Do you run an eBay business and want to increase your sales on eBay and move products fast? If YES, here are 50 eBay selling tips & tricks for beginners in 2020.
Quite a lot of items in your home which you no longer use can be worth a lot of money if you decide to put them up for sale on the right platform. But in order to do this you would need to know where and how to sell them off. If you are in search of a side hustle or you have some items lying around that you would like to sell for cash, then eBay may just be the platform for you.
The famous auction site, eBay has brought a lot of changes in the way we sell our goods (both wanted and unwanted). You do not have to sell from your car booth again when you can sell them right from the comfort of your home, thanks to the internet.
Also, on eBay, there is always a customer that is willing to buy whatever you have to sell. From mobile phones, game consoles, fur coats, cooking utensils to Legos.
EBay is an online market place that brings buyers and sellers together to trade on almost anything. The website which was launched in 1995 by Pierre Omidyar has over 170 million users today with 25 million of them being sellers.
Increasing the volume of your sale on eBay may sound simple enough in theory, but in reality, it takes a combination of business acumen, psychology among other skills to achieve it. Whether you are a seasoned seller or you are still new to eBay, here are 50 tips and tricks that can help to boost your sales and business on the platform.
- Always be honest
People are a lot more willing to buy items that are not new or in perfect condition as long as you are upfront and honest with them. If it has any flaws, you should take a picture of it and include it in the description so that they will check it out for themselves.
The last thing you want is to spend your money to ship the item and then when they receive it they will send a message saying that this isn’t what you described. You should bear in mind that the buyer can ask for their money back if the item appears to be different from what was listed on the website.
You should also take you time to examine any item that you want to sell on eBay. You may be enthusiastic to start right away with selling anything that you can get your hands on, but if you sell a defective item or an item that is missing some crucial parts, you will get bad reviews and ratings which could end your selling career faster than you can imagine.
- Build your profile first before selling
Lot of would be sellers think that opening an account and commencing sales right away is the way to go on eBay, but this is not the best strategy. It is most advisable to be a buyer first so that other users of the website can see that you have an eBay history. You can just purchase a few cheap items to get started, pay promptly and then drop a feedback. After you have built up your eBay presence and have got good buyer ratings, you can then proceed to choosing a username.
Your username is basically the name of your mini business so choose a name that is professional. Usernames like Slaydivalicious will probably not instill trust of your brand in a lot of buyers. You should go for a username that is simple yet professional. You can go for a variant of your name or a name that is related to what you want to sell. The latter option has an additional advantage of making you easier to find in eBay search.
- Count the cost of selling on eBay before you start
Before you start making sales, it is best that you try to work out how much an item is worth and how much cost you will incur in selling it. It is normal to want to make sizable profit, but there are additional costs that are unique to eBay that you have to consider when selling on the platform.
Here are some eBay seller costs to consider:
- The first 20 items you list is free of charge, however after that you will be charged an “insertion fee” per item.
- Added extras like listing in two categories or having more than one photo per listing attracts additional charges.
- eBay takes 10 percent of the total sales.
- If the sale is made via PayPal, it will attract a fee per transaction and will take an additional 3.4 percent of the total sales price.
From the above instances, it is clear that it is not simply a case of posting items online and waiting for the money to roll in. You will have to know the right price to charge in order to sell at a profitable rate
- Start bids low to catch the eyes of bargain hunters
As tempting as it may be to list your items high initially, it is advisable to start you bids at a low price as it will get you better sales in the long run. Low starting bids allow your goods to attract the attention of a lot more people and will further help to encourage a competitive bid as the item reaches its last days of bidding. This tip should however be disregarded if the item you are listing is a niche product that only an avid collector will search for.
In addition, eBay allows you to add a “minimum price” if you are worried that the end bid may be low. With the minimum price option, the item will not be sold unless it reaches a minimum amount set by you.
- Take engaging photos of the item you intend to sell
Research has shown that items that are listed with pictures are ten…