Selling on Ebay

Canada
March 8, 2008 11:16pm CST
Can anyone tell or help me with ebay. How do you sell stuff? Do they come and pick up what i want to sell. Anyways im not completely sure here. Your help would be appreachated.
6 responses
@WC1989 (595)
• United States
9 Mar 08
Ebay itself doens't do anything except let you host sales. If you're having an auction (which if you're starting out, you are) who ever wins the auction is in charge of paying you. You will then ship the item to the winner's address. That is why when you make a listing there is a shipping section. You can put in the countries you ship to, the services you put up, and how much you want. That way the buyer will pay for the shipping. Then once you're paid and you've shipped the item, you leave a [positive] feedback. If you're not paid, you contact them, and if they don't answer you go to Ebay's Dispute Console. (BTW, you should wait a week for payment. 2-3 if you want a check/money order) Every month ebay will charge you fees. Those are fees to host items and % fees when the item sells. Obviously try to sell stuff people would care about. YOu wouldn't want to pay for a listing fee and then not have any profit because no one bought your item. If you sell handmade items, you may want to try Elsy instead (I THINK that's the name)
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@SweetTrix (1071)
• United States
9 Mar 08
Since the first poster gave you the basic info about ebay then I am going to suggest Craigslist. Don't get me wrong ebay is good but if you want people to pick the items up then you might want to try Craigslist since it is free to list your item and you can even list it in your local area. I have sold and bought a lot of stuff on Craigslist, I just always set up a time and place that works for both of us and have them pay in cash. I only accept cash since I am meeting them in person so it would make more since than them giving me a check. My fiance sells on eBay and makes a pretty good profit, but sometimes the fees can get kinda high. You have to pay a listing fee, paypal fees, and final value fees as well. Also I would like to add something to the first poster about the shipping thing. If you plan on charging $3.99 for shipping and it only costs $1.25 to ship then you should put Shipping and Handling otherwise the buyer can complain that the shipping was higher than what it actually costs. if you add the handling part then they can't say anything or give you a negative feedback for that. •¤•Good Luck•¤•
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• Canada
9 Mar 08
Thanks, for shippingi picked the one where ebay comes and get it from my place. Its easier than mailing the item.
@SweetTrix (1071)
• United States
9 Mar 08
Well actually eBay doesn't come and pick it up from your house, the buyer does, Sorry if you got confused by that. If you do local pickup eBay might be a waste of fees unless it is something worth lot, otherwise you might pay listing fees and it never sells because it is only local pickup. Hope that clears it up some.
@alcazar (762)
• India
2 Jun 08
You can buy and sell almost everything with ebay...the best way is to first list your items on it...and it will be auctioned as soon as they get the product and as being an intermedieatory they will charge you something...but you have to give it only when your product sells....thats as simple as it is...
@nanajanet (4436)
• United States
2 Jun 08
If you want a lot of help, you can PM me and I will give you my email and help. I have been an ebayer for years!!!! Also, they have a forum where you can read a lot (and you should). I have been selling a lot of stuff on Craig's List, too, and no seller's fees.
• United States
10 Mar 08
Usually, you mail the item to the winning bidder once they have paid for it. You are able to charge a seperate amount for shipping, regardless of how much your item sells for. If you list it as a "local pick-up" only people who live nearby are going to bid on it (ebay does not pick up or ship anything for you; either you ship it at the post office, or the winning bidder comes to your house ot pick it up), so you would be better off listing your item on craigslist or the local paper if you don't want to ship it. I would really recommend reading the FAQ on ebay's website and buying a couple things off of ebay before you try to sell something, so you can understand the process. Also, people will be leery of buying something from you if you have no feedback.
• Malaysia
9 Mar 08
There is a very comprehensive tutorial on how to start selling. To summarise: 1. Register an user account, and verified it using your paypal premier/business account. 2. List item, include description, photo and postage method. Check out nearby courier service in your area and their postage time and rates. 3. Confirm listing, check every now and then if your item is sold. If sold, wrap your parcel and post it out.