Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Tuesday's Ebay Selling Tips: Do Your Research!

Once you've decided to take the risk and try your hand at selling something on ebay, and picked out something that you want to try selling (for tips see my What to Sell Wednesday Posts) the most important thing you can do next is your research.  Research is essential for:
  1. Determining if what you want to sell will actually sell
  2. Figuring out the best way to list your item
How do you do ebay research?

Let's say you have a Little Einsteins Pat Pat Rocket Ship sitting around that your 5 yr old never plays with, and you want to get rid of it.

  1. Type the general name of your item in the ebay search box and you'll get a list of active items (auctions going on right now).  But this won't tell you what you need to know.
  2. Next, check the "Completed Listings" box in the left hand column under "Show Only".  This will show you what that Pat Pat Rocket actually sold for in the last 30 days.                    Show only
  3. Finally, sort the list by the highest priced items first.  This will show you the final sale price of the Little Einsteins Pat Pat rocket ships in the last 30 days.  This will give you a sense of what you will be able to sell yours for.  Maybe you'll get lucky, and the item you want to sell sells well, like this one.  Do you have a Pat Pat Rocket Ship sitting around in your child's toy box?  If so, you might want to think twice before you sell it at a yard sale for $1!!  The price listed in green is the actual sale price.  WOW!!
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2 comments:

  1. I literaLLY have like 20 trash bags of clothing, plus toys, stufff animals & etc.. that i have been trying to sell in yard sales the past two years all i have made is like under $100 each time done like 5 yard sales total, im so tired but so need the money! You have any suggestions how to make it sell?

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  2. If you have that much stuff, you may be feeling overwhelmed! I would sort through everything and pull out the BEST stuff, toys and clothes, to sell on ebay, then consign the stuff that won't sell on ebay. Sit down with your computer and do completed searches of the items you have, one by one, to see what sells and what doesn't. Investing time in the research before you begin will save you loads of time and trouble later!

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