While I'm still practicing and getting ready to "open for business" (January 2, 2011), I thought I'd share my tips for successful selling on eBay:
- The best time to SELL is fall, winter and early spring (more people are indoors and spending more time at their computers)
- The best time to BUY something on eBay is summer! (which would make that the worst time to sell)
- The number one rule is to always include a GOOD picture (the more the better) of the item(s) you are selling. Most people will not buy without a picture!
- The best time to list an auction is so it starts on a weekend and ends on a weekend (more people are on their computers then, and it causes more bidding wars)
- Take a gamble and start your listing at .99 cents! I know that sounds scary, but it makes your item stick out and most people are searching for "lowest price first" in the drop-down menu.
- Make your shipping prices REASONABLE! Trust me, no one wants to pay for "handling" Go to USPS or UPS web sites to "guesstimate" the shipping.
- Be careful shipping over seas or out of your country. Some countries have some strange "custom" laws. Also, shipping over seas is costly, it's like buying your package an airplane ticket!
- In your description, always be accurate and honest...if it has a scratch...list it. Include measurements, colors and sizes. Also, if it smells musty, tell them!
- Respond promptly to any questions or comment...even if you think they're dumb. Remember, the customer is ALWAYS right!
- Never leave negative feedback for anyone. Because, they will leave it for you, and just one negative feedback drops your rating below 100%. It will take a year of no negative feedback's to get your rating back up to 100%! *If you feel you must leave a negative click on "positive" and leave your somewhat negative response in the dialog box...or...don't leave feedback at all for that transaction.
Hope these tips help! Let me know if you have others to add! Check out my eBay!