If you just created your account its fresh of course and it will be ready for you to use immediately.
What Does Everything Mean – The Tabs Under My eBay
Once you have created your account you will be redirected to eBay’s homepage. Which will usually have items on there that they are promoting. You can bypass all that if you want. Or you can check them out if they interest you.
You can have an eBay account for free they do not charge you to have an account. The account also stays active until you deactivate it. If you create an account and let it sit for 3 years with no activity. When you go to log into it everything will still be as you left it three years prior. So your account is “Built To Last”.
Click my eBay you can find this button in the top right corner of your screen as you can see in the image above. Once you click that a drop-down will appear giving you the ability to check out a few things. Like the following.
Summary – This is the tab that gives you a brief insight on the activity you have been doing on your account. Like watched listings, things you have purchased etc.
Recently Viewed – This tab allows you to have a look at all the things you have viewed or searched for in the eBay search bar. I have been trying to get into comics lately so you can see I have them showing in my recently viewed items area.
Bids/Offers – This tab shows you things that you have bids or offers for. Since you aren’t selling at the moment offers won’t really matter right now. But the bids tab does if you are buying. This tab will show you the status and highest bid amount on any item that you are bidding on. The offers tab would show you the amount of offers you have for an item/items you are selling.
Watch List – Shows you the items that you are watching. For example, you want the newest Headphones out. You see them on eBay for a good price. But you don’t have the money to get them right now and want to save that search for a later time. So that you can come back and buy that item once you have the funds to do so. It will go to your watched items list. You can watch an item by simply clicking the watch link on an item for sale.
Purchase History – This shows you the history of things you have purchased on eBay.It can date back years. It will show your most recent though. If you want to go back further you can click the see orders tab and it will pull up archives by the dates you set.
Selling – This tab will show you your items that you have listed for sale. If you don’t have any don’t worry about this at the moment. But if you do yours should look something like this and have some activity going on.
I sell on eBay parttime so I have some data visible on my account.
Saved Searchers – These are searches you’ve saved. For example, let’s say that you have been looking for a rare hard to find item. One day you type this item in eBay’s search bar and you finally find it. You will need to save that search so you can save your time from having to track it down all over again.
Saved Seller – If you shop on eBay often and you buy products from a particular seller multiple times. It might be in your best interest to save that seller. So you can access them and their items quicker than you would searching for them in the search bar.
Messages – This is where you will see messages sent from other eBay users or eBay themselves. You can also view the messages you’ve sent. It is very important that you keep all messages between you an another eBay user for your protection. Because like all large platforms open to the public. Each site has their good apples and bad ones. DOn’t get scammed by scammers trying to get you to conduct business off of eBays website. Once you make a transaction off eBays platform they aren’t responsible for you getting scammed. So it’s best to keep all transactions and commutations where it’s safest for you.
You can use eBay’s search bar to look for any item you wish to buy. The search bar is located at the top of the screen on eBay’s website. Just click the black space and type in what you are looking for then hit search or enter.
That is all you need to know about creating a new eBay account and the tabs on the website.
Now, let’s discuss the selling aspects of having an eBay account.
How To Turn A Simple eBay Account Into A Source Of Income
You have heard it time and time again. This person making millions on eBay or this person got their account suspended because of XYZ.
There is money to be made on eBay no doubt and yes you can get your selling account suspended. But it takes a lot to get it suspended and to me, you have to be trying to get your account suspended if you do. You had to work for it on eBay in my opinion. I have been selling on eBay for years and they are as lenient as they can be to sellers compared to places like Amazon.
So as long as you aren’t doing anything that you know you aren’t supposed to be doing. You do not have to worry about getting suspended on eBay.
Now making money is why you sell on eBay or any other platform for that matter. You want to make some cash for whatever reason. It is not hard to sell on eBay and anyone who can create an account can sell on there as well.
How To List An Item For Sale On eBay
You will need to click the sell tab in the top right corner of eBay’s website. Once you click it if you do not have any items listed yours will be blank. But if you have items it will show them and some more information on your listings.
Once you are on this screen you will need to select create a listing. That is the blue tab right under the search bar.
Click that and then select create a single listing.
