5 Simple Steps to Posting Your First eBay Auction.

It’s surprisingly simple to get started posting

your very first auction on eBay.

Here’s what you need to do on eBay.


Step 1: Open an eBay seller’s account.

If you’ve bought things on eBay, then you already have an account – just log in

with it and click ‘Sell’ in the toolbar at the top of the page, then click ‘Create
a seller’s account’. If you’ve never used eBay before, then you’ll need to open
an account first using the ‘register’ link underneath the toolbar, and then
click ‘Sell’ and ‘Create a seller’s account’. The eBay site will then guide you
through the process. For security, this may involve giving card details and bank


Step 2: Decide what to sell on eBay.

For your first little experiment with eBay, it doesn’t really matter what you

sell. Take a look around the room you’re in – I’m sure there’s something in
there that you’re not all that attached to and could put in the post. Small
books and CDs are ideal first items.


Step 3: Submit your item on eBay.

Click ‘Sell’, and you’re on your way to listing your item.

The first thing you need to do is choose a category – it’s best to just type in
what the item is and let eBay choose for you. Next, write a title and
description. Include key words you think people will search for in the title
box, and all the information you have about the item in the description box.

Now set a starting price. $0.01 is the best starting price, as it draws people
in to bid who otherwise wouldn’t, and items will almost never finish at such a
low price. The next thing to set is the duration of the auction: 3, 5, 7 or 10
days. This is up to you: longer sales will usually get more bids, but will also
seem to drag on forever. If you’ve taken a picture, add it now – items with
pictures always sell for more. Finally, tick the payment methods you will accept
(just PayPal is best for now), and where you will post to (limit yourself to
your own country to begin with). Submit and you’re done!


Step 4: Wait for it to sell on eBay.

This is just a matter of sitting back and letting eBay do its thing – buyers

will find your item and leave bids on it. Some bidders might email you with
questions about the item, and you should do your best to answer these questions
as quickly as you can.

Remember that if your item doesn’t sell then you can list it again for free.


Step 5: Collect payment and post it on eBay.

eBay will sent your buyer emails guiding them through the process of sending you
payment for the item. Make sure you have the money before you send anything.

Once you’ve got the payment, all you need to do is pack the item for posting
(make sure to use some bubble wrap), take the buyer’s address from the
confirmation email eBay sent you, and write it on the parcel. Put some stamps
on, post it, and you’re done!

I hope you enjoyed selling your first item. Now that you’re starting to get in to
it, the next email will give you a checklist of things you need to do to be a
successful seller.



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