Troubleshooting your eBay auction
I’ve been doing a short weekly segment on a local radio show in Nashville sharing some of these money making-tips.
The last few weeks we’ve discussed selling on eBay and one morning not long ago we opened it up for call-in questions. The first caller asked a question that probably reflects the experience of many sellers new to eBay.
He said he went through all the steps required to start an auction on eBay, but when he later went back to the site, he couldn’t find his item.
First, I told him he should have received an email that contained a link to the item he was selling on eBay. However, I suspect he went back onto eBay and used the eBay search feature to try to find his auction.
There are, of course, many pages of search results for most items being sold on eBay. I told the caller that it was likely his item was priced too high or had a high shipping price, which caused his auction to be buried toward the end of the search results.
A highly competitive price is probably the single most important factor if you want your auction to be listed at or near the top of search results. Shipping costs run a close second. Of course, if you’ve put your item in the wrong category, you’re in big trouble as well. Ditto if you’re written a poor or misleading headline for the item you’re selling on eBay.
Another factor is your seller rating. You need to have a history of providing good service. And that brings us back to how important it is to be honest in product descriptions and prompt in shipping.
Selling on eBay is like selling at any store. Customers don’t walk through the door if you don’t have a good reputation.
Could you use some extra money?
Okay, it was a dumb question. In today’s economy, virtually all of us could use a little extra cash, either to make ends meet or for that occasional special treat.
The key to getting a little more spending money might be sitting right in front of you, or hidden away in some closet at your home.
Everyday thousands of people are improving their cash flow by selling items on the Internet. Websites like eBay, Half.com, Etsy, and Craig’s List are designed to connect you to people who want to buy your stuff.
This series of articles will introduce you to online selling and give you the tools and hints you need to earn some extra cash in your spare time. Some people are creative enough and work hard enough to make a full time career out of selling online through sites like eBay.
Here’s some great news: If you have access to a computer with an Internet connection, you’ve already taken care of your biggest expense to get started as an online seller. You’ll also need a regular checking account and a Paypal account.
Paypal is an online payment and banking system. Sites like eBay use Paypal for almost all their sales. Go to Paypal.com to open your account. You’ll need your checking account information. Signing up easy and Paypal is basically free.
Once you have a Paypal account, do a little exploring. Look around your house for things you aren’t using anymore then get on your computer and go to www.ebay.com and start browsing through the thousands—no, millions—of items people are selling. Can you find any of the stuff you have sitting around your house?
If so, there might be an anxious buyer waiting for you out in cyberspace.
Next time we’ll show you how to really get a good idea how much you can expect to make when you sell something on eBay and the basics of listing your items.