If you have heard of eBay and are interested in using it to your advantage, you have come to the right place! eBay is an excellent platform that connects sellers with consumers and helps in trade. It is especially great for individual sellers selling hand-made items, collectors or those looking for second-hand items.
Let’s move forward and learn how to begin selling on eBay. We will start with small and teach you how to sell a single item, for now. But before we begin, here are some things you absolutely need to be able to sell on eBay:
- A computer with a good internet connection
- A debit/credit card
Step 1: Just head on to eBay website at www.ebay.com
Step 2: In order to begin selling on eBay, you need to be registered on the website. If you’re already registered, you can skip the next few steps and head on straight to Step 5 once you sign in with your registered ID and password.
To start the process of registration, click on ‘register’ right on top of the eBay logo.
Step 3: In order to successfully register on eBay, enter all the required information including your name, email address, any other additional contact information and just hit ‘Register’ when you’re done.
Step 4: Once you click on register, you will be redirected to a new window which will open eBay again. Towards the top you will see a link to ‘Sell’, just click on that to start selling.
Step 5: Once you click on ‘Sell’, you will again be redirected. This time to a page where you can list the item you want to sell. Just start by typing the name of the item.
Step 6: You will see a list of suggested categories of the product you want to list. Choose the most appropriate one. If you don’t see it listed, just click on ‘Select one here’ at the bottom of the list and enter the category in the field that appears.
Step 7: Once you select the category, you will also have get the option to select a Sub-category. eBay will then make things easy for you by showing you sample listings of similar products. You can use any of them if it suits you. If not, just click on ‘Create new listing’
Step 8: A window will open which will ask you the condition of the item. You can select if it is ‘New’ or ‘Used’.
Step 9: Then, in the space provided, add the name/title of your product. Be as clear, direct, and descriptive as possible. This will help in users searching for your product to find it easily, without much effort.
Step 10: Go on and add some good photos of the product. For a professional effect, use photos taken with a good camera (and not just a good camera), in a well-lit environment on a white background. Add a few products, especially showing all angles of the product and a close-up shot of the brand logo/label, if any.
Step 11: This is where you need to ensure that you enter all the relevant details related to your item, so that people can easily find it, especially if it is of some particular brand/make. Select quantity, brand, condition, etc.
Step 12: Now comes the turn of description. This is where you describe your item to tell people exactly what you’re selling. Make sure you’re as clear and descriptive as possible to help your sellers make the decision.
Step 13: You can then choose whether you want to auction the product or list it for immediate selling with a fixed price.
Step 14: In the next step, eBay will ask you to select how you will choose to post the item and might even suggest a few options. In case the item is too big, you can choose ‘Collect in person’.
Step 15: In order to list anything on eBay, you don’t need to pay anything. But once the item is sold, eBay charges a small commission which will be mentioned clearly at the bottom of the details page. Read it carefully and just click on ‘List my Product’ button and you’re good to go!