May 1, 2007

Selling on eBay

Selling on eBay can possibly be a very rewarding experience financially because of the huge international audience that eBay can provide to its users. But as easy as it sounds, there are several challenges and factors to consider to be a successful eBay seller. Basing on my eBay experience as both a buyer and seller, having a product to sell on eBay is not enough. There are other several factors that you need to consider to be a successful ebay seller.

There are millions and millions of eBay users worldwide. These millions include both buyers and sellers. Chances are, if you are planning to sell on eBay, you have competetions. When you are competing with other sellers, dont forget to consider how low can you go in your prices and actually make some profit after cost. More sellers than buyers in a particular product type may mean that you need to adjust your prices lower to compete with other sellers and make a sale. But the question is, how low can you go and still make a profit after cost?

eBay provides several product categories. To improve your chances of being seen by the right audience, try to list your products in the proper category. If you are selling auto parts, I dont think it is wise to place your listing in the jewelry category because buyers who visit the jewelry categories are mostly ladies and they are not the likely audience that would usually buy auto parts.

Timing is everything. Know when the proper timing to list your items. Know when is the perfect timing to list your product with best chances of being seen by more potential buyers. Try not to list your halloween products during the months of January and February because most people are busy shopping gifts and products related to Valentines Day. There might be some few collectors that will actually buy during off-season, but if you want more traffic in your listings, get the proper timing. Its also important to consider the best time of day, best day of the week, and best month of the year.

Provide accurate and clear photos of your products because these are the only basis that your potential customers can see your products. Your photos will be a major deciding factor that could make or break the sale. If you provide blurr photos, some buyers might suspect that you are hiding something. Besides, buyers dont just spend their money in something like a mystery or something they are not so sure what they are getting.

Provide honest and accurate item descriptions. If there are flaws, imperfections or damage in your product, never fail to mention it in your listings. Buyers have the right to know these stuff, so if possible, provide clear photos of these flaws as well, or atleast describe the flaw in your listing. Let your buyers know the condition of the item that they will be paying for. Besides, if you are not honest, dishonesty will most likely show in your feedback.

Maintain great feedback score. Many ebayers check the feedback history of each member before they attempt to buy and sell because many ebayers need to know who they are dealing with online. They want to know the history of your previous transactions to be able to decide if you are a reliable and trusthworthy seller. And your eBay feedback will be the one that helps other ebayers to know your reputation.

DISCLAIMER: I am not affiliated with eBay in anyway, this article is based on my opinion and experience related to the topic.

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