How to Increase Your Ebay Sales

Welcome Ebay Sellers - Learn how to beat the slow times!

Hi!  Are you an Ebay seller?  Selling on Ebay seems to go in cycles - sometimes I have lots and lots of sales and other times it's slow.

This lens outlines the techniques I have used to take advantage of slow times and to continue to make money on Ebay.  Of course I would love your suggestions too, so feel free to sign the guest book, or submit your favorite ebay blog link to the plexo below. :)

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Buy Low, Sell High!

Slow times are a GREAT time to buy! Although buying inventory right now may not result in an immediate increase in sales, it will get you ready for the next few months. If you don't buy inventory now, then you won't be prepared for when sales do pick up. You need to stock up your Ebay store or build a stockpile of items ready to auction off in the next few months.

Of course, it's scary to buy when things aren't selling.... What if this recession lasts a lot longer? Wouldn't it be better to save your money? What happens if you end up buying the wrong stuff that no one wants? The doubts are always going to be there and that's why this is a challenging business.

"Be fearful when others are greedy, and be greedy when others are fearful" -Warren Buffett

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Become a Trend-Spotter

and it will be easier to figure out what to buy!

Ebay makes it easy to find out exactly what's hot. Check out Ebay Pulse for lists of popular searches, hot items, and information on trends.

However, the way to really profit on trends is to be one of the first people to spot them, or to cater to things that are hot when they are just warming up.

This is a little bit trickier, but definitely feasible. One of the main ways to find out what your buyers are really interested in is to hang out where they are. Whatever your niche is, there probably are some magazines that your buyers read, some forums they participate in, some websites they frequent, etc. Go where your buyers hang out, and you will be able to enter into their minds. Try to fulfill their needs and wants. Being the first seller to offer a product in a certain niche will give you a great advantage.

Also, look at what you have sold, and what other things your buyers have bought. Is there a way you could sell the same item over and over? Or perhaps find similar items of interest? For people selling new merchandise, this is common, but for sellers of antiques & collectibles, it might seem harder to do. However, with some work you may be able to source out the same product over and over and sell it for a decent profit each time.

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Diversify your Ebay Business

.... Don't keep all of your eggs in one basket...

If it's not selling, sell something else.

Things have their seasons. For example, textbooks sell really well during the beginning of semesters, but not very well during the rest of the year.

If you would like to have more steady sales during the entire year, it might be a good idea to learn about other kinds of products to sell.

There are so many things to sell on Ebay - books, clothing, collectibles, car parts, cars, crafts - pretty much anything you can think of!

In trying to figure out how to diversify your business, think about what you are interested in and what you can find to buy. It's fun to sell stuff that you enjoy. :)

Improve the quality of your Ebay listings...

Tips for how you write your Ebay auctions

I believe that there is ALWAYS room for improvement. Remember that people will only buy your items if they feel that they can trust you.

  • Get rid of the NO's! Count how many times you say "no" or "not." Even one NO is too many. Do you really need to say "Do not bid if...?" Ebay clearly tells bidders that they are entering into a contract when they bid, so there really is no reason for you to state that in your listing. See what happens if you get rid of all of your no's.

  • Do you have a disclaimer that says that you are not responsible if the package is damaged by the postal service or doesn't arrive? This is a REALLY bad way to do business. How would you feel if you ordered something online from a major online retailer and when it didn't arrive, they said "We sent it. I guess it's your fault that it didn't arrive." I self-insure on all low-cost items and purchase insurance on all higher cost items. Insurance is really for your protection, not the buyer's. For more expensive items, I ship by Fedex and require signature.

  • Offer FAST shipping. Don't just say that you can offer priority mail or overnight shipping, but list the actual cost. Buyers who want something fast don't want to wait around for an email response. State how long it will take for your item to ship. Be specific and you will win sales.

  • Use keyword rich titles and descriptions. Fill your title with keywords that your buyers will search for. In the description, use the same keywords again, and also any additional keywords that may help your buyers find your items.

  • Learn to take high-quality pictures of your items. Also, photograph any defects or damage. Camera Jim's Guide to Ebay Auction Photography is a great how-to resource. I found his page about photographic lighting particularly useful.

Compete on price, if you can.

