View Full Version : Selling on Ebay - Shandeh's Shimple Guide

10-17-2006, 08:18 PM
Okay, this is my very first video. It's not a high quality film by any stretch of the imagination.

This is step one in the process of selling on eBay:

I'm selling 7 skeins of acrylic/mohair yarn that's been sitting in my craft room for a couple years. It needs a new home.


10-17-2006, 08:42 PM
Here is the auction listing. It already has one bid!

I'll put the other videos on how to list in the next postings.

10-17-2006, 08:53 PM

Here is more detail on the yarn. I was ready to go to the computer to list it!

10-17-2006, 08:53 PM
You rock my socks.

10-17-2006, 09:34 PM
Woo Hoo! I've always wanted to rock me some socks! :rofl:

10-17-2006, 10:37 PM
FINALLY! It took forever to get this video loaded. I think it will be working online in the next few minutes. This is a video of me listing the yarn for auction on eBay.

10-18-2006, 10:27 AM
Someone was offended by my title, "Shandeh's Ghetto Guide", because she said that someone who actually lived in the ghetto would be offended.

I told her that I live in the ghetto myself!! But I changed the title anyway.

10-18-2006, 10:41 AM
It is hard, Sandy. No matter what - there is always someone who may take offense to things no matter how innocent they are. It was nice of you to change your title for them.

10-18-2006, 11:13 AM
Here are my step-by-step instructions on how to list items for auction on eBay. Remember, this is how I list MY items. You don't have to do it the same way, of course. I have tried different things, and have been successful with this method.

Before you start selling, you should purchase some items on eBay, just to learn how the whole thing works. (Plus, you'll get some feedback on your account. No one wants to buy from a seller that has zero feedback!)

1) Choose an item to sell, and get all your facts together about the product. (Do a search on www.google.com to see what you can find out about it.)

2) Research eBay to see if anyone else has been successful with the same product, or a comparable facsimile. If you find an auction that sold for a good price, notice how they listed it. What item title did they use? Which category was it listed under? What was their beginning price? How long did the auction last? How did they describe the item in their listing? What kind of photos did they post?

3) Once you are satisfied that the item will probably do well, take a digital photo of your item. Try to make it as clear as possible. Sometimes, I get a glare if I use flash, so I just turn off the flash and turn on all the bright lights in the room. It also helps to take the photo outside on a sunny day.

Some ebay sellers purchase a special "light box" to use just for ebay photos. They place the item inside the box, and take really good photos.

4) Now, it's time to list your item.
Go to the ebay home page. www.ebay.com

Sign into your account, and click "Sell". (I haven't tried the "new" listing version, so I'll only be giving instructions with the original "Sell Your Item" way.)

Keeping "Online Auction" selected, click "Start a New Listing".

Select your Category. (You can list the item under two categories if you want a bigger audience, but all your fees will be doubled.)
Click Continue.

Select your Sub-Category on the next page.
Click Continue.

Type in your Item Title and Item Description on the next page.
Click Continue.

Type in your Starting Price. I usually start my auctions at a low price, so the bidding will start. If your price is too high, no one will ever bid on the item, and you have completely wasted your time. Plus, if you use a high starting price, your listing fee is higher.

Select the Duration of your auction. I usually want my auctions to end on a Sunday, because most people like to bid at the END of an auction, and more people are buying on the internet on Saturdays and Sundays. I feel like I get a bigger buying audience on Sundays.

Add your picture(s) (Keep in mind that the FIRST photo you add will be the one that shows as your "Gallery" image.)

Use Listing Designer. It only costs 10 cents, and it really makes your item look better. You can have a pretty background, and can lay out the photos the way you want.

Use Gallery, but only if the photo is a good one. This way, when buyers are looking at a list of items for auction, they will see a small photo beside your item title. (Gallery costs 35 cents)
Click Continue.

Choose your Payment Methods and your Ship-To Locations. A paypal account is a WONDERFUL thing to have. Even though you have to pay small fees, it's WAY worth it. You get your money right away, and your buyer has protection in case they never receive the item. (I usually urge my customers to purchase postal insurance in case the item is damaged during shipping.)

Choose your Shipping Fees. I like to use the "Calculated" shipping, because I can weigh my item (be sure to add a few ounces for later packaging), and the buyer can immediately see what their shipping fee will be. There is a small box at the bottom of the Shipping section where you can put in your own "handling fee" that will not be displayed to the buyer. This amount will automatically be added to their shipping charge. (Some sellers are very dishonest with that little box.)

Type in your Payment Instructions. This note will be displayed in their email notification from eBay at the end of the auction. Mine says, "Hello, I prefer payment through paypal, but will also accept money orders or well-concealed cash. Thank you. - Sandy"
Click Continue.

Review your listing and click Submit.

Your auction has been listed!

10-18-2006, 11:34 AM
I just got another bid! It's up to $1.76 now. So far, I'm making a whopping 96 cents. Woo Hoo! :rofl:

10-18-2006, 11:35 AM
It is hard, Sandy. No matter what - there is always someone who may take offense to things no matter how innocent they are. It was nice of you to change your title for them.

