Nine Simple eBay Selling Hints
By Terry Gibbs
Thursday, March 31, 2005; 1:30pm EST
Some of these eBay hints will save you money, others will result in
higher prices. Either way, these will help you run more profitable
Write a simple
description and do not clutter your auction with unneeded items
like animated Gifs, and colored backgrounds. Remember, you are
selling not entertaining.
Charge a flat
rate for shipping, and mention the shipping costs prominently
within your auction description.
Write a title
that accurately describes your item. Use manufacturers name and
model number within the title if applicable.
detailed description that allows prospective bidders to make a
decision about purchasing the item. A basic tip is the
description can never be too long as long as it is describing
clear photographs. Invest in some lights and a quality camera.
Your investment will pay for itself in higher eBay selling
prices within only a few auctions.
Host your own
pictures. By hosting your own pictures, you will save money,
and, more importantly, be able to use as many pictures as you
need to adequately show eBay bidders your item. This is the
simplest thing to do, and yet 70 percent of eBay sellers ignore
this simple tip.
images for the web. Many sellers use the highest resolution
settings on their cameras and generate huge files that download
very slowly. Computer monitors only show 72DPI, any extra detail
is just a waste of the bidder's time.
List your item
in the most appropriate category. Many buyer's only search eBay
by looking at listings within categories. If you are not in the
right eBay category you will not be seen by lots of potential
bidders and you item may end up selling for less than it's
eBay selling. Using a system to sell on eBay will lower the
amount of time spent selling each item, and insure you don't
forget any important activities.
Revolution explains all of these hints in greater detail. Find out
About the Author
Terry Gibbs is a collector/dealer of old toys and trains, and teaches
others how to buy and sell antiques and collectibles. Gibbs is the
author of two best selling eBay books "The Auction Revolution," and
"The Complete Guide To eBay Consignment Sales." He has also written
numerous other books about buying and selling antiques and
collectibles. Learn more at his website: