How to Sell Stuff on Ebay for Beginners (2019)
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How to Sell Stuff on Ebay for Beginners (2019)

there’s a lot of people that sell stuff
on eBay but to be honest most of the listings totally suck because the
sellers are missing out on the most money that they can get because they’re
not optimizing their listings correctly so in this video I’m gonna teach you my
five steps on how to sell stuff on eBay so that you can get the most money from
your listings even if you’re a beginner and if you stick around to the end I’ve
got a cool little bonus tip that’ll teach you how to get more feedback from
your buyers so just stick around and you’ll find out how you know I’ve sold
stuff on eBay for about five years now so that doesn’t make me an eBay guru by
any means but I can say that I am an expert when it comes to selling normal
items to normal people because overall I’ve sold hundreds of items on eBay just
as a normal seller so I dunno what I’m talking about
so whether you’re a beginner if you’ve done eBay for a while I want you to
watch this video because I’m gonna teach you how to optimize your listings so
that you can make the most money you can on eBay now if you just stumbled across
this channel I’m Jason with honest finance and I make a lot of videos on
different topics that’ll give your life and your finances more value so if you
are interested in this type of content feel free to subscribe or atleast give
this video a like and now on to optimizing your eBay listings now I’m
gonna break up a base selling into five different parts so that you can follow
along I’ve broken it down into research title and description the photography
the selling format and then the shipping and I’m gonna teach you how to optimize
all of these different areas so pay attention and we’ll start with the first
one which is your research now I don’t need to elaborate much here but you do
need to do a little bit of research before you decide to list an item you
need to get an idea of what the items selling for so that you can tell if it’s
even worth listing the item a few months ago I found a Marilyn Monroe doll in its
original box so I instantly thought that it was gonna be worth a ton on eBay
well I quickly did some research and found out that it was only worth like 15
to 30 bucks so in my opinion that really wasn’t worth very much at all I mean 30
bucks is just easy cash but you’ve still got to understand that it takes time to
list an item and eBay is still gonna charge their fees so just do a little
bit of research before you list an item that way you can actually tell if it’s
worth it or not as a general rule if I’m listing stuff on their own I’m only
gonna do that if they’re worth about $40 or more because then it’s worth it to me
and if they’re worth less than the 40 bucks then I’ll just wait till I have a
bunch of that kind of stuff so that I can group them all together or I’ll just
wait until I can um at the same time so for instance if
you’ve got a bunch of DVDs that aren’t worth very much money then it’s probably
better to just group those together and sell them as one listing and if you’re
batching stuff that just means that you’re gonna list a bunch of different
separate things at the same time so that your time management is a lot more
efficient batching items will also make shipping a lot easier too because if you
run them all as auctions then they’re gonna end at the same time therefore
they’re gonna ship at the same time now once you’ve done your research and you
know for sure that you want to sell the item then it’s time to work on my next
step which is the title and the description this is really easy to do
but I still need you to pay attention because I feel like there’s a lot of
listings on eBay where people do not follow any of these rules I’m gonna be
using this older Apple watch 1 as an example so that you guys can make sense
of what I’m talking about if it were me I’d listed as an Apple watch series 1 42
millimeter sport in space gray that’s in fair condition so why exactly did I
title it like this well I titled it on purpose like that because you want the
viewers to know exactly what they’re buying before they actually have to
click on the item I mean think of it like this if you were looking for a TV
wouldn’t you want to know the size of the TV before you had to click on it to
find out if you’re looking for something on eBay it just sucks to have to guess
what certain specs are because the last thing you want to do is to go into the
description only to find out that it’s not even the size that you wanted in the
first place trust me you’ll get a lot more bids and traffic on the item as
long as you title it with the specs that are important now you can also list the
specs and all that kind of stuff inside of eBay and I would recommend doing that
because that way if the buyers using a filter then he can find your stuff as
well and that’s just because the more information you have in your listing the
easier it is for eBay to serve it to those people that are looking for it now
as far as the description goes you’re gonna want to put your title in that
again and then you’re gonna want to give an honest description of the condition
that the items in I’d say something like it’s a used Apple watch with plenty of
scratches from normal use but it works just fine you can elaborate as much as
you’d like about the item but just make sure that you’re being honest about it
and tell it like it is and I’d also list exactly what’s going to be shipping to
the customer so that they know what they’re going to be getting so in the
case with the Apple watch I just tell them that I have a charger but I don’t
have a box and that’s exactly what’s gonna be shipping the watch and the
charger and then if you do have the serial number I’d write that in the
description as well that way you can protect yourself and the buyer from any
scams if you want to add in the description
from the manufacturer go ahead and do that but just make sure it’s from the
manufacturer and not a reseller so if you were selling a GoPro you can’t just
hop onto Cabela’s website and steal their copy you have to make sure to go
to GoPros website that way you get the correct copy that you can use on your
eBay description now on to the photography which is so easy but I feel
like a lot of beginners on eBay don’t do this right now you don’t need to be a
fancy photographer to sell stuff on eBay but you’ve just got to make sure that
your photos aren’t underexposed and that they’re not blurry either basically your
photos just need to show everything that’s going to be shipping to the
customer without a distracting background just remember that a lot of
the stuff we buy on eBay is used so you don’t want to get the vibe like the
jacket you’re buying was used on a farm all because the photo was taken on a
bale of hay just make sure to take all of your photos on a white or a neutral
background and then give it enough light so that everybody can see what you’re
trying to sell you also need to take pictures of every single angle of the
item that way the buyer can see exactly what’s on each side if that matters to
them now once you’ve taken all the photos that you need for the item just
make sure to take a picture of the serial number if you can find it because
that’s gonna protect you against scams because trust me it’s a lot harder to
get scammed on eBay when you have authenticity proof in your photos and
your description because if you bought my Apple watch and then you sent me back
a broken one I’d have proof that you were full of crap because the serial
numbers wouldn’t match and buyers also like to see the serial numbers too
because that way they can check the date when it was manufactured and all that
kind of stuff eBay has both a cropping feature and an
exposure feature so feel free to use those if you’re not too savvy with
