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Learning eBay

May 1st, 2008 at 12:31 pm

I know I'm way behind most of you, but I am just learning to sell on eBay. Yesterday my sister brought over 5 items (at my urging) and we sat down and figured out how to put them up for sale. They are all in the $30+ range. So far no bids. I don't think they're overpriced -- all are very nice items, but perhaps I haven't made them stand out? We'll see how it goes. It's a learning curve.

I figured out my April spending totals:

Vet/Pet Supplies: $334
Groceries: $191
Medical/Health: $175
Eating Out: $133
Entertainment: $48
Cell phone: $45
Gas: $33
Household Supplies: $21
Gifts: $15

The big vet bill was my dog's annual, treatment for worms, and various medications for both him and my cat. This month, their care was more expensive than mine!

5 Responses to “Learning eBay”

  1. Ima saver Says:

    I am even further behind you. I don't understand e bay at all!!

  2. Petunia Says:

    Good luck with your e-baying! I'll be interested to read your updates. I haven't dipped my toes into the e-bay world but have thought I should.

  3. disneysteve Says:

    I'd say the most important points on ebay are:

    Accurate, properly spelled title
    Detailed description
    Clear, close-up photo
    Reasonable starting bid
    Offer Paypal as a payment option

    If you do those 4 things, buyers will find your items and buy them.

    Don't worry that you have no bids yet. Most bids happen on the last day of the auction, especially in the last 30-60 minutes. What you may see is Watchers. Those are folks who have bookmarked your item to follow its progress and check back later. Watchers don't always become bidders, but they often do.

    Good luck. Let me know if you have any questions.

    Final thought, new sellers are always at a disadvantage as buyers are a bit hesitant to deal with someone who is new and has zero feedback. There's nothing you can do about that except have patience.

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  5. Carolina Bound Says:

    Thanks, Steve. Your insights help. I won't expect miracles, but I am encouraged that there are a few watchers.

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