Learn How to Sell on eBay

The original dropshipping portal, eBay has been opening doors for thrifty entrepreneurs for years. Learn how to use it to your best advantage.
The Complete Guide to High-Profit Selling on eBay in 2024
How to sell on eBay? Quick Answer: Setting up an eBay account is easy. But actually generating sales can be more challenging. The most important aspect is knowing what to sell. You need to research what products are in demand and understand the price point for similar items. With a great product, the next step is to craft compelling listings with high-quality images and accurate descriptions. Focus on delivering excellent customer service to build up positive feedback. This will increase your visibility in search results and help you convert more shoppers. On this page Introduction Why sell on eBay How to sell on eBay (step-by-step) Create an eBay account
How to Receive More Positive Feedback from Buyers on eBay
The online marketplace known as eBay has been around for so long that people may have been taking it for granted at this point. Despite that, there are plenty of people whose lives are pretty much integral with the website. Some buy whatever they need from it, while others sell there on a regular basis. While most people either occasionally render services there or just browse around every now and then, those who do use the site regularly do have to care about their own reputations within it. Much of that reputation is acquired through feedback, whether as a buyer or a seller. For this guide, we shall mostly focus on the eBay seller's side of things. Ideally, eBay feedback is a two-way street, wherein both buyer and seller leave each other feedback to help one another. Adding to that may be the first step for you to get more positive feedback on eBay, but there's a lot more to tha
How to Increase eBay Sales Without Breaking the Bank
Anyone running an online business is looking for ways to stack the deck in his or her favor. eBay sellers are no different. Any and every edge, no matter how small, is an opening to be exploited. If you're selling on eBay, you need to examine the major factors to top seller success. Today we'll be discussing the major metrics common to eBay's top sellers. We'll examine the statistics behind the sellers with the highest sales volumes and try to gain some insights from those numbers.
eBay Breaks it Off with PayPal - What it means for sellers
E-commerce behemoth eBay is officially abandoning online payments system PayPal after 15 years, opting for a new service that’s expected to deliver benefits to sellers. eBay has announced that it will stop working with PayPal in 2020 and start transitioning to Adyen, an Amsterdam-based payments company, later this year. Adyen’s customers include tech industry giants Uber, Netflix, and Spotify. Adyen primarily provides back-end payments services, like credit card processing, and won’t have a visible presence at the eBay checkout, unlike the “pay with PayPal” button. eBay users will continue to have the option of using PayPal until 2023, but it will effectively be relegated to “second-class status”. PayPal has been eBay’s main payments provider since 2003. In the same year, eBay acquired PayPal in a deal valued at $1.5 billion. eBay an
Quick Guide to Selling Antiques on eBay
Antiques are one of the most hot selling items on eBay. They’re loved by buyers around the world. They’re equally loved by sellers who make a good living selling them. In fact, it’s not uncommon for eBay sellers to source items for a couple of dollars and resell them for $50-$100 or more. If you want to try your hand at selling antiques on eBay (or another marketplace), check out my quick guide below. Why do collectibles sell well on eBay? Imagine what it would be like trying to buy antique items a decade ago: You’d have a few local stores nearby that you could take a look at, but if those stores didn’t have your antiques of choice, you would have to travel around in order to find what you are looking for. If you were a really keen collector, you might attend an annual collectors convention and s
How to take fantastic photos for eBay (and get your listings noticed!)
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and when selling on eBay, that can certainly be true! We all know that taking great photos is key to getting more buyers interested, and making more sales. Recently however, when I logged onto eBay to search for a new sweater, I was quite shocked by some of the photos people were using. I have sold clothing items before, so I know that it can be difficult to do beautiful dresses and shirts justice, but I also learned the hard way that it is absolutely critical to take the time to get the best photos possible. Why are photos so vitally important for online retailers? Ever wondered why it's so important to list only the best photos of your items? The answer is really quite simple: because other than a product description, we have no other way of deciding whether the item we are looking at is right for us. When we buy at regular stores, we c
eBay Copyright Infringement: What to Do If Your Listing Is Removed
Being one of the world’s largest online marketplaces, eBay has its advantages for sellers. It provides immense exposure, transaction security and more. To keep the site safe and foster trust, eBay enforces a number of rules. One of their policies aims to protect intellectual property owners from copyright, trademark or patent infringement by eBay users. They call this the VeRO program.
What Sells Best on eBay?
