No matter what you might have to
sell, doing it through an eBay auction can be a fun,
fairly easy, and profitable way to sell merchandise once
or for a "second job". Online auctions have
become a popular way for people to find unique
merchandise, such as old books and toys, or hard to find
clothing and furniture. You can buy just about anything
through an eBay auction! Instead of trying to hassle with
a garage sale, try selling your merchandise on eBay. You
might find that you can earn quite a good living at it!
Though it is an easy way to unload your stuff, there are a
few techniques involved with having a successful eBay
auction. Simply posting a picture and a price will not
bring the bidders to you. Make sure the merchandise you
are selling is in excellent condition, and if it is not,
say so in the description. Honesty is by far the number
one rule of thumb to follow, because deceiving customers
can get you negative ratings, which will spell doom for
you if you intend to auction a lot of merchandise on eBay.
It is also important to be knowledgeable of what your are
selling, not only so that you can create a thorough
description of your product, but so that you can answer
any questions that potential customers might have quickly.
In addition to being forthright regarding the condition of
your merchandise, you must be up-front when you explain
your sales and shipping policy on your eBay auction.
Providing complete information about your shipping rates,
as well as your refund policy, will help make sales go
smoothly, and customers appreciate that. Gaining repeat
customers is important if you want to have continued
success with your eBay auctions. So, on top of offering
complete information, you will want to provide excellent
customer service to your customers. Respond to questions
quickly, and with a friendly tone.
Once you have made a sale on your eBay auction, it is
important to maintain the same friendly and professional
rapport with your customers. Remember that repeat
customers and good reviews can make your eBay career
successful! It is important that you inform your customers
of the progress of their purchases every step of the way.
First, contact them to thank them for making the purchase,
including any payment information. Then contact them to
let them know that you have shipped the merchandise, how
it shipped, and when you expect it you arrive to them. You
might also want to include any tracking numbers so that
your customers can see when their packages are due to
arrive to them.
It is vital that you conduct your eBay auctions and
business transactions with the utmost professionalism. In
addition to honesty and communication, that means that you
should wrap and ship any merchandise that you sell in a
way that it will not be damaged, and that it will show
that care was taken in the preparation for shipment.
Include a "receipt" that shows what the customer
purchased, the price paid, and even include a thank you
note, which is always a nice touch. Again, customer
satisfaction and feedback can make or break your eBay
auction experience and seller reputation.
Customer feedback and ratings on an eBay auction can mean
that either you will be a highly sought after seller, or
that no one will want your stuff at all. Take those
ratings seriously, because the buyers on eBay certainly
do! That is why it is so important to work to satisfy
every customer, even the difficult or demanding ones. If
that means negotiating the price of certain merchandise,
or doing something else a little extra for a customer,
then you need to do it. If you want to turn your eBay
auction into a successful business endeavor, your pride
might have to take a back seat. Try to remember that the
buyer is taking just as big (if not bigger) of a chance as
you are in shopping for merchandise on an eBay auction.
Therefore, the easier you make it for them, the more often
they are likely to be your customer.