Selling on eBay for Beginners

Here’s all the information you need to start selling on eBay and increase your sales on this popular marketplace.

What is eBay?

eBay is one of the most popular marketplaces worldwide, what makes this marketplace so popular are its auctions and the wide variety of products that can be found in it. 

eBay has 154 million users worldwide and can be found in more than 190 countries.

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How Does eBay Work?

Once you create an eBay account you can start to create your first listings for the items you’re looking to sell. In this listing you will need to describe your product, add photos, specify the size, brand, price, payment and shipping options.

Selling on eBay for Beginners

How Does Vendoo Help You Crosslist on eBay?

With Vendoo you can easily manage your inventory and crosslist to multiple marketplaces like eBay, poshmark, Etsy and more. If you haven’t started selling on eBay but happen to sell on other marketplaces such as Poshmark, you can import your existing Poshmark closet onto Vendoo, then add some eBay specific categories and finally crosspost them.

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  • Crosslist seamlessly to 10 marketplaces

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  • Manage everything from just ONE tab

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How to Resell on Ebay:

There are 3 main steps to selling on eBay.

1. Creating Listings

You need to start by creating your product listings on eBay, and in order to ensure your listings are successful you must provide a clear description of the product ensuring the buyer has all the information they need to make the purchase, you can also use photos with clean-white backgrounds to ensure you show potential buyers all the details of the product.

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2. Shipping

Define what the best way to ship your products will be. eBay offers multiple shipping options, just make sure your item is well packaged and protected. If you’d like to learn more about eBay’s shipping options
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3. Getting Paid For Your Sales

On eBay you have multiple options to select how you’d like to get paid, find out more in this link.

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How To Set Up An eBay Account

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You can set up an eBay account by going to the Registration page, entering a username and password and clicking “Create Account”.

How Much Does It Cost to Sell on eBay?

In most instances, it’s free to list your items on eBay. However, once your item sells, the average final fee is 12.55%, but it can vary depending on the item category. eBay offers hundreds of selling categories and multiple types of listings, so the best way to determine your seller fees is to refer to this link.

How do I Get Paid on eBay?

As an eBay seller, you can get paid for sold items by linking your bank account to your eBay account. You can do so by going to “My eBay” and the “Payouts” tab. Once an item has been sold and the buyer pays, you’ll be shown an option to initiate your payout, which will be deposited into your account within 1-3 business days.

How Can You Sell More on eBay?

eBay is a very intricate selling platform, but there are some consistencies with other marketplaces as well. In order to be successful, it’s strongly recommended that you list new items consistently, create detailed and descriptive listings with excellent photos, use SEO optimized keywords in your listings to attract buyers, answer messages in a timely manner, and ship your items quickly once you’ve made a sale.

1. Take Good Photos

Including good photos of your items is essential because buyers need to know exactly what they’re receiving. Each image should be clear and well lit (preferably on a solid background), with some shots focusing on the entire item, while others show detail, wear and tear, tags and labels and anything else that’s relevant to the listing.

Including good photos of your items

2. Build a Good Reputation

There are many things you can do to build up your reputation (or feedback score) on eBay. Always remember to respond to inquiries quickly, ship items quickly, and deliver the items exactly as promised. This will cause buyers to rate you highly and leave positive reviews about the transaction.

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3. Product Research

Researching the items you’re selling is important because it allows you to create the strongest possible listing. This research includes finding the best keywords to help buyers find your item and creating a pricing strategy to help your item stand out from the competition.

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4. Create Strong Descriptions

Your item’s description could be the difference between a buyer purchasing your item versus a similar item from another seller. Make sure to include as much detailed information as possible to give your buyer confidence. Including measurements is always a helpful tool as well.

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eBay FAQs


How to cancel an order as a seller on eBay

On eBay, you can easily cancel an order by selecting an item, choosing “Cancel Order” from the dropdown list and providing a short explanation for why you would like to cancel. Depending on the details of the cancellation, eBay will refund you the fee credit from the transaction.


How do I become a verified seller on eBay?

You can become a verified seller on eBay by exhibiting excellent customer service, meaning quick responses, quick shipping and accurate item descriptions. Once you begin to accumulate positive feedback, eBay will display your feedback score and assign a seller level to your account as the score increases.


How do I get unlimited free listings on eBay?

You can increase your selling limits by going to “My eBay”, opening the Activity tab and then selecting All Selling. You’ll be able to request an increased seller limit, which will allow you to list more items each month.


How many listings should I have on my eBay account?

The total number of listings on your eBay account may vary based on the size of your business, but eBay recommends that you add 3-5 new listings per day in order to maximize your growth and engagement on the platform.

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