Top 10 Free eBay Tips
The following are my Top 10 Free eBay Tips, given in no particular order. They will save and make you some money, as well as give ideas about eBay marketing and advertising. Enjoy.
Tip # 1
Never list an item and set the minimum bid as $ 10. You will save ten to twenty cents each listing if you make it $ 9.99.
Tip # 2
When you leave feedback, as a bidder or as a seller, always mention specifically what item was exchanged (not the item number, something like "… the great Lady Diana magazine"). That way, people viewing feedback will see what item you just acquired that they might like to own. And if you have sold an item, maybe they will think you have one more that they can purchase. And while the link to the item expires after some 30 days, your mention of the item will remain forever.
Tip # 3
Make an "About Me" eBay page and set a link to your auctions and your webpage. It's like free advertising, because eBay users are curious, and they will check out your stuff.
Tip # 4
Sellers – specialize! Devote most of your activity to one or two categories. After a while, you will have expert knowledge of your field (s). Who gets the most repeat customers? Those who specialize.
Tip # 5
When typing the item description, use numerals instead of spelling out numbers; for instance, type "16" instead of "sixteen." Many potential bidders do searches for single items from a set, like card 16 from a set of 250 trading cards. People looking up items having nothing to do with what you're selling may have their eye done, just because they have numerals in common. The idea is to get as many eyeballs on your listing as possible.
Tip # 6
Keywords (the words you put in your item description) are everything. I list a lot of celebrity items; here's how I work in keywords for a Frank Sinatra item: "The pride of Hoboken, New Jersey, Frank Sinatra became a big …." See how I squeezed in his hometown and state, both words that might be searched for by collectors.
Tip # 7
Buy in lots (more than one item per auction, say, 25 baseball cards at once) and sell individually (one card / item at a time). My experience is that I get more money that way.
Tip # 8
Cutting down on the number of items returned to you is easy. You need only be thoroughly descriptive in your item descriptions, pointing out every little ding and imperfection. Reading a longer description is much better than a bidder having to repackage the item you sent and send it back to you.
Tip # 9
Sign up with PayPal and state in your auction listing how the winning bidder saves the price of a stamp each time she uses PayPal.
Tip # 10
Accrue free money as an eBay affiliate. It can really add up over a year's time!