How To: Find your first item to sell on eBay

If you are a new seller the first thing you are probably wondering is “What should I sell?” Unless you are one of the rare people with a barn full of trinkets ready for market It’ll take a little bit of creativity and research to find out what you will be featuring on your eBay store.

Qualities of a good sourcing option:

  1. Lots of descriptive words (4-5).
    If it’s hard to describe verbally you’ll have just as hard of a time marketing online.
  2. Easy to package.
    If it’s easy to ship it’ll arrive in good condition
  3. Lightweight.
    Heavy items can get quite expensive and you don’t want to limit buyers to just domestic traffic.
  4. If the item is in really glossy packaging and very reflective it will be hard to photograph.
    Find something easy to photograph.


“It’s My First time on eBay, What Should I Sell?”

The reality of being a new seller is that you haven’t built up a reputation on eBay yet. To start, you want to focus on making a lot of sales and getting a lot of positive feedback. Keeping this in mind it is probably best to start selling cheaper items that you can ship with ease. This will raise your seller score and reputation as a reliable seller and give you an understanding of how the process works before you risk selling expensive items.

They say that new sellers should just find things you have laying around the house that you would like to sell and start there. Take a look through your closet or basement and find books, jewelry, clothing, and other household items that you would consider selling in a garage sale then list them on eBay. 

“I Found My Item. What is it worth?”

This is where you can get started on Terapeak. Once you have found a few items you are willing to list, head over to Product Research, and check out the listings that are already on eBay for that item. Input your search keywords, select your eBay site, and add your filters, hit search. Once the results load you'll be able to see the average price of the item, along with specific examples of listings that sold during this time period. 

Analyze the results in Product Research and decide if the item you are thinking of listing is profitable. Look to see what the top-performing listings include in their title, what their price is, and how much they charge for shipping. Imitate the things you like the most about these titles, and add your own flare as necessary. For example: Is it new or used? What condition is it in? Do you have a backstory for how you got the item? Does it have any additional components that make it special? Where was it stored prior to you listing it? 






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