How to Make eBay Your eBae
29th July, 2020
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Not sure if you are using eBay the right way? Here are some buying and selling pointers that will help turn you into a seasoned eBay-er who knows no fear. Buying and selling on eBay can feel like a thrilling adventure. You have a goal, there is a timeline involved, and you get to make bids that may or may not make you the winner. A whole lot of us have heard one too many horror stories about eBay scamming. However, that does not mean you switch off your computer and set out in the real world to shop. Especially not now, when quarantining and staying indoors is of paramount importance. The good news is that you can still shop safely on eBay with these tips for buyers and sellers. We are here to save the day and help you save a few dollars.
Do your research (Buyers)
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Do your research (Buyers)
Don’t get clicking and paying the minute you find a result for your search. Do your own digging. Compare at least a few search results and their price listings. Read the bold, the fine, and the in-between print as well. Don’t forget to read that return policy. Make sure you know everything there is to know about your product and your seller before you pass go and collect your goods.
Aim for a better bargain (Buyers)
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Aim for a better bargain (Buyers)
You know how we are always told that we can do better? Well, we are risking sounding cliche, but you can do better. You will almost always be able to find a seller who is willing to chat—not about life and it’s complexities but about the price of their goods. Be on the lookout for a seller who is open to negotiating.
Turn on alerts (Buyers)
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Turn on alerts (Buyers)
Are you one of those people who keeps track of that one product on eBay but hasn't bought it yet? Join the club! Did you know that you can just turn on the alerts for that Gucci bag instead of going through the process of searching for it every single time? Yep! Turn on your alerts, and let eBay do the work of being a crazy stalker for you.
Shipping charges (Buyers)
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Shipping charges (Buyers)
Hold your Thestrals for a second. Before you buy that wand, make sure you aren't ripped off at the shipping counter. A lot of sellers will rope you in with amazing prices, only to have you backtracking at full speed when you get to the shipping charges. Don't forget to check and recheck the postage before you pay.
Expand your horizons (Buyers)
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Expand your horizons (Buyers)
In a bid to get the item of your choosing, it is likely to get carried away with excitement. At the risk of being a Debbie Downer, we are gonna ask you to go beyond eBay and research the retail price of that product, before going in for the final bidding. You don’t want to regret buying something that you could've easily purchased at a lower price from the retailer.
Last-minute shopping pays off (Buyers)
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Last-minute shopping pays off (Buyers)
If you find something you want to bid on, and you realize that it's a hot item, wait for the right moment before you hit that button. If you bid too early, the other bidders might swoop in, and that might just drive up the price. You know, the whole "don't let them see your desperation" and all the other mind games might just work here.
Read the feedbacks (Buyers)
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Read the feedbacks (Buyers)
Sure it’s 2020, and sellers can pay people to write glowing reviews about their products. However, not all the reviews can be bought. It’s worth a shot to read about the quality of the product you want to order. And it most definitely does not hurt to read up on your seller and their services.
Cash in on their slips (Buyers)
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Cash in on their slips (Buyers)
Imagine ending up with no search results for a product on eBay! Sometimes, sellers make mistakes while tpying (like we just did), and the product shows up in fewer searches or none at all. Your seller’s typos, lack of information on the listing, and other mistakes are here to benefit you. Look at it as your chance to bag a deal, with sites like FatFingers and Goofbid to rescue you.
Night-owls to the rescue (Buyers)
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Night-owls to the rescue (Buyers)
Being a night owl has its own perks. There's no dearth of time and things to do at night. You can shop to your heart's content at these ungodly hours and win bids for cheap with less or no competition at all. If you are not up for it but still want to bag a good deal, let BayCrazy do the work for you.
Download that app (Buyers)
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Download that app (Buyers)
Our phones are cluttered with apps, most of which have not been used even once. What’s one more drop in the ocean? Especially if it is going to get you exclusive offers and let you shop anytime, anywhere. You can check up on your fav products, bid, re-bid, browse just because, and do so much more with the eBay mobile app. Need we go on? Download the app already.
Look at your profile (Sellers)
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Look at your profile (Sellers)
Buying or selling on eBay involves a lot of risks. It’s helpful if buyers can look at your profile and find the littlest reasons to trust you. Putting some thought behind your username and trade name won’t hurt either. If the buyers can see that you have been a good seller in the past and can read the customer reviews displayed on your page, it can work wonders for your business.
Use the seller promotions (Sellers)
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Use the seller promotions (Sellers)
eBay offers quite a variety of deals for private sellers. These include free listings for a limited period and offers on auction only sales. Some will even have you paying fewer dollars as your seller fees, which, according to us, is a definitive win. All you have to do is, turn on your seller promotion notification and cash in on the offers.
Know your product (Sellers)
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Know your product (Sellers)
Imagine this: you are out shopping, and you have a few questions about the product you want to buy. You seek out the shop owner to have your queries answered; however, they don’t have the answers. Can you imagine the disappointment? Most importantly, are you going to go ahead with the purchase? Similarly, don’t disappoint your buyers; research your products thoroughly before you decide to sell them.
It’s all in the details (Sellers)
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It’s all in the details (Sellers)
eBay has more than enough listings for every sort of product out there. In this case, the sure-fire way of making your product stand out is to pay attention to details. Potential customers are going to consider your listing only if you have put in enough time to write down a description. If you haven't bothered to give details about your products, the buyer will move on to the next listing.
Judging a listing by its picture (Sellers)
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Judging a listing by its picture (Sellers)
"A picture is worth a thousand words." We know this line would have most of you rolling your eyes, but trust us when we say that good pictures are the first thing that customers notice. Whatever it is that you want to sell will sell faster with better pictures. Avoid using stock images. When you don't post original photos, the buyer is almost convinced that you're selling flawed products.
Mind your listing (Sellers)
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Mind your listing (Sellers)
When you are busy describing your product and working on just the perfect listing, you are prone to make mistakes. It could be because your brain is running faster than your fingers or you’re in a hurry. Whatever the reason, you have a chance to rectify any errors before you publish the listing. Make sure you take care of the tiniest details, as even a typo can cost your pocket.
Pick the right pricing (Sellers)
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Pick the right pricing (Sellers)
Confused about pricing your product? Worried you might go overboard and lose out on the sale? Don’t worry, eBay has got your back. It’s time to make use of eBay’s advanced search options. Look for the same or similar product details on the website and check their history. The completed listings or sales will let you know where on the scale should your pricing land.
Allow for counteroffers (Sellers)
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Allow for counteroffers (Sellers)
It is common for people to look at listings but not make any purchase, as the price does not meet their criteria. However, keep in mind that they are looking for a chance to haggle, and as a seller, you should be open for negotiation. Being flexible with your price will allow your item to sell faster.
Customer satisfaction should be your aim (Sellers)
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Customer satisfaction should be your aim (Sellers)
Keeping in touch with your customer constantly about their orders will convince them that you aren’t here to scam people. Make the dispatch process more efficient and keep them updated about the shipping process. All of this is going to go a long way in making you a good seller. Plus, your customers will keep coming back to buy more stuff if they trust you.
Ask for feedback (Sellers)
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Ask for feedback (Sellers)
To make sure your customers know you care, go the extra step. Ensure that they have received the product on time. Once that is done, ask them for their feedback. If possible, send them a feedback form with questions you will like them to answer. This will help you grow, and you might end up with glowing reviews.