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Make Like a Mad EBay Listing Maniac

My most popular post on the other site was about . I started selling my clothes and other items on the well known auction site in May 2013.

First off I had a 10 item limit, then a 40 item limit. Eventually, after a few months, I reached my present limit of 240 items or £16,000 a month. If I could sell that amount today, I would be a very happy camper.

For a long time, I've wondered about making it into a business, and I'm still investigating ideas and talking to colleagues who have successful eBay shops. However, for now, I have enough unwanted, unloved, disliked or plain wrong in this house to list without the extra hassle of paperwork and business selling.

The largest number of items I have had listed at one time was something in the order of 75-80, after a week's solid sorting, photographing and listing madly. At present I have 57 items live and have sold four in the last couple of days which I'm going to pack up in a minute and take into the works post room tomorrow. I generally sell an average of 25 items a month, and the more I have listed, the more I seem to sell. My overall total is nudging up towards 460 items, and it really doesn't even feel as if I've scratched the surface yet.

After a successful shopping spree during our last trip to the outlet malls, and a good Christmas too, I find myself with rather a lot of items to list. I've had a good blitz on them this weekend, photographing and listing for most of the last two days. , jewellery and electrical items are all awaiting new homes, and seven of them are being watched already. I've tripled my listing length this weekend, and still the living room has a mountain of items to list festooned around it.

I sorted through the piles of items I wanted to list earlier, and as it has been a bright and dry day, I was able to photograph everything I hadn't already. Some of the items are already listed, others still await their eBay fate.

Inspired by this, my husband tore his wardrobe to pieces this afternoon. There were in there I never even knew he had, and some of them pre-date our decade together too. So, from thinking that I had done really well to lose only one sock in four loads of laundry this weekend, I find myself with two bags of clothes to wash for sale on eBay and a whole laundry basket and a half of clothes to freshen up for him.

As we already have a laundry basket of ironing for him to do and two bags of tops for the service's attention, I'd better get a pick up booked. Then, after a short interlude to finalise a couple of for publication elsewhere, it'll be back to the eBay listings.

Because they won't sell if they're not listed. If they're not sold they can't earn me , and that's one thing I need this month, in order to pay off the holiday bills.

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MelissaE wrote on February 8, 2015, 2:40 PM

I've never tried selling on eBay, but I might give it a whirl.

wolfgirl569 wrote on February 8, 2015, 2:52 PM

I havent used e-bay in a long time for buying or selling. Might have to get back to it

WordChazer wrote on February 8, 2015, 2:52 PM

I was an eBay refusenik for years, but having been scammed by several other 'buy clothes by the kilo' sites, I gave in disgracefully, with much huffing, puffing and soul searching, then sold my soul to eBay. I had also previously tried car boot sales, but was disheartened by the insistence that I should be selling eveything for '99p, 99p' (imagine an old woman's voice with associated wagging finger.) This area has a large number of itinerant seasonal workers and showmen, and they will never spend money if they don't have to, so car boot sales are a magnet for them. I prefer that buyers pay what I ask them to. On eBay that is so.

WordChazer wrote on February 8, 2015, 2:58 PM

The thing that worries me the most is that I have already sold over 450 items and it doesn't even look as if I've dented the 6' high wall of clutter in the loft! It's going to be interesting to see how many items I eventually do sell, especially as some of the businesses I buy from there are on 5- and 6-figure feedback numbers. I am half wondering whether I should make it into another business strand, alongside the development I'm putting into my writing. I think for now I have more than enough clutter to sell, especially given the mountain of same that my husband presented me with earlier :-/

Began1988 wrote on February 8, 2015, 3:55 PM

I'm not a big fan of Ebay, I guess I never had much luck on there. Whatever I did manage to sell, after shipping costs and Ebay fees it just didn't seem worth it. Now I'm trying out the "OfferUp" app for phones. It allows you to sell locally so you don't have to worry about shipping, and there are no fees. I wish I could reach a broader audience though.

