How To Sell On eBay In 10 Steps, With Photos

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How To Sell On eBay In 10 Steps, With Photos

Whether you have a junk drawer full of hidden treasures or want to sell old clothing, eBay is an excellent solution. From toys to trading cards, and automobiles, you can find almost anything for sale on the platform. If you want to know how to sell on eBay, it couldn’t be easier. The company removed many of the hurdles that kept new sellers on the sidelines, and it’s now easy to list on eBay.

What do I need to Sell on eBay?

Selling items on auction sites or platforms like Amazon or ETSY can be a hassle. The good news is that if you have an active eBay account, you’re basically ready to go and can begin selling items with a few extra steps.

New buyers typically need to sign up for a new account at eBay and confirm their identity. A mailing address, date of birth, full name, and social security number or EIN for tax purposes are all essential. Once you sign up, you will also need to link and sync up a bank account to eBay for payments and selling fees.

Review your account details to ensure they match your checking account. eBay will issue micro-deposits for confirmation. After verifying your identity and confirming the micro-deposits in your bank account, you are ready to start listing on eBay.

How to Sell on eBay

You can set up an eBay listing from the web portal or mobile app, but we’ll use the web version in our tutorial. The steps remain largely the same, although some menus or features could be in slightly different locations.

1. Photograph your item

Before you set up a listing, the first thing you’ll want to do is capture it with a photo. While that’s not possible for some items like digital goods, a picture is worth a thousand words, as they say.

Take a photo of any item you want to sell.
Take a photo of any item you want to sell.

We won’t go into how to take the best photos for eBay listings, but these tips will keep things simple and provide valuable insight. If it’s an item like a comic book, trading card, or ephemera, you’re best bet could be a scanner. We took a photo of a comic as an example, but a scan would work if you don’t have access to a camera.

2. Choose Sell

Tap on Create a Listing for a new item you want to sell.
Tap on Create a Listing for a new item you want to sell.

From eBay’s site, click on Sell at the top near My eBay. This takes you to your Seller Hub, and to sell something, you’ll want to click Create a Listing and choose Single Listing from the drop-down menu.

3. Begin your Listing

Start your listing.
Enter the name of the item you want to sell.

In the search engine box, type the name of the item you want to sell. In this case, it’s a copy of “The Atom” a classic comic book from DC. As you can see, just typing in the name of the comic will pull up search results.

If you see your item in those results, click on the suggestion. Otherwise, enter more information into the search field and click the search icon. When we entered the issue number and the keyword for “Zatanna” the results pulled up a perfect match.

Type the name of the item into the search box.
Type the name of the item into the search box.

You can choose to use another seller’s listing as the basis for a listing template or continue without a match to create your own. This gives you total control and is the best way to list most items on the platform without worrying about errors from someone else’s listing.

4. Set the Title, Condition, and Category

From the main listing page, select a title and condition for your item. Choosing a good title helps users on eBay find your listing and has a major impact on sales. You also need to be accurate with the condition of your item. If it’s new, list it as such, but there are also different options based on the category.

Comic books have no “refurbished” section, but you can choose acceptable, good, very good, or like new. Even if you used eBay’s algorithm to set up your listing, it’s a good idea to check the item category. If your item isn’t new, we suggest using the Condition Description box to provide additional information.

Set the condition, category, and title.
Enter the product title, and specify its condition and category.

4. Item Specifics

This is where things can become overwhelming with certain categories due to the number of available options. Each of these details or item specifics adds another layer to an eBay listing. They act as filters that bring more exposure to your listings and vary wildly from one category to the next.

Go through the list and use the boxes to adjust the details for your listing. While you don’t have to fill out every section, some categories require certain specifics before allowing you to proceed. You can add a “custom” item specific to this section as well, with a unique name and value.

Add item specifics.
Add as many details about your product or item.

5. Add a Description

Every eBay listing typically has a description. You can choose to keep things simple or use editing tools to spice up your listings. In either case, make sure your information is accurate and revolves around the item you’re selling. You can adjust the HMTL code or use a custom template through advanced options.

Add a description.
Add a description.

6. Choose a Price

Decide how much you’ll sell an item or product on eBay. If you don’t have a rough idea, eBay will give you one. Estimates will depend on the item and how well their system matches things up.

Alternatively, you can use this guide to find out how to see sold items on eBay in a matter of minutes. When you have a price, choose between an auction or BIN (Buy it Now). An auction has a set end date, while BIN listings are listed and sold at a flat rate.

Choose the price.
Set a price for your eBay product.

7. Shipping Options

eBay allows sellers to ship items anywhere in the world. A global shipping program handles customs forms and other potential roadblocks, making the process simple. Before you set locations, you’ll need to choose whether your item will ship for free, by weight, or under a flat rate which you choose.

Select the shipping method and enter the weight and size of your package, and then choose a domestic shipping service. For international shipments, scroll down to that section, turn on the option, and fill out the fields as required.

Shipping options.
Select the shipping method and the product weight and dimensions.

8. Set Preferences

Under the Preferences section, you can set shipping options related to the order. This includes handling time, something that some overlook but is important. You can change your zip code and state or turn on returns if you plan to accept them.

In the payments section, you can ask a buyer to pay immediately with any Buy It Now purchases. Want to donate a portion of your sale to charity? Select the option for donations or promotions to increase the chance of a sale.

Set preferences
You can modify your shipping and payment options.

9. Photos

While eBay directs users to add photos to their listing before anything else, we saved this step for last. That’s because eBay will remind you to add a photo if you forget one, but you won’t get the same warning for pricing, shipping, or item specifics.

To add a photo to an eBay listing, click the add photo section and choose a picture from your PC or smartphone. You can add a short video, import photos from the web, and use their built-in editing tools to make minor adjustments.

Add photos.
Add as many photos or videos that depict your product or item.

10. Preview and List

The last step is the easiest one. At the bottom of the listing page, click Preview, and your listing will appear in a new window. This allows you to see what your listing will look like to potential buyers before it goes live. If you’re not quite ready to sell the item on eBay, you can choose Save. When you’re satisfied with your eBay listing, click on List It.

Preview and list.
You can preview any item before you list it on eBay.

Here is a step-by-step video for further reference:

The Wrap-Up

Selling an item on eBay can seem complicated, but you’ll have listings to make Power Sellers envious after you master our steps. If you want to draw more attention to your eBay listing, you can add a subtitle, Gallery Plus, or learn how to promote eBay listings with the platform’s built-in tools.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are auctions better than Buy It Now listings?

Both have their own benefits. Auctions are a great way to sell anything in a short amount of time while BIN listings allow users to skip the wait.

What items are prohibited on eBay?

While eBay allows users to list thousands of different items, things like firearms, services, stocks, and adult items are forbidden or restricted. You can find out more about what items they don’t allow here.

Is an eBay Store worth it?

That depends on how many items you plan to sell and the type of exposure you’d like to receive.

What is eBay Gallery Plus?

eBay’s Gallery Plus feature gives buyers a supersized image of your item when they hover over it on the website.

How many photos can you have in an eBay listing?

At this time you can have up to 24 photos in an eBay listing.

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