During slow times, people try to save money. If you can compete on price, you should try your best to do so. (However, remember that your feedback and service makes a difference, and people will pay more for good customer service.)

You can offer a really good deal by pricing below the competition. Remember that your competition is not just other Ebay sellers. Although some people only shop on Ebay, many people shop for the same kind of product on other sites as well as in stores. Keep up on what the prices are elsewhere. In some cases this may even mean that you are competing with Walmart! When setting a price, try to think like a buyer who is looking to get the fastest, cheapest, and most convenient deal.

By the way, you might not like selling for less. However, if you can sell more of your inventory by lowing your prices just a bit, then you can take the money you make on that and re-invest it. Investing your profits in more inventory is a good way to grow your business.

Remember to factor in shipping costs. Try to charge a reasonable shipping fee. You may even consider offering free or very low-cost shipping.

My favorite place to shop for supplements is The reason is that they offer good products at a competitive price and they charge really low shipping, and ship very fast. Not only do they charge really low shipping, but they also give a "Thank-you" discount on every order. My most recent purchase was for an item that cost $15.00. They gave me a $0.75 thank you discount. Then they charged $1.50 for shipping. The total price came out to $15.75. Wow - I was amazed! Meanwhile, their competition had the same item for $12.95 but the shipping cost from their store was $5.95. So not only did I get a better deal, I also felt really, really good about it! :) Make your buyers feel good :)

Evaluate your Pricing Strategies

I know I just told you above to compete on price, but believe me, I don't think we should all sell things really cheap!

Often, people will pay more for things when they can "buy-it-now" because they can get it immediately and there is no waiting to find out if they are the winner. You may want to add buy-it-now to your auctions, list things in the fixed-price format, or create an Ebay store to list your items there. Learn how to add Buy-it-Now to your listings.

Ebay stores are really good for one-of-a-kind type items that might take awhile to sell. That's because you only pay about 20 cents per month per item (plus about a $15 monthly store fee). Some items just won't sell in a 7-day time period, but may very well sell within a few months or a year. These items only interest a small number of people. They should be somewhat uncommon because if there are lots of auction listings for your item, those auctions will show up in the search results, but not your store listing. However if you are one of only a few people who have the item, you can put it in your store and wait for the right buyer. (** 2011 update - This has changed... if you have multiples of the same item, stores are also a good idea now! Learn about how Ebay Best Match works for more information.)

Try enabling the best offer feature on your fixed-priced listings. Now, Ebay allows buyers to make 3 offers, and sellers can also make counteroffers. You can also specify the lowest amount you will accept and have Ebay automatically decline lower offers.

How to Make More Money on Ebay

Increasing Ebay Sales is one of the ways... Here are all 3!

There are really only three ways to make more money on Ebay:

1. Reduce your costs so that you have more profit on each sale.

Here are some ideas:

- Increase your feedback rating, which will qualify you for a discount on Ebay fees. You can increase your feedback rating by providing more accurate descriptions, shipping faster, and answering customer emails faster & better. Find out more about how to get a Top Rated Seller discount (up to 20%) on Ebay fees here.

- Look into saving money on shipping. Compare UPS, Fedex, and USPS rates. I ship by Fedex sometimes because they are sometimes cheaper, especially on large packages or those requiring insurance. Save money on gas by having your packages picked up. Try USPS Carrier Pick-up for free!

- Buy supplies like boxes and tape in bulk. I found the best prices at Papermart

- Lower costs on acquisition of inventory by negotiating prices or buying more quantity.

2. Sell things for more money - higher value items.

Don't sell cheap stuff! Most things take about the same amount of work to list, pack, and ship. Spend your time wisely by only selling more expensive things. Calculate how much money you make on something after ebay fees, paypal fees, shipping costs, etc... You might find it not worth your time to sell things for less than $10.

3. Sell more things.

If you're going to sell cheap stuff, you will need to sell a lot of them in order to make it worth your time! And you will have to figure out how to do it fast. If you have 100 of the same item, it only takes 1 listing. If you have 100 different items, you need to create 100 different listings. Plus you will have to find different shaped boxes or envelopes to mail in.... Much trickier! So if you go for cheap, go for a lot of the same. Personally I choose to go for expensive and I try to sell unique items.