And some of the stuff I would have to sell I don't even know how much it would cost to ship, so I can't even calculate that into my prices.

lucyluuk wrote on February 8, 2015, 3:57 PM

eBay was great back in the day before they fees became so astronomical!! I sell more on my local Facebay site vie Facebook - no fees total bonus emoticon :smile:

Kasman wrote on February 8, 2015, 4:13 PM

This sounds like a full time job. What would I get if I sold my wife on eBay (apart from 3-5 inside!). Works post room? Should I be tutting under my breath? emoticon :smile:

WordChazer wrote on February 8, 2015, 4:39 PM

My works post room knows of my eBay habit, and the staff are happy to send my items as long as they are fully addressed and paid up. I use the online postage option through eBay and PayPal so if I calculate my postage correctly then the buyer will have paid for that already in the cost of the item.

And no, it's not a full time job! Some days it just feels like it though.

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WordChazer wrote on February 8, 2015, 4:42 PM

FacePalm refusenik here, so it's no good talking about anything to do with that site. It's only slightly above That Other Writing Site on my list of preferred locations at the minute. Oddly enough many of my items do sell locally; guess that means they'll be received faster than if I was sending something to the Western Isles of Scotland or similar.

WordChazer wrote on February 8, 2015, 4:44 PM

Not heard of OfferUp - guess it's a US-only app. Anyways, I don't like mobile banking, I'd rather have a laptop to use PayPal on security grounds. I'm also not much cop with face-to-face dealing and prefer the anonymity of eBay.

Began1988 wrote on February 8, 2015, 5:13 PM

You don't actually get the money through the app, the people pay you cash or check (if you allow) when they come to pick up the items. I would love to sell more online if it was actually worth it for me. If I knew of a better/cheaper way to ship I might have a lot more stuff to post! :/

allen0187 wrote on February 9, 2015, 12:11 AM

Good for you if you are making cash off eBay. i used to have an eBay store but decided to close it after all the fees that they were charging. I do list items in a local online selling site and this is what will keep me busy this week.

WordChazer wrote on February 9, 2015, 12:53 PM

Not making that much, but shifting the clutter does good for my soul. It means that in the long run I will be able to have more money as moving house will be cheaper without a vast amount of boxes to put into storage or pay the removal men to hump around for me.

LindaCPearson wrote on February 9, 2015, 1:21 PM

By the time I finished reading this post, I was totally exhausted just thinking about all you're doing! I used to sell on eBay several years ago. I realize how much work it is and I only posted a few items a day. I don't sell on eBay anymore.

WordChazer wrote on February 9, 2015, 1:48 PM

I'm enjoying it, because it makes me feel as if I have achieved something when I sell an item. One less thing to declutter. And every item listed is another potential sale. Back to it tonight, as I only have one listing finishing tonight so I know almost nothing will go. In some cases it has the double effect of using an envelope or box from my existing stash, so that's even more satisfying. One less box for the creepy crawlies to find.

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allen0187 wrote on February 9, 2015, 5:35 PM

That's one way to look at it. Plus, any additional cash in the pocket is good.

louisechackett wrote on February 10, 2015, 6:32 AM

I really should look at sorting some things and selling on ebay. The fees just really put me off.

WordChazer wrote on February 10, 2015, 1:46 PM

Private sellers have 20 free listings a month. A Basic shop like I have (as a private seller still) is something around £25 a month, which comes with 100 free listings a month. I make enough to cover that even on the tat I'm selling. Relists are free and every now and again you are offered 100 free listings as well.

UK_Writer wrote on February 10, 2015, 4:57 PM

I don't own enough things to sell. I need to use ebay to buy things as I've not enough things.... I de-cluttered down to about 2 bags of stuff 7 years ago, then moved about a LOT. Now I'm settled, I've not got the basics together yet!

WordChazer wrote on February 10, 2015, 5:19 PM

Let me know what you need. Chances are, if I don't have it myself, I may well know of someone who will.

valmnz wrote on February 12, 2015, 2:46 PM

We own a small collectibles business and sell all around the world on eBay. It's surprising what will sell when you don't expect it to.