Sunday, 31 August 2014

So you want to be a good eBayer...

I've been an eBay junkie since...well, since before it was legal for me to have an account!
I've made over £1000 on eBay over the years, not to mention some of the beautiful items I've purchased at bargain prices!
Firstly, you need an eBay account and a PayPal account, a good camera or camera phone and some stuff to sell! The listing process is pretty simple once you get the hang of it. 
So, here are my tips for being a great eBayer and getting some serious bargains!

1. First and foremost, be reliable. Be the eBayer that you would purchase from. It's a great idea to promise to post next day, if you can, but make sure you actually do it! Remember to update the order's status to 'dispatched' after you send it and always reply to questions from bidders.

2. Be realistic. No one wants to pay £5 for a Primark vest that you spent £2 on. If it's worth over £10 and is in good condition, that's a pretty good rule of thumb when it comes to selling clothing.

3. Choose your time of day wisely. You can schedule your items to be listed at a certain time, but it does cost a few pence. My recommendation is that you list your items on a Sunday night, for one week. Most people sit browsing the internet on Sunday's, so that's when you're likely to get the most traffic.

4. Take good photos. I mean: good lighting, shots of full item, shots of you wearing the item (no face), shots of details. Take your photos in natural light and be forthcoming about faults or marks.

5. Be a good buyer. When you're searching for something e.g. Topshop maxi dress, search for 'ending soonest'. As I said before, people tend to browse the internet at the weekend, particularly Sunday evenings. So if you're looking for a bargain you're gonna need to be doing your searching late at night and early in the morning on weekdays.

6. Finally, set yourself a limit. If you've found something you love and the bids keep on climbing you need to set a limit. Pick the ideal price you would want to pay for the item and add £10...this is your absolute limit! If it goes over your limit STOP! This is the hardest practice to get in to, and the one I struggle with the most, just remember - you want to MAKE money, not spend it!

I really hope this has helped! Not the most aesthetically pleasing post, but something I'm super passionate about!
So go get some bargains!


  1. These are all really good tips, especially the first and second :) I've also struggled with six, it's far too easy to keep on placing bids without thinking of how much you'll be paying overall!

    Louise /

    1. Thanks Louise, I'm glad you enjoyed it! x

  2. thanks steph, this is very informative!


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