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HOW TO OPEN UP SHOP ON EBAY

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Do you have old collectibles, vintage clothing, or knickknacks you don’t want anymore? eBay offers you the opportunity to get a little cash for them – and setting up shop is way easier than you might think. Here’s how to begin.

Create a seller account

First, you’ll want to create your account. This is a simple process in which you fill in your name, contact information, and create a password.

Register your payment information

Next, you will need to connect your PayPal account to eBay. This step will allow you to accept payment from buyers. Pro tip: Make sure you have a verified PayPal account.

Prepare shipping supplies

Before you start listing items, you’ll want to make sure you are ready to ship what you are selling. You can purchase padded envelopes and boxes of various sizes from a variety of sellers. It’s helpful to have Priority Mail boxes on hand for heavier items – this will save you money and get your packages to their destination quickly. And don’t forget labels and shipping tape.

Photograph your items

Remember that online buyers have to rely on photographs when browsing and the only thing that will make them hit that Buy It Now button is exceptionally good pictures. That doesn’t mean you need an expensive camera or expertise as a photographer – today’s smartphone cameras are more than capable of capturing the shots you need. Pro tip: Remember to take photographs in good light, capture images from various angles, and get plenty of detail in each shot.

Calculate pricing

Do some browsing online to see what comparable items are selling for – you don’t want to list your grandmother’s vintage blazer for $450 when everyone else is selling similar items for $120. Choose reasonable prices for your items and don’t forget to determine what to charge for shipping.

List!

Now it’s time to get your items uploaded. You’ll need to write a short description, upload your photos, choose whether you want the item to sell as an auction piece or as a fixed-value item, select the shipping method of your choice, and fill in as many details as possible in the provided areas. Pro tip: Make sure to create a simple but descriptive title for your listing.

Have fun with your new side hustle!

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