eBay is a great place to buy and sell stuff. Selling on eBay is a bit more difficult to do than simply buying; however, it can also be quite lucrative. This article explains how you can become an eBay seller and what you should keep in mind as you're selling on eBay.

Things You Will Need

A computer
Internet access
Stuff to sell
Digital camera (optional)

Step 1

Open an eBay seller's account. If you've already been purchasing items on eBay, then you'll have an account with eBay. Log into your eBay account and click on "sell" at the top of eBay's toolbar. You'll be given instructions on how to open a seller's account. Simply follow those instructions. Keep in mind that you'll probably need to give a credit card or bank account number; this is done more for security purposes than anything else.

Step 2

Open a PayPal account. PayPal is the subsidiary service that eBay uses for online cash transactions. If you plan on selling anything, it is pretty much imperative that you sign up for an account at that site. PayPal is also highly recommended as a payment processor by eBay, and eBay can easily do refunds through Paypal if there is a dispute.

Step 3

Find some stuff to sell. This could be the easiest or the hardest step for you, but is necessary that you find a few things that you can sell on eBay. The easiest stuff to sell is the junk lying around your house that you no longer wish to keep. However, you can get creative and buy discounted brand name merchandise at stores that are going out of business, or you can even sign up at a drop ship site that allows you to buy cheap items in bulk. As the saying goes, one person's trash is another person's treasure- and eBay is the biggest garage sale on earth.

Step 4

List your item(s). When submitting your listing(s) to eBay, click on the sell tab. This will take you to the description and title pages. Fill in those areas and be sure to use appropriate keywords. Provide as much information about the item(s) as possible. If you have a digital camera, take a picture of your item and upload it to the page. Select the right category for your item(s) and the starting price. Keep in mind that a lower price will attract more visitors and potential buyers. Set the duration of the auction. You can set the auction to last either1, 3, 5, 7, or 10 days. Ideally, you want for your auction to end on a weekend day, preferably Sunday, when more people have the time to look at your auction and do some last minute bidding on it. Finally, select the payment methods that you are willing to accept, which usually includes PayPal (although money orders and checks also work).

Step 5

Wait for your item(s) to sell. Keep track of your auctions and any questions that people may have about those auctions. If you do get a question, be sure to answer it promptly. Post your answer to the question right on the auction site, since more than one person may have the same question.

Step 6

Wait for payment, then send the item(s). Once your item(s) sells, eBay will send you notification by email. Be sure you actually receive payment for your item(s) before you send it(them) off. Once payment is received, make sure to wrap all your items in bubble wrap or at least brown paper. Add styrofoam peanuts to boxes that will be carrying glass or other delicate things. Ask the buyer if s/he would like to purchase insurance, especially if the item(s) sold is/are expensive.

Selling on eBay can be easy and lucrative, and these 6 steps show you how.

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