on the other hand, you mainly want to get items out of the house and getting some money for them is a bonus, eBay should be just fine.
Offer Postage Or Delivery On Bulky Items
Buyers look for bargains but they also look for convenience. If you’re selling bulky items like furniture look into self drive van hire, London and other metropolitan areas have a wealth of choices and offer a delivery option. You’d be surprised how many buyers will pay for the convenience and the greater interest should hopefully push up the price.
The author is currently having a major clear out of her house and so is learning a lot about how eBay works. She’s having to fit this in between her work as a freelance writer and translator and taking her dog for lots of long walks. She also enjoys photography.