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1 2 3 Start Selling
If you're looking for a little help selling something on eBay, you'll find the guide below useful. You can also download and print out our handy Seller's Checklist*.

  1. Get Ready to Sell
    • Research similar items
      Search or browse through similar items and completed listings on eBay to see how other sellers describe similar items and what categories they typically list similar items in.
    • Take a digital photo of your item - make sure it is clear, and upload extra pictures if necessary.
    • Calculate postage and packaging costs (UK users | IE users) - Buyers want to know up-front the total cost of what they're buying, and you don't want to end up out of pocket.


  2. Sell, sell, sell!
  3. You're now ready to list your item.
    Click the Sell button at the top of any eBay page, and this will take you to the Sell page. Enter the name of what you are selling in the yellow search box and click "Sell It". You will now be guided through the listing process.

    If you are not registered on eBay, you will be asked to register. If you haven't sold before, you will be asked to create a Seller's Account.
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  4. Complete the Sale
  5. Make sure you deliver - both in the literal and the figurative sense. Track your sales in My eBay so you know where you are. Send your buyer an invoice by email (PayPal prepares this for you automatically if you use it), and once you have received payment post and pack your item well, and dispatch within the time you committed.

    Make sure you deliver great customer service too - email buyers to let them know you have dispatched their item and include tracking or insurance details, if relevant. Follow up on any questions or concerns they have, and don't forget to leave fair and accurate feedback.

    Congratulations! You're an eBay Seller.

Want help or advice?
To find out more about how it's done, visit Answer Centre or the New to Selling Help Board, where the seasoned sellers will be happy to give you tips and tricks.

Want to sell on eBay but don't have the time?
Let an experienced eBay member sell your item on your behalf. Trading Assistants can sell your stuff for you, and some will even pick the stuff up from your home.

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* You'll need Adobe Reader to open the checklist, as it's a PDF document. If you don't already have Adobe Reader, download it here.

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