Photoshop now I’m a professional studio photographer and I will tell you right
now the eBay does not care about fancy photos for the type of stuff that we’re
selling you actually want to leave the images pretty candid on purpose because
if you take too nice of a photo people are gonna think that you stole them and
that they’re not the real images here’s what my main photo would look like and
just make sure to crop it in as tight as you can because what you’re selling
should take up all the space and the photos the buyers just want to know
exactly what they’re looking at and that is it so just remember to take the
photos on a white or a neutral background make sure the exposure is
good and make sure that they’re not blurry and then crop in the image as
tight as you can and that is all you have to worry about and make sure not to
fix anything in Photoshop because you’re selling a used item
so you need to show it in as is condition so that you’re not lying to
anyone and now one of the selling format which is really not that complicated if
you just take this advice there’s basically two ways that you can sell
your stuff any of it because you’ve got to buy it now and you’ve got the auction
and they’re both really good in their own ways but if you want to get the most
money that you possibly can from your listings then you’re gonna want to do a
seven-day auction because statistically that one’s gonna get you the most cash
and just for kicks I want to know which format you guys prefer to sell with so
just answer the question right here or go ahead and comment down below now if
you’re in a hurry to sell your stuff then I would use the Buy It Now option
but if you want to make the most money then I would run the seven-day auction
which is what I’m gonna be talking about plus the good thing about running an
auction is that if you list a bunch of different items they’re all gonna end at
the same time which if you have a Buy It Now you have no idea when they’re gonna
be selling and now here’s the important stuff about running an auction so pay
attention if you want your listing to get the most money and the most bids
then you’re gonna want to list the item for a dollar with no reserve and trust
me because this strategy does work but only if the item is going to get bids so
if the Apple watch for an example I know that that’s gonna get the bids that I
need so I would 100% list that at $1 with no reserve because if you end up
with zero bidders because your starting price is too high or you’ve got way too
ridiculous of a reserve price then that means that nobody is gonna get
notifications from eBay you’ve got to understand the eBay gives automatic
notifications to all of your bidders and watcher so you’ve got to have as many of
those as you can to get all of those notifications out because how in the
world are you gonna end up having a bidding war if you only have one bidder
on your item trust me you want a bay to send out those notifications to the
bidders and the Watchers because that’s free advertising for you so like I said
before if you want to get as many bids as you can and you want to make the most
money on your item then start it at a buck and don’t have a reserve now if
you’ll admit leafy like the item you’re selling is not gonna get very many bids
and it’s not gonna get very much traffic then I would just start it at a fair
price that you’re willing to settle with if that’s all it sells for so basically
if you end up with only one bidder on the item then at least you’ll get paid
something because I actually had to sell a few items for just a buck because they
only got one bid and that totally sucked because they were worth a lot more than
that so what I’m trying to say here is that if you list
an item for $1 just make sure it’s gonna get enough traffic and if it doesn’t
just list it for a price that you’d be willing to settle for now if you want to
get the best results on your auction then you’re gonna want to be listing
your auction on Sundays between 6:00 and 10:00 p.m. across the entire United
States I live in Utah so I always list my stuff at 7 o’clock that way in
California at 6 and then New York it’s 9 o’clock so it makes it even now the
reason Sunday night is the perfect time to start your auctions is because it’s
gonna end the next Sunday night which is statistically the time when the most
people are on eBay because think of it like this if you’ve got a pair of shoes
on eBay that’s gonna end at 3 a.m. then nobody’s gonna be bidding on those shoes
because most of the people that actually want them are probably asleep and now
under shipping which is so simple but I still need you to pay attention and if
you guys have made it this far under the video could you please give it a like
because that’s gonna help me out tremendously
thanks now when it comes to shipping stuff on eBay all you’ve got to do is
have a fixed rate and then have it go economy now the reason you want to go
with a fixed rate shipping fee is because that way the buyers know exactly
how much they’re gonna be paying and shipping nobody likes to guess how much
they’re gonna have to pay for shipping so just stick with a fixed rate fee and
it makes it easier for everyone and the cool thing about using the economy
shipping is because you can go with any carrier that you prefer using so that
way if FedEx ended up being cheaper than UPS then you could just choose them
instead also I’ve done some testing on running items for free shipping and I am
not convinced at all that it’s any good for normal sellers like us I’ve just
found that running free shipping on your items just means that you’re leaving
money on the table because most people are willing to just pay a reasonable
amount for shipping so all you’re gonna want to do is just charge a fixed rate
amount that’s gonna be easy to go anywhere in the country because on eBay
you have no idea where the buyers gonna live when you actually ship it so you
just have to have a fee that’s gonna be fair for anywhere in the country
sometimes you’ll make some money when you ship stuff and other times you won’t
but the goal here is that you’re just close now you can get shipping prices
from eBay by giving them dimensions and weight and stuff like that but overall
it’s just gonna take a little bit of practice to know how much to charge now
the next thing about shipping is that you’re gonna want to put the item in the
smallest box possible but still keep it safe for the item because you’re gonna
be charged by size and weight so just make sure to keep it as small as you can
and also if you buy a lot of stuff online I
keep those boxes and shipping materials because you can use those on eBay and
that’s gonna save you a lot of money eBay does a great job at providing boxes
and shipping materials and stuff like that if you want to buy them on your own
but if you’ve already got boxes at your house because you’ve ordered stuff
online then just use those instead because it’s a lot cheaper because at
the end of the day eBay is gonna charge you about thirteen percent and fees so
you’re gonna want to keep things as cheap as you can so that you can make
the most money now here’s the bonus tip on how to get more feedback from your
buyers and it is so easy all you have to do is put a physical note inside the box
asking them to give you some feedback just say something like hey I’m new on
eBay and I could use some feedback if you had a good experience with me and if
you didn’t just try to resolve it with me first
trust me leaving a note in the box is so much better than trying to get a hold of
them online because it’s real so try this out and I guarantee you’re gonna
get more feedback from your buyers and it’s so easy to do once again I’m Jason
with honest finance and I make a lot of videos on different topics that’ll give
your life and your finances more value so feel free to subscribe if you want to
or at least give this video like that’s all


