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Sell Your Stuff on Ebay

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Published February 16th 2011

They say that a cluttered house is a sign of a cluttered mind. Clean out the unwanted junk from your home and make money selling it on the world's biggest garage sale Ebay.

What to sell?

You can sell anything and everything on Ebay (well, within reason). The items people have sold range from air guitars to helicopters.

Go through your house room by room and put everything you don't want or need into a box. Then, go through your box and work out what you are going to sell and what you are going to toss. Don't worry if items are cracked or broken, so long as you are honest about it in your advertisement.

When making these decisions, think about what people are likely to pay (e.g. if something is only going to go for a dollar, it's probably not worth it) and the logistics of postage or pickups (e.g. a television can't really go in the mail, but will you be home for people to pick it up?)

Photograph your items and then get online.


First you will need to register a profile with Ebay. Click on the Register button on the home page and fill out the information form. You will need to provide your home address and phone number and create a user name and password. Don't forget to finalise your registration by clicking the link in the e-mail that Ebay will send you.

When you log in, you will notice a list of options in the top right hand corner. One of these is 'sell'. This is your quick link to get selling. Follow the prompts to list your item and add a photo and description.

The fees for selling an item differ depending on the category and the format of the advertisement. Before you finalise the advertisement, you will see an invoice for the cost. You can always go back and change things if you feel the cost is too much.

You have a much higher chance of selling your item if you include a photograph and detailed description. List all the features you can think of and for items like clothing, including information such as the fit (e.g. it's a large size 8 or a true size 12).

There are various payment methods available but the safest is Paypal. Paypal allows customers to make an online transaction without getting your bank details. You should open a Paypal account before you start.
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Hi carly
Thanks for this intro.
Do you also have an eBay store where you sell your items? It's great to see others treasures and fun to see in action.
If there's questions, perhaps we could post them here and get a bit of a forum going for general interest.
I would suggest if people have less than 20 items to sell they can app,y for free insertion fees. However if you are selling quite a few things, maybe open an eBay store. They are $20 per month and once you have your item written up you can leave it there as long as you like until it sells for 40c per month which saves a lot of time.
My eBay store is in my signature on WN if interested & I am happy to share general advice if required
Kind regards
By Lesley Mitchell - senior reviewer
Monday, 11th of July @ 02:14 am
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