eBay is one of the oldest and most recognisable websites around. It was in 1995 by Pierre Omidyar and became one of the first dot com success stories.
Today, eBay is still going strong. It is great for making a quid or two, so you may find the following tips useful.
Timing is important
The timing of your listing is key. Sunday evenings seem to be the most popular time for buyers to browse, so try listing your item on a Thursday evening if you want the 10-day auction to end with a bidding war!
Another thing to keep in mind regarding timing is the time of year; for example, selling fancy dress may be best at the end of September or the start of October to maximise exposure to those looking for Halloween outfit. Similarly, summer clothes might be best listed in April or May to appeal to those planning their sunny getaways.
Put effort into your product description
Make sure you are honest about the condition of your product in the description section. Keep it concise and accurate and list your item in the correct category for maximum sales. List the method of postage, such as Royal Mail or Slough man and van through a service such as UKTDL Slough man and van.
Get down with the eBay slang; for example, BNIB means brand new in box and VGC means very good condition. Acronyms can show you have experience.
Finally, keep it professional – avoid spelling mistakes, caps locks or informal emojis.
While PayPal takes a small percentage of your profit (20p for every transaction and a cut of your total sale), it is the safest, most reliable method of payment on eBay. Avoid fake details from scam buyers by having the money paid directly into your account from a trustworthy source.
Track your package
Get proof of postage every time to cover yourself if the item does not get delivered! There are lots of different parcel and postal delivery options.
Keep your buyer in the loop
Once you have successfully sold an item, send your buyer an email to confirm the sale. You should also confirm receipt of payment and that the item has been despatched. This may seem like a lot of emails, but buyers appreciate being updated.