In the blank space is where you put the Product Name, UPC or ISBN number of your item. If it is already in eBays catalog then once you click get started eBay will pull up pre-filled listings for you. This is very important and could make the difference between a sale or not.
I’m going to use a Dvd I have on hand as an example. I have scanned the UPC barcode on the back of the DVD. I have a USB scanner that hooks up in the back of my computer. It makes listing items with barcodes go by a lot faster. If you plan on selling on eBay seriously I would suggest you get one.
Here is the scanner and manufacturer I purchased mine from.
Once you have either manually typed in or scanned it eBay will pull up the prefilled listing for you. Select the one that best describes your version of that item.
Once you see yours and select it you will be directed to the listing page where you have to fill in some more information about your product.
If none of the items match yours. You can select “continue without selecting a product” that is the blue tab you see at the bottom left corner of the image above.
Doing that will require you to fill in all the information about that product manually and since it’s not from eBay’s catalog. Reviews from customers will not show up on your listing neither will a pre-written description of your listing if you do not enter a valid UPC or ISBN.
Here is a prewrittenproduct description example
This is what eBay automatically adds to your listing when you list an item that’s in their catalog. It tells buyers more about the item and increases your chances of making a sale.
If you do not use eBay’s catalog with your listing. This will be blank and it will just display your item description. Sometimes it is ok. If you have a rare item that you know is worth money and it’s unlikely that you have much competition. You can list the item how you please.
But for an item that was mass produced such as the Bad Boys Dvd, you will want to make your listing stand out as much as possible for buyers. So having the product description and customer reviews help.
Here is an example of customer reviews
These stars not only make your listing look more professional. But they can give your buyer the swing they need to get you the sell. So it helps to have them visible on your listing. If you do not list an item using eBay’s catalog it will not display any kind of customer reviews.
Now that you have that embedded in your brain lets finish creating this listing.
You will need to write your listingtitle you have a certain amount of characters you can use. It is ideal to use all if possible. It gives you a better chance of being found in the search by buyers looking for items on eBay or search engines like google, yahoo, and bing.
The traffic is being supplied by eBay. So all you have to do is have a presentable listing and your item will sell.
Be sure to fill your title with related words so your title will look natural and attract buyers to your listing.
For example instead of using “Bad Boys Dvd 2000 Great Movie“. Use something like “Bad Boys Dvd 2000 Epic Action Packed Classic Will Smith Unleased“. Which looks more attracting? The longer one not only looks better it gives you more chances to be found in the search engines.
Because your title now has a few more keywords it can be associated with. So make your listing titles appeal to the buyer’s eyes adding things like #,! *, % can help in certain cases as well. Just make sure it doesn’t make your title look spammy or ignorant.
This is acceptable – Bad Boys Dvd 2000 Special Editon Action Thriller!!!
This is not – B@D Boys Dvd 2OOO Special Edtio# Cla$$ic
Keep this in mind when using symbols in your listing title.
You also have the option to add a subtitle if you feel your listing needs it. It is not free it will cost you a small fee.
Right under that is the option for you to create a custom label or SKU for your item. This is not mandatory and you can do it if you feel its necessary.
Next is where you select the category of your item. If you have an eBay store with categories you can place it where it needs to be. If you do not have a store then this option will not be available.
Then there is the condition. You have 5 conditions you can list your item as and they are the following.
Brand New – An item that has never been opened or removed from the manufacturer’s sealing (if applicable). Item is in original shrink wrap (if applicable).
Like New – An item that looks as if it was just taken out of shrink wrap. No visible wear and all facets of the item are flawless and intact. See the seller’s listing for full details and description of any imperfections.
Very Good – An item that is used but still in very good condition. No damage to the jewel case or item cover, no scuffs, scratches, cracks, or holes. The cover art and liner notes are included. The VHS or DVD box is included. The video game instructions and box are included. The teeth of disk holder are undamaged. Minimal wear on the exterior of item. No skipping on CD/DVD. No fuzzy/snowy frames on VHS tape. See the seller’s listing for full details and description of any imperfections.
