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Free Ebay Seller Tips Question

Mary asks…

I have a confusion re eBay payments, I understand there are no charges for accepting payments thru pay pal the

If there are no charges, then why people put as bank transfer etc as preferred payment options while buyes can feel more secure paying through Paypal? Also if you wanna share some of good tips for new sellers. Thanks

scottparat answers:

There are NO charges with Paypal if you are SENDING the payment.

It’s a different story when you are ACCEPTING a payment as there are transaction fees that you need to pay. Here’s Paypal fee structure

https://www.paypal.com/us/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_display-fees-outside

So some use bank transfer because that is free, unlike Paypal.

EBay’s Seller Central has all the resources you need to learn about the basics of selling on eBay as well as tips for new eBay sellers http://pages.ebay.com/sellercentral/index.html

The key to a successful eBay selling is simple — Sell products that people actually want.

Selling on eBay is not as easy as some portray. In fact, go to eBay and check out the number of auctions that end without a single bid. Competition is getting tough, as more sellers go to eBay; even the big boys are joining in the eBay marketplace. Add to that the increasing listing and final value fees.

EBay has several ways for you to determine exactly what the hot items to sell on their marketplace:

Items In Demand = the most popular items currently within that particular category. To see the In Demand page, go to http://pages.ebay.com/sellercentral/sellbycategory.html

Hot Items by Category Report = a monthly report that lists the fastest growing categories on eBay for the previous month. Go to http://pages.ebay.com/sellercentral/whatshot.html and select “Hot Items by Category” from the menu on the left.

EBay Pulse = “a daily snapshot of current trends, hot picks, and cool stuff on eBay”. Go to http://pulse.ebay.com/ to see eBay Pulse in action.

Merchandising Calendar = eBay promotes specific categories on its home page each month. Savvy eBayers know that this home page exposure results in more interest in such categories. Go to http://pages.ebay.com/sellercentral/calendar.html to view the current Merchandising Calendar.

Nancy asks…

I need some advice and help on starting selling items on Ebay?

I do not know how to go about selling some things on ebay, since i’ve never sold anything on it. What are some of its fees? I also heard that ebay charges you monthly to use it, is that true? I also plan to sign up on Paypal, since thats popular on ebay (i have bought things off of ebay before, just never sold items though). Just any advice or “watch-out” tips when first selling things on ebay.

scottparat answers:

I found some advice on this on line, it helped me:

Take a picture of the item, if using a digital camera, load it on your computer. Crop large pictures and zero in on the item, rotate picture so it is showing the correct way. How many times have you seen pictures “sideways”?
Click on Sell Your Item and fill out form making sure you follow these steps.
Title — descriptive titles work best. ‘Rare figurine’ will not generate clicks, ‘Lladro Ballerina’ will. Be very careful with the use of the word rare or hard to find. It’s not rare, just because your nearby store is sold out.
Category — search on eBay for similar items to find most popular category for that particular item. If you have a cross-collectibles –e.g. Disney Cookie Jar, it might be worth listing in two different categories. But since that can really add to the listing costs, only do that if item is worth it.
Description – tell all you can about the condition and history of item without exaggerating. Mention any special conditions of the sale, such as no overseas shipments, no personal checks accepted. Be accurate about any blemishes or problems.
Picture URL — load the picture to your auction. The first picture is free and many times you only need to show one picture. If you want to show multiple pictures it will cost more money, unless you use your website or web space to store the pictures. In that case you will need to use HTML in the description block that leads to the image source.
The Gallery — optional costs for an additional picture might be worth a try on higher valued items. Think about whether most folks would use the Gallery to find this type of collectible or they would just search the categories.
Boldface Title — another optional cost, but it does make title stand out, only consider it for higher priced item.
Item Location — could make a difference when shipping large items.
Payment Method — list all methods you will accept, e.g. Checks, money orders, Paypal, Bidpay or charge cards.
Shipping — will you ship worldwide or just in your own country.
Minimum bid — put your starting price here, making it reasonable, but remember unless you set a reserve on it, this might be all it sells for.
Duration — An item that is hard to find does better if it stays on eBay a little longer. EBay charges more for ten day auctions — make sure the item is worth it. If it’s a very popular item, I don’t think length of time matters much, as long as part of the time is a weekend.
Reserve Price — eBay charges extras for reserve prices, make sure your item is worth it. If it’s not very expensive, just list it at the minimum you will take for it and forget about reserves.
Buy it Now is another eBay option. If you have a firm price and are willing to sell it immediately, use the Buy It Now option. Buyers can then either take a chance by bidding on an item, or pay a little more and make sure they get it.
Tips:
eBay fees can quickly add up, remember the listing fees are only that, after the item sells — more fees are incurred. Be careful and use only the optionals that you feel are necessary.
Always include insurance as part of the shipping costs, a lost shipment will cost the seller not the buyer.
Be sure to keep the buyers informed on the status of their order, when payment is received and when item is shipped.
Be honest with your buyers, one sale is not worth ruining a reputation, the Internet has made it a very small world.

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