Ebay Tools

I sell on Ebay all of the time, and also use Ebay as a place to buy my inventory. Overtime I have found some extremely useful Ebay tools. I'm not affiliated with any of these, but thought I would share them with you. (Plus, then I can come back to my own lens to find these tools when I get forgetful :)

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flaminglacer 9 years ago

Glad to have you as a member of the Make Money Online Group - drop by the Group HQ sometime and see what is there for you.

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rksmythe lm 9 years ago

Thanks for stopping by my lens. The Guest book at the end is just my preference. You've done a great job here.

tmfvideo 9 years ago

Sharp lens, great eBay info!!

Petee 9 years ago

Nice lens! eBay is a great way to make money online. Thanks for being a member Town Hall group.

anonymous 9 years ago

Thanks for stopping by my tutorial lenses. You have a great guide here as well! - Kathy

ebayriches 9 years ago

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TN Grand Dad 9 years ago

A rare treat! An informative lens, loaded with valuable suggestions, and not a 'buy my info' link in the bunch! Very refreshing!! And good suggestions, all!


mobile316 8 years ago

5 stars to you and yours. RSS for me. THX!!

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ReddSpring 8 years ago

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mudderspudder 8 years ago

I've enjoyed reading your lens~full of information and I'll keep coming back!

mudderspudder 8 years ago

Very informative lens. I really enjoyed reading and exploring your links!

anonymous 7 years ago

Hi this info is very informative. keep it up good job. i am loking to really drive my sales up. need more info & help. my id is shops2008 at

anonymous 7 years ago

There is another way to increase your sales. You can represent your goods with 360 view, and you can make it by your self. With

anonymous 7 years ago

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anonymous 7 years ago

Great Site, Worth Visiting. I have got everything I came for now. I understand perfectly. If there are more sites like this one, then things will surely help out to understand the slow times on ebay & to drive sales on.

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CoolFoto 7 years ago

Not an Ebay seller except on our Squidoo modules. Sounds like good advice, though.

FotoFuze 6 years ago

You can also use to create 360 product views (and its free!)

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Kiwisoutback 6 years ago from Massachusetts

Excellent tips! I've made a lens on increasing Ebay sales as well:

I think the most helpful tip I could give any Ebay seller looking to increase their sales is to become a more niche-oriented store and seller. The more niche you get, the better you'll be able to describe your product, find unique product, and even take better photos. Even when you sell something everyone else is selling, but have a rock-solid guarantee behind it (and a near perfect feedback) and low/free shipping, customers will buy from you. If you're the king or queen of your niche, you have a lot more authority and respect, and people seem to be willing to pay for that. Nice work on this lens!

anonymous 6 years ago

you can also you a social media marketing service (e.g. to increase your sales.

DanSuciu 6 years ago

I think the most helpful tip I could give any Ebay seller looking to Increase Your Sales is to become a more niche-oriented store and seller. The more niche you get, the better you'll be able to describe your product, find unique product, and even take better photos. Even when you sell something everyone else is selling, but have a rock-solid guarantee behind it (and a near perfect feedback) and low/free shipping, customers will buy from you.

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CCGAL 6 years ago

Just curious if you've used Page Mage or Doba? They were both sponsors of the eBay Radio Party in Las Vegas this past summer. I haven't used either one yet. Best part of that event was hearing John Lawson speak. He rocked!

The only "tip" I can share is that when I was selling my books on eBay earlier this year I Twittered the auctions at various times, and got quite a few hits. I like to think that helped me sell them.

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ElizabethSheppard 5 years ago from Bowling Green, Kentucky

I like these ideas, and will be back to read through them again. It's good to know there are some more tips to get back into Ebay with. Thanks!

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paperfacets 5 years ago from La Verne, CA

Being an online sellers has lost it's allure for me. I gave up the eBay in January and it is all I can muster to keep my Etsy loaded. The best to your endeavors in the New Year. Are you aware of the Squidbid header?

resabi 5 years ago

Thanks for this. I've been a sporadic eBay seller for a number of years. Your lens is encouraging me to focus on this again. Good suggestions -- thanks.

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capriliz lm 5 years ago

You have some great tips here for eBay sellers. ~blessed~

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puzzlerpaige 5 years ago

We've just received a box to stuff to sell on ebay. A relative gave some collectibles to my daughter for her to have a hand at selling. We are a little intimidated but very excited to give it a try. The info you have here has caused me to think about things I hadn't considered. We will see what happens!

