Without a doubt, eBay has always been my go-to when it comes to selling my unwanted clothing and accessories online as a way to make some extra money. I have to admit, I don’t see the same level of interest on clothing as I used to- it seems that gone are the days where I would have a ton of watchers on an item, only for it to descend into a bidding frenzy in the last few seconds of the auction. That said, there is still money to be made on eBay- and even a whole community of people who buy to sell on the site and make a full time job out of doing so. I’ve sold my old clothes (and my mum’s, and some of my extended family’s!) online since I was about 18 so 8 years of experience and a few thousand pounds later- I’m here to share with you my top tips for selling on eBay.
Do your research
As with most things, a little research goes a long way. You will get the maximum value for an item if you do some research first to see what is currently being sold, and what has already been sold. The best things to sell on eBay are things you already have in your own home. Only in the last year or so have I discovered that you can actually view completed listings to see the value that an item sold for, the description, and the photo. Once you know how much someone has been willing to pay for the same (or similar) item, you know how much you can charge for the item that you are trying to sell. You may be surprised! I love seeing what other bloggers have been selling to get some inspiration. Did you know that you can even sell empty bottles and jars?
Title description is key
A title description should always be very clear, and you should make use of the full character limit. Before writing your title, think about what people are likely to be searching for- eliminate any words like ‘lovely’ or ‘beautiful’ because that’s just not what people will be typing into their search bar. The best things to sell on eBay, are the things with the right title descriptions and photos. The title should be as descriptive and informative as possible. For example, if you were listing a dress you would put the brand, size, style, colour and pattern to make sure as many people as possible can find your listing through the search bar.
Clear photos mean that buyers get to know exactly what they are buying. Ideally your photos should be well lit, with a plain background so that the focus is on the item. If you can, put the item on a mannequin or take photos of the item of clothing as you are wearing it so that the buyer can get a good idea of what the garment will look like when worn. Be sure to use as many photos as you can, and highlight any flaws both in the photos and the description.
Timing is everything
When you are listing your item, think about when the auction is going to end. The best things to sell on eBay will end at the most convenient time for bidders- they sell the best, because the number of people viewing the listing is higher. Ideally you want your listing to end on a Sunday evening between around 6-9pm as this is when most people will have access to a phone or computer to make a bid. If your listing ends during the night, or during the working day, it’s likely that there won’t be as many people available to be bidding on your item. Luckily, eBay have a scheduling tool so that you can schedule your listings in advance. This means that if you schedule a 7 day listing to go live at 7pm on a Sunday night, you know it’s going to end at prime time the following week.
Relist, relist, relist
If at first you don’t succeed, list, list and list again. Sometimes pieces of clothing will hang around forever and then all of a sudden you will have a few people bidding on it weeks after you first listed it. If your item doesn’t sell on the first time round, don’t get disheartened- it only takes a few seconds to relist it and a buyer will soon come along. Remember- someone’s trash is another’s treasure, there is a buyer for everything! The best things to sell on eBay are those items that are already lying around your house- and it helps if you have already created the listing for them. You may as well carry on relisting if the hard work has already been done.
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