Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: The Sunshine State
My .02 for you. I'm no "Superseller" or whatever, but I've been doing ebay for a few years. Hope some of this helps you.
**Reserve: I've always used the reserve for exactly what it's intended for...the bare minimum you'll take for an item. That way you're never stuck getting too little for it. Sometimes items don't sell, but oh well...at least you didn't just give it away.
**Pictures: Don't skimp on the pictures!! I can't stress that enough. I don't care if you host them yourself or pay ebay's fees to host them, but have good, clear pictures of your items. Even go as far as finding a good background to take the pics....a clean professional backdrop looks ten times better than seeing the items laying on your floor or bedspread. And the more professional you come across, the easier it will be to get people to trust you and bid on your items.
Maybe everybody's not as picky as me, but I won't even bid on an item if there's no pictures of it. And if given the choice between two items described as exactly the same, I'll pick the one with the clear pictures so that I'm sure of what I'm getting.
**Description: Try to come across as knowledgable and literate in your descriptions. I can't stand people that type descriptions the same way they would talk. Anyone ever heard of grammar and spelling? If someone is too much of an idiot to type a few paragraphs clearly enough that I can understand them, I'm sure as hell not going to buy anything off them. And be honest in your descriptions. If the item has a flaw...list it. It may not neccesarily stop people from buying. However, if you don't disclose it, you'll end up with bad feedback, which will stop people from buying off you in the future.
**Shipping: Do you're homework on shipping. Weigh the items and use the online shipping calculators to predetermine shipping costs. I always use USPS Priority. Ebay has it set up so that after I input the type of package and weight, all a pontential buyer has to do is input their zip code, and it will tell them how much shipping will be. And have the items ready to go as soon as you can after they're sold. Again, it comes down to feedback....if a seller's feedback all says "quick shipping", you can be pretty sure he'll get picked next time over someone who is "slow to ship". You can state your own policy in the shipping area...I usually put "Item will ship within 3 business days of end of auction"
**Protect Yourself: I've made a habit of only offering Priority shipping, in combination with Delivery Confirmation. Add the 50 cent charge for confirmation right into the shipping charges and don't give people the option not to take it. That way your never stuck with refunding money for an item that you shipped out, but they "claim" they never got. Also, I usually state Insurance is optional, but if it's refused, I won't be responsible for damaged items.
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