How to make money on eBay
We have shown you how to join and sell unwanted goods on eBay but how can you make sure you get the best possible prices and make the most money?
BN: Brand new.
BNWT: Brand new with tags.
BNIB: Brand new in box.
BIN: Buy it now.
GC: Very good condition.
NWOT: New without tags.
NWOB: New without box.
HTF: Hard to find.
NR: No reserve.
Make sure you choose a spot with good natural light when you take your picture, and try to capture the item from helpful angles that really showcase it.
Our top tip is to avoid auctions that end at times where no-one will be up and about such as 4am. Often is the case that bidders will prefer to bid in the last few minutes of a listing hoping others won't have time to bid back. According to eBay the busiest buying times on eBay is Sunday evenings - so aim to end your auction then! If you are not ending your auction on Sunday, aim for days where most people will be in.
Think about seasonal trends. Your shearling aviator jacket will sell better in the colder months rather than in the heat of the summer. So, start selling at the right time of the year!
Also, think about the length of time you want to sell. Go for 10-day auctions to ensure the maximum number of bids.
4. Build your profile
Before selling anything on eBay we recommend that you buy from the site first to get an insight into how the site works. It will also give you a chance to build up your feedback rating. There are few buyers who will do business with sellers who do not have feedback.
5. How much is too much?
Setting you price too high will discourage buyers but setting is too low might also mean you risk selling at a knock-down price.
6. Don't undervalue postage
It's easy to take a guess at how much it will cost to post out goods, only to find you've got it wrong. Make sure postage is correct, don't get caught out and have to pay out of your own pocket.
7. Go global to attract more buyers
Selling your listings to overseas buyers will boost your potential bidders. You can either sell to overseas bidders through eBay UK or list your auction on that country's eBay site. Think about what you are selling and the potential postage costs you might have to pay. For example, you don't want to list a heavy air-conditioner to bidders abroad as your postage costs might outweigh any gains for the buyer.
8. Set up a bank account just for eBay
Consider setting up a bank account specifically for paying your eBay earnings into - that way you'll see the cash pile up, rather than it just disappearing into your current account.
9. Stick to the eBay rules and regulations
Be aware of descriptions and make sure you describe the item you have listed correctly. For example, if you are selling an iPhone 7 and the device isn't working and you are selling it for its parts make sure you clarify that in your title or description. Make it clear to the buyer what they are buying.
Also, steer away from selling counterfeit goods on eBay. If you have bought a bag with a Mulberry logo and this is not a real or genuine product of Mulberry do not sell it on eBay.
10. Be a safe eBayer
Make sure that you get all the money that you deserve. Using PayPal means that both seller and buyer can flag up concerns and PayPal can get help with disputes. Never send goods without receiving cleared payment – you could sell an item for a fantastic price but it’s no good if you never receive the money!
Top Tip for when your listing ends:
- Get a proof of delivery - To qualify for eBay's seller protection, you need 'online documentation from a postal company' that has 'delivered' status, the date of delivery and the buyer's address. For items valued at over £750, you'll also need signature confirmation.
- Think about the packaging you want to use - maybe you can add a business card or a gift tag
- Now that you have used eBay you can explore other auctions sites such as ebid