What about eBay? An Introduction to the Online Auction and Profit Universe

By Jason T. Smith

High Desert Daily

(Victorville)– Having a hard time getting anything worth the price you’d like for something at a garage sale? People at the local swap meet find it insane to pay what your asking for an item even though your offering it at a steal? I’ve got the one word solution to your problems: eBay. It’s the world’s online marketplace auction house all wrapped into one.

Why eBay? You’re going to reach more people around the world than any flea market or garage sale and these are people that will actually pay you closer to what you’d like, and people that could very well be looking for the item you’re trying to sell in particular. It seems complicated, you know, online selling, but if I can master it, as I have since 2001,then anyone can. Let me give you the basics on how to get started.

First, you’ll need to create an eBay user name and password, which you might already have if you shop on eBay. It takes about 5 minutes to set up, that’s it. Then you simply go to the “Sell” tab and type in the name of the item you are trying to sell.

Be sure to give as much details about it as possible, so that it will be grouped in the right category. For example, if you plan on selling a hat, lets say an Anaheim Angels hat, you don’t want to just put Angels hat, it’s going to bring up too broad of a range of categories. You might put something like New Era Anaheim Angels hat size 7 5/8.

This way you’ll have it categorized by the brand of hat and the size as well, making it easier for someone looking for that size or brand to find. Also, it is very important to give as much detail about the item in the listing title and even more details in the item description. If your item is new, describe it as new, if used, make sure you let potential buyers know of any flaws and such, and be sure to note that the item being sold is “As Is” unless promised something more in the description.

With certain collectible items, toys and such, it is important to list the packaging conditions and provide as many clear pictures as possible. This way they know that they are getting what is pictured.

A really great way to make some extra cash or if you have what it takes, make a steady income off of, eBay is hands down the best way to sell your items online.

Trust me on this, I’ve made more money selling stuff on eBay than I’ve ever made at a swap meet or garage sale. In fact I once set up shop at the local swap meet selling mini NFL replica helmets, which retail at stores for $30, for only $8, and nobody wanted them for that price, claiming it was too high or that I was running up the price, when in fact I was giving a huge bargain.

Two days later, I put these unsold NFL helmets up on eBay for $15 plus $5 shipping and they all sold but 2.It was then that I realized that swap meets weren’t the place or clientele for my items. Not to knock swap meets, they’re a great place to find tools, garden equipment, and plants, but not so much to sell a collectible that will fetch you some decent cash. Also, if your not sure about the value of an item, the real way to find out what its worth is to look it up on eBay and see what it goes for.

Be sure to check out my next eBay article next week, where I’ll get into shipping details with all the do’s and don’ts. Thanks for reading and I hope I got you off to a good start.

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