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My mom was recently talking about try to sell a few things on eBay. This would be her very first attempt at selling something on eBay.
The good news: If you’re not a wiz on the computer and signing up with a credit card (to use PayPal for handling all of the payments associated with your items) sounds intimidating… you’re not alone. My mom wasn’t crazy about either of those things. But she decided to get with the times in order to take advantage of all that eBay has to offer — in terms of helping you sell your unwanted items in a ziffy.
Here are the best tools we found to make selling items easier when using eBay.
One of the things my mom was interested in selling on eBay was her collection of Dreamsicles. (They’re angel figurines. And she thought it might be easier to start with a ‘collectible’ type of item, than to jump in head first selling old cameras, clothes, and housewares.)
The Best eBay Tools Online
Terapeak is a great program that makes it easy to research how products like yours are currently selling on eBay vs past trends for the same item. They have a free tool that you can use online. It’s easy… and loaded with great information, too!
Here’s how it works:
Just type in a simple word or phrase that describes the item you’re interested in selling (or buying) on eBay. For example: dreamsicles.
NOTE: There’s a spot for your email address, but you don’t have to fill that in. Just click enter and you’ll get the results right away on your computer screen instead of having the results emailed to you.
From there, you can see the average price that item typically sells for, how many listings for the same type of item are currently on eBay, which category(s) that item is usually listed under, which day and what time eBay autions usually end for that item, as well as the highest and lowest prices the item has ever sold for.
The default is to view all of those stats for the last 7 days, but you can change to view them for the last 30, 60, or 90 days. Pretty cool, huh?!
Terepeak is one of the best tools around for helping you set up your own eBay auction — whether it’s the very first item you’re selling on eBay, or you’re a pro and sell items on eBay all the time.
eBay’s Research Labs give you an overview of the items that are most in demand, as well as the top gainers in recent days. If you type in the type of item you’re interested in (like Dreamsicles), you’ll be taken to all current auctions featuring that item.
Their BayEstimator tool is a great way to see what keywords people are using to find that particular item on eBay (like Dreamsicles) — which helps you when naming your item on eBay. Plus, it gives you the best categories and subcategories that you might want to list your item in.
David Steiner’s Ebay Auction Calendar is a great way to see — at a glance — the best and worst days to list your auction items on eBay. On the day you’re planning to list your items for sale, be sure to take a look here first. You can see whether it would be best to have a 3-day, 5-day, 7-day or 10-day auction, based on prior sales on that very day of the month in prior years. (TIP: Sunday is the best day of the week to end an online auction!)
For even greater detail — including the best time to end an eBay auction on each day of the week — check out David’s summary by day & time. It’s even broken down by category!
If you’re selling items, you’ll need to determine shipping costs. See how to calculate shipping for eBay items you’re selling.
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