Hello again, savvy savers! A new day, a new daily challenge, as part of our No-Spend Month Challenge!
Did you know that according to Forbes magazine, the average American has over $3,500.00 worth of liquidate, unused belongings, per person, per home? In my personal experience this figure may in fact be on the low end of savings. So as a part of this months October #31DayLWSZ No-Spend Challenge,and with out week of purposed cleaning projects behind us, many of us have bags upon bags of unused clothing, toys, books, collectibles, and the like ready to be sold, stored, and donated. So, with this in mind I want to devote the rest of this week I will be focusing on selling the items we cleared out of our home last week. Today I want to focus on eBay sales!
So why eBay?
- eBay is a popular shopping website where individuals and businesses can buy and sell new and second-hand items.
- eBay is essentially a massive marketplace, which offers seller tools and features that make it easier for you to feature your brand, as well as sell non-standard items.
- You don’t have to have a brick-and-mortar store. Nobody visits eBay searching for a particular store. But they may be searching for – and discover – your products. Products they may not have discovered otherwise, or that they may have purchased from a competitor.
- eBay offers everyday individuals a chance to win repeat business through excellent service and fulfillment; this is especially the case if you’re selling products in a category that encourages frequent, repeated purchases such as hobby supplies or fishing gear.
- a computer with an internet connection
- a credit or debit card.
- Go to the eBay website.
- You can only buy or sell on eBay if you’re registered, so if you don’t have an account, now is the time to create one. If you’re new to eBay, click register above the eBay logo.
- If you’re already registered, click Sign in, enter your user ID, then your password, and you will be logged in; you can then skip to Step 5.
- To register, you’ll need to fill out details such as your name, email address and chosen password.
- Click the blue Submit button at the bottom of the screen.
- A confirmation email will be mailed to you.
- Check for this email.
- Click Continue if you are happy to proceed, within the email prompts.
- You will be taken back to the eBay homepage.
- Click on Sell at the top of the screen, and a ‘Update your information’ page will open.
- Complete your address information and click Continue.
- You will now be taken to a new page where you can start to list your item for sale.
- Type the name of the item you want to sell in the box provided and click Get started.
- A new page will open with step-by-step instructions on how to create your listing, including how to give your item a clear, specific title and how to upload a photo.
- It will also show you how much money it will cost to list your item; these fees will be added to your sellers account, payable monthly.
- Once you’ve filled in all the details for your listing, click List with displayed fees at the bottom of the screen.
- A new page will open. Here you’ll see how your listing will look before it’s posted on eBay.
- Click Continue if you’re happy with the way it looks.
- Click Edit listing if you want to make any changes.
- A new page will open asking you for extra information. Click Continue.
- Review your account information, check the box and click Continue if it is correct.
- eBay will then verify your information.
- You will then be asked to verify your phone number. Click the Call me now button and an automated service will call to give you your PIN. Once you have this, enter it into the PIN field and click Continue.
- You will then need to log back in.
- When you sell items on eBay, the website charges a small fee. You now need to choose how you will pay any fees. Select the payment type you wish to use; credit card or paypal, and continue.
- If you chose to pay via PayPal, you will now need to agree to the PayPal user agreement. When you have read it, click I agree.
- A new page will open giving you the chance to review your listing again.
- Your item is now posted!
A few tips:
- Start with no more than 10 items; this will lessen your chance of any listings being reviewed by bots.
- Click Track your listing in My eBay to see if anyone is bidding for or buying your item.
- You can also click My eBay at the top of the screen at any time to look at these details.
- Potential buyers may ask you questions about your item via email, so answer them promptly to ensure you get good feedback later.
- You may receive haggle offers, but you are not forced to accept any offer.
When an item sells:
- When your item is sold, you’ll receive an email from eBay.
- Go back to ‘My eBay’ and click Sold.
- There you’ll see the name of your item as well as the price it sold for.
- Click Send payment details to send your buyer an invoice, which PayPal prepares automatically if you’re using that method of payment.
- Once the payment has been received, you’ll receive an email from PayPal.
- Go to the PayPal website and enter your email address and password to log in to your PayPal account.
- Always promptly mail parcels, as soon as possible.
- Always mail items with SIGNATURE CONFIRMATION delivery options; this avoid people charging back offers for non-receipt of items, once you’ve mailed a parcel.
- Always offer a “no-refund” policy, except if an item is grossly misrepresented, and list items as no-shipping refunds, no return refunds, too; this prevents mailing scam issues.
- Always list shipping tracking numbers on both eBay and Paypay.
So, that’s it. That’s how to successfully sell on eBay! So, naturally… today I challenge you to:
- Crate an eBay/Paypal account.
- List 10 items.
- Have fun selling!
So, be sure to check back tonight for a recap of today’s challenge!
Here’s to saving,