How to Sell Your Stuff on eBay

Here’s how to dive right in to selling your unwanted items on eBay.

By Reader's Digest Editors

Determine what to sell
Used furniture, computers, and other big and bulky items are better sold locally as they may be difficult—and expensive—to ship!

Set a fair price
Once you’ve registered on eBay and logged in, check the “completed listings” section to see the final selling prices of goods similar to yours. This will help you set the starting price for your item.

Make shipping costs reasonable
Be fair when setting shipping and handling costs. Once you’ve signed up for eBay, you can access the site’s free shipping calculator, which estimates USPS and UPS shipping costs based on the size and weight of a packaged item. You can also get an extra boost in search results ranking and sales if you provide free shipping.

Take photos
Snap multiple digital pictures of the item, including its packaging. If the item is collectible, photograph any signatures, watermarks, or seals.

Describe the item
Write a very detailed description of the item, including information such as serial numbers, manufacturer, country of origin, condition, and frequency of use. The more details you can provide, the more likely the item will sell—and the more money buyers will pay. Create bold section headlines and bulleted lists. And be sure the item title includes keywords that buyers will search for—and that those words are spelled correctly.

Communicate
Respond quickly to any questions from potential buyers. Once your item has sold, leave feedback for the buyer so he or she will do the same for you.

Ship from home
Gas is expensive. Save yourself a trip to the post office by ordering shipping supplies online from USPS or UPS. You can schedule a carrier pick-up right from your home for free from USPS or for a small fee with UPS. Pay for shipping and print shipping labels for UPS and USPS right from your desktop in “My eBay” or with PayPal using your home printer.

Sources: Denverpost.com, eBay.com

  • Your Comments

    • W.Morgan

      Get free boxes when you can! The USPS gives free prioity boxes, or if your item is too large just try finding free boxes eleswhere!
      Everything you do cuts your price down and your cutomer’s!!