I, like most people, always have items that I bought which are just lying around such as clothes/jewellery that I do not wear anymore. A couple of years ago I was just looking at things to do with my spare possessions and the first thing that came up was eBay. It was difficult at the start but I eventually found a way to use it. This blog post is dedicated to helping you make some extra money if you would like to sell your things online.
1. Create an eBay account:
The first step is to make an eBay account. You will need to go to the main page and go to the right hand side corner and click on register. This includes simple details such as: first name, last name, a valid email address and choosing a password. You will be asked to choose a username after you do this.
2. Create a PayPal account:
Paypal is a necessary component of selling/buying things from eBay as it is the way of receiving the payment from the buyer/seller. There are many steps to completing your Paypal account, you need to ensure it is secure and verified to buy and sell things online.
3. Collect the thing you want to sell:
This step is crucial! I usually complete this step every few months once I do a major clear out of my wardrobe and room. I make three piles:
- Items I want to sell: In this pile I usually have things that I bought and haven’t worn, they generally still have their tags on. These may be things that I have only worn once for a special occasion and can not see myself wearing it again.
- Charity: This pile generally consists of items you have are worn quite a bit and just want to clear room for new things.
- Bin: Anything that is damaged, ripped or has any stains. You do not want to sell or give these items away to charity.
It is ESSENTIAL you wash and make sure the things that you are going to give away or sell are clean and sterile. It will be absolutely disgusting if you bought something that was dirty so why would you do it to others?
5. Photo time
Depending on the item I am selling, I generally photograph it in a different way. For clothing I will take a photo of the
~The label or tag
~Any details(buttons, lace, zips)
6. The more details, the better
Once you are putting up an ad, it is more appealing to the buyer if you provide as much detail as possible for the title and description. It just makes it look official and generally draws the attention of the buyer. For example: Would you prefer a title that says; “Black Dress-Size 10” or “BARDOT Black Strapless dress- Size 10”. You just need to try to sell your item with the information given. Here is list of things I try to include:
~Style (Maxi, Midi, Mini)
~Condition of item (Brand new with tag, brand new without tag or pre-owned)
7. Postage, Pick up, Drop off?
It is vital you state your preferred way of delivery. If you would like to select postage, complete THOROUGH research about how much the item is going to cost, would you like to do domestic or international postage, would you like to select regular post or express post, would you like to charge for postage or not. You can go on the Australia Post website for more information. I usually get prepaid parcels that are either 500g or 3kgs. I provide a set price for the buyer to pay in addition to the cost of the piece of clothing. On other occasions for websites such as Gumtree, I only accept pick up from my house. With websites like this you need to be careful about providing too much information about your address. I provide my suburb and in the description state that I will only provide my address on request for someone who is certain they are going to buy the item.
8. Reputation is EVERYTHING!
Websites such as eBay have ‘feedback’ and ‘rating’ included in the buying and selling process. I think it is a brilliant idea for a few reasons such as: you have an indication of the buyer/seller and how reliable they are, everyone is constantly trying to maintain a well-respected reputation so they attempt to provide the best services and are very accountable for their actions. If you say that you are going to post something tomorrow, you should make sure it is posted. If you say the dress is size 10, make sure it is actually size ten.
These are my main tips and tricks to selling clothes, jewellery, shoes and other things such as furniture online. If you have any other questions or queries, do not hesitate to ask me in the comments or private message. I hope that this post will be of some sort of help to you.
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