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plaidlunchbox 5 years ago

You can also promote your eBay store through Big Crumbs ( will take you there). It's a good way to bring in more buyers, plus you can can get cash back rebates when you shop through them.

miaponzo 5 years ago

I have sold things on Ebay.. you really have to have something different and in demand :)

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itsmuzza2011 5 years ago

i make hand made baby gifts for newborn to toddlers, these sell like crazy and it's a year round thing cos babies come all year round, my tip is learn to make something useful that everyone wants and is easy and resonably cheap to make , then your on to a winner, good luck and i hope this helps a few of you

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UKGhostwriter 5 years ago

very interesting, nice lens!

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ValarieMiller 5 years ago

Excellent lens! The best days to end an auction are Thursday and Friday evenings east coast time. That's when I get the highest bids for my items.

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bboy131 lm 5 years ago

Great lens!

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hotbrain 5 years ago from Tacoma, WA Author

@ValarieMiller: That's really great to know. For a long time, the advice has been to end auctions on Sunday. And a lot of people do end auctions on Sunday, but the problem with that is if you end it on the same day as everyone else, you are possible competing with other sellers who have the same or similar item. I've actually had the most luck with buy-it-now instead of auctions. Then people can buy anytime. I also accept best offers, so it is like a reverse auction.

queenmbeautycosmetics 5 years ago

Excellent tips for ebay sellers............

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MelissaInTheSky 5 years ago

This lens is a great resource! Thanks so much.

theprintcenter 5 years ago

Really enjoyed reading your lens! Thank you for all the great info, I will be sure to use it next time I put something on eBay.

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Iulian LM 5 years ago

Thanks for the tips! Great lens

chrispell017 5 years ago

nice lens! nice tips!

Beepopalula 5 years ago

Totally right ! Very good tips. I'm a ebay seller who learn a lot all these months. Nice job !

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Psycho-Gamer 5 years ago from Earth

liked and bookmarked...this lens will be a good starting guide for the future....i wish i could favorite...(damn u HQ and ur last update)

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QuinnWolf LM 5 years ago

Great lens. You definitely speak a lot of truth about making money selling on eBay. I do it as my full time job and your tips about diversifying and spotting trends as the two of the three most important factors in being successful. The third is establishing product lines so you can calculate shipping costs and purchase shipping materials in bulk to cut down on costs.

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letsgoduke 5 years ago

Great page on how to improve on eBay; do you have any advice about how to get started? Should I just start looking at trends in a niche I know a little about, then start buying? That's the only way I can see to get started without already having something to sell, so if you have more advice, I'd appreciate it!

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hotbrain 5 years ago from Tacoma, WA Author

@letsgoduke: That sounds like a good idea... I've spent many hours studying the completed listings. Sometimes I then recognize something at thrift store, estate sale, etc. Maybe I'll have to write a new lens about getting started. Most people seem to start out with selling their own personal stuff or a family member's stuff. But if you can't do that, then probably picking a niche that you are interested in would be the best way to go. Be ready to make some mistakes... I sure have! I've tossed some stuff out because I figure it's better to cut my losses and move on.

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hotbrain 5 years ago from Tacoma, WA Author

@QuinnWolf LM: Yes, establishing product lines is a very good idea. Or at least focusing on a niche. Then you become an expert in something, and may find deals that other non-experts overlook. It sure takes work!

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whoisbid lm 5 years ago

Thanks for taking the time to put this info together. I know where to come now if I need help on Ebay

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blessedmomto7 5 years ago

Great tips, thanks so much. I learned a lot reading this.

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Wednesday-Elf 5 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

I LOVE selling on eBay -- and these are some great tips!

anonymous 5 years ago

@UKGhostwriter: Great Lense

anonymous 5 years ago

Thanks for commenting on my lens. Obviously, you are right about the need to be thoughtful when squidliking pages.

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gypsyman27 lm 5 years ago

This is another of your lens that will be very helpful to me. I am an ebay associate and once again, I have not done much with that opportunity. Now I am better prepared to wade in there and try to make a little money. After all, I still have a son in college and he is always in need of money. I have reviewed your Amazon 'how to' lens. I am going to get around to all of your 'how to' lenses and then start looking at some of the others. I am officially a fan. See you around the galaxy...

