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.
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.
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.
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.
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.