Good – An item in used but good condition. May have minor damage to jewel case including scuffs or cracks, or to the item cover including scuffs, scratches, or cracks. The cover art and liner notes are included for a CD. VHS or DVD box is included. Video game instructions are included. No skipping on CD/DVD. No fuzzy/snowy frames on VHS tape. See the seller’s listing for full details and description of any imperfections.
Acceptable – An item with obvious and significant wear but is still operational. May have tears or holes in VHS/DVD box. The video game instructions and box may not be included. See the seller’s listing for full details and description of any imperfections.
Examine your item carefully and make sure you list it in the appropriate condition category.
The next section is where you put your Condition description. You can include things like condition details, the reason you listed the item in a certain condition and much more. If there is anything you want to include about the item that you couldn’t fit into the title. This is where you will want to put it.
After that what I feel is the most important part of the entire listing. It is where you add photos to your listing. This can make or break your listing. I have made a bunch of sells in my short time of selling online. I will tell you that pictures make a difference. You don’t just want any pictures. You want clear visible images.
Don’t use eBay’s default picture that they give you. Even though the picture they give you is clear and looks flawless. Its generic and you and dozens of other sellers are sharing the same image. Everyone else does that and all of your listings will look the same. But when you take your own picture it stands out compared to the others that didn’t.
See how all these are obviously different listings from different sellers on eBay. But they all look the same and almost auto-generated. It doesn’t look attracting at all.
Taking your own photos will set you apart from the crowd and that’s what you want when you are dealing with an item that many people have and can sell.
After you have added your photos you will need to fill in additional item specifics.
You will have some already prefilled thanks to eBay. But if there is something that you need to add that isn’t listed you can do so by clicking the blue link at the bottom of the item specifics section.
Next is the description box for you to add any additional information about your item that you didn’t include in the title or condition description area. Here is where you can add anything you feel needs to be said about your item. This space is huge and can hold a very lengthy amount of information. So you can literally write till you drop in this section. Cover every aspect of the item that you need to and don’t hold back.
You add things like your shipping policy when you will ship the time how you will ship it etc. So on and so forth.
After you have completed that section on your listing you will need to decide rather you are going to list your item in auction or buy it now format. The difference between the two is quite simple.
Auctions – Auction listings last anywhere from 1-10 days that all depends on what you select. Auctions are won by the buyer with the highest bid. So if you have 25 bidders on an item whoever has the highest dollar amount when the item ends will win the auction. You can add buy it now options to your auctions. But if someone bids on the item before someone buys it. The buy it now option will no longer be available for other buyers and the auction will run its course until the date its supposed to end. The buy it now addition is not free and costs a fee so does listing your actions in anything other than the default 7-day format.
Buy It Now – The buy it now option is my favorite and is what I would list this DVD as. Buy it now format allows you to list an item for sale for 3-Good til canceled. You will be charged according to your account status. If you have an eBay seller account without a store your fees will be higher than someone who does. Good til canceled listings last until you take them down. Good til canceled items still are charged fees for every 30-days they are active. It is best to set an item as Good til canceled when you have multiple copies of that item for sale. This will keep track of your sold listings and show on your selling page. It will look like this.
As you can see I have sold over 18 copies of this item. It keeps track of each sell I make for this particular listing. My listing is also listed in Good Til Canceled format as you can see at the top of the image above.
If you sell an item once and relist it again you will not get the 1 you have sold credit on your listing when re-list it. Because eBay will generate you a new listing ID and listing data. But if you have your item listed in Good til cancelled format you will get the sold credit with each item you sell as long as you keep the listing active. If you sell out once you get more of the items in stock when you put that number in your sold listings will appear again. So they do not go anywhere as long as the listing is active.
Because eBay will generate you a new listing ID and listing data. But if you have your item listed in Good til canceled format you will get the sold credit with each item you sell as long as you keep the listing active. If you sell out once you get more of the items in stock when you put that number in your sold listings will appear again. So they do not go anywhere as long as the listing is active. If you end the listing and relist it you will lose all of your sold credits.
It is best to use auction format when you have a rare item that you know people will be interested in. Something like this Bad Boy DVD will not likely get you many bids and wouldn’t sell at a good enough price for you to make a profit.