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anonymous 5 years ago

great insight, I like your comment on not leaving all your eggs or items under one basket or category. 'thumbs up' from this reader.

greenlungsofpoland 4 years ago

Great Lens Great Tips i too find ebay sales can decline very quickly and increase at a steady pace - here's wishing everybody a prosperous festive season all links and likes returned and FB'd Cheers

CosyMattress 4 years ago

great lens and some good advice

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maurissam 4 years ago

Thanks for sharing sch great info, it helps

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Gypzeerose 4 years ago

`Thanks so much. As we strive to make money digitally it is important to realize that some of the old tried and true methods such as ebay and Amazon can put a lot of money into our pockets. Couple of comments - I never buy if returns are not offered - yet one of my friends has done quite well by providing exactly what is described and sending it immediately - but he does not take returns. I think his seller name is "The Cruel One" or something. :) (I am not a serial returner, I just want some protection.)n Second, books have pictures that show up just by using the ISBN so you do not have to download photos. Third, some smarty pants people use Ebay to sell digitized products - I think this is a great way to go, but it is also nice is use the traffic already there for selling physical products.

romance-network 4 years ago

thank you for this wonderful lens

laurenrich 4 years ago

Great tips to making more money on Ebay. Thanks

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tvyps 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Nicely done! I have been on eBay selling for almost 12 years and continually change my practices and you have some good info here! Thanks again & Squid Angel blessed!

mdeakub 4 years ago

Amazing content. Superb combination of text, image & info. Points are specific. I like this kind of article much. Please carry on. Thanks.

anonymous 4 years ago

Very informative tips! Thanks for sharing!

anonymous 4 years ago

Your tips are great, but concerning the refunds policy, not having any terms and conditions, and stating that "once the item is shipped it is no longer my responsibility" has saved me from buyers remorse. I used to have an ebay account that didn't have any terms and conditions stated and I accepted refunds. I sold about 25% of what I listed in a given week, and about every month I had at least one buyer who wanted a refund for some little reason and didn't want to return the item. They filed claims so ebay took my money and I never received my item back. I ended up losing more money than what I made. I closed the ebay account because I had negative feedback and ebay limited that amount of items I could sell because of the claims that were filed against me. I opened a new account and started having no refunds and having terms and conditions set forth. I sell about 25% of what I list in a given week (about the same amount as before), but I have had no claims filed against me, and 100% feedback. If having no terms and having refunds available means that I sell more, but means that I lose more money because of returns and claims, then I'd rather have the terms and no refunds even if it means less sales.

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MarilynImanse 4 years ago

Another great bunch of information. I read your Amazon page just before this one & you have shared valuable tips. I can apply some of these to my eBay listings. Thanks.

Jason Sositko 4 years ago

As an eBay seller myself, I sell mainly vintage vinyl records, I agree with you about the USPS damage disclaimer, I have been lucky, only 1 lost order in 2 years, I asked the buyer to give it 3 weeks, Media can be slow, so I went ahead and shipped him a personal copy of the album that albums lost, it was in better condition, sent it Priority mail, when it was all said and done I lost 30 bucks on that one order with all the extra postage, thats's the price of doing business, I noticed after that, he subscribed to my mailing list, and from him alone I have made 10 times the money I lost, it pays to be kind to your customers. Many times I will also sent bonus records with a purchase, that goes over big, but I did have a few customers who were disappointed that they didn't get a bonus, I was surprised they actually emailed to say that, none the less, I did feel it wise to add a disclaimer letting people know that I don't always do that. no good deed goes unpunished, It never occurred to me that they would mention it in my feedback, and customers might buy from me counting on a bonus. Also with vinyl, you must ship in professional mailers with stiffeners, I have been amazed how many sellers out there pack an item of any type so shoddily, those mailers cost money but my max 4.00 shipping charge covers the cost, some sellers pocket that extra dollar or so, but the mailers go along way to protect me from refunding damaged items.

this was a great lens. thanks

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nhotdeals 4 years ago

Great Lens! International buyers lately think because something is shipped USPS First class international there is tracking. I have constantly had to explain that once it leaves the USA that is it.

anonymous 4 years ago

I read your Amazon page just before this one, Another great bunch of information. thanks

krislindahl1 4 years ago

Great Lens! Nicely presented with lots of info!

