What can I expect from an eBay posting?

United States
January 27, 2008 4:45pm CST
I just posted my first item on eBay, mostly to see how it works. What can I expect now? Anyone else have experience selling things on eBay? Any success stories?
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• United States
27 Jan 08
i have been buying and selling on ebay for years, and just like any other market it has its ups and downs. Last year was the first really good profit year, and when things slowed down I just stopped listing so I didnt lose all my profits. I have made a lot of changes over the years how I sell, it is a learn as you go process. For example I no longer will ship internationally the fees are so outrageous and paypal rules so strict it just isnt worth it anymore. I sell loose gemstones, jewelry made by myself, plus estate/vintage jewelry those are my main items. But I also will sell gently used kids toys, clothes, housewares and just about anything else in good used shape. Start your bidding as low as you can and still make a little money, keep your shipping fees reasonable and fair and be honest and you should get a good start. It doesnt hurt to get some feedback first so you might have to buy a few things first. Good luck and best wishes.
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• United States
27 Jan 08
Thanks. I'm a bit puzzled about calculating shipping. The calculator on the site makes it sound very expensive to ship even light items. That seems to me that items will sell for less because the postage is high. I suppose if I sold identical items I'd be able to figure the shipping easily. But I'm hoping to sell collectible and other things I have moved around with me for years and no longer have any desire to keep. And I sure don't want to have to take each one to the post office before posting it. Is that what I'll need to do? Argh.
• United States
28 Jan 08
well generally speaking collectibles. unless extremely large will fit in a flat rate box, which is 9.10 in usa, outside usa is extremely high. Plus you have to have it insured and make sure it is packaged for no breakage, or you will have to give refund and possible negative feedback. Insurance starts at 65 cents depending on value of the item. If you go to www.usps.com you will get a ton of info there, their site is not always accurate to your local post office though so just use it as a starting point. Make sure if people pay you with paypal that you have a delivery confirmation number or the buyer can say they never got the package and get their money back with no proof of ever not getting it. Delivery confirmation is not that expensive and it just saves you alot of headaches. Good luck
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• United States
28 Jan 08
I also have a store at ecrater which is 100 percent free, however it doesnt have the safe guards ebay has, and sales are very slow. You can check out my store at www.melissasawesomegems.ecrater.com to see what a store would look like, also their pictures are very small and hard to see items unless you have a high powered camera.
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• United States
28 Jan 08
I am also going to try and get my feet wet in the EBay sales experience. I enjoy crocheting afghans. I receive compliments on my work so I am going to try selling them. Good luck to you I hope you do well.
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• United States
29 Jan 08
Keep us posted on how you do! I crochet, too. But mine all go to Project Linus or our church craft bazaar. Good luck!
@coffeeshot (3786)
• Australia
28 Jan 08
I have dabbled in ebay selling over the last few years. To really make decent money, you have to be consistent, have heaps of stuff to sell, have a 100% feedback score and basically sell yourself eg presentation, photos etc. I think it's a great idea to get rid of things you don't need anymore, but to make a business out of it takes a lot of dedication and hard work.
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• United States
29 Jan 08
Yes. I'm thinking that I might be better off using local Craig's List and pricing reasonably, like a garage sale. Without having to add shipping the buyer may be more likely to purchase what I have to get rid of. They can just come pick it up. Have you ever used Craig's List?
• United States
28 Jan 08
I love seeing the bidding wars that go on when you sell something, you just sit back and watch as the price goes up and up. It really is a good feeling. If you find something that you can get for free or relatively cheap and is in high demand, you can really make a serious profit from eBay.
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• United States
29 Jan 08
Thanks. It seems to me that with the cost of shipping people aren't going to want to pay much for an item unless it is something really special. I'm really wondering if it is worth trying to sell small/inexpensive items.
• United States
28 Jan 08
I have also been buying and seeling on EBAY for several years. As far as selling an item goes... It's been my experience that if you are selling a popular item, you should research the finished auctions to see what day and more specifically, what time of day the items sold best. You want to get your item in front of those that are looking to purchase it. The more poeple watching and bidding, the better your chance for a "bidding war" and seeing your item exceed what you thought you would get for it. If you are selling an item that isn't a popular item, one that soemtimes sells and sometimes either gets from 0-2 bids...you might want to set the starting bid as close to the figure you want for it. So many times I have ended up selling something worth several dollars for the opening bid of .99. I probably would have still had someone bid on it for $3 or $4 dollars, but I tried to save some $$ on fees and ended up giving the item away (and after fees, making a few cents) I always recommend starting your items at the lowest price you'd feel okay about selling it for.
• United States
29 Jan 08
Good pointers. Thanks.
@toms65 (84)
• United States
27 Jan 08
Selling on Ebay is like most businesses. You have to sell what people want and be able to get it at a decent price to make money. Ebay/Paypal fees can eat into your profit margin so be careful what you sell. Do your research and you can make some $$. Good luck.
• United States
29 Jan 08
Thanks. How can I tell what sells and at what price? Don't they come off the site once they are sold? I just don't know my way around there yet, I guess. Thanks, again.