Copyright (c) 2010 Joe Albert Stewart
People are often put off selling on eBay because it sounds as though you'll be clearing out your garage or attic trying to make money from your old possessions. You can do this, and I've no doubt you will get more money. But it's hard work and can become pretty boring after a while.
There are far better ways to get more money using eBay and there are many small tips I can give you that'll help any items sell better. I mean there's someone out there who sold an air guitar for $50!! If someone can sell an air guitar, I think you can do pretty well.
Making money on eBay is a fairly simple process. You fill in your details and create your account, then set your starting bid price and hit auction. However, having a product for auction on eBay doesn't mean people are going to automatically come to your page.
A Quick Outline
Firstly you'll need to find the right product to sell on eBay. This is something you should set aside plenty of time for. It's very important to pick the right product because there's so much competition on eBay these days. You'll need to find a product with as low competition as possible but with high demand. This will be tough to find, because most people are competing for all the same things, but if you put in the work at the early stages it'll pay dividends later and you will get more money.
The next stage is to find a trustworthy supplier. Again this will take time and is a lot easier said than done. You'll probably have to email people or maybe even talk on the phone to find the best prices and to cut out the middle man. But time spent on this is worth it. Often, the best people out there are the ones that aren't very good at getting themselves found.
So you've got a great product that people want, and you've got a brilliant supplier. Now you've got to make the perfect product page and make sure it gets bought. This will involve SEO, and other simple things like including a unique product picture.
Some Small Tips
Treat your auction page as if it was a normal page..... USE KEYWORDS!!! This is fairly simple. If you're selling an iPod, optimize your page for the word iPod, and other terms that people will search for.
- Have a low starting price for your products. - Do plenty of research on a product you want to sell. - Check the competition and demand. - Pay for the inclusion picture. - Keep your feedback score as close to 100% as possible.
These are just a couple of bits to get you thinking about selling on eBay. It's a great way to get more money, and if it's done well it won't take up too much of your time.