How To List Your Items On eBay

Written by Lewis Leake

Listing your items on eBay can be very confusing if you don't know where to start. Here are a few tips on getting your items listed so that they sell.


When you list your items on eBay, write an accurate description. You do not have to write long paragraphs of rambling information but provide exact measurements, colors, condition, etc. Be extremely precise when it comes to your description.

Auction Title

Just as using a strong title for a book, your eBay auction title needs to captivate buyers. You are allowed 45 characters for your title and you need to use common words that will draw attention. Use this space carefully and to your advantage. Think of words that will be easily found when people conduct a search. For example, if you are selling six yards of fabric you could say something like, “Stunning material – Don’t miss this great bargain.” If you are selling fishing poles, try something like, “Love to fish? GREAT buy on fishing poles!”

Sincerepparttar search option on eBay looks for specific characters, you should try to listrepparttar 141327 item both singular and plural. As an example, forrepparttar 141328 fishing poles, you could listrepparttar 141329 auction as, “Fishing Poles – Get your fishing pole now!” Avoid wasted words such as WOW or Look Here. Buyers are looking so there is no need to tell them to look. Again, as buyers looking throughrepparttar 141330 listings,repparttar 141331 titles are what will capture their attention. Make your impression a strong one!


Saving space in titles can be important if you have a longer description. Look at other auctions sellingrepparttar 141332 same type of merchandise to get an idea ofrepparttar 141333 types of abbreviations that will work. As an example, you could write, “Do U love to fish?” or “Gorgeous material 4 sale.”

Buyer’s Questions

When you write your description try to think of questions buyers may have so your description will answer as many possible questions as possible. This will save time in relaying messages back and forth. This would includerepparttar 141334 manufacturers’ name, condition ofrepparttar 141335 items, special features, warranties, color, defects, etc.

Listing Category

When you choose which category to list your items, choose wisely. You will find some categories that are similar yet just enough different that it could make a big difference in how your items is sold. Look at other items listed and choose appropriately.

Sending Items

In your description, provide accurate details regarding shipment. Make surerepparttar 141336 items are sent withinrepparttar 141337 time you stated. In many cases, people purchase something for a specific purpose and if you do not ship it when stated, not only do you mess up their schedule forrepparttar 141338 item but you have probably lost a customer and openedrepparttar 141339 door for a negative feedback.


Advise potential buyers of any flaws in your products. If you are selling a plate that has a small chip, mention this inrepparttar 141340 description. If you are selling fabric and it has a small tear, disclose this information. The majority of eBay buyers are looking for bargains, which means minor defects can often be overlooked. The worse possible scenario would be to keep a flaw hidden and then have to deal with handling returns as well as losing a buyer.

Auction Price

Set your auctions low, which will help encourage more bidding. The more bidding you have,repparttar 141341 higherrepparttar 141342 price will ultimately go. In addition, if you add a “Buy Now” option for your auction, keep this set at a reasonable rate as well.

Payment Options

The more options you can provide potential buyers,repparttar 141343 better your chances of makingrepparttar 141344 sale. Your options include PayPal, which is an online payment service, Billpoint, eBay’s payment system, personal checks, money orders, or cash. Remember that you will have buyers from aroundrepparttar 141345 world so an online payment service is extremely helpful.

Shipping / Handling

You should always charge actual shipping costs. Several options can be added to your account that providesrepparttar 141346 actual costs. Another option is to state that you will provide actual shipping atrepparttar 141347 end ofrepparttar 141348 auction, based onrepparttar 141349 destination zip code. Overcharging customers for shipping and handling is frowned upon and will result is unhappy customers.

Marketing your Home Business through Newsletters

Written by Paul Jesse

Copyright 2005 Paul Jesse

Newsletters are a wonderful way to market your business when on a budget. You can opt to write them yourself or hire a writer to dorepparttar job for you.

Newsletters do not have to be long and involved. They do not have to contain a specific number of pages. In fact, many readers prefer a newsletter that can be digested in a matter of a few minutes as opposed to one that is several pages in length.

When writing your newsletter, try to be basic, provide important, relevant information. While it is acceptable to include such content as humor pieces, puzzles, trivia or even recipes, rememberrepparttar 141326 main purpose of your newsletter is to sell your product or service and to increase your customer base.

One ofrepparttar 141327 most important elements of a newsletter isrepparttar 141328 title. Not onlyrepparttar 141329 main title itself but alsorepparttar 141330 title of each separate news piece, as well. You want something that will peak your customer’s interest… grab their attention.

There are many companies that offer low cost newsletter management packages, for businesses of all sizes. They are well worthrepparttar 141331 money when you considerrepparttar 141332 time you save when utilizing this service. Depending onrepparttar 141333 size of your newsletter (number of pages) andrepparttar 141334 number of subscribers that receive your newsletter each month, you can literally save hours of work with one of these packages.

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