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10 Easy Steps to Selling at eBay
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10 Easy Steps to Selling at eBay
Chuck Eglinton - ChuckEgg.com
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Self-employed PC programmer since 1983
Self-employed web developer since 1997
Specialize in “Dynamic” websites (database
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eBay Power Seller since 1998
eBay Trained “Education Specialist”
Ebay Certified “Trading Assistant”
“10 Quick Steps” available at Audible.com
BidRobot.com has been mentioned in “eBay
for Dummies,” “Internet Auctions for
Dummies” and in Readers Digest.
10 Easy Steps to Selling at eBay
 Find out if your item is worth selling
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You’ll need a (free) eBay account
Click “Advanced Search” link
Type Keywords, Model, Item Description
Check “[X] completed listings”
Click the [Search] button
Refine Search using links in the left column
Only GREEN prices had winning bidders, disregard
other colors.
8. Emulate the auctions having the highest selling
prices
Tip: click “sell” then [Start Selling] use the “What’s it
worth?” textbox, click “Look It up.”
10 Easy Steps to Selling at eBay
 Find out if your item is worth selling
Hint: Check used item prices at Amazon.com, too
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Type Keywords, model, Item Description
Click “Go” button
Look for links: “Buy New, ?? New, ?? Used”
Click the “?? Used” link to see range of used prices
Amazon Items stay listed until purchased or for 60
days.
6. Easy to sell at Amazon after setting up a seller
account. Just click the “Sell Yours Here” button.
7. Your items stay listed at Amazon.com for 60 days
or until the item sells. Items are easily re-listed.
10 Easy Steps to Selling at eBay
 Create accounts at eBay and Paypal
1. At eBay.com, click the “Register” link
2. Complete and submit the form
3. Eventually you’ll need to provide a credit card
number to pay eBay insertion fees & commissions.
1. At PayPal.com, click the “Sign-Up” link
2. Complete and submit the form
3. Eventually you’ll need to provide a credit card
number and /or bank information so you can fund
your PayPal account and transfer balances to your
bank account.
PayPal.com is owned by eBay.com and is currently the only
way to accept payments from winning bidders.
10 Easy Steps to Selling at eBay
 Write a killer item description and title
Hint 1: Emulate descriptions & titles from the
best-selling eBay auctions (use Cut & Paste).
Hint 2: When selling Cameras, Electronics and
some other items, eBay allows you to select a
Brand, Product type, or Model and eBay
automatically adds a description from eBay’s
“Product Catalog.”
Hint 3: Use descriptions from item packaging,
from the manufacturer’s website, or from a
store site such as Amazon.com
10 Easy Steps to Selling at eBay
 Increase your item’s value with a
photo
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Many buyers are VISUAL searchers. They
won’t consider your item if it doesn’t have
a picture. A picture of the actual item
being sold, is best.
Images are important to attract buyers with
iPhones and mobile devices.
Borrowing manufacturer’s pictures is okay.
Borrowing other sellers pictures is not.
Right click almost any picture on a web-page
then select “Save Image As…” To save an
image to your computers.
Picture quality doesn’t have to be perfect only
adequate. Even a 2MB image from an old
camera is “adequate.”
10 Easy Steps to Selling at eBay
 Research the best time and place to launch
your auction
• Best: Ending Sunday evening, about 9pm EST
• 2nd best: Ending Saturday evening, about 9pm
(as established by 10 years of BidRobot logs)
• Similar to Google search results: Want to get your
eBay listing on “front page” of eBay when the most
potential bidders are surfing at eBay.
• Some exceptions exist: Golf Clubs sell okay on
Friday Afternoon, Children’s clothes sell okay on
weekday mid-mornings.
• Consider “seasonality” You’ll likely have low selling
prices if you sell golf clubs in February or Christmas
items in July.
10 Easy Steps to Selling at eBay
 Breeze through eBay's “Sell your
Item” screens
• Click the “Sell” link at the top of the page.
• Click the “Start Selling” button
• Follow the on-screen prompts: Select a
Category, Create Listing, Review Listing.
• Some product descriptions will be automatically
provided by eBay if you supply a UPC number.
• eBay’s listing fees will be displayed before you
submit your listing.
10 Easy Steps to Selling at eBay
 Be ready to answer questions from
prospective bidders (by eMail)
• An answered question could mean more bids
and higher ending sale prices.
• “Old Fishing Lure Brings $31,857.50” Original title:
"Old Wooden Bronze/Orange Fishing Lure," but four
days after posting, the bids had reached into the
thousands of dollars, and the seller amended the
auction description to report, "according to the
information we have received, it is a very rare Heddon
wooden lure."
10 Easy Steps to Selling at eBay
 Get paid when the auction ends
• Buyers send money to your Paypal account via
ebay.
• Do not ship the item until the funds have
cleared your PayPal account.
10 Easy Steps to Selling at eBay
 Move the item from your door to theirs
• EASIER with integrated PayPal “Multiorder shipping.”
• Choose UPS or US Postal Service.
• Type package dimensions, weight.
• Choose level of shipping service (ground, media
mail, parcel post, etc).
• Pay shipping through your PayPal account, print
a pre-paid label with your home computer.
• “Jump the line” at UPS or Post Office
10 Easy Steps to Selling at eBay
 Build the eBay community by leaving
feedback
• Wait a few days until after the auction item has been
received and has been inspected - Post your feedback
only after you’re sure that everyone is completely
satisfied with the transaction.
• Click the “My eBay” link, then review the “Summary”
column for feedback reminders.
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Find out if your item is worth selling
Create accounts at eBay and Paypal
Write a killer item description and title
Increase your item’s value with a
photo
Research the best time and place to
launch your auction
Breeze through eBay's “Add your
Item” screen
Be ready to answer questions from
prospective bidders (by eMail)
Get paid when the auction ends
Move the item from your door to theirs
Build the eBay community by leaving
feedback
10 Easy Steps to Selling at eBay
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