How to Earn MORE Money on Ebay

Many of us are already familiar with eBay, some are using it to purchase various items and some are even earning money on eBay as sellers. Today I’d like to list few tricks that would hopefully allow you to increase your sales / profits on eBay.

Create a trustworthy profile

Your profile is very important on eBay, since it can attract bidders or not. Look to get great deals and feedback and act professionally at any moment. It’s wise to start selling smaller items (since people won’t need to trust you too much for something that’s not costing them their entire year’s salary) and work your way up. Respond to feedback, communicate, answer to your buyers’ questions. It takes time and effort to build trust, but it can surely be done and it will result in better deals for you.

Do your research.

Husband was able to get some terrific deals in the past years, just because he’s very thorough with his research. Whether it was a new stroller for our baby, an old French silver coin or a pair of jeans, he’s always doing his own research properly. The best deals he got were from sellers who didn’t exactly know what they were selling or made mistakes when posting the items.

Any spelling mistake or failure to provide full details about your items will result in less bids (not all people are ‘maniacs’ like my husband), so you’ll get lower prices than what you could earn.

Clean / mend the items

When you are selling a car, you clean and repair it. If you’re looking to get a refinancing deal or sell your home, you are also trying to make it look the best it can. Your eBay items are no different.

Iron the clothing (make sure it’s also clean), take care of any dirt / stains, make some repairs, if the items need this and it would make them sell better. A bit of effort can help you get better prices and more money for the SAME item.

Create an attractive listing that’s also mobile-friendly

I have seen some listings that look as if they’ve been pulled from the 90’s websites. You need to provide a clean and yet attractive listing, while also emphasizing the most important details in your product. It’s also important for it to be easily read on smartphones and tablets.

Proper titles and descriptions

Now that you are doing your research as you should, there are lots of details you could provide about your item. Make sure to properly use the best keywords and give all the information you think can attract potential buyers. A good description will help your listing get better search results and it will also attract more attention, since most of the questions a potential buyer might have are already answered.

Good pics or it didn’t happen

Maybe it’s not worth it to invest time and resources for a very small item, but, if you have something better to sell, make sure the pictures are of GREAT quality. It’s easier to make more money on eBay if your listings, that are already coming with terrific descriptions, also have amazing pictures. Don’t use a ‘standard’ pic for your items (even worse – a small ‘res’ one). Take your time to photograph it properly and show it in more ‘angles’.

This will help your potential buyers see the real qualities of the items you are selling and it will entice them to bid higher.

Invest TIME in your eBay business

If you want to be successful when it comes to earning money, you need to see this as a business. OK, it’s a small side-hustle at first (or maybe forever), but you still need to be a professional about it. Put time into your eBay activity, plan wisely and you’ll reap better results.

A great way to ensure more activity on your items’ bids, is to start them on Thursday. This allows them to end on Sunday, when (at least in theory) most people are at home). Of course, you should avoid events like Christmas or the Super Bowl, if you still want people to be online and ready to bid.

Start your items at low prices

My husband used to start the ‘bids’ at $ 0.99, this would attract more bids. Let’s say that, by smart planning (the proper day and time), great descriptions and really good photos, he was able to get some outstanding results. Some of the items sold at the right price, few at lower prices than what he’d had hoped for, but some were sold for a lot, just because the clients started their own ‘bidding wars’ for the items.

Be nice on your description and terms

Don’t overpower your potential bidders with a lot of ‘no-no’, there are terms of service on eBay anyway, no need to play the policeman there. Set few terms and keep a positive attitude even when it comes to listing the items. Keep it all short and simple, it’s not like they’re leasing a car from you, to have to wade through pages of contract terms.

Free shipping gets more people interested

Of course you might get such low prices that shipping costs you almost as much as you received for the item, but, if you’ve done your ‘homework’ properly, chances are you will get some really good deals. In this case free shipping is not something that would cost you too much and it will actually attract more bids (and probably more money). You can also provide other shipping plans (even if they seem costly – some buyers might want to get the items as soon as possible and are willing to pay for it), so that the buyer can choose from them.

Answer questions

In some cases bidders will want to know more details. Sure, some might have misread the description and some might actually ask some really smart questions. Be active during the listing time and make sure to provide professional and useful answers.

What other tips can you provide to earn more money on eBay? What has worked for you so far? What have you learned from other sellers’ mistakes?

