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5 simple steps to posting your first auction on eBay

It’s surprisingly simple to get started posting your very first auction on eBay. Here’s what you need to do.

Step 1: Open an eBay seller account.

If you have purchased items on eBay, then you already have an account: simply log in with it and click “Sell” in the toolbar at the top of the page, then click on “Create a seller account”. If you have never used eBay before, you must first open an account using the ‘register’ link below the toolbar, and then click on ‘Sell’ and ‘Create a seller account’. The eBay site will guide you through the process. For security, this may involve giving details of the card and banking information.

Step 2: decide what to sell.

For your first little experiment with eBay, it really does not matter what you sell. Take a look at the room you are in; I’m sure there’s something you’re not so attached to and that you can put in charge. Small books and CDs are the first ideal articles.

Step 3: Submit your article.

Click on ‘Sell’ and you are on track to list your item.

The first thing you should do is choose a category: the best thing is to simply write what item it is and let eBay choose for you. Then, write a title and a description. Include the keywords you think people will look for in the title box and all the information you have about the item in the description box.

Now set an initial price. $ 0.01 is the best starting price because it draws people to make an offer that would not otherwise be, and the items will almost never end at such a low price. The next step is the duration of the auction: 3, 5, 7 or 10 days. It depends on you: longer sales will generally receive more offers, but they will also seem to last forever. If you took a photo, add it now: the elements with images always sell for more. Finally, check the payment methods you will accept (only PayPal is the best for now), and where you will post (limit yourself to your own country to start). Send and go!

Step 4: Wait for it to be sold.

This is just a matter of going back and letting eBay do its job: buyers will find your item and leave you offers. Some bidders can send you an email with questions about the article, and you should do everything possible to answer these questions as quickly as possible.

Remember that if your item is not sold, you can list it again for free.

Step 5: Collect the payment and publish it.

eBay will send your buyer’s emails guiding them through the payment process of the item. Make sure you have the money before sending anything.

Once you have received the payment, all you need to do is pack the item for publication (be sure to use a bubble wrap), take the buyer’s address from the confirmation email sent to you by eBay and write it on the package. Put some stamps, post them and go!

I hope you enjoyed selling your first article. Now that you are starting to sign in, the next email will give you a checklist of the things you must do to be a successful marketer.

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