Just starting out on eBay? Check out our quick guide to getting started and fast tracking your success.  If you are new to eBay, then you should start by selling items from around the house. You might have read that same advice elsewhere and for good reason. eBay has become a intricate system and nothing can prepare you for the reality of selling. Everyone makes mistakes when they start out and it’s best to get some practice - to find out what sells best on eBay - before you start investing in inventory and selling seriously. eBay has an excellent guide to helping you find things around the house to sell. Start by selling stuff from your home If you are new to eBay, then you should start by selling items from around the house. You might have read that same advice elsewhere and for good reason. eBay has become a intricate system and nothing can prepare you for
eBay Rolls out Changes to 'Best Match' Search Algorithm
eBay has recently rolled out new changes to Best Match, eBay's sorting algorithm which determines which listings rank at the top of the search results. Best Match is crucial to making sales on the platform and therefore, this new algorithm change can affect many sellers on eBay.  So what has changed with the new algorithm?  Well eBay aren't dishing all the details, and don't expect them to, but spokesperson Johann Hoff has said that "The real key to getting and keeping a good position in Best Match is to focus on sound business practices and delivering great value and service to buyers, and follow best practices better than competitors". She offers the following tips to eBay sellers:  Offer a good start price and reasonable shipping; Provide good service; List in the right format and the right categories; Write accurate and relevant titles; Write clear i
Offering Free Shipping on eBay Does NOT Increase Your Profits!
Warning: This Lesson Contains Out of Date Content eBay often changes their shipping policies and with that, best practices in shipping eBay items change too. To keep up with the current best practices for shipping items on eBay, check out our Free Community Forum News Flash: Offering Free Shipping Will NOT Increase your eBay Profits! What it will increase, however, is the amount that you pay eBay in fees. There has been a bit of discussion about this on the SaleHoo forums, so I thought I better throw my 2 cents worth in. As you can see, I  believe that offering free shipping might not be as profitable as some sellers think. Here's why: Sure, buyers love free shipping, there's no denying that. However, they don't love it as much as eBay does, and that's because eBay makes money when sellers offer free shipping. How exactly? eBay encourages offering free shipping. And
How to Make Money Dropshipping on eBay (the Smart Way)
Did you know you can make money on eBay without spending a dime? Lots of people do it, mostly by rooting through their attics and garages, even refrigerators, to find things they don't want or need. Then they list them in the hopes that someone will buy. It's pretty hit-and-miss, but if making money on eBay is just a hobby, it's all good. However, if selling online is something you intend to do for a living, having the equivalent of an online yard sale won’t cut it. So how do you sell on eBay the smart way? Traditionally, you need to spend money to make money in retail. The first thing you need to realize is that the game has changed considerably since eBay and similar sites have provided anyone anywhere the opportunity to make money by selling online. Nobody ever said you couldn't use other people's money to make a profit for yourself. This is what dropshipping is all about
eBay Selling Tip: How to watermark your product photos
We all know the importance of taking good photos for our eBay listings. It's true what they say, a picture paints a thousand words! Wouldn't it be nice if a picture made you a thousand dollars?  Well, I can't make any promises, but here is a quick eBay selling tip that will make your product photos look ultra professional: Watermarking them!  Watermarking your product photos adds your business name or eBay username to images. Here's an example: As you can see, the seller has added their logo to the bottom-right of the photo. In doing so, the seller makes full use of the two main benefits of watermarking your product photos: The Benefits of Watermarking 1. It prevents other sellers from taking your photos and using them as their own. 2. It strengthens your brand and shows that you are an established, trustworthy business.  eBay's Watermarking Policies  Surprise
Improve Your Profit Margin With eBay Arbitrage
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Crucial Differences Between Amazon and eBay
Many sellers make the mistake of putting Amazon and eBay in the same e-commerce basket. They fail to realize that the differences between Amazon and eBay are profound. Let's use an analogy to illustrate my point: Imagine that you are a mechanic for a moment. Now someone with no experience with cars walks in and tells you that repairing a custom hotrod is the same as fixing a pickup truck! You would inform them that yes, the concept is the same, but you go about it in very different ways. This is the correct way to understand the differences between Amazon and eBay. Unfortunately, these differences are often hard for novice sellers to recognize. A good understanding of these differences enables a seller to potentially earn a good profit on both sites. But a lack of knowledge can quickly cause a seller to lose a lot of money fast.
eBay Apps That Make you a More Productive Seller
If you made $20 from 7 minutes work, you would feel pretty happy about it, right? However if it took you an hour to make that $20, your business simply wouldn't be as profitable. Profit margins on eBay can be tight. One way to help increase how profitable your selling ventures are is to really streamline your systems and make each transaction as fast for you to process as possible. Time is money, people!  Using eBay apps are a great way to speed up the process of listing, managing and fulfilling orders. eBay apps are verified by eBay, but most are created by third parties. Here are some of the most popular apps (as voted by users) that will help make you a more productive (and profitable) seller.  Cross Sell Cross Sell lets you maximize sales by showing buyers your other listings, dramatically increasing your exposure and your chances of making additional sales. This free ap
Is the eBay Affiliate Program Worth Your Time?
