Beginner’s Tips for Selling on eBay

As a member of the eBay Parent Panel, I had the pleasure of traveling to Orlando for the eBay on Location event earlier this month! It was great to meet so many of the awesome ambassadors, the PR team, and so many eBay employees and eBay sellers!


{Photo Credit: Tonja Deegan of Airfoil PR}

We had lots of fun, but did a lot of learning!! No, really, a lot!  In fact, I have over 20 pages of notes in my little notebook!!!

So, today, I thought we’d start with tips for the beginners, because that’s me too! ūüôā

First off, it’s really important to remember two things:

1. Anyone can sell on eBay! That’s the beauty of it–you can just get right in there & get started making some $$$$!

2. But, with that said, there is a definite learning curve to becoming a successful seller!

So, here are some great “beginner’s tips” to get you started:

  • Start small. For your first few items, try something you’re ok with not getting as much money for. So, start with items that aren’t a high dollar amount and don’t have a high emotional connection for you!
  • Do some research. eBay has a “Getting Started” page, plus an entire Seller Infor¬≠ma¬≠tion Cen¬≠ter on their site, which should definitely be your starting point. Make sure to review the seller policy pages to avoid making costly mistakes. Once you’re ready to list an item, check the eBay listings to see what similar items have recently sold for so that you price your item competitively!
  • Quality over quantity.¬† Don’t list too many items at first. Start with one or two items (maybe three at most), to learn the process & figure out how to optimize your listings.
  • Think like a buyer. If you’re not familiar with eBay at all, it might be best to start as a buyer. But, even if you’ve never purchased anything through eBay before, you can still apply your “buyer brain” to selling your items. What kinds of things are you drawn toward? What would you buy? What would make you more likely to buy an item (great pictures? low price? free shipping?)? Keep those things in mind as you make your listing.

So, are you ready to take the eBay seller plunge ?! If you want help doing your first listing, visit eBay’s “Creating Effective Listings” page or check out fellow eBay Parent Panel member Jill’s (aka Single Mom on a Budget) video on listing an item. (Click here for video)

What’s YOUR expe­ri­ence with eBay?

Are you new to eBay? What else would you like to¬†know? Or, are you a long-time seller with more tips? Either way, let us know in the comments! ūüôā

Dis­clo­sure: My par­tic­i­pa­tion as an eBay Par­ent Panel ambas­sador is a com­pen­sated posi­tion. Thus, my eBay-related posts are spon­sored by eBay. How­ever, as always, all opin­ions and expe­ri­ences are my own.

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