I'm okay, Lisa. I've lived through a divorce, with children and much heartbreak involved. I'm pretty tough. It takes a WHOLE LOT to get my gourd.

10-18-2006, 12:29 PM
Bidding is up to $3.25 now! :happydance:

10-18-2006, 12:37 PM
Pssst, what about reserve prices?

10-18-2006, 12:42 PM
I never use a reserve price on my auctions, because I figure that sometimes I win, sometimes I lose. It all evens out in the wash.

Some people like to set a reserve price, so they are guaranteed to make at least that amount of money. It's your choice.

I also never use the "Buy It Now" option, because then I limit myself on what the item sells for. If I had listed it for auction, it might have gone much higher!

10-19-2006, 11:23 PM
A few other things. If you notice that you made a mistake on your listing, and you haven't gotten any bids yet, you can change the mistakes by going to the item, and clicking, "Revise your item". If you have bids, you're stuck with the mistakes. You CAN add a note at the bottom of the item description, though.

Now that your item is listed, BE PATIENT. Remember that "a watched pot never boils". Just go about your business as usual, and relax. You might make a lot of money, or you might not sell the item at all. That's the way the cookie crumbles on eBay.

Be sure to check your account at least once a day to see if anyone has asked a question about the item. Your prompt response will keep their interest. If you ignore them, they will likely ignore your item.

I've had some real successes on eBay. Once, I bought a needlepoint kit at a thrift store for 60 cents. It sold on eBay for over 40 dollars! My hubby bought a McFarlane action figure at Walmart for 11 dollars, and sold it on eBay for over 100!

I've also had some failures. A few times, I have sold an item for less than I paid for. But, like I said in an earlier post, "Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose."

10-20-2006, 05:02 PM
The auction is going for $5.75 now! :)

10-24-2006, 06:02 AM
My auction ended at $5.75, which is almost exactly what I paid for it. (I got this on eBay a couple years ago.)

My buyer has already paid $10.00 through paypal, to cover the cost of the auction and shipping parcel post at $4.25.

I will leave positive feedback for my buyer, and mail the package within the next 2 days.

I save on packaging by re-using old boxes and padded envelopes from auctions I have won on eBay. Whenever I receive a package in the mail, I get my goodies out of it, then stash the empty package in a closet in one of my bedrooms. I have a nice tape gun and packing tape that I bought at Office Max. So, my packaging is CHEAP. That is why I don't charge a "handling" fee to my customers. :thumbsup:

10-24-2006, 08:43 AM
If you send stuff priority, you can also get FREE boxes from the post office too! :thumbsup: You can even pick up a stack of them (they are flat, and you do have to assemble them) to keep on hand!

10-24-2006, 03:20 PM
Yeah, some sellers like to do that. I have such a stockpile of boxes that I don't need to right now! :teehee:

10-29-2006, 08:25 PM
I wondered if it was hard to list stuff, now I know!

That was so nice of you to explain the process, and nice yarn BTW

One question..what IF you didn't have a paypal account ,do you just mail the item first, and then trust that they'll mail you a money order or check, or concealed cash?

And, IF you are a buyer, do you look for items/sellers that accept other forms of pmt. such as a bank debit card etc?

(In case you couldn't tell, i am setting myself up to try and spend some $$ on knitting stuff online.) Perhaps it's best that I don't know! hehe But hey, we gotta help each other, right?

Any help appreciated, and a 'sorry couldn't tell ya' is a perfectly acceptable answer!

And thanks again for all the insight into the 'world of ebay sales'

"ghetto," oh my, too funny! :roflhard:

PS The post office will even deliver those boxes to your door,(just visit USPS) with all kindsa labels etc for FREE, in fact they doubled my order by mistake so I had TONS of those priority boxes, perfect for storing those 'future stashes'

10-30-2006, 12:51 AM
One question..what IF you didn't have a paypal account ,do you just mail the item first, and then trust that they'll mail you a money order or check, or concealed cash?
No! You should wait for the payment to be COMPLETELY taken care of before you mail your item. You gotta protect yourself, you know! I would recommend taking money orders only until you get your paypal account.

And, IF you are a buyer, do you look for items/sellers that accept other forms of pmt. such as a bank debit card etc?
When I was first buying, I preferred using money orders, because I didn't want to give my credit card number out. (You have to protect your identity.) That's why I love paypal. I can use my debit card, credit card and bank account through paypal, and I get the assurance of paypal protecting my account numbers.

Also, if you never receive the item, paypal will refund your money! :)

10-30-2006, 08:56 AM
Sandy -

What happens if you ship the item - it gets lost - does paypal take the money back from you to refund the buyer?

10-30-2006, 09:49 AM
Exactly. You lose if it gets lost.

So, it pays to do the "Delivery Confirmation" thing.

10-30-2006, 09:50 AM
Ahhhhh..... I did not know that.

I sold my pink boots (I'm going to miss them) but my shoes did not sell. :pout: :cheering:

10-30-2006, 10:00 AM
Some buyers don't know how to use the paypal refund thing, though. It all depends on the customer.

11-02-2006, 03:43 AM
My shipment went out to the buyer a couple days after she paid, and now she has received her package and left positive feedback. :)
"great yarn, excellent ebayer"