Any online seller worth their salt is always looking for ways to maximize their income. This includes adding passive streams of revenue, and one of the most popular passive streams available is affiliate marketing. Affiliate marketing is basically the process of selling products for someone else, but without all the legwork. In many cases you can get paid for someone else's sale just by funneling buyers through to their site. The eBay Affiliate Program has traditionally been one of the most popular options for prospect affiliate marketers. It makes a lot of sense at first glance. If you're selling on eBay anyway, and you sell to visitors funneled from your own website, you can get paid twice. Of course, you can also get paid for money spent on other sellers' products. It sounds like a win-win. So why has there been so much derision, criticism, and all around scoffing mockery as to the efficacy of the eBay affiliate program? Is it really worth your time? Today's the day you find out, as we go through the data together.
What to do When Wholesale Prices are Too High
It's not uncommon for SaleHoo members to find products on eBay that appear to be cheaper than what our approved suppliers sell the items at.  Have you been conned? Are you missing something?  No, you're not being conned, but yes, you could be missing some crucial points that will help you understand how wholesale prices and wholesale buying works and how you can get the best prices possible. Here's a quick guide to why sometimes, you can't find wholesale prices lower than eBay prices and what to do about it.  Why are eBay prices sometimes lower than wholesale prices? 1. eBay has become a wholesale marketplace for many, many products. A quick search on eBay for "bulk wholesale" reveals that you can purchase pretty much anything in bulk for decent wholesale prices.  A lot of sellers purchase bulk lots on eBay and split them up to resell them on eBay, their own website, or
7 Deadly Sins When Writing eBay Product Descriptions
There are millions of listings on eBay, and thousands for any specific item you wish. So you can imagine how stiff the competition is for sellers. The typical eBay buyer has an attention span of 8 seconds for any one item they click on, and if they see something they don't like, they move on. It could be anything from the lack of a photo to the shipping terms, but what most quickly turns off a buyer is a sub-par product description. Obviously, you want your eBay product descriptions to keep the buyer's attention long enough to make a sale. There are two considerations when making a product description: form and content. Online auctions are highly visual, so buyers tend to make snap decisions based on how a page looks, and that includes eBay listings. Before you can lure buyers into reading your product description, you must make sure the listing is visually appealing. Once they find the listing interesting enough to actually read, the content comes into play. Below are the seven deadly sins when writing eBay product descriptions that can lead you to eBay seller hell.
Making Money on eBay the Smart Way
Making money on eBay can be done without spending a dime. Lots of people do it, mostly by rooting through their attics and garages, even refrigerators, to find stuff they don't want or need, and then listing them in the hopes that someone will buy. It's pretty hit-and-miss, but if making money on eBay is just a hobby, it's all good. However, if selling online is something you intend to do for your bread and butter, then this half-assed way of doing it won't provide a happy ending. So how do you sell on eBay the smart way?
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Ask an Expert: How to Remove Negative Feedback on eBay
What’s the best way to go about removing negative eBay feedback? 💡 Quick Answer: Step One to tackling negative eBay feedback is to get to grips with how the system works and why it's crucial for your reputation. When you receive that bad feedback, don't panic! Step Two? Respond promptly and professionally to share your side of the story. Thirdly, take a closer look at options for removing feedback, particularly if there's been a mix-up or a violation. Generally, the buyer must be at fault. So if eBay is unwilling to adhere to your feedback removal request, stay positive. View feedback as a chance to learn and improve your eBay game. Don’t forget, every setback is a step towards gearing your business for success! It's no secret that not every eBay transaction goes off without a hitch. Sometimes, despite your best efforts as a seller, thi
When is the Right Time to Set Up an eBay Store?
When is the right time to set up an eBay store? 💡 Quick Answer: The right time to set up an eBay store is when you're consistently generating a good volume of sales each month and find yourself frequently listing new products. If you're looking to build a recognizable brand, need better tools to manage your inventory, or want to save on fees, an eBay store is a good option. If your online selling is becoming more than just a hobby and you're ready to take it to the next level, it's time to set up a store. For most people, starting an eBay business is very exciting. The desire to have a successful, thriving business and make lots of money right away can be overwhelming. This makes some new sellers go a bit overboard in the beginning. One of the primary ways new sellers often take on too much is by opening an eBay store as soon as they start selling on the p
eBay Dropshipping: 8 Tips for Guaranteed Success! [w/ Case Study]
eBay is a great platform for dropshipping in particular because it makes no distinctions between dropshippers and regular retailers. Dropshippers never lose out on privileges accorded to retailers; as long as an item is listed, it doesn't matter to eBay if the seller has the item on hand or not. However, there are unique challenges that dropshippers face on auction sites like eBay, especially if you are just starting your own dropshipping business. Today we're talking about some of those issues, and how you can overcome them.
