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Using eBay to sell unwanted bits and pieces is a great way to clear up the clutter as well as making some extra cash on the side.
Discover how to make money on eBay by reading our special guide.
One man’s junk is another man’s treasure, so even if you think some of the things you’ve got lying around are useless, think again!
eBay is the perfect place to put your possessions up for sale – and you could make a lot of money on it.
Even if they’re broken, you can potentially still sell them. If you put the word ‘broken’ into eBay you can see all sorts of items for sale including job lots of broken costume jewellery, broken crockery ‘for craft’, broken guitars, broken laptops and phones ‘for parts’ and more.
Even half-used bottles of perfume sell, particularly if they’re posh perfume. Same with part-used pots of posh creams and cosmetics. Oh, and you can even make money selling your old toilet rolls! Don’t discount anything until you’ve tried it: you could make a lot of money on eBay.
You might be thinking: can I make money through eBay? And the answer is yes. You can make money on eBay with all sorts of items. Big, small even broken stuff can sell.
eBay has an app you can download which makes it really quick and easy to sell. You just take the photos with your phone then upload them through the app, add in the description and price and it’s all done.
It’s free to register – but you will have to pay fees for your listings when you start selling (and then make money through eBay).
After you’re registered as a seller, you could take a look around to see what’s already for sell and how others make money on eBay.
Put up more than one photo if at all possible and try and make the photos as attractive as possible.
Ideally take them in good light, on a plain background – or a background that makes the item look really good.
Having strong photos can work wonders on your final sale price.
Think about whether your item needs more than one angle – if you’re selling clothes or appliances, for example. Doing this will increase your chances of people bidding.
If you’re selling clothes, try to wear them for at least one picture. Or if you have a dresser’s dummy, put them on that.
As well as taking photos of all the good elements about the item, you should also take pictures of any flaws so that the buyer can work out whether it’s worth their while bidding on it. Having several clear photographs is also a good way of protecting yourself if a buyer claims the item was misrepresented. It also makes it more likely to sell – so you can make money from eBay.
Once you’ve registered you can start posting items and you can make money on eBay. But, before you do, this is where you’re going to need to consider what kind of listing you want as different listing incur different fees.
The final things to decide on are payment and postage.
Remember: just because something seems too large, impractical, or expensive to ship, it doesn’t mean you can’t sell it. Simply offer the “collection in person” option – this means that the buyer and seller can find a convenient time for the item to be picked up. Buyers are usually willing to travel if the bargain is good enough and it give you the option of settling payment cash-in-hand.
You can also accept cheques or postal orders to maximize the amount of potential buyers, but these methods take longer and are generally unpopular.
What you’re going to charge for postage doesn’t have to reflect what it’s really going to cost you – but cheaper postage will encourage people to bid on your items, so before you post your listing, get down to your Post Office and work out how much it will cost to send in the UK.
Remember to check how much international postage will cost if you don’t mind selling to international buyers.
Once the listing has ended and you’ve got a buyer, you’ll both receive confirmation through your eBay account.
Never post an item if you haven’t received payment. If they’re paying by cheque this means waiting until the cheque has cleared and the money is in your account.
You’ll then get an invoice from eBay for your final value fees. Your fees will then be deducted from your account no sooner than 15 days after you received an invoice.
Alternatively you can make one-time payments via direct debit, credit card, or with a cheque or postal order (although the latter is tedious and more expensive). Any account balance over £1 requires payment in full each month. If you don’t pay after reminders and warnings, eBay will freeze your account and then send the bailiffs in.
If you don’t sell the item then you won’t have any final value fees to pay and you can relist your item for free (as long as it sells the second time – then you’ll get the second relisting fee refunded).
Once the transaction is complete and you have made money on eBay, your buyer will leave feedback that will have an impact on your feedback score, so it’s up to you to make sure it’s all positive. Buyers will leave you a 1-5 star detailed seller rating on item description, communication, dispatch speed, and fairness of shipping charges.
Remember: if you establish yourself as highly-rated seller, you’ll be all the more likely to attract new customers and ensure loyalty from those who have bought from you in the past.
Are you an expert eBay seller? OR Are you new to the world of online selling? Either way share your thoughts, tips and comment below this article to help others.