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To many people, the idea of becoming a successful ebay seller can be overwhelming. They know that it can be done and they have seen others do it.  They just have no idea where to start and how to be successful at it.

If you feel this way, I have great news for you! I am here to help!

Ebay has been a large part of my eCommerce business from the beginning. It was a little overwhelming to me at first, and that’s why I’m sharing my best tips with you.

Here are some common questions people ask about selling on ebay:

How do I succeed as a seller on eBay?

There are multiple answers to this question, but the mathematical answer is to buy low and sell high.  Buy items that are priced lower than what they will sell for on eBay.  The lower the price is, the better. You make your money when you’re buying, not when you’re selling. If you pay too much when you buy, you set yourself up for either a loss or not making as much profit as you could have.

Another big part of being successful is providing good customer service.  Answer messages in a timely manner, pack your sold items well, and ship them on time.

How do I start selling on ebay?

  1. Look around your house and find things you don’t need anymore.
  2. Search eBay’s completed listings to find the value of your items.
  3. List the items that are worth selling.
  4. Ship the items to your buyers.

How much does it cost to sell on ebay?

For non-store accounts, the first 200 listings are free. Each sold item is subject to a final value fee that depends on the category.

Ebay store accounts have a slightly different structure.  For a monthly fee, you get a discount on final value fees and insertion fees plus more free listings.

Compare the store plans to see which one is better for you.

In the beginning, just use your personal account. 

The fees also slightly vary, depending on whether or not you are in eBay’s managed payment system.

Click here for an overview of selling fees without managed payments.

Click here for an overview of selling fees with managed payments.

Become a successful ebay seller in 5 easy steps:

1) Create systems that give you freedom.

eCommerce businesses require your active participation unless you hire multiple employees.  Not everyone can afford that luxury in the beginning.  That doesn’t mean you can’t do this. 

You can run a successful ebay business IF you create systems.

What things do you do every day that are important to the success of your business?  Make a list of these tasks so that you can create efficient systems or processes. Here are some examples: 

Walk yourself through all the steps that it takes to do each task.  Are you wasting time because you are inefficient?

2) Have a designated space for inventory.

 Each item in your inventory needs to have a designated place to be.  The way you might store it will probably change.  The concept should not. If you want to be successful eBay seller you should be able to find any item in your inventory within one minute. Design your inventory organization in such a way that an employee can find it.  

You have to keep your inventory organized.

It’s not necessary to buy brand new everything but as you can, upgrade your organization systems and equipment.  Using shelves & bins that are the same will not only look neater, but it will be more modular and waste less space.

Use eBay’s Custom Label/ SKU field (at the top of the listing) to keep track of your inventory location.  Use poly bags to protect clothing or organize items with lots of pieces. 

3) Batch routine tasks.

 Think assembly line here. For each listing you must:

  • clean the item
  • photograph the item
  • take measurements
  • research the price
  • write the listing

 If you do each listing start to finish, your brain has to change directions 4 or 5 times. This wastes time.

Try this instead:

  • clean and photograph 10-20 like items
  • take measurements and write them down, noting any defects
  • research prices and write the listing

4)  Focus on buying items with a good profit margin.

It is easy to buy low-profit items. If you get into the habit of doing this, you will never get anywhere.  You can make money if you can sell what you buy in lots or in a multi-quantity listing.

Check the sell-through rate on eBay before you buy. Otherwise, you may get stuck with something that won’t sell. 

Decide how much you must profit per sale. My personal suggestion is $10 for someone getting started on eBay, but as you learn more, you should raise that to $25 or more. Your profit margin will likely grow with your increased knowledge.

 5) List items on a regular basis.

This is often the biggest struggle for an eBay seller.  It is so easy to let listing slide.   Listing is the most important of all reselling tasks.   If an item is not listed, it cannot sell. An easy way to change this is to set a daily listing goal that is realistic. 

If you list regularly, eBay will reward you by bumping your listings in the search results.  The more you list, the more you will sell.  If you want to list 50 items per week, it’s better for you to list 10 items per day for 5 days than to list 50 items in one day.  Ebay will reward your consistency.  If your sales are slow, list.

If you want to become a successful ebay seller, this post is for you! I share my best ebay selling tips.

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