One of the biggest ways of making money online is selling product via eCommerce sites. Personally? I LOVE selling on eBay. I’ve been a member since 1999, somehow forgot about my first account and signed up again with a new account which has me registered as a member since 2003. I used to only buy from sellers. Then came my divorce. I became a single mom living on a crap income and receiving alimony from my daughters father. As we split custody 50/50, we didn’t do child support. But alimony wouldn’t last forever, right?
So I started selling on eBay. I first started selling things around my home. This was ideal because I had moved a house into an apartment and I had A LOT of things that I couldn’t put anywhere.
I know you’re asking yourself. Ok, what IS the point of this post??? Because the title sure as heck didn’t say she was telling a story! Dang, impatient readers, aren’t you?! 😉
Fine! Fine! I’m going to help you set up your eBay account and start the process to listing your first item.
Step 1 – You will need to register for an account if you haven’t already. At the top of the page you will see the links to sign in or register:
Step 2 – Once you’ve clicked that link, you will be taken to a very short register form. Once you’ve registered, you can update your address and link your paypal account to your eBay account:
Step 3 – Once you’ve clicked the link to Register, you will be taken to a Welcome page:
For the sake of this post, I had set up this account and will delete it later as I already have an eBay account, so I did not have them text me a PIN. I clicked the link “No thanks. Let’s go shopping instead.”
So, those are the very quick steps to get yourself registered as an eBay seller. Easy, right? Now, when you go to actually list your item on eBay, because they’ve been around so long, there are tons of categories! And for the most part, all you have to do when listing an item is to enter the brand name and what the item is and eBay will provide you with the category.
Step 4 – But first, at the top of the page, just click the link “Sell”:
Step 5 – You can either browse categories or just enter the name of your item:
Step 6 – I entered an item that I had a lot of luck selling on eBay. As you can see, the category’s are listed and the most common one I used was already selected:
Step 7: You continue to scroll down and fill out the rest of the listing details. You will select if the item is new or used. Then insert up to nine photos. You want to get great shots and make sure you capture all the details:
Here you will select the Country/Region of Manufacture if you are aware of it.
Format options are Auction-style or Buy It Now. Auction allows you to set a “variable” price. You can set it at either a lower amount to gain attention and hope that someone bids it up. If not, you do take the risk of selling it for lower than you planned unless you set a reserve price which may cost fees. Or, you can set the amount at the lowest you are willing to accept. The duration for an auction-style setting is up to 10 days. If you select Buy It Now, this is the only price that you will receive unless you allow “Best Offers”. That option allows a buyer to offer you a lower amount. On this page as well, you can set the quantity if you have multiple items.
This next section allows you to pick your state for taxes to be applied. If you choose to allow returns, you can set up how quickly the buyer has to return the item. You also select who the return shipping is paid by. Keep in mind, if you made a mistake with the item, YOU are responsible to pay the return shipping. If you have addt’l return policy details, include them in the box they give you. If you do not accept returns, you have that option as well. Again, if you make a mistake, you are required to accept the return. Otherwise, the buyer will open a case against you and eBay 99.5% will rule in the buyers favor. At times, even if they don’t rule in the buyers favor, they will return the money to the buyer and you still get to keep your money. I had sold a corset once. Brand new. Listed that returns were NOT accepted if item was used. Even if tried on. The person returned it to me as it didn’t fit. I couldn’t sell that again! So, eBay refunded the borrower and I kept my sale. I charge a restocking fee for returned items and you would select that here.
You continue to scroll down and select shipping options. For the most part, I always used flat rate shipping boxes or the padded flat rate envelope. The USPS will ship these boxes directly to you if you don’t have time to go in and pick them up yourself. If an item is smaller, you can choose regular priority mail. I still offered flat rate shipping options if possible so I’m not limiting myself to the lower 48 states. Shipping to Alaska and Hawaii is very expensive! You will also choose here if you only ship domestically or internationally. Some people are scared to do this because once it leaves the US, you cannot track it. I always ship internationally. It’s a risk, but I’ve actually had more issues with losing packages domestically than I did internationally!
Final Steps – You will then finish up your shipping information and if you choose to create an exclusion list of where you won’t sell to. If you did “extras” for your listings, or you went over the amount of free listings eBay gives you, your fees will be included at the bottom to review before you hit the button to list your item. You can also preview your listing, or save it and come back later to finish the listing. And of course, cancel the listing.
So, there you have it! The step by step instruction on how to register for eBay and set up your first listing. Are you on eBay already? Are you a buyer or seller? What was your best or worst purchase or item sold?