Listing an Item for Sale

IMPORTANT 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.

You're ready to list an item for sale. OK, start with Sell Item. Choose the standard auction option. Now you get the infamous series of boxes where you choose a category for your item. It's really best to roam around eBay and see where items like yours are normally listed. If you're doing your initial sales of CDs and DVDs, that's really easy - you just go into Music -> CDs for CD sales, and a similar menu for DVDs. They make it quite straightforward. If you are going to sell something else, research where those types of items are usually found and then choose it from the selection boxes.

If you're doing a CD or DVD, all you have to do is put in the UPC code or title and it fills EVERYTHING in for you - the photo, title, description, you name it. It is SUPER easy. That's why I recommend you do a few of those first. If you are NOT doing one of those simple things, then you have to choose a title, description, etc. for your item. Read my other articles on how to choose good titles and descriptions to get your item noticed and sold.

You can skip pretty much all of the other options on the page and move on. On the price page, set a low starting price. Remember, people are likely to at least start bidding on a low price - and then they get caught up in the fun of bidding and keep bidding higher and higher. That being said, don't set a price SO low that you will lose money with the sale! There is such a thing as setting a reserve, but I really wouldn't start with reserve auctions. It's important to learn one thing at a time :) So sell something relatively inexpensive and set a low starting price.

On the next page, you set a shipping price. For CDs, I ship them at $3 each which covers the gas to get to/from the post office, the envelope, the postage, etc. It covers my shipping costs. You should get yourself a little scale from Staples or another office supply shop, so that you can easily see how much it would cost to send your item out, so your price is reasonable.

Hit the SUBMIT button, and your auction is now live! Woo hoo!

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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