Avoid these 5 common mistakes When selling on eBay | Tips For New eBay Sellers
Watch this video to learn the 5 common mistakes new eBay sellers make when they first start selling on eBay, how you can avoid these and move from beginner to pro seller status fast!
Get discounted access for a limited time only to my eBay Seller Masterclass - Beginner to Pro
Full Transcript Below
MISTAKE #1: LISTING ITEMS THAT ARE TOO COSTLY TO SHIP & TOO DIFFICULT TO PACK
When making a decision about where to sell your item, the first thing you should do is consider how much the item will cost to ship.
In the eBay world, buyers typically pay the shipping cost. Put yourself in their shoes–would you be willing to pay the hefty cost associated with shipping a large, heavy item? If you wouldn’t, chances are most buyers won’t either, so don’t waste your time.
Also, don’t forget that once your item sells, you’ll have to deal with packing and shipping the item. If it’s awkward to pack or breakable, it may not be worth the trouble of listing on eBay.
Case in point…the dining room set I sold earlier this year: NOT an ideal item for selling on eBay!
MISTAKE #2: OMITTING A DETAILED ITEM DESCRIPTION
Successful eBay sellers know that putting a little bit of effort in your item description pays off in spades.
Put on your marketing hat and highlight the benefits and features of what you’re selling. Be as detailed as possible regarding what is included in the listing.
If your item is in new condition, or if you’re offering any type of bonus with the purchase, be sure to emphasize that.
MISTAKE #3: SKIMPING ON PHOTOS
On eBay, a picture is definitely worth a thousand words. Your images are a key marketing tool, so don’t skimp!
Currently, eBay allows you to upload 12 photos for free, so there’s no excuse not to include enough photos of your item to answer the majority of questions your potential buyers may have about an item.
MISTAKE #4: FAILING TO LEAVE FEEDBACK
Buyer/seller feedback is the key to eBay’s phenomenal success as an online auction site.
It’s the currency that users exchange in order to facilitate future buying and selling experiences. The more positive feedback you have as a seller, the more comfortable potential buyers will be in making a purchase from you.
One way to increase the probability of getting positive feedback from buyers is to always be sure to provide a positive feedback rating to them (when your experience has been a good one, of course).
It’s easy, and it only takes a few seconds.
MISTAKE #5: NOT RESPONDING TO MESSAGES & OFFERS
Not Responding to Messages and Offers
Unlike other selling platforms like Amazon, eBay offers a more personal experience. Every listing has a link that lets the buyer contact the seller.
You should try to reply to any messages as quickly as possible. It'll help your product sell quicker, plus the buyer will rate you positively when it comes to reviewing your communication—and that feedback will then influence future browsers.
Equally, if someone makes an offer on your product, don't let it sit. If you do, they could buy it elsewhere and you've lost a sale. Of course, don't feel you always need to accept offers; you can always counteroffer.
That said, you shouldn't forget to follow up the steps I have taught you to fully optimise every listing.
If you remember to do all the things we've discussed throughout the programme well, you're going to sell more on eBay. Get discounted access for a limited time only to my eBay Seller Masterclass - Beginner to Pro -> https://bit.ly/esm97
Need More Help? Here Are Some Additional Resources
Get Coaching: Want our help growing your eCom business? Apply for our Arbitrage Experts Academy Programme Here.
Free Training: How to start, systemise and scale your online business. Register Here.
Book Your Strategy Call: Get 1-2-1 support from the OSC Team to devise a tailor-made plan you can follow to achieve scale. Click Here.
Get Expert Virtual Assistants: Want to build your team of transformational VAs and free your time? Learn more here.