If you've never done it before, selling on eBay can be daunting. It sounds easy. But as soon as you open up your eBay seller account the questions begin. What should you auction? How well will it sell? What shipper will you use? Is UPS or USPS better? Will you sell to international bidders? What about packing? Do you need bubble wrap? And that's only the beginning.
One of the first things to consider is a very basic one: What will you sell? Is it really the time to take a quick snapshot of that antique heirloom chandelier and throw it up on eBay without a reserve, without any research, without any preparation? No. Save that piece until you have a better understanding of how eBay works. Choose something that is easy to photograph, easy to describe, easy to ship. Something that doesn't require research.
In my case, I chose to list mugs. Everyone has them and apparently people still want them. There is a market. But the main reason I liked the mugs is because they were somewhat uniform in size and weight. Figuring out how to ship them was easier. Photographing and describing them was quick and easy. Picture an assembly line.
My first round of auctions consisted of nine mugs. In the process of listing them, I was able to define the various elements needed in the description, list any and ALL dings, chips, and cracks and work out the parts of auctions that are so important to sellers. These included potential shipping charges and a return policy. If you've already used eBay to buy items, then you might have an idea of what you want to include. If you haven't, take some time and really read the various parts of current auctions. Find sellers who have been on eBay for a long time and have a good track record. Read their feedbacks. Finally, search eBay for items that are like the ones you want to sell.
Obviously with two households that have accumulated items for 40-60 years, I have all sorts of things in size, number, and scope to put up for auction. But for these early auctions I've decided to start small and work my way up the ladder. So mugs, bow ties, jewelry, books, and magazines will be the types of items that make up my first eBay auctions. What about you? Why not share your first auction? Did you start small or did you take a deep breath and go for broke?