Timing of Selling an eBay Item

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.

The exact same item on eBay sold at different times of the year or day can get vastly different prices. That's pretty obvious if you think about it. If you sold Christmas ornaments before Christmas, many people would want to buy them. If you sold them in February, most people have other things on their mind! You have to sell items when they are most likely to be bought.

There are major holidays that you can work with. Christmas is perfect for all gift giving and decorating. Valentine's Day does well for romantic gifts. Mother's Day does well with women-oriented items, while Father's Day does well with male-oriented objects. Back to School is great for anything related to schoolwork and studying, as well as dorm life. Halloween is perfect for anything that could be used in a costume idea.

As far as time of day goes, remember that when you start the auction is typically when it'll end, one week later. Many people won't bid until that very last moment, so that they are not outbid by someone else. If you make that bidding happen at 4am, most people will be sound asleep. On the other hand, if you make it happen at 10pm EST (7pm PST) then most people are done with dinner and hanging around on the computer if they're auction-happy. That's the best time to get a bidding war going on your item.

Day of the Week matters as well. Many people go out to have fun on Friday and Saturday nights. But many people are home and looking for something to do on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. Experiment with different nights and times of day to determine what your target audience is most like.

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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