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teamunited12 4 years ago

Haven't started an ebay business yet but thinking about it...thanks for the good information.

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RestlessKnights 4 years ago

Thanks Hotbrain. I've been wondering how to make money off Ebay.

anonymous 4 years ago

I am trying Ebay this week.

embroiderycalmo 4 years ago

I am a beginner at this site. A lot of good information. I hope that I will ever use.

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sherridan 4 years ago

I am an eBay addict - sadly I buy more than I sell, but I would add that the item description should make the buyer excited, e.g 'Stunning, must-have, top quality vest' will ensure more interest than 'vest'! A reason for the sale also allays fears that there is something wrong with the item. Poor spelling or typos can also mean that you item is missed in a search.

JimDickens 4 years ago

Great advice. One other tip: One of the hardest things in the world to photograph is coins and currency. If you have a scanner, use that instead by scanning to file and using the file after cropping to post on ebay

novicex2 4 years ago

great information for eBay seller ;) Thanks so much

AnimalHouse 4 years ago

Nice lens! Thanks for these great tips!

tally lm 4 years ago

This is a great lens about ebay and how to increase sales. I love all of the great useful sites and tips you shared. I especially love the one about using a squidoo page to boast your ebay business.

BabyChildrenClothesandBackpacks 4 years ago

This is a great lens. We have been selling on ebay for the last two years, but we're always learning! We have just started our squidoo blog to help with our ebay shop so reading your lens has given us peace of mind that this is worth the time and effort! Thank you.

ThingsForLife 4 years ago

Great lens. Thanks.

DotComBusted 4 years ago

A reason for the sale also allays fears that there is something wrong with the item. Poor spelling or typos can also mean that you item is missed in a search.

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Wedding-Music 4 years ago from Cheshire, UK

Good lens and nice info, thanks for sharing :)

anonymous 4 years ago

Good information! Thanks!

gradientcat 4 years ago

Great suggestions.

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TimGreen1 4 years ago

great suggestions thanks!

fashion-mayhem 4 years ago

Great Lens, I have just published my lens about this subject. Its interesting o see the Tips and tricks and different tactics from other Ebay Sellers

jonaam 4 years ago

Thanks for the great information.

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Bobbala 4 years ago

Great information. Thank you!

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JoyfulReviewer 4 years ago

Very informative ... full of helpful tips and resources for eBay sellers. ~~Blessed~~

jonaam 4 years ago

@anonymous: Does this still work?

jonaam 4 years ago

@jonaam: Unfortunately, Ebay no longer offers cashback on BigCrumbs.

Anyone no any other tips or tricks to get cash back from

Ebay or or cashback stacking?

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robertjgriggs lm 4 years ago

Enjoyed your lense Heidi. Some nice tips that will come in very useful!

a2zmovies 4 years ago

Very informative tips!

stargoldteam12 4 years ago

Great lens. I like it.......

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kimark421 4 years ago

Wow! Really great tips here. You were spot on with taking the "no" and "not" out of listings. I have seen some really negative listings out there. Thanks for this lens, it was excellent!!

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franstan lm 4 years ago

Thank you for the wonderful information. Blessed

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Mamabyrd 4 years ago

Thank you for the tips I recently started selling on Ebay and I need all the help I can get!!

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worldsguitarcom 4 years ago from Harrisburg, PA

Hi Hotbrain, very good lense, great tips as well, being a gold top rated seller on ebay I agree with what you published and I think people can benefit from what you wrote but I am also going to add the following: take good pictures, if your pictures are bad trust me you are going to lose 30% of the potential of your listing, don't use plain listings either, use nice backgrounds, promote your listing with extras: include little things that might not cost you much but will make people choose your listing over another and always remember there is thousands of sellers competing with you some of them are top rated sellers!

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lizsam 4 years ago from South Florida

Hi! Great article! I have an ebay store which I have had since 2000, but am now trying to revitalize it and make it more successful. My squidoo article I wrote on the article can be found at Check it out i you want. Thank you for all the great tips. I will be using them.

