The popularity of online auction site eBay has been
legendary. With millions of transactions completed daily,
it is no surprise why many individuals who do not usually
shop online regularly purchase items through eBay. From
antique washboards to brand new wedding gowns, everything
under the sun can be found within the many categories in
one of the web's most popular websites. Many entrepreneurs
have used the website's popularity to their advantage and
sell things on ebay. With little start-up costs, using eBay
as your marketplace instead of a traditional storefront,
selling items on eBay is an excellent means for any
entrepreneur to develop a successful business.
There are many e-books and websites devoted on how to start
an ebay business, so resources abound on the World Wide Web.
You may want to seek out individuals who have started a
successful eBay business for their stories and helpful tips.
You can find these individuals by directly contacting them
through their eBay sites or through business-related
websites. Additionally, you should check out the websites
of other eBay sellers, especially those selling things
similar to your goods. Finally, access the eBay website
and find the specifics on how to go about setting up your
eBay business. You will find some auctions will be more
successful than others. Many sellers choose to set their
auctions to end on a weekend instead of a week day. These
sellers have determined their auctions tend to elicit more
bids during that time since more potential buyers are
Regardless what you choose to sell on eBay, keep in mind
the size and shape. You will be shipping all auction items
to their buyers, who will cover the cost of shipping in
their payment. For this reason, many buyers may be
hesitant to bid on items that will be expensive to ship.
Additionally, you will want to choose items that will
easily fit into a standard-size box, since oversized items
(even though they may be lightweight) will be expensive to
ship. You will want to be knowledgeable of the shipping
policies of the United States Postal Service in addition
to other shipping companies. Furthermore, if you plan of
shipping a large volume of items, you should consider where
you are going to get your shipping supplies. Many sellers
add in a slight handling fee to cover the cost of these
Just as with starting any business, carefully consider what
type of eBay business you wish to start. Deciding what
items to sell will be a huge part of the start-up of your
eBay business, as you must figure out where you are going to
get your stock. Many sellers choose to sell their handmade
or craft items instead of purchased goods. Other individuals
choose to sell antiques on eBay instead of renting space in
an antique mall or setting up a traditional storefront shop.
If you currently participate in an "at-home" business such as
Mary Kay, Pampered Chef, or Creative Memories, eBay is an
excellent way to expand your clientele. Many buyers are
looking for these items but do not know a representative or
do not wish to wait the traditional order time to receive
Whatever you choose to sell on eBay, the appearance and
wording of your auction will make all the different when it
comes to selling your products. Perhaps the most important
feature of your auction website will be the photographs of
the products. Investing in a digital camera will pay off
quite well in the end, as most eBay users do not look at
auctions unless they have images of the product attached.
Your description should compliment your image and describe
the product to the utmost detail. If there are any flaws
in the item, be sure to note this and even take a picture.
You will find sellers would rather bid on items they know
is slightly damaged instead of thinking they have been
duped when they receive your auction in less than mint
condition. The buyer feedback that makes up your seller
rating will be quite important, since you are selling
items based on your good faith.
John Evans runs http://www.SuccessAlert.com,
and has written the book Success Alert - Conversations with Successful Internet Entrepreneurs which has been widely acclaimed in a variety of online and print media. If you want to learn to sell things on eBay this book is an absolute must-read!