Ok, a day late per my weekly to-do list, not too bad. Now, I know there are a billion eBay tips out there, but here are the ones I always tell my friends when they ask me about eBay. (In a previous life, I was a eBay Powerseller.)
1) Don’t dawdle. Just list it. – The most common mistake I see people make is put off listing their items for sale, whether locally or on eBay. I’m guilty of this myself. Unless you are listing antiques, your stuff is losing value by the second, especially electronics like laptops and other gadgetry. I’m selling an old laptop this week that I haven’t used in over a year, and it’s probably lost over $300+ in value already. Set yourself a deadline, and just list it, even if you don’t get the perfect listing time, description, or picture.
2) Take a good, clear, digital picture. – If you have to borrow a buddy’s camera, do it. This is key to selling something on eBay for a decent price – wouldn’t you rather see the actual thing you are buying? I would say this is even more important than a fancy detailed description.
3. Make your description honest, clear, and concise. There is no need for big red flashing letters, fancy animations, a big fat Powerseller logo, etc. People just want to know what it is, and if there is anything wrong with it. I’ve seen so many auctions that have plain straightforward text with a good picture sell for much more than a gawdy listing that’s 3 screens long.
By Jonathan Ping | eBay | 7/14/05, 7:23pm