I really want to start selling some things on Ebay and Have No Idea how it Works

@dfinster (3537)
United States
March 10, 2008 9:37pm CST
I've asked quite a few peple about ebay becaue I wat to get selling and making some extra money for my own account. I have some reallty great things to put on there. I'm looking for an ebay expert here who wouldn't mind walking me through the stuff I needed to do to get set up and teach me to understand how it works. Lot sof my friends here have always come through for me and I really need some help for myself now because I have no idea how it works but have heard it works well for a lot of people. If you have been successful and wouldn't mind giving me some of your time Id really apreciate anything anyone can do to help. We need the money really bad and if I don't have some succes with this, I havent with other money making sites they were all scams too so I have a feeling I'll be donating plasma to pay for a few bills so we can make ends me. Thank you all in advance.~D
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@dizzblnd (3073)
• United States
11 Mar 08
If you want to make an actual profit... ebay is NOT the way to go. By the time you create the "perfect" listing, you have lost money even if you do make a sale. You are better off trying some other sites first. Loudfrog, ecrater and others are free
• Malaysia
11 Mar 08
how is the response to those sites? Are there many visitors and buyers? How about the creditability of those sites? I'm scared of scamming.
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@dizzblnd (3073)
• United States
11 Mar 08
for loudfrog, as with a lot of other sites, traffic is increasing more and more as sellers are tired of being sr3wed by ebay. Loudfroug is run by a husband and wife team as a hobby. It is free. The community forum is a good one, and if we know someone is scamming, we can freely post their store name. There is no way to to stop unscrupulous sellers 100%, but because we all try to look out for one another I feel it is a safe site. I have over 1100 visitors to my store now since I signed up a little over a month ago. There will be more traffic. Patience is required. Check it out.. list 1 or 2 things.. you have NOTHING to lose if your item does not sell
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@lilaclady (28245)
• Australia
11 Mar 08
I have just gotten back to selling on EBay, to help a friend get a little extra money from some old stuff he has, I think the secret is to study what does sell... if you have something you think will sell, go into the buy part of EBay and see if anything similar is up and to check if it has bids, you waste too much fees on things that just don't sell so i think it is better to just put the things where there is interest...if you have something and you are not really sure will sell don't put the extra photo up but put a better description on it then it is only going to cost approx, 25cents for the listing, that is worth the chance...I think collectables are the best things to sell as real collectors are passionate and will bid for things they really want.....EBay can be fun while you are selling but the fees on things you don't sell turns one off a bit....Good Luck my friend.
@dfinster (3537)
• United States
11 Mar 08
Thanks I don't think I quite understand what you mean do you meant the only cost to list something on there is 25 cents.
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@lilaclady (28245)
• Australia
11 Mar 08
it costs 25 cents to list anything, then extra for an extra photo and if you sell you also pay a small percentage to ebay but if you don't sell you only pay for the listing and extras so if you are not sure it is really a seller don't put the extra photo and will only cost 25cents if it doesn't sell
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• United States
16 Mar 08
I've sold lots of stuff on Ebay and it's not hard to do. Yes, it would be helpful to have a digital camera- I never look at listings that don't include a picture. Go to your local library and get a book on Ebay selling. I have the book "Ebay for Dummies" and it helped me a lot when I first started out. Here are some other tips: I personally do not accept personal checks. Only money orders or Paypal. If you do decide to accept a personal check, make sure it clears before you ship out the item and make sure you clearly state this to the buyer. Make sure your description of the item is good, and have brand name keywords in the title if possible. Most ebay buyers do very specific searches. If the item is new with tags, use the acronym "NWT" in your title or type out the word "NEW" Try to get a cheap postal scale and then you can print most of your postage online-- I never to the post office! Also you can get free priority mail boxes and Tyvek envelopes online at usps.com, but you must mail your items priority mail if you use them. If you have large items to sell, like furniture, you can sell on Ebay as a Local Pickup Only or try selling it on another site, like craigslist.com Also, research the Ebay website a bit. Check out what items similar to yours are selling for. You can do a search of Completed Listings to see what the final selling prices were. Hope this helps and good luck!
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@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
13 Mar 08
Learning to sell on Ebay isn't hard. Set up a PayPal account (you can get one at www.paypal.com), then set up an Ebay seller's account. Take pics of your items, make listings (be completely honest when describing your items) and that's it. When the item sells, you package it up and ship it out. If it's a glass item, insist on insurance. Store your Ebay items in one area of your home so you always know where they are. Don't lie in your listings and say the items are better than they are. Remember to price the items according to whether they are new or used. Have fun with it. !!HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY!! **AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~
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@Polly1 (12650)
• United States
11 Mar 08
I have done some selling on ebay. It can be lots of fun. You can also lose money too. You have to have a picture of your item, unless you can find the exact item and copy the picture. You have to make your auction, its very easy to do. Ebay teaches you all you need to know. There is also a forum on ebay where you can ask other sellers questions, they are very helpful. You need to go to ebay and start reading and cruising around the site and learn. Ebay tells you step by step how to set up the auction. As for the fees, you can have an inexpensive auction. You still have to pay the fees even if the item doesn't sell. You also have final value fees when the item sells. You have to decide about how much to charge for shipping and handling. You have starting price, do you want a reserve price, I know it sounds confusing, but once you do it, it really is easy. Start out with something small and simple. I have to be going to bed in just a few, I would be more then happy to help in any way I can. Just let me know. If you want I can even give you my email address and we can write that way, let me know. I will be back on later tomorrow. Good luck, you also can check on some of the other discussions here about ebay, you might learn something here.
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