  • Chris Korol

    I got screwed or they attempted to screw and scam me multiple times this week. So many scammers who steal eBay high profiles and have u send the item to a address that doesn’t exist and I ended exposing a few and all they can say is I’m not a scammer look st my feedback even though I and eBay caught them red handed. What to look out for is if someone with low r 0 feedback messages you after pretending to be the winner asking you to send item to new address and then if someone uses broken English and is very abrupt. And look out for weird addresses or if you get offers from multiple accounts w same address. Don’t let them fool u w a high feedback it’s faked or stolen. I got three emails warning me that a previous potential buyer was on a stolen account. He was trying to get me to contact him outside of eBay. NEVER DO BUSINESS OUT OF EBAY. ITS SCAM CITY IF U DO THAT SND EBSY CANT HELP U. ALSO DONT LET ANYONE BULLY YOU INTO THE PRICE THEY WANT.

  • Donna Cohoon

    New at this too but something I noticed this week taking my kid to work in am those recycling bins out at curbside are full of shipping materials and Amazon boxes are perfect, you can use amazon boxes but remove the shipping info and your saving it from hitting the landfill!

  • Oscar Martinez

    I’m just getting started too. I have a couple hundred items to list and I want to do it right!

    What video do you recommend next?

  • James Robinson

    I make my own boxes. The local box store sells 4' by 8' sheets of cardboard for about $5. I made a spreadsheet where I plug in the width, height and depth of the item and it gives me the coordinates of the folds.


    Telling us to pay attention over and over again is not only condescending, it's annoying. You insulted me with your video. Also, I DEFINITELY do not agree with your strategies. Some of what you state is valid but starting items at a dollar with no reserve gets you….A FUCKING DOLLAR. Bidding wars are rare nowadays with Amazon, Bonanza, Rakutan, Alibaba, etc. Posting an expensive item like a working apple watch for a dollar means you give it away to a stranger if you don't get enough buzz. And you may very well not. Better to post a buy it now at slightly below what you want for it, keep your postings under 50 on eBay (free until 50), and be patient. If you are posting thousands of ads, that certainly does not apply but you have to post roughly 500 ads on ebay to have a successful income of any kind, just to break even with the percentages and costs. If you are just an average Joe or Jolene, don't give it away. Just under-cut the competition, be fair, be honest, and wait.

