One thing that many people have in common is the urge to get more "stuff". This could be anything from collectibles, to designer clothes, or even just money. In the case wanting more money, it is not always a case of greed. Often in today's economy, it is more a matter of need. There are a lot of people searching for a way to make ends meet because their paychecks just are not cutting it. A very popular place to turn is the online world of selling. People have hear all kinds of stories about other folks making money using the computer, and they want to get a piece of the pie. The problem is, most people have no idea where to begin.
For people looking to make some extra cash, selling merchandise on eBay is probably the easiest place to start. There is no need to build a website, the process itself is very easy, and the transaction can be done and overwith in very little time. If you have been thinking about getting rid of some old clutter anyway, this could be the perfect excuse for becoming an eBay seller. Many people have good intentions, but absolutely no idea how to sell on eBay. This very basic guide is for them.
The first thing you should do is get yourself a free account at eBay. It takes very little time to sign up. If you want to become a seller, and not just a buyer, there are a few more items to fill out on the site, but nothing that is hard to understand. Next, it is a good idea to go through the buying process from the buyer's perspective just to get a feel for things. Find yourself something small and inexpensive and buy it. You could choose an item that is being auctioned off or something with a buy it now option. It is really up to you. You will be surprised at how basic the procedure really is once you start shopping.
Next you will want to consider items that you might want to sell. There are wholesale sellers that will sell you items in bulk and their are drop shippers who will provide and ship merchandise for you on demand, but neither is recommended for a beginner. To start, try selling some old item from around your own house. You can look at eBay's collectibles category to get some ideas. You will probably be surprised at the things people actually bid on and buy. Try to choose something that you won't mind selling for a dollar or so. You really just want to get the experience at this point.
Now you will want to take some photos of what you want to sell, write a short description and then follow the step by step instructions provided for sellers by eBay. They are designed to walk you through every step of the process. If someone decides to purchase what you have put up for sale, the buyer will pay for shipping. You pack up the item, and mail it away!
Once the buyer has completed their payment, be sure to leave them appropriate feedback. This is how buyers and sellers get rated on the site. If you have provided a quality product in a timely manner, the buyer will probably leave you some positive feedback as well.
Once you get the hang of things you will be able to sport vintage and antique items at places like garage sales and estate sales. A little bit of time spent studying eBay listings will help you to know what is worth buying for resale. With a bit of practice, selling on eBay can be an entertaining and profitable adventure.