Well here I am again
I probably told the most important stuff but things that came to mind are,
I have a programme that tracks items being bid on/sold/posted/postal costs/what I paid eBay in commision etc (you have to remember that one although it's minimal to what you make it can add up if you only pay once a month as I do) I got the programme on line and although I had a trial period I had to buy it but it saves me LOTS of time and headaches, sends pre-printed letters (with my eBay shop web address
) I thought it was well worth the money but it does depend how much eBay you are thinking of doing. I did auctions for over a year without using anything more than a book and pen.
There are also web sites that offer nice templates to type in your advert, you want your advert to look nice but you have to be careful with these some take forever to load and people won't wait, they have a buying head on they don't want to sit for an hour and wait for one advert to load when they could have seen another 10! BUT if you know basic html (I say that coz mine is VERY basic lol) that's Great. If not doesn't matter - what I think is important is that you space it out nicely (not all clumped together and hard to read like I'm typing now!) and that you spell check it and re-read it, there is nothing worse than buying from someone that can't spell (honestly) my spelling isn't hot, that's why you have to watch it, you are trying to get people to buy your goods and this is your one chance something like 'Relly nice vintag dres' really doesn't do the job (I know this sounds bad but you start imagining that they are really thick, maybe it's stolen, dirty, not right somehow) don't have a go at me for this I CAN'T spell and my Brother, who also does eBay is dyslexic so I'm NOT predjudice or stuck up it's just the way it is (trying to help would be sellers!)
Try and make the pic as appealing as possible, I'm no photographer either but if it is too blury to see, or clothes are all screwed up or you photograph edible stuff next to your cat litter tray - you get the pic!
Always try and polietly answer e-mails before the end of auction, this is a potential customer (more bids?) and however stupid (and some really are!) be NICE. Dear Sally, Thank you for your interest in my auction, P+P for the vintage teddy bear - item # 12345678 will be £2.50. If I can help you any further please don't hesitate to contact me. Best Wishes Bev. (heavensent_7)
Is soooo much nicer to receive than £2.50 it says on my auction!
All common sense stuff really.
Wrap items well, always leave feedback, (and don't be scared to leave neg if it's called for)
Oh - If you have items that go together ie. Collectable vintage Robertsons Golly figure and Robertsons Golly Badge - nurse RARE. Stuff the SAME person might be interested in try to list them at the same time BUT if you have the same item ie 2 Cut Glass Rose Vases (?) Identical, unless they are a pair and you're selling them as such, list separately otherwise the possible two only people that want one and WOULD otherwise be bidding against each other will have two options.
People surf quickly when they are buying and have hundreds of options to choose from (as on eBay) FIRST they have to click on your description or NO sale - So 'brown jumper' isn't very exiciting - Monsoon Chocolate Sweater BNWT (brand new with tags) is better (I'm working hard here my ex husband to be just rang and enraged me!
) But I hope you get the point? Anyway then once you have you have to make them BID. So nice honest description - not five pages long (they'll get bored) but not - Jumper size 12 (they can SEE that!) Make them WANT it!
Like I say all common sense, if I think of anything else I'll let you know
Have to go now and steam!!!!
Mostly have FUN - if it's NO fun at all give it up and do something else lifes too short.