The first thing to do is register as a business on eBay. Many buyers have more confidence in business registered sellers and search only for items sold by businesses.
PayPal enables your customers to pay you quickly and confidently without having to enter their card details each time, providing a first-class customer experience.
PayPal also saves you the hassle of dealing with your customers' sensitive financial details. It's completely integrated with eBay and payments are instant, so you have the confidence to send goods to buyers quickly.
There's a number of different ways to sell items on eBay – auction-style listings, fixed-price, Shops Inventory format and more. Different formats and items have different fees associated with them. You might find it useful to check which formats other sellers use to sell the items you want to sell.
In addition, if you haven't already, you'll learn loads about how eBay works if you buy a few items.
All sellers should be aware of the following eBay policies. These policies help to keep eBay a safe place to trade. Making sure you know our policies before you sell will help you avoid breaking our rules:
Now you've registered as a business, joined PayPal and familiarised yourself with eBay listing formats, fees and policies, it's finally time to start selling.
eBay's listing and management tools cater for all different sizes of seller. They'll help you to upload lots of items to eBay quickly and manage your sales.
Provide great customer service and you'll get great feedback. As your feedback score increases you'll become more attractive to potential buyers.
Answering questions and post-order queries quickly creates confidence in your business and encourages people to buy from you again.
An eBay Shop enables you to list items indefinitely rather than for a short period of time. You can add your company logo and colours to customise your shop. You'll also have your own website address (eg: http://stores.ebay.co.uk/your shop name/) which you can promote externally.