Deciding What to SellIMPORTANT NOTE: These ebay pages are online for historical reasons. I would now advice my visitors NOT to use ebay. There are alternative sites which provide a far safer experience. Read my Ebay - Work From Home page for more details. However, for those that are required to use ebay for some reason, the information is retained below.
Once you reach a rating of 10, you are now ready to consider selling things. The question of course is what do you want to sell! You may have a home business and be really eager to sell your custom made sweaters, birdboxes, or whatever else you make. However, it's really best to begin simple - to build up a higher rating with items that are easy for people to understand and purchase.
I highly recommend selling old CDs and DVDs. Everybody knows what a CD or DVD is. The eBay system will even auto-fill in EVERYTHING for you - from the photo to track information so reviews and more - just by putting in the UPC code of the item. Unlike audio tapes and VCR tapes, CDs and DVDs are digital and therefore will be "high quality" no matter how old they are. Just make sure they aren't scratched of course.
If you put up 5-10 CDs and DVDs that you don't watch / listen to any more, it will help you learn how the sales screens work and let you sell an item that pretty much is guaranteed to sell. When you put in that UPC code, it will tell you exactly what other copies of that item sold for recently. It fills in everything for you. Set an appropriate shipping price - I use $3 to anywhere in the US. I have sold a ton of CDs myself and it is really very very easy. Again, there's no question with a CD or DVD sale about exactly what the user is getting. It is straightforward, simple, and gives you the best chance to earn some ratings as a "quality seller".
If you don't have CDs or DVDs around, look for something else that is a commercial product. Yes, you can start listing your own products soon enough. The point here is to get you some practice using the system while listing items that are very straightforward. When you get into listing your own handmade items later on, it will require more work.
NOTE: I used to sell a lot of CDs on ebay - but not any more. In one auction alone I had one person claim he didn't get his CDs (and required a full refund). A second person claimed the CD skipped and sent it back. I tried that CD on numerous machines and it never skipped once on ANY machine. He of course needed a full refund too. The issue is that someone can get a CD, rip it, and then send it back - and you are out all the fees you paid. I would recommend selling CDs, DVDs and the like on Amazon instead.
I was a long term member of ebay - from 1999 through 2009. In the beginning years, ebay was a fantastic community, full of fun bargains, friendly people and a general feeling of joy. It was like going to a fun garage sale on a sunny day and spending time with friends.
However, starting in 2009, changes made to the ebay system altered it overnight from a joy to a horror. In one auction set alone I had three different buyers attempt very questionable refund operations. I went on the forums to get assistance. The forum members' derogatory comments and snide responses shocked me. Literally in one week I went from being from a staunch promoter of ebay to someone who swore never to use the ebay system again.
I am maintaining these pages online for historical reasons, but I would now wholeheartedly warn visitors NOT to use ebay going forward to sell items. The risk to you is too great. Feel free to contact me for all details on the situation. Instead, I highly recommend these systems:
Amazon Sales for selling used CDs, DVDs, books and other products
Etsy for selling personal items (crafts etc)
I have used both of the above sites and they are wonderful.
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