Category: First Time Selling

Everything you need to know to start selling on eBay, from listing and shipping items to spotting common scams and understanding the defect system.

A First Time Seller’s Experience of Listing on eBay

Despite being aware of eBay for most of the past two decades and occasionally using it to buy items, I had never actually tried selling anything myself. Recently, I decided this should change and thought I’d give selling a go. Even just from listing one item, I learned quite a lot. Here are five lessons I…

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An Absolute Beginner’s Guide to the eBay Feedback System

The Feedback system is one of the most distinctive features of eBay’s marketplace and was created in 1996, just six months after eBay was founded. Users were encouraged to “give praise where it’s due; make complaints where appropriate” by eBay’s founder Pierre Omidyar. While the system may have been through several notable updates since then and…

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A Beginner Seller’s Guide to Defects on eBay

Defects, what defects? If you’re a new seller on eBay and have overheard other sellers talking about percentages of transactions, defects, evaluation periods and performance standards, this article is for you. It’s a little complicated at first, but I’ll try and break it down from the very beginning. eBay’s Seller Performance Standards eBay has certain…

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15 Back to Basics Tips for the First Time eBay Seller

With so many acronyms (TRS, MBG? VeRO?!) and selling features (Guaranteed Delivery, Seller Hub et al) on eBay, it is not difficult to understand why first time sellers on the site may struggle to get their head around it all. For this reason, we’re continuing to go back to the basics and help brand new…

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5 More Common Mistakes for First Time Sellers to Avoid

eBay selling does not have a guaranteed pathway to success. New eBay sellers are lucky, however, to be able to take advantage of the experience of thousands of sellers before them to avoid the initial selling pitfalls. Following on from our last guide, here are five more common mistakes for first time eBay sellers to…

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A Beginner Seller’s Guide to eBay Fees

With two or more types of fees charged for every successful eBay transaction, it’s not surprising that many people are confused about how much it costs to sell items on eBay. Luckily, mastering the basics is not so difficult as there are no hidden fees or tricky small print. Here’s the breakdown, starting with fees charged…

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Common eBay Scams for First Time Sellers to Avoid Part 2

Thousands of eBay transactions happen successfully every week, but there are a minority of scammers out there looking to take advantage of sellers. New eBay sellers are, of course, more vulnerable to being tricked with less experience and knowledge of the most common scam scenarios. An unfortunately necessary sequel to the first part last year,…

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A New Seller’s Guide to Finding an eBay Niche

A successful niche is one that is large enough to support an eBay business but also small enough so that there are not many competitors to cut into profits. There is an indeterminable number of niches still to be found on eBay, providing plenty of opportunity for new and experienced sellers alike. The most difficult…

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