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nonaweeks 4 years ago from Florissant, CO

Great Ebay Lens. Very helpful

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alexandradouglas 4 years ago from Florida

Great lens! Thank you for sharing. I sell hatching eggs on ebay and there are times nothing sells. Feel free to visit my lens :)

Self-Employed-Jobs 4 years ago

Thanks for these great tips!

anonymous 4 years ago

Thanks for useful tipps!Liked that one about evaluating pricing strategies! Great job!

carsalestube 4 years ago

Great lens, lots of great info on ebay selling

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Srena44 4 years ago

great lens

JennaBaxton 4 years ago

Very helpful, thanks!

anonymous 4 years ago

Your blog provided us with valuable information to work with. Each & every tips of your post are awesome. Thanks a lot for sharing. Keep blogging,

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ElizabethSheppard 4 years ago from Bowling Green, Kentucky

I enjoyed this site a lot. Thanks for all the tips and sites. I will definitely be back!

jgbrew50 3 years ago

Great stuff in this lens.

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RockyMountain 3 years ago

Thanks for your ebay tools section. Very helpful!

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ElizabethSheppard 3 years ago from Bowling Green, Kentucky

These are great tips. I would say not to quit Ebay just because one item won't sell. You can start selling after a break too. Sometimes having more than one item selling at once can help.

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sasta10 lm 3 years ago

Hi, some great tips. I am eBay seller and sold many items on eBay over the last 6 years. I found collectables and vintage items to be most profitable and I can sell them all year round. I get 90% of my items from my local car boot sale. Selling seasonal item is also a great idea specially during Christmas. Thanks for sharing this article.

azamkhan760 3 years ago

very informative thanks for this post

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makarenko 3 years ago

thank you for the helpful lens! I am not a BIG time seller, but I've had a few successful items, and I have to add: try to address buyer's possible concerns right in the listing or policies, and make it very CLEAR: no need to be coy since buyers will easily return an items if that didn't meet their expectations, and you get the hassle and possibility of less-than perfect feedback. Filter out unsuitable buyers upfront and make your Ebay experience a lot more enjoyable! :)

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hotbrain 3 years ago from Tacoma, WA Author

@makarenko: Well said.

Iloveflowers 3 years ago

But what if a eBay shop were limited for 3 months, what else can the seller expect to do on the store?

eBay is extremely strick on China seller, so unfair!

BestEBayAuctionDeals 3 years ago

Great Tips! Enjoyed reading your lens

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FancyThatUSA 3 years ago

Some great tips, we have sold a selection of items on ebay over the years, from old clothes to bass bin speakers. They jave come from a wide range of places too. I plan on getting back into it next month as we need to clear out some old stuff to move in a few months. I think it often just takes some time and patients. A good tip is to also look out for free or low price listing days as these crop up every few weeks and add a little extra to your profits

anonymous 3 years ago

Im new on ebay. Your ideas and advice is invaluable. Thanx a zillion!

jura 3 years ago

Tried E-bay never had a luck with it ,great lens.

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Rock Artist 3 years ago

I have sold many of my painted rocks through ebay but never anyone else's product. I might try though after reading this great lens!

topbuilderlist 3 years ago

Great sharing, your ideas and advice is very useful for us to create more sales.

ScentsWithBling 3 years ago

I am just starting my ebay business and enjoyed the tips in your lens. Thanks!

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Gypzeerose 3 years ago

Just to let you know that I have included your lens as a valuable resource in my own lens: and I have pinned you on my board: ebay, etc.

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TreasuresBrenda 3 years ago from Canada

Very nicely done. I've added my lens about selling coffee mugs to your plexo. Thanks for the opportunity to do so.

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Zeross4 2 years ago from Kentucky

Very helpful tips, I used to sell on ebay all the time, might get back into it again!

KHAN 20 months ago

Great thread...I am in the process of starting and building my eBay store.

meretailpteltd 5 months ago

Really enjoyed reading your lens! Thanks for sharing very informative information.

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LACPAY 2 months ago

Very nicely done.

Jamie 6 days ago

Buy eBay watchers means receiving about 55% higher revenue and generating more sales. It is worth! Just try it!

Jared 5 days ago

I have often found that competing on price is self defeating. Someone is always willing to go lower. Instead, I take great pictures and market my products as extremely clean/premium items! Seth from ResellingRevealed actually suggests being one of the higher priced items to create a perception of quality. Not to mention the hundreds of BOLO items he shares in his eBay Blog!

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