How (and What)

to Sell on eBay?

How (and What)

There are many places where you can sell products on the Internet. For example, you can build a website with the help of Shopify and start selling things on your own. In addition, you can create a social media profile and sell there. Finally, some people are using online marketplaces like eBay for this purpose. Keep in mind that you can also sell your products on multiple channels at once. With the help of useful tools like Shopify, you can automate this process. In this article, we will focus on the things you can sell on eBay.

Before you start an online business venture on eBay, we would like to share a few tips that can make this venture possible. First and foremost, you will need to create a seller account on this popular site. Visit the homepage of this online auction website and find the signup button. You have to register as a buyer first and after that, you can create a seller account too. This process is simple, fast and free.

Next, you will need a PayPal account in order to accept payments (unless you are planning on opening a merchant bank account, but you can still use PayPal). Needless to say, you must visit the homepage of PayPal and register. Start this process immediately because it will take some time (probably a few hours) to get your account verified. PayPal is the most popular payment method used by the majority of bidders on eBay.

Another thing that you should do during this process is to get a modern digital camera. Of course, you can also use your smartphone in case it’s new and has a powerful camera. Don’t forget that the photos you use will have an impact on the attractiveness of your listing. You are selling things online and your buyers can’t touch, smell or look at the product and that’s why they need high-quality images. Take some time and take photos from a few different angles. Take close-up photos too. Don’t try to hide anything because if the product is not in the same condition as it was advertised, your buyers will start returning your products.

Lastly, in case you want to manage your own inventory, you will have to find storage space. In addition, you will also need shipping materials, labels, tapes, boxes, etc. The good thing is that you can manage these things in a different way with the help of a shipping company.

Where to find products to sell on eBay?

In case you’ve never done this before and you are a brand new seller on eBay, you will probably find a few things in your home that are in good condition, but you don’t actually use them or need them. To be honest, selling things like this won’t make you a millionaire, but it’s a good start for those who want to find out how it looks like to be a seller on eBay. The best part is that selling products like this is completely free. So, take your camera/phone and list the items in order to get familiar with the process. Try to sell a few products in order to prepare for the real deal. Now let’s analyze some of the places where you can find good items to sell on this popular site.

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Retail stores

This is an obvious choice for every potential eBay seller. If you want to get the most from this source, you will have to follow the news and ads and look for places which are offering special discounts, clearance deals, closeout deals and more. Experienced sellers are investing in advance. For example, they are buying Easter decorations and other Easter-related products right after Easter when these products are on sale.

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Yard sales and thrift stores

These are some of the most popular options for new sellers on eBay. For example, you can use a thrift store to find great clothes. Keep in mind that if you opt for clothes, you will have to spend more time measuring them and checking their quality. Of course, you can expect literally all kinds of items when you are using thrift stores and yard sales. After some period of time, you will start figuring out what’s easy to sell and what’s not very popular. In addition, get prepared to invest upfront.

Local auctions

The next step involves the use of search engines like Google or Yahoo. The basic idea is to look for local public auctions close to you. The good thing is that you can find many of these auctions including self-storage auctions and police auctions. Needless to say, you will still have to pay upfront and make an investment, but with a good plan this investment will pay off multiple times.

Drop shipping wholesalers

Another popular option you have which is used by many eBay sellers is using drop shipping wholesalers. Wholesalers are businesses/individuals that buy items directly from the manufacturer, set their own price and resell to retailers. This is a very convenient process. You just have to choose a product (or products) from the wholesalers offer and offer it to your potential buyers. If someone buys a product, you will get paid and you can use the same money to purchase the item from the wholesaler. The good thing is that the shipping process is conducted by the wholesaler.

You can also use eBay

This might sound like a surprise for some users, but the fact is that you can make money by reselling products that you’ve bought on eBay. Obviously, we are not talking about regular goods, but mostly about art and collectibles. There are many people that need money or are unaware of the true value of the items they have. If you have the knowledge and information, you can buy and resell these things at a higher price.

With the help of this simple guide, you have learned the basics of selling on eBay. 

You may also want to know more about online selling in Australia: https://www.shopify.com.au/blog/ebay-sales-channel

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