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Recent Comments

  • diane @smartmoneysimplelife

    March 23, 2015 at 9:17 am

    Great points! Another one to consider is measurements: make sure your measurements are precise and include them in the Title, Item Specifics and Description. That’s still no guarantee that a buyer will take any notice but if there’s a problem, you’re more likely to have eBay find in your favour.

    • dojo

      March 23, 2015 at 7:54 pm

      Hello, Diane and welcome to PFToday 🙂

      Excellent tip. Measurements are indeed important, when it comes to certain items I wouldn’t even consider a purchase without having all these details set.

    • rz3300

      September 27, 2016 at 1:39 am

      I think that I know the answer to this, but this seems a lot more important in some areas than others? I was thinking about size of products first but then I started thinking about computers and you certainly want to give them that information. I guess it all just depends, but I would certainly want to do a lot of research.

  • Untemplater

    April 7, 2015 at 7:07 am

    Ebay is great. I’ve used it to buy rare shoes and collectibles from the 80s. The times I’ve purchased I take the time to review the sellers to make sure I’m buying from a reputable seller because dealing with returns is such a drag. Great tips!

    • dojo

      April 7, 2015 at 11:25 am

      That’s always a good idea, taking a good look at the seller’s rep. This way you never have to deal with anyone that would case you problems. While eBay is usually very ‘buyer-friendly’ and most of the time you are covered, a bad experience is a bad experience nonetheless.

  • Nicolae

    June 2, 2015 at 2:27 pm

    Great information, but I am concerned about the shipping to other countries like Romania. Do you buy from Ebay? Can you give me an idea if it s worth to buy items from RO.

    • Ramona

      June 28, 2015 at 6:22 pm

      Well, Romanians have FULL privileges on Paypal for years, so we can easily do any work with the ‘outside’ world. 90% of my web design (and web hosting) clients are from the US, others from Germany, UK etc. They can pay easily and I can deliver the work.

      So you can easily order from Romanian sellers.

      We also purchase A LOT of stuff ourselves from eBay or other similar sites, shipping is pretty straightforward, too.

  • eBay dude

    September 14, 2015 at 7:38 am

    Good article with great advice! At first, I thought selling on eBay was way to complicated, but after I learned a thing or two the hard way, like, start small and don’t open an eBay store before having at least a few good reviews, I realized it’s all about being nice, trustworthy and yeah, take the time to be active on eBay whenever you can.

    • rz3300

      September 21, 2016 at 4:51 pm

      Building up the reviews is definitely something that I overlooked in my experience, and I really wish that I could go back and do it all over again. I know that I can, but the truth is is that I sold a lot of what my good stuff was, so now I am kind of lost here. It takes time and effort and homework though, I think that is the takeaway here, so just proceed with caution.

  • Jasmine2015

    September 28, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    I recently just bought a charger from Ebay. I got the notification today that it hasomething finally shipped and is on its way. I have never sold on ebay but maybe one day I will. I just worry about how well I can sell things.

  • Owen

    November 16, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    I’m actually doing a lot of research on the topic lately. I’d love to be able to build a successful eBay business one day! It doesn’t seem difficult, you basically need to start small and be a great seller, but the tricky part is getting buyers to trust you! So, thank you, your article really helps 🙂

    • rz3300

      September 11, 2016 at 4:55 pm

      Building that trust seems like it would take a long time, but maybe I am wrong there. I have tried Ebay on several occasions, and I have to say that I continue to be disappointed. I think that there are those tricks that you need to know and to speed that process up, but also probably depends on what you are trying to sell and if the products are similar to one another or more across the board.

  • Youthful Investor

    December 13, 2015 at 4:12 pm

    To add to the picture quality statement, you may want to consider using your photo editing software to put two different sides to the photo into one photo. For example, with coins, photograph the obverse and reverse, then attach the two as one image so visitors could see them at the time time. Then in your detailed listing provide the separate photos. The technique will be so different than what a user is used to it might work out really well.

  • rz3300

    August 15, 2016 at 8:24 pm

    Well I am trying to let my previous experiences with Ebay not sour any chance I have at giving it another chance, but I did get burned pretty bad. It was my own fault, but I am still hesitant with the site. That said, I can say that the tip about making things mobile-friendly is a good one, and one that people might overlook. I have a lot of friends who constantly shop on their phones, and nowhere else too so it is weird, but I am guessing there are a lot of other people like that out there. Thanks for sharing.

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