  • ScepticalShip 53

    Very helpful video because I’m just starting to sell on eBay, so how much should I charge for shipping? It’d be much appreciated. Have a good day👍

  • Savannah

    Hey there. I'm new to ebay and cannot figure out how to get my money sent to my PayPal. I've linked it as both a seller and buyer but I'm still not getting my payments sent to it. Do I have to verify my identity on PayPal first?

  • Helen Hughes

    Great tip about batch selling items. I’ve wanted to sell some old uni books for a while but didn’t know where to start.

  • Stew Vlogs

    I cleared my garage by selling everything I could on eBay. I made £800 after all fees. I am happy with that but I also tried selling 3 expensive items for an auction start price of 99 pence (U.K.) with no reserve for 7 days and each item only got 1 bid. I had to sell all 3 items for under £3 plus eBay fees to deduct. Then got laughed at by one of the buyers when they picked the item up and another felt sorry and tried to give me £10 cash extra so I didn’t feel so bad ( I refused). Not sure the 99 cent idea works. I should have made hundreds of pounds from those 3 items. Just my experience.

  • Michael Pawlik

    Very very good content. Concise and to the point packed with free knowledge. Instant subscription. I look forward to consuming all your other content! Cheers mate!

  • J Burls

    Wrong!!! Auctions do not command the most money. Your item has eyes on it for seven days only. I do way better with buy it now.

  • jazmin E

    Selling my wbay store, check out my listing Entire Ebay Store Valued 600K Listed Vintage Liturgical Merchandise for Sale

  • holly nellis

    As a buyer, I prefer the buy it now option. I used to sell stuff in the past and I did buy it now mostly. It was handmade jewelry for Christmas and made about 5K. I did do some auction’s on stuff that I didn’t care about and was very surprised when I got over $50 for an old printer ink cartridge that was still new in the packaging.

  • Allcoustic

    I haven't tried selling anything yet, but I dont like the idea of posting a 250 dollar action figure for 1 dollar no reserve. That thought makes me nervous.

  • JaVon Bolaños

    Hey! I’m new to this eBay selling thing, and I was wondering if anyone could give an opinion! If I’m selling a Wii U with 4 games, a Wii U pad and 2 wireless controllers should I do the auction starting at a dollar or do the buy now option? I’m just nervous no ones gonna wanna buy a Wii U and I only sell for like $3 or something 😅

  • Mr Smith

    Thanks for the honesty and sharing your experiences I wanted to ask you, can you edit your listing just in case i dont like my pictures or wamt to edit the price or any errors or something.

  • LaserFalcon

    First thing i ever sold was used cell phone, sold for $20, waited till got money in Paypal, packaged item and shipped, next day $20 removed by Paypal because they used a fraudulent card. Phone gone and no money

  • Leane Garden

    Here is one point for sellers from me as a buyer: When I win on Auction or buy an item on eBay and the seller won't write me a feedback, I will never give this seller feedback (if it is just a straight forward sell and my feedback would have been positive), and only give the seller a negative feedback (in the case he/she had a negative issue of course). My take on it is (as I've written numerous times to eBay) that as a buyer I've paid already in full and done my part and if the Seller is ignorant enough not to take a few seconds and give me as a buyer his feedback, I will never take my time to give him my positive feedback unless I have something negative to tell other buyers to be aware of, I even sometimes would like to confirm that a package has arrived and accepted to a nice seller that didn't leave me a feedback but unfortunately, eBay doesn't have this option unless I as a buyer must feel up the whole feedback questions, Which I just won't agree to do. It Goes Both Ways!

  • Waleed Chowdery

    Where can I find cheap packages for my products to send to people ? I mostly need it to ship e-liquid to my customer.

  • Jacob Bridges

    I know this is probably a dumb question but does ups / fed x / USPS pick it up from my house or do I have to take it there? I'm actually a ups driver and I do pick up things from peoples homes. But I dont know what it is. Could be returns ( which I know some are) but some people I'm pretty sure sell on Amazon or Ebay.

  • Dracarius Duxtorm

    Okay.. cool, awesome, very informative and helpful..
    But I still don't know how to actually set something up on the store, what buttons do I puush? ;w;

  • nate mckay

    What would you suggest I list for price when auctioning off fire resistant work clothes. They go about 100-200 a piece brand new. Is this the type of item you would still want to start off at 1$ + no reserve or should I set a fixed price. Also would u suggest selling in a group or batched together opposed to individually. Please let me know. I have never sold anything on eBay and am open to suggestions from anybody ! Your video was very helpful. Thanx

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  • marissa melvin

    You didn’t confuse me like other tutorial videos out there. Lol! Simple, easy to follow and very informative. Thank you!

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