How? Process?

@webeishere (36377)
United States
December 2, 2008 10:06am CST
I have been thinking about selling some items online. Mainly I am leaning towards using EBay. I have no idea as to the process in this matter of selling etc. Do I have to have an account? DO I have to pay to place an ad on EBay? Any tips/suggestions for this endeavor of mine? Any of you that have sold here please fill me in on the process please? HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@cher913 (25895)
• Canada
2 Dec 08
ebay is not the cheapest place to sell stuff but it is the most popular. i have sold some stuff on ebay since the summer and what i would suggest to you is to go to your local library and get out some books on ebay selling. they will give you a few point of views and probably help you get a handle on what you have to do. yes, you have to have an account and yes, it costs money to put an add on ebay :-(
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@webeishere (36377)
• United States
2 Dec 08
How much does it usually cost to list a sales item then? Does it cost to have an account at all? HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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• United States
3 Dec 08
Grandpa, it does not cost to open an account and you do not have to give any of your banking information until you decide to sell.. You can register with ebay to do certain things like look up an item to see if it is selling, look up items to see how much they have sold for and other things like that, but if and when you decide to sell, you have to register a bank account or a charge card.. Unless ebay has changed it, it doesn't cost anything to have an account.. You can have an account to use just to buy items and if you just buy on ebay, you don't have to pay a fee to ebay..
@carmelanirel (21108)
• United States
2 Dec 08
Why didn't I think of starting a discussion like this..I had worked for a neighbor whose son sells on e-bay quite often, but it was confusing when he told me how it was done, so I am going to save this discussion and learn myself, thanks for posting ....
• United States
2 Dec 08
I read through the replies and so far it doesn't look promising does it..:( Oh well, maybe I can sell some other way, like it might be cheaper though less read is the newspaper classifieds..
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@webeishere (36377)
• United States
2 Dec 08
No problem at all. So far it seems the only way it would be beneficial is if I had MANY items to sell actually. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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2 Dec 08
Hi GRANDPA BOB, I have never used e-bay but I think as long as you have an account with paypal its ok to use it but I am not sure of the rest. Tamara
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@tyc415 (5706)
• United States
2 Dec 08
Sorry I can't help you out. I have bought from ebay many times but never sold. Just wanted to tell you to let me know if or when you do set up to sell so I can check it out.
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@jessi0887 (2794)
• United States
2 Dec 08
I hate ebay. I no longer sell there anymore. Yes you have to have an account. Yes you have to pay even if your item does not sell. Yes its pricy to list. The mistake I made was they state you don't pay listing fee's until the item sells. I think they changed it without me knowing. I listed to many at a time. My monthly bill came in and I contacted them.
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@webeishere (36377)
• United States
2 Dec 08
So did they resolve this issue with you then after you contacted themk? HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@eaforeman6 (8983)
• United States
2 Dec 08
Grandpa, I tried Ebay and I dont like it as much as Craigs list. I think Craigs list is easier , wont cost you and is very simple to use. I have been looking at it because I am thinking about selling some of the items that I make. I make purses and other things.
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@webeishere (36377)
• United States
2 Dec 08
I just want a really wide, varied sales base. Not just loal either is the problem. I don't know if I'll try this ebay. Sounds too detailed and costly so far. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@BarBaraPrz (18013)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
2 Dec 08
Forgot to mention that you can list in several areas with kijiji, not just your own back yard so to speak.
@klaudine (3653)
• Indonesia
2 Dec 08
Hello Grandpa Bob. I have never put my product in the e-bay list, because I didn't have paypal account at that time. But I have seen the process a little and I hope I could help you with this. To put our products in the list, we have to pay as much as $0.1 per products (with one photo). If we want to put more photos, it would cost us more. Then you would have to set the payment and the shipping method you would like to have. You can do that by selecting options there. For example, you would like to accept payment from paypal only, and you would send it by airmail or express mail and it would cost $$ for the buyer. I hope you would be successful with the online trading, Grandpa.
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@hildas (3031)
2 Dec 08
My whole family use Ebay to sell things on. Yes! You need to go and open an account there and fill out all the information. Yes! You can take photographs and a brief desciption of the items you are selling. You are best to put a small reserve on some items. Yes! They take pay pal. My Mother uses Ebay to sell antiques on. If she can sell there. Anyone can. They take a small percentage of what you sell your item for. It is not that expensive really. Oh yes always allow extra for you to post and pack and mail yout item to people Bob. Sometimes this can be expensive so allow an extra $10 for this. Go on Ebay and look how it works. This will help you also.
@hildas (3031)
2 Dec 08
If you need help PM me. My husband is an expert and so is my brother at selling on Ebay. Take care Bob.