Buy it now format is ideal for items that can be easily accessed and may have a bunch of other sellers selling that same item. You will want to price your item competitively and take good quality pictures to set your listing apart from the others.
The last thing you will need to fill out to complete the listing is your shipping details.
Business Policy – Here you will fill out the following. Payment Policy, Shipping Policy, Return Policy. If you do not have any at the moment you will have to create them as you fill out the listing. Once you have created them you can use that same policy for multiple listings. So you do not have to create a new one with each listing.
The Package Weight And Description – This is where you will need to include the dimensions and weight of the item you are selling. You will want to get your weight and measurements from the item when it is in the package you plan on shipping it in. Because this is what the post office is checking for when they receive your item. If your item isn’t weighed or shipped correctly they will send the time back to the address you sent the item from. Your item isn’t the same size or weight out of the box that it is in the box. So fill this information in with numbers you’ve received from the item being in the package.
I use a saga weight scale its small black and gets the job done. It is the first and only weight scale I have purchased in my life.
Item Location – You will need to put where your item is currently located and will be shipped from in this space.
Once You have filled in all of the information following the steps I’ve provided above. You will have a listing ready to be listed and you will hopefully make your first sell.
How To Buy & Sell Items For Profit On eBay
Noneone likes to lose money. If you are selling on eBay you are looking to make your full investment back out of that item or close to it. You need to follow this very simple guide I’m about to give you and you will make a profit on each one of your sells for as long as you sell on eBay.
First, find you a category and dominate it as best you can. When I say dominate I literally mean you want to go in be known as one of the best sellers in this category. Don’t have an account with random listings all over the place. You want to hone in on a particular category and make it yours.
Once you have decided what you are going to focus your energy on getting and selling. You now need to find a supplier and one that is selling for a good price. Let’s say that you decided to sell Refurbished Playstations . You will want to find a supplier that has a lot of these PlayStations available for sale.
A great example of a “steal” is this let’s say you found a supplier that is selling 100 Refurbished Playstations for $300 that is a steal. You can’t beat that deal with a stick or Iron Mike Tyson You can buy them at that price and easily make your money back in no time. Here is a visual of what I just said.
So you can see the importance of finding a good supplier with quantities of items for you to buy. The profit margins will depend on how you buy, how much, and your selling price.
Make sure that the items you plan on selling are profitable and actually selling. You can check this by going to eBay’s website and typing a product name into the search bar.
Once the results have been uploaded for the item you searched for you will need to scroll down and look on the left side of your screen and select the tab sold listings. This will then show you the listings of that particular item that has sold on eBay within a certain amount of time. It will show the date and how much the item sold for.
The sold listings will light up green as you can see in the image above. If there aren’t any sold listings for that item nothing will show. This method is also very useful when you are looking for a good price to price your own listing.
Make sure you understand your category thoroughly. If you have selected a category that only sells in the summer don’t look for it to be a hot seller in the winter vice versa. If you have a product that is useful all year round then you can expect sales to match that.
When your item sells you will be required to pack and ship it to your buyer. This is the easiest part of the entire ordeal and the most satisfying for obvious reasons.
To ship larger items view the video below.
Always be sure to provide the tracking number for each item you ship. This will make it harder for you to get scammed and provides the information eBay needs to determine if you are a seller worthy of the top rated seller badge.
Last Thing To Keep In Mind
Fees Fees Fees. You cannot escape them you will pay fees for a number of reasons and you should understand them all and how to practice habits that get you passed the fees. Because fees can break your will to sell on any platform. But they are apart of business and when you aren’t in control of the platform you have to abide by the rules of the person that is.
Selling Fees – You will be charged to sell on eBay. eBay does this in quite a few ways.
Here are the following ways eBay dings you with fees for selling on their platform.
Listing Fees – If you have surpassed your number of free listings during any given month. Each listing after you have reached your number limit will cost you. It’s not hefty but can add up when you have hundreds or thousands of listings. The listing fees just don’t stop there though. You will also get dinged for adding certain things to your listings. Like a subtitle, the buy it now option on an auction listing, selecting to have your title to appear bold in the search, specialdurations, scheduling listings will all get you hit with the long arm of eBay fees. The total for your listing if any fees are applied for that particular listing will be shown at the bottom of the listing page.
