Does anyone ever get to that stage in the month where they are so skint they can’t even afford to buy milk?
No, just me then. Well, as someone who has always been shit with numbers and found it impossible to budget even with countless diaries, calendars, direct debits, and the endless promise of next month will be better, etc etc I have had to be clever and find ways to raise some much needed cash as times of crisis.
It’s not that often that I find myself in these situations but working from home and looking after the family means pay comes as and when and it can be 30/60 days before an expected payment clears the bank.
This means that on occasion we’ll have a shortfall, like a few days where it’s a struggle. We usually manage but it can be a stressful time. At times it’s been a case of rooting around the wardrobe for old designer clothes, handbags or shoes that I haven’t worn in 5 years but still hold emotional attachment to and then working out how to sell on eBay to make some much needed extra income.
So how do you sell on eBay?
Well you can happily sign up, click sell and away you go however, if you want to sell some expensive stuff and want to make sure they go for a reasonable price and not 99p then there is a little more effort that needs to go into these things.
For example, I sold a pair of shoes recently that had only been tried on. Unfortunately they were just too narrow for my stupid wide feet so I had to part with them. They were retailing at over £100 and I wanted to get a decent price for them as they were practically NEW!
So what did I do to enhance the listing?
I took Instagram worthy images of the item in question.
A clear image is essential, make sure they are clean, you get a picture of all angles and if you have clothes make sure they are hung in front of a neutral background, crease free and looking their best.
Plus there is nothing more attention grabbing then an aesthetically pleasing image in front of you.
I was honest in the description.
You need to be honest with people.
For me, this isn’t too difficult as the majority of the items sold were basically brand new and still had tags on, so it was a case of stating the brand, item, colours, size and that it still had tags and was only tried on.
I had a pair of shoes that had been worn a couple times to I took pictures of the soles, the sides, the front and back so that the potential buyer could see everything and I wasn’t hiding anything.
I set a realistic price and the correct postage amount.
Years ago when I used to sell items of eBay I used to guess the postage amount and round it up in the fear that I’d get it wrong and end up out of pocket.
These days, eBay is amazing at giving you as much guidance as possible, giving you an idea of where to start the auction to the correct costs of postage for each item, also giving you an idea of how much similar items sold for.
I mean there is nothing more annoying then starting an auction at 99p and then your £100 item going for a tenner is there. Pure frustration springs to mind. Luckily they tend to hold weekends and/or weeks where you can list items for free or for a reduced amount so try to take advantage of those hen they pop up.
Have you sold on eBay recently? Let me know what works for you!
– Emma Allen –
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