@hildas (3031)
2 Dec 08
There is a listing fee, I usually figure this to be about $1.00 if you use a couple of photos. But this is also based on how much you are selling the item for. Then if the item sells there is a percentage of the sale. You pay the listing fee whether the item sells or not.
@fasttalker (2798)
• United States
3 Dec 08
I have been selling on ebay for a long time. Here is what I did. 1. Set up a paypal account (free but you will need to provide your bank information)) 2. Set up an ebay account (free) 3. List your item. Your listing fee depends on how much you start your item for as to what the listing fee will be. I always start mine at $.99 with one picture of the item. This will cost you $0.15 unless you catch a $0.10 special that they run all the time. The more pictures you add the higher the fee. And the more the starting price is the higher your fee. When you list it will tell you what each thing cost to list. I use none of them. My listings are very generic! LOL If you sell an item that you want to get a certain price from you can add a reserve price and it cannot sell for below that price. Here is a little secret to ebay. Don't tell anyone! LOL Set you up a diferent account (like under your wife's name) on ebay. It's free and use it for bidding only no paypal account needed. Use that account to bid the item up to the price you want from it and save the listing fees. Now I have revealed my secrets! LOL I love selling on ebay and I do pretty good. The problem I have is coming up with items to sell. During the summer I hit garage sales and estate sales and resell items on ebay. Also Craigslist is a good place to find items to sell. After you get into it and learn some of the ropes you can actually buy items right off of ebay and resell them. But that is an advanced course I will share with you after you get your feet wet! LOL Good Luck. Let me know if you need any pointers!
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@callarse1 (4794)
• United States
5 Dec 08
Uh oh, actually that's a "no no". You're not supposed to try to "raise" the bidding with another person's account. Actually that could backfire because 1) if eBay finds out they will suspend your account, and 2) if you over bid & no one out bids you then you can't sell the item now can you? Pablo
@katsmeow1213 (28982)
• United States
2 Dec 08
E-bay has recently made things a bit more difficult for sellers. If your e-bay account is newer, they will hold your payments for 30 days if you use paypal for your selling. You can request check or money order, but I think e-bay now requires at least 1 form of electronic payment, like paypal. They've also set limitations on shipping costs, at least in some categories. I've sold a few things on there over the course of the past few years, but I won't be anymore. Try Craigslist. It's a free online classified site.
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@webeishere (36377)
• United States
2 Dec 08
Thanks. Seems so far with the esponses etc here I won't be using EBay either. I may end up going local with Craigslist. I wanted a wider audience but I don't want to pay for that. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@Debs_place (10551)
• United States
5 Dec 08
Have you considered Craigslist? My understanding is there are no fees, we go there a lot, it is local, you can see what you are buying and you can pick it up...so postage. It might be better for you then ebay.
@camomom (7537)
• United States
5 Dec 08
I have no idea either. I've been wondering these things myself. When you find out will you please pass along the info?
@Barbietre (1442)
• United States
3 Dec 08
After I closed my Bridal shop, I sold all my inventory on Ebay. I still sell there once in awhile. But it has changed over the years and it is making "garage sale" type listing a thing of the past. However there are no other no BIG auction sites that gets as many lookers. And with Craigslist, you have to deal directly with the buyer, a much riskier situation, no middleman to settle disputes and you will have people coming to your home to pick up. You already have paypal account, so that is step one. Then you need to sign up for an Ebay account. They have free tutorial right on the site. I used to tutor people on how to sell, but their new system is a little different now.
@Paula1966 (1102)
• United States
3 Dec 08
Hi Grandpa, My husband sells quite a bit on eBay. You pay a listing fee, and a final value fee. If your item doesn't sell, you can relist for "FREE" - meaning if the relist sells, they refund the original listing fee. PayPal is the only way people are allowed to pay on eBay now, according to hubby. I used to take care of all the listings, but I told him since it is his endeavor he needed to take it over. So I am not as "UP" on what all the current policies are. Some people act as listing agents on eBay - think of it kind of like placing something on consignment at a thrift store. Depending on the value of what you are selling, that might be an option. Unless, of course, you intend for this to be an ongoing endeavor, in which case that might not work well for you in terms of what you would be paying the listing agent. Something my husband did for a friend of his is list his items on our account until the friend got the feel for how his stuff would sell on eBay, and now he does his own postings. I knew he gave my husband a little money for this, so I would liken it to the consignment set-up. Now, I haven't tried it yet, but I know some people are fanatical about CRAIGSLIST. It MIGHT be free to post on there, I'm not certain, but it might be worth checking out. Let us know how things work out with your endeavor. :)
@jillhill (37354)
• United States
2 Dec 08
I have sold a few things on ebay. but I would suggest that you go to the site and read their instructions....they can change...it's been about two months or more since I sold anything...and I have listed things that didn't sell either. I had a store on ebay for two years and never sold a thing!