eBay is as an online marketplace where consumers can sell their used or second-hand items to other consumers in either an “auction-style” or “buy it now” transaction.
Unlike Amazon.com where they expect their sellers to only sell a brand new product (sellers can also sell second-hand product provided that it is in a very good condition, however, second-hand selling is not popular in Amazon), eBay is less strict on the quality of being sold in their platform.
Because of eBay’s lenient policy on the quality of the product being sold, a lot of eBay sellers finds cheap items from auction houses, thrift shops, and/or flea market then sell those on eBay on a much higher price!
So if you love shopping for a bargain, trying to convert into a minimalist, looking for other ways to bring in cash then selling on eBay might be the perfect solution!
Today, I am going to quickly show you how to create an eBay account, so you can start selling your unused items, unwanted gifts, etc and earn extra income at the end of the month.
What is eBay?
Let me formally introduce eBay first before we dig deeper into learning how to sell on eBay!
eBay was founded by Pierre Omidyar in 1995 and is only a few of the companies that survive during the dot-com bubble. It’s business model is facilitating sales between consumer-to-consumer and business-to-consumer through their website. eBay is present in more than 30 countries and its market valuation is about 33.bil USD as of Sept 19, 2018
Why eBay is the Best Place to Sell Second-Hand Items?
- eBay made it easy to list items on their platform so even if you are not technologically inclined, you will still be able to figure out how to list them.
- Listing products on eBay is so fast even a busy person can will have time to do it.
- eBay assures that both sellers and buyers are protected from scams. They ensure that you receive your buyer’s payment securely and they will protect you from buyers who are trying to scam you.
- You have more than 160 million potential buyer
Nothing to sell? Don’t worry!
Selling on eBay doesn’t necessarily mean you have to sell your own items. A lot of eBay sellers made their fortune in buying items for a low price then marking it up. That being said, there are many ways to get your hands on slightly used or even brand-new items for a discounted price.
I want to challenge you to try it out, see it for yourself, come back here and share your story.
How to Sign Up on eBay – Desktop?
Step 1: Search eBay on your search bar or click this eBay link.
Step2: Google will show the results of your query. The eBay website should be on top of the result page. You will have to choose and click “My eBay”
Step3: After clicking My eBay, the page will be transferred to eBay login page. On the upper right of the screen, you will see “Create an account”. Click it if you need to create an account otherwise login using your email/username and password.
Step 4: If you need to create an account, eBay will transfer you to their “Create an Account” page. Fill up the blank space and click register or create an account using Facebook.
How to Sign Up on eBay – Mobile Phone?
Search “eBay” on your app store
Source: Google Play Store
Install eBay app
Source: Google Play Store
Create an Account
Source: Google Play Store
How Can You Increase Traffic to Your Product?
As you can imagine, there are also numerous sellers trying who are trying to sell products that are the same as yours. Now you are facing a problem of how you will end up on the first page of eBay to increase your chance to sell your item.
You can increase your visibility by being a good seller thus improving your seller reviews over time. Usually, people will buy to sellers that are trusted by the community. Obviously, this method takes time, and it requires you to be honest and show good customer service (which you should be in the first place).
Creating a niche specific blog that is related to the item you are selling is also a good way to increase traffic of your ad. Since you will spend a lot of time creating a blog, then only do this if you are a serious seller in a particular niche/market. A way to do this is to write a review, create how-to tutorials, or curate a list then advertise your products on eBay.
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Selling on eBay is a good way to make an additional income. However, a lot of people want to do the same. In order to get an edge, then you need to show excellent customer service to your customers, be prompt on delivering their bought items, and be honest with your ads. If you do all of this, then they will rate you higher thus you will eventually always end up in the first page.
Another way to increase traffic on your account is by focusing on a specific niche then creating a blog related to that niche. Another advantage of this is you can sell your items in different platforms then advertise it in one page so it is clean and centralized.
Finally, if you are thinking about where you will get the items you will sell, then I suggest that you go to garage sales. Go to a wealthy neighborhood and you might even get one for yourself. Auction houses are a good place to hunt for items as well.
That is all for now! I hope you enjoy reading today’s blog and I hope that I am able to add value to your life today!
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