Tips for selling on Ebay and Craigslist
October 23, 2011 9:48pm CST
Does anyone have any good tips for selling on these sites? I have sold things on Craigslist but sometimes it seems like I just can't sell things. I always include pictures of my items and I feel that my prices are quite low. So what else can I do to get my items to sell? I really want some of these items out of my house and I need the money too. Help!
• United States
1 Nov 11
Everyone wants to sell the latest consumer product on ebay, but the truth is there is a lot of competition from established sellers and even big online companies that have special deals with eBay. The best item to sell on eBay is something used or a very specialized (niche) product that few others are selling. You can buy virtually anything used: clothing, books, computers, DVDs, Stereo equipment, and so on. If you are going to sell new goods, make sure you can buy them cheaply enough to sell and make a profit. One source is the closeout and liquidation companies that sell overstocks and seasonal items returned by department stores. Here is a link to a Free Wholesale Search Engine. I also offer an inexpensive product called My Top 99 Wholesale Sources for eBay Sellers. This is a great place to find good wholesale sources that will work with eBay sellers. These are not perfect or complete resources—they are just a place to start. Be a little careful with the Wholesale Search Engine. It is a search engine and I can't control what shows up there. So just because a company comes up in a search that doesn't mean I endorse it. Become an authority on what you do in your online auction business. It doesn’t matter if you sell fishing lures, ink cartridges or collectible glass -- you want to be thought of before anyone else. When you become an authority in your field, a whole new universe of business and opportunity is opened up to you. I buy certain types of things on eBay from the same sellers over and over. I wouldn't dare do business with anyone else, not when they have proven themselves and their product. And to sell in Craigslist Determine Your Craigslist Price. For anything but cars, I usually look at similar items selling in my city and price my stuff lower since it will sell faster and get it out of my home. I sold a 10 gallon fish tank with all the extras in less than 24 hours for $125. The buyer said that she liked my pictures and the fact my tank and setup was $25 cheaper than the others she saw Clean the Item. Nobody wants a dirty new thing for their home. It doesn’t have to be sparkling new, but make sure it doesn’t look gross and too used. Write a Full Description and Include Pictures for Craigslist. You don’t have to write out the life story of an object, but the better the details, the faster it sells