Create your first ebay auction

Its actually quite easy how to start posting your first auction on Ebay. Just follow this steps and you are through.

Step 1: Open an eBay seller's account
If previously you bought something from Ebay, means you already have an account. Just log in and click 'SELL' on the toolbar located at the top of the page. Click 'Create a seller's account'. If you've never used eBay before, all you need to do is to create a new account by click on the word 'register' located under the toolbar. Then follow steps above. For security, this may involve giving card details and bank information.

Step 2: Decide what to sell
This is your first auction, so it doesnt really matter what you decide to sell. Take a look around and see what is people looking for. Small books and CDs are always a great thing to sell for your first item.

Step 3: Submit your item
Click 'Sell', and you're on your way to listing your item.

After that you need to choose the item's category. It is best to let Ebay to choose a category. Before writing the title, think first whats is the best suitable keyword that you think people will search when they search for the item. Then write a description clearly together with the information in the description box.

Now set a starting price. The lower the price the more people will interested. $0.01 is the best starting price, as it draws people in to bid who otherwise wouldn't, and items will almost never finish at such a low price. The next thing to do is to set the auction duration: 3, 5, 7 or 10 days. Up to you, the longer the sales go, more bid will you get. But it depends on the item itself.

If you've taken a picture, add it now - items with pictures always sell for more. Finally, tick the payment methods you will accept (just PayPal is best for now), and where you will post to (limit yourself to your own country to begin with). Submit and you're done!

Step 4: Wait for it to sell
This is just a matter of sitting back and letting eBay do its thing - buyers will find your item and leave bids on it. Some bidders might email you with questions about the item, and you should do your best to answer these questions as quickly as you can.

Remember that if your item doesn't sell then you can list it again for free.

Step 5: Collect payment and post it
eBay will sent your buyer emails guiding them through the process of sending you payment for the item. Make sure you have the money before you send anything.

Once you've got the payment, all you need to do is pack the item for posting (make sure to use some bubble wrap), take the buyer's address from the confirmation email eBay sent you, and write it on the parcel. Put some stamps on, post it, and you're done!

I hope you enjoyed selling your first item. Now that you're starting to get into it, the next email will give you a checklist of things you need to do to be a successful seller.

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