A Quick Message
Before we get started I just wanted to mention that one of my readers emailed recently saying she was having problems leaving comments. She wrote…
…I have no difficulty getting your current post but when I go to the comments my system freezes. Just went back to try one of the postings in the archives and the same thing happened…
If anyone else is having difficulties please let me know and I will get my tech guy on to it. I would hate to think that my readers have something great to share but can’t get through. Please contact me through my contact page if you are having similar difficulties.
Today, while the procedure is fresh in my mind, I just wanted to share with you the steps I take when listing items on eBay. The whole process goes a lot more smoothly if you have a system to follow before you begin. I will also share any extra tips I can think of that will help with the process.
The System I Follow
- I choose the items I intend to list, being realistic about whether it is worth the effort. I don’t see the point in listing anything under five dollars although I am trialling a 99c (fee free) starting price with one of the items I have recently listed. Personally I don’t feel it is worth the effort or the listing fee if you aren’t likely to make at least $5 on the deal. Even then I wouldn’t bother if I didn’t have numerous items to list at the same time.
- Make sure the items are in good order and condition and that all the parts are pressent. Make any repairs or clean-ups required to get them up to selling condition. You don’t want to ruin your seller reputation by delivering poor quality items.
- While you are carrying out the above step write down a description of each item. Size, colour, condition, items included, volage, capacity, materials constructed from etc etc. This all depends on the item/s involved of course. Tip: The more information you give the less emails you will receive asking for more details on the item.
- With all this information in mind decide on a starting price and add that to the notes about each item. Tip: Check out the listing fee in relation to the starting price. A $20.00 starting price will cost you a fee of 75c while a $19.99 will only cost a fee of 50c. Needless to say the more profit you make the better so save where you can on fees.
- Weight each item so as to make it easy to calculate the transport cost when listing the item. Measure the items if necessary to estimate the size of the overall package. Once again add this to your notes about each item so the information is all there when you begin the listing process. Tip: I try to use all recycled materials to post my items once again minimising my costs therefore increasing my profit margin.
- Photograph each item. Some will require multiple photos while others will only require one good shot. Tip: Best to overdo it here than take too few pics as each picture will take some time to set up, some more than others. It is easier to eliminate shots than have to drag everything out and do it all over again.
- Download your photos and do any editing required to make them the best they can be to sell you items. Tip: Don’t forget to minimise the kilobyte size of you photos as this will make them quicker to upload.
- Sign in to eBay and get started listing.
- Take your time and carefully work your way through the Create Your Listing template, being sure not to miss any details. You can save templates as you go along so listing similar items is simplified.
- I always preview each listing before hitting the list button to make sure I have all the details correct. It is too late to realise you underestimated the postage cost once someone has placed a bid on an item although changes can be made if no bid has been placed.
From here on it is just a matter of waiting to see how the auction unfolds. I have to confess that I can’t help myself but check on how my auctions a doing several times a day once they are underway. It is a bit like gambling really except that you haven’t got much to loose except a small listing fee.
Next week when my current auctions are over I will run you through the checkout and posting process. Hopefully I will be able to brag to you about how well my auctions went. What doesn’t sell will be going to charity, either way I will be glad to have it all leave my house.
Today’s Declutter Item
These Christmas crackers have been lingering in my kitchen cupboards since before we returned to Australia if they haven’t been used yet then they are probably never going to be so off to the thrift store they go. Now if I can just figure out where the thrift store went I will take another load of donations there. 😕
Something I Am Grateful For Today
I was grateful to have the car today as I had some errands to run and that was much to accomplish with a convenient mode of transport. I just hope it doesn’t rain on my husband on his journey home from work on his motorbike.