Sold Listing Fees – Once you have made your first sale on eBay the happiness is brought to a halt depending on what you sold for how much and what you paid for the item. If you are in the green then the fees are no big deal. But if you sold an item and you know that you are in the red this can cause you to give up selling on eBay. eBay’s sold listing fees are different for each category of items and it also depends on how much you sold the item for and if you charged for shipping or not. You will need to find out how much eBay will be charging you for each item you sell for the exact dollar amount and if it will make the difference between you making a profit or not. The fees depend on a number of factors. Which you can see below. Become one with the fees and know that you cannot get around them.
After you have been selling a while you kind of naturally figure out the price you need to sell consistently at to make a profit. So a lot of this will come from pure experience.
Paypal Fees – Paypal is the main payment method used on eBay. Paypal is like an online bank for sellers. I have had my PayPal account for many years and I have never had any issues. So from my personal experience, PayPal is a safe platform to put your personal/financial information in. It is free to make an account and you can sign up for one here. Paypal is where your money will go once you sell an item on eBay. It will also be where your money is deducted to pay for shipping. Paypal gets their cut of your sold item as well. This is another thing to keep in mind when you are listing products.
I started selling items on eBay in 2014 and my fee chart for those years look like this.
As you can see I haven’t done massive numbers. But I have done enough to be able to speak on the topic and provide real-life proof of what I’m talking about.
When you list an item and price it be sure that the price will cover all the fees that are going to be taken out of the item once it sells.
Things You Do Not Need To Worry About
With creating your first account for selling purposes can open the door to many fears. But I will hopefully ease some of the tension in your head with the following statements. Below are going to be things you do not need to worry about.
Having Multiple Accounts – You do not need to have an account for buying and selling. It is not a requirement and creates more work for you in the end. You can do both off one account. I do and have been for a long time without any issues. Mulitple account are not a necessity. If you wish yo have them though go for it. Everyone is different and has different reasons for doing certain things so do what you feel you need to.
Having Hundreds Of Products On Hand – You do not need to have a ton of products to sell and make money on eBay. In fact, most sellers start off just listing random things they have around the house. It is ok to start off like this it is expected. But once you have been selling for 6months to a year. It’s time for you to find your category and stick to that.
Having the highest store subscription – eBay has stores for their sellers you can opt into this subscription from your eBay seller homepage.
There are three different levels of store subscriptions and each has its perks.
I currently use the subscription in the middle and it is the best for me and my business. Yours may be more or less and you will need to select your subscription accordingly.
If you choose not to have an eBay store the fees will eat you alive. If you are selling here and there then that’s ok. But if you are selling full time then the fees are quickly going to hurt your financial state.
Don’t Use Blackhat Selling Tactics – Bidding on your own items from another account will get you suspended and probably banned from selling on eBay for good. Don’t do this eBay has ways of finding out if you are and if you’re caught game over. Don’t use another account to run bids up on competitors or listings in general and not pay for them. This will also get your account suspended. Don’t list an item/items for sale that you know you don’t have or have access to. This will result in you having to cancel a lot of orders and this will make for a bad buyer experience. That brings negative feedback and the end result if this happens too many times is you losing your selling privileges on eBay. You cannot cheat the system don’t try. Play the game fair and practice good selling habits and you will be fine.
Selling Everything You List The First Time – I’m going to tell you now. You are not going to sell everything you list. No matter the way you have the picture or how good you wrote the title/item desertion, condition details. Somethings just won’t sell. That’s ok don’t dread on that too much. What might not sell this year will sell next year or the year after that. This is a great mindset to have. Just because nobody purchased your item in the time you had it available for sale. Doesn’t mean that there isn’t a buyer out there in the world for that item. So be persistent and make slight changes each time you list an item that you have had sitting for a while until it sells.
You have here in front of you the blueprint you will need to not only create your first eBay account. But also turn that same account into a source of income for many years to come. Follow my instructions exactly how they are listed and you will see that selling online isn’t as hard as you may have pictured.
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