Everything You Need To Know About Selling Your Belongings Online

When it comes to selling online, there are a few things you need to know. Sites such as Amazon or eBay will charge you a fee to sell, whereas other sites will place your advert for free. As a recovering eBay addict, I thought I would share some tips on how to make the most from selling online.

Take Good Photos

Whatever you are selling, make sure you take some good pictures of it. The right lighting can make all the difference, as can using the flash. Sometimes, colours don’t show up as well on a screen so consider using a photo editing program to enhance your photos. Also, make sure that there is nothing in the background of the photo. Your dress might be in excellent condition, but if people can see clutter behind it, they might wonder if the condition will be worse than described.

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Write an Accurate Description

When it comes to describing your item, you want as much detail as possible. Include everything you can, including size and materials, etc. Also, include any defects or damage if it is a used item you are selling. Some people can try and argue when they receive the item that it wasn’t what they expected, so if your description is accurate, then they will have no complaints.

Remember the Fees

If you are selling on an online auction site, remember you’ll be charged fees for listing the item as well as when it sells. This can make a big difference when you are only selling small value items. Things such as a reserve price or a fixed price will also up the fees, and can also result in less interest. Plus, you might be plagued with people making offers all the time.

Find an Excellent Delivery Service

When it comes to sending your item, you want to make sure that it arrives in the same condition as it leaves you in. Finding a reliable courier to use is a great way of ensuring your buyer is satisfied and gives you peace of mind. You could consider using shiply or one of the other services that offer delivery.

Consider Setting Up an Online Store

If you are trying to start a business, then creating your online store can be a great way to sell items. It cuts out the need for intermediaries and lets you control the whole process. Just make sure you have a clear returns policy, as well as a clear way for customers to contact you. That saves any problems further down the line. You can also promote your business on social media, and start building your brand.

Sort Out Any Problems Swiftly

If a buyer has any difficulties with the transaction, deal with it promptly. On some sites, a delay in sorting out issues could result in bad feedback. It also means you’ll get less repeat business and run the risk of bad publicity for your brand. Put yourself in their shoes and deal with them fairly.

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4 Comments

  1. Victoria Prince
    26th August 2016 / 7:07 am

    Great advice :) I am badly in need of having a serious declutter as we have a move on the cards, but it’s so overwhelming I keep procrastinating!

  2. Sheila Reeves
    27th August 2016 / 8:20 am

    I’ve never been brave enough to sell online, worried I’d do it wrong, these tips are really helpful, especially the tips for photographing the items

  3. Nicola Lang
    27th August 2016 / 8:47 pm

    Thank you for giving me the advice and the inspiration to declutter and make some cash :-)

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