Avoiding the Nightmare of Account Takeovers: It's more common than you think!
Doing business on the internet, although potentially very profitable, also carries with it certain risks.  There will always be unscrupulous individuals wanting to get something for nothing, trying to steal your personal and financial information or do whatever else they can to rip you or others off. What is an "Account Takeover"? On eBay, one of the most serious and frightening ways criminals often try to perpetrate fraud is through what's known as account takeovers.  Account takeovers are just like what they sound,  someone else taking over your eBay account.  And once someone takes over your eBay account, he/she can wreak all sorts of havoc in your name, defrauding buyers, spamming other eBay users, accessing your personal information, and even accessing your PayPal account and other financial information in some cases.  So as you can imagine, account takeovers are frighteni
Astonishingly Easy Ways to Make Your eBay Listings Go ‘Pop!’
Today we have another guest post for you from eBay PowerSeller and Former eBay Top Seller Account Manager, Erika Garnica. An eBay listing is an advertisement.  This may seem like common sense to some, but I’ve seen enough poorly-presented listings to know that it’s worth repeating.  Now this doesn’t mean that visual presentation is the most important factor in creating a successful listing.  Obviously, price, title, and shipping cost are more crucial in obtaining a successful sale.  But as eBay grows more and more competitive, oftentimes it’s not possible to underprice all of your competitors all the time, nor always offer free shipping, nor create a title that’s always significantly more effective than all the others for the same product. As a result, convincing a buyer to purchase your item instead of someone else’s can often come down to other facto
Quick Guide to eBay Listing Upgrades: Are they worth paying for?
eBay fees are a sore point among many sellers. However, the fees you pay cover all the costs of making the marketplace so great. Along with listing fees and Final Value Fees, eBay also offers Listing Upgrades, but each come at a cost. These upgrades offer your listings greater exposure, and therefore, should increase your sale price. There are a few Listing Upgrades to choose from, so which ones are worth paying for? Below I've listed eBay's most popular Listing Upgrades and offered my thoughts on each of these. Let me know your experiences with Listing Upgrades by leaving a comment below.  Also Read: eBay Dropshipping Guide Gallery Plus  Cost: $0.35 or $1 for Good Til Cancelled (GTC) listings. What you get: A larger version of your featured image which stands out in search results and attracts more buyers.  Worth having? Get used to me saying that it's worth paying ext
How to Come Up with Creative Ideas for What to Sell on eBay
Everyone who decides to start an eBay business has to make the all-important decision of what to sell. The vast majority of new sellers immediately jump to the idea of selling the most popular, trendy items on the market. It’s no secret that these top-selling items on eBay must be making a lot of money for someone, somewhere. But how do you get started? How do you decide which items to sell? There are millions of products available through suppliers, so what’s the best way to decide? In this article, we’ll talk about how to brainstorm and research the best items to sell on eBay. Brainstorming: How to Choose Which Products to Sell on eBay “What should I sell?” It’s a big question that has a lot of answers. What most people really mean is, “What should I sell to make the most money online?” It’s often a good idea to sell what you know or what you’re passionate about, which
How good is eBid for selling? An in-depth look
eBay has long been the undisputed king of online auction sites. It is certainly the standard by which all other online auctions are measured. Unfortunately, as of late eBay is drawing some disgruntled comments from sellers. More and more people are being put off by eBay and are looking for reasonable alternatives where they can list their products. One of the big names thrown about on a consistent basis is eBid. Today, we'll take a look at what makes eBid an attractive eBay alternative, where it comes up lacking, and what the best course of action for online sellers is.
The eBay Seller’s Guide to PayPal Claims, Disputes, and Chargebacks
There are over 179 million active PayPal accounts around the world. Of eBay’s 90 million users, almost 90% have a PayPal account. eBay even allows users to filter search results based on only displaying sellers who accept PayPal. If you sell on eBay, accepting PayPal is critical to enjoying profits. That very real truth doesn’t sit well with all eBay sellers, as PayPal has earned a less-than-stellar reputation among some merchants—especially when eBay and PayPal appear to favor the buyer when it comes to claims and disputes. In reality, both companies have policies in place to protect both buyers and sellers. When a customer issue arises with a purchase, eBay and PayPal have platforms available to facilitate resolution of the problem between the seller and customer. If a dispute cannot be resolved between the buyer and seller, it can escalate to a chargeba

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