How to maximise your eBay sales

In this post I hope to give you some of the tips I’ve picked up along the way to maximise your eBay sales. If you have been following along my organisation series, you might have already started to declutter your home. Maybe you now how a box of items that you would like to sell, but you don’t know where to begin.

The tips in this post are relevant to eBay although you might find some of them suitable for other selling sites too. I can’t comment on other sites as I haven’t personally used them. I have been selling on eBay for eight years and have earnt so much money through doing so. I’ve been able to put that money towards new clothes, summer holidays as well as my savings.

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To help you maximise your eBay sales, here is what I’d recommend you do…

eBay Bundles & Joblots

Group cheaper or stained items together in a bundle. They always say one persons junk is another’s treasure and you will be so surprised at what people are willing to buy. I had some old dolls clothes from my childhood that were stained which I grouped together. They ended up selling for about £5 which was much better than me just throwing them away.

eBay Listing Offers

Always try to take advantage of any offers for listings eBay might have. Sometimes they are open to everyone and other times you receive personal offers in your inbox. These really maximise the profit you make from your items.

Research Other Sellers

Before you list an item, have a look and see if anyone else is selling something similar. You want to see what their starting price is because you want to be competitive with them. You can also see what other information they include within the listing, which will make the process for you a lot quicker.

Use Keywords

Like with writing a blog, you want to include relevant keywords in your title. Buyers will search for type, brand and size so you need to make sure you include this in your title. Using relevant keywords will ensure that your listing appears higher up the search page.

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Use Good Quality Photos

One of my pet hates when it comes to eBay is when the photo used in the listing isn’t clear. People will be less likely to bid on your item if they can’t actually see what condition it is in. You need to make sure that your photos are bright and clear, adding any extra photos of any flaws to your listing.

End Listing On Sundays

When listing an item, you want to think about when it is ending. If it ends at 3am on a Tuesday morning, there aren’t realistically going to be many people awake to bid. Sunday evenings are the most popular time for people bidding on items and so you want to try to end your listings then. eBay even have a scheduling tool so that you can get your listing ready to upload it at a certain time.

Sell Internationally

eBay have an international selling service which makes its really easy. By using this option, you can reach so many more people yet there is no hassle and will definitely maximise your eBay sales. You simply send the purchased item to an eBay centre (given to you at the time of payment), which is then sent on internationally to the relevant address. The whole process is tracked so that both you and the buyer know exactly where the item is to.

Use Tracked Postage

Make sure that you use a tracked postal service with all items. Unfortunately, like with most things in life, there are scammers that use eBay. If you send through a normal service, there isn’t much you can do if a buyer says they haven’t received an item. I always use a signed for delivery and upload the tracking information to the despatch section for the buyer. It automatically updates and I get an email to confirm when it has been delivered. Since doing this, I haven’t had any issues with scammers and I think its because the tracked postage deters them.

I hope these tips have helped you. When selling on eBay, we all want to get the best price possible for our items. By following these tips, you will be sure to be maximising your eBay sales and can treat yourself to something you really want.

Other posts you might enjoy:

How to declutter your home

How to keep your home organised

Organising your life using the Tody app

37 thoughts on “How to maximise your eBay sales

  1. Very eye-opening. I’ve never really thought about how much work selling on ebay requires. Thank you for sharing ~Peshy xx

  2. This was a very interesting read! I never sold anything on ebay because I thought that were far too many thing to consider, but this answered most of my questions! Thanks for sharing x

  3. I’m really interested in starting ebay to sell my pre-loved goods but I had no idea just how much goes into it. This is really helpful, thank you!


  4. I used to sell lots of stuff on eBay (even some old garden balustrades!) but I’m kicking myself about not using keywords, DOH! Nor did I know about eBay’s international selling centre, so that’s really helpful too, thank you, Kelly!

  5. Hi I’ve been selling on ebay since 2001 and now do it as a business. It has ups and downs but is far easier than Amazon who are a pain in the neck to sell on. It used to be that sunday was the best day to end an auction but I find that isn’t the case now. I just say anyday but after 9pm.
    I don’t do auctions as I find people want their item quicker and only do buy it now’s. Auctions are great for rare items, but if you are prepared to sell at 99p and start it off at that, then sometimes they only end at that price or you don’t even get a bid.
    I use promotional listings, set it about 1% as it bumps it further up the listings, but then I think that might only be for buy it now’s.
    I’ve joined Vinted last week and had my first sale on there, they don’t take any commission so it’s good that you get the whole amount. xx

  6. With an Ebay clear-out coming up it is really good to see some tips that get me back in the mood to do it. One tip I have always suggested to people is to absorb the cost of the postage and start your item off with the cost included. People will like that the postage is ‘free’ but you also cover yourself if it goes cheap. Thanks for writing!

  7. Very interesting to consider, thanks for sharing. After building an extension this year, we’ve unearthed a lot of things that are no longer used, so eBay should be a nice way to unload them

  8. I love this, thank you! I’ve got a couple of boxes of things that I really need to shift but I’ve never used Ebay before (shocker, I know!). Never really known where to start but this definitely gives a few pointers – thanks!

  9. Hi Kelly. Some very useful tips there, thank you. That last one about using the ‘tracked’ service is absolutely vital – I know a number of people who have posted items only to be subsequently faced with a ‘I haven’t received it’ message. Obviously they couldn’t prove anything but in each case they strongly suspected that the individuals had, in fact, received the parcels. Its sad that there are people like that out there but, as you advise, they can be deterred by using a ‘tracked’ service.

  10. My dad has successfully sold on Ebay and researching what something is worth before listing is so important! Putting your item out there at exactly the right price point with clear pictures and a good item description is crucial to making sales.
    Love that you have been selling your unwanted or unneeded things rather than junking them. 🙂

  11. These are really helpful points! I just did a big clear out of my clothes and starting putting a few items on eBay but have never used it before so this post will definitely come in handy! X

  12. These are some great tips! I have never tried selling things on eBay before, but I have been considering it… I have quite a few things here around the house that I would have sold in a garage sale/yard sale type set up if it weren’t for the current pandemic and all the restrictions that come with it. Selling online may be the best solution!

  13. This is great advice, I have been a big ebay fan for a long time but have been burnt a few times recently as a buyer. I never think to use it to sell but I really should. thanks for the advice x x

  14. Brilliant post with really great tips! My dad used eBay a lot and in the beginning it took him ages to come to grips with it, people will find this super helpful!

  15. Great tips. I haven’t sold on eBay for a few years now, but can’t believe that I didn’t even consider key words when I was selling stuff! The next time I decide to sell on eBay I’ll definitely be using them to helps me sell.

  16. Excellent advice for newbie eBay sellers! I sold a few items years ago on eBay and had no idea what I was doing. Not sure if I’ll use it again to get rid of a few things, but if I do I’ll definitely use these tips. 🙂

  17. I think I’ve maybe only sold one thing on eBay over the years? I have a ton of old home decor to sell right now since I renovated my office, so I might have to use your tips and try eBay now!

  18. Thank you for the tips! I have always been scared to sell on eBay because I was afraid it was too much work and I would end up spending more money on postage than I could make on the item, lol. I definitely have a lot of junk that might be a treasure for someone else! Maybe I will give it a try. 🙂

  19. Thank you Kelly, I really appreciate your efforts you have put on in this. The tips you have shared are inspiring and full of information. Worth Sharing

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