Saturday, February 18, 2006
I Suck at Selling On Ebay
I'm using Ebay for the first time to sell something, and after one week I have zero bids. I figured it would be a no-brainer because similar items are selling left and right.
Does anyone out there have some experience selling stuff on Ebay? If so, let me know if you have any suggestions or tricks of the trade. If not, I'll go get my 'Will Work for Advice' sign and stand on the corner.
posted by El Capitan at 11:25 AM
I guess it would depend on what it is that you're trying to sell.
I find it helps to describe it thoroughly and make your shipping and return policy clear. Taking PayPal is a plus, you get more bidders that way (<-- for example, I don't bid on items where the seller doesn't take PayPal. Ever.)
LOTS of clear pics...I hate when sellers only put one small, blurry pic up and you can barely tell the condition of the product.
Don't use the reserve price feature...most sellers tend to do better when they don't use that
Add some colors in your page...tables, different fonts, etc
And like Mauser girl said, definitely use PayPal...I only bid on items that take paypal because it's soooo easy to use.
Also, take a look at auctions that are selling the same (or similar) products that you are, and see how they are doing. Copy them if they are successful :)
eBay has a bunc of little add-on gadgets to bring attention to whatever it is you're selling (bold, highlighted, etc.)--but what I've found is that all that matters is if anyone would actually want what you're selling. I've put stuff up on there that I thought would go fast and barely got any hits, let alone bids.
Several pictures works well, along with a lengthy and good description. If it's used, and not in high demand, it'll bust. Before I put something on there I do a search for the same item to see if anyone is bidding on it. If it consistently gets no bidders, I don't even bother to put it on.