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Upping your Ebay sales
Tips for Buying and Selling at Auctions
Member Name: sharonmanc
Tips for Buying and Selling at Auctions
Date: 19/06/11, updated on 19/06/11 (59 review reads)
Advantages: A great way to declutter your unwanted items and make some extra pennies
Disadvantages: Items may not sell, can be time consuming
I have been selling on Ebay for a few years on and off and over the years have, through trial and error, learned a few things on what works best, this is what works for me, it might work for you too but there are no guarantees.
I do not list on ebay every week as I am just too busy, with work and looking after my 3 little ones, but i will list a lot of items at once, then if they dont sell re list them within a week or so, or wait for a free listing weekend to maximise my profits. Lately there have been a lot of free listing weekends, so when you get those emails from Ebay, don't just delete without reading first, as they will give you a heads up on when the next one might be so here goes
~Items in season sell well - because people will be looking for them, not super savy people like you and me, but those that leave everything to the last minute kind of people.
~Baby and children's items always sell well - this is anything from shoes clothes , toys nursery items, cots prams, baby gates
~Large bulky items - pick up only - I have sold a bed, sofa's, fridge freezer, things that people just tip - if you want to offer postage, do your research through royal mail but also courier services to offer a realistic rate of postage,otherwise you may find yourself out of pocket. Also offering postage obviously opens your sale up to a wider market too.
~ I have to mention this again, even if it is a small item, don't guesstimate, weight your item and put in a realistic postage price, other wise it will sell cheaply and then you will be stung by extra postage and then fees from ebay and paypal, and in some cases you end up be out of pocket. - I have learnt from experience. (Royal mail postage prices can be found here: http://sg.royalmail.com/portal/rm/PriceFinder?catI d=23500532&gear=pricingcalc)
~ Clothes sell well if you list them in bundles not as separates unless those clothes are designer, you generally get better interest and more bids if you say have clothes from the high street like Next, Debenhams, Gap etc. Especially if you bundle them together.
~List clothes in bundles of between 6 and 10-12 - no more as postage cost can be a killer
Weigh items to give you a rough idea of postage anything under 2kg is usually ok to go through royal mail anything over or of a large shape but under 2kg I send via courier usually My Hermes (www.myhermes.co.uk) - as they are very cheap some people have had problems with them but i never have. I then compare the cost with royal mail and see which would be the better option for me.
~If not sending an item by courier I only post second class mail and i state this in my listings, unless there is only a penny or so difference between second class and first class
~ When listing a smaller item always offer postage and local pick up, the majority of my items go for local pick up - which means i dont have to worry about postage etc.
~THINGS YOU WOULD NOT EXPECT PEOPLE TO BUY - SELL. I say this to people all the time and they think I am nuts, used makeup, 1/2 bottles of perfume, old light fittings, paving stones, nappy bins, money off coupons, the list is endless, one man's junk is another man's treasure.
~Always be honest with your listing and for this reason I have a no return policy
~ I never use a 99p starting price any more as i have often been disappointed when an item did not sell for the minimum i wanted it to, that is why I love free listing weekends, as there is not fee regardless what price you start your listing at, for this reason I always list my item with the lowest price I want for it
~I always leave my items running for 7 days minimum, it gets interest. If you want to be in with the best chance of having a bid, and selling well, list your item on a Thursday for 10 days, this way your item will be listed for 2 weekends, the majority of people view items at weekends, this is also recommended by Ebay themselves.
~ Be careful of the day and time you end a listing, I avoid saturday and thursday/Friday endings. And never end a listing at a school run time, alot of mums just like me are looking for bargains on ebay - so you loose out. I know I have not bid on something or been unable to competitivly bid as I was off on the school run or so busy I forgot
~ I have also bought items and got some good bargains when people have listed items at rediculous ending times because no one is around at those times to bid, so the opposite is true, if you want stuff to sell list it properly
~ I tend to end a listing between 6.45pm and 8.30pm and usually a sunday or monday night, most people are home at these times.
~ For packaging I use recycled packaging I have got from online shopping, black bags doubled up, and even the 10p bags for life they are so durable and strong they cut down on buying expensive parcel wrap - I also shop at the £1 shop for padded envelopes and also parcel bags they have multi packs of 6, 8 and 10 for you guessed it £1 and the best bit using parcel bags and bags for life means less postage as they weigh very little. I also add to my listing i use recycled packaging so the reduced cost is passed onto the buyer, and i state this in my listing.
~My items are usually things we no longer need, unwanted gifts, things given to me, competition wins I have no use for - the best being Beyonce concert tickets for £250.
I hope this is help full, this list is by no means exhaustive, but just some things i have found that work over for me.
Overall I think Ebay as an auction site, is a great way for anyone to up their income.
Summary: My tips, through trial and error, to upping your sales on Ebay