Anyone here who can tutor me on how to use EBay?
December 30, 2011 8:35am CST
I have several health products and I want to sell on Ebay as well as at other sites. I don't have a credit card. How can I possibly sell products online without a credit card payment system? How much is the delivery cost if it is to be sent abroad? Is #25 too big for shipment fee? I would appreciate your help.
30 Dec 11
eBay rules vary from country to country. It is better to directly have a look at your local eBay website. A credit card is not required to sell on eBay, you can accept payments in your Paypal account. But, Paypal needs a credit card to verify your account. I would highly recommend you avoid shipping international. Again, rules are different in different countries. Especially with health products they might just get stuck forever at the customs clearance of your customer's country. Plus they are really expensive. You can use inexpensive international post, but customs still will get a bite out of it.
31 Dec 11
You don't need a credit card, you just need a PayPal account which is linked to your bank account. Personally, my credit rating's so bad I'm not even allowed a chequebook - I just have a basic bank account but that's good enough for PayPal. Once you've got your PayPal account sorted out, selling on Ebay's generally pretty easy. Just start by listing one product and you'll find the site takes you through the process in a logical manner. Don't forget to use a digital camera to take a picture of your product to upload to the listing. You need to decide in advance whether to go for an auction style listing or a fixed price. You also need to know before listing what your postage is going to be. The way I do it is to put the product in its packaging without sealing it, weigh it on an ordinary kitchen scales, then check the Post Office website for the correct postage, both domestic and foreign. IN THIS ORDER I list the postage as follows: Second Class domestic, First Class domestic, Surface Mail international, Air Mail international, and British Forces Post Office. The reason I list the postage rates in that order is so that the cheapest rate will show up when people are searching for price + postage. I live in Britain and calculate the international rates based on the postage to America (the most likely foreign destination for the stuff I sell). By the way, your shipping rates shouldn't just cover the price of the stamps, but also the packaging and a bit of a margin for error. Talking of packaging, this can potentially be a major expense. I've found that I can buy packaging in bulk on Ebay for a lot cheaper than you can get them in the shops. And don't forget to ask your friends and family to save any padded envelopes, bubble wrap etc that they receive and give it to you to help you along. One last tip: At the top of the Ebay screen you should find a tab marked "community". This will lead you to the users' forums, which are full of all kinds of useful information. Hope this helps, and good luck.
1 Jan 12
Hi Citizen_Stuart. Your comment indeed help me with the information that I needed. I'll consider all your inputs in pricing. Wish me luck that I'll be successful with this endeavor. I hope not to be tied anymore in a regular job. I want to enter into business and the book I am reading suggested that I try buy and sell or online selling. Have a great day!!!
• Cambridge, England
30 Dec 11
You should use PayPal for payment. It offers some security to both seller and buyer and was created by eBay for just that purpose. Even people who don't have PayPal can use it to pay by credit/debit card. To calculate cost of shipping, you can weigh your product, add about 500g for the weight of packing and check with your postal service for the actual shipping cost, making sure to include any charges for tracking. You should then allow yourself a reasonable amount for the cost of the packing materials and the time spent packing and taking the package to the post office. Don't forget that you may have to complete a Customs Declaration if you are shipping overseas. The post office should be able to help you with this.
• United States
30 Dec 11
Read the faqs on Ebay. I don't sell by credit card either. I sell through paypal. All you need is an active checking account. paypal will verify your checking account deposit two small amounts in your checking acct to make sure it goes through. when it has you contact paypal and insert what they did and you are approved. Everyone uses paypal its intervened with ebay. Also once you get your account you can use it through your checking account to make purchases. Check out www.ETSY.com for the type of product you are selling too. I was going to use them but I can't make enough product for ebay and another site. If you have other questions add me as friend and message me I will help all I can with you.