A few days ago, I posted about making extra money by selling things on eBay, and I promised to follow up that post with a second installment, discussing more tips for selling, as well as some ideas for after the sale. Wait no more, my friends, because this is that post.
1. Provide a Photo
Of course, if your selling something like clothing or sports equipment, this is a no-brainer. But I would take it one step further. Even if you're selling a book or DVD, and eBay provides a stock photo for you, I still suggest posting your own. I've received good feedback from doing this; buyers appreciate seeming the actual item they're buying.
If you're selling something with details, consider posting multiple photos. For instance, I recently sold a shirt that had ruffles on the front. I took a photo of the entire blouse, but I also included one of the ruffled detail. There is a small fee, usually $.15, for additional photos, but it's more than worth it if they help you make a sale.
2. Don't Pay for Special Supplies
When mailing items that aren't fragile, like DVDs, video games, books, or pieces of clothing, don't spend extra money buying boxes or padded envelopes. I package all of those things using materials we have around the house: wrapping paper (turn the paper backwards, so the white side faces out), sheets of newspaper, packing and/or scotch tape. If you require padded envelopes, they can often be purchased inexpensively from Walgreens using an in-ad coupon.
3. Be Prompt
Again, this one probably seems obvious, but don't underestimate the power of fast shipping. Last week I sold an item on a Sunday night, I mailed it first thing Monday morning, and the buyer received it on Wednesday. The buyer left me great feedback for the sale. Quick turnaround like that will attract the attention of potential buyers.
One way I ensure that I'm able to mail things quickly is by having them prepackaged. When something I've listed for sale receives a bid, and I know it will sell, I package it up and write what the item is on the back. Then, when the auction ends, all I have to do is fill in the buyer's name and address and deliver it to the post office.
If you've had any success (or failure) making extra money on eBay, I'd love for you to share your story in the comments!