How to Present Your Goods on eBay to Get the Best Price

In this day and age, we’re always looking to get the next best thing. Some of us won’t step foot in a restaurant until we’ve read at least 20 Yelp reviews. And all Amazon devotees know not to mess with something that has less than four stars.

If you’ve recently done some cleaning and you’re considering selling on eBay, you may not know where to start. Look no further! Our comprehensive guide to getting the best price on your goods is here for your pleasure and profit.

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A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words (or Dollars)

When you’re looking to make some serious cash on whatever valuable you’re selling, getting the perfect picture is absolutely essential. If you’re not a professional photographer with all the right equipment, never fear! The digital age has delivered smartphones into all of our lives. Now the mini-computer in your pocket can be used for more than just Facebook and pictures of your grandkids.

Art of Downsizing is happy to take eBay photos for you, but you can try it yourself. Review the following tips for great photos:

  • You may think “the brighter, the better” when it comes to showing off your item, but the flash is never a good idea.

  • When selling on eBay, stick to natural lighting with little to no shadows. Keep the photo aesthetically pleasing in natural light, and it’s more likely to be bought.

  • Take advantage of eBay’s photo editor options located under picture when you post it..

  • Make sure your item is always in focus, so every detail can be seen.

  • Get as close as possible; this isn’t the time to show off backgrounds or ambiance.

Bare It All

Equally as important to nailing the clarity and lighting of the photo, you need to show you have nothing to hide. If you’ve ever tried to buy a used item online and been wronged by a deceptive seller with killer photography skills, you’ll know exactly what we mean. When you’re selling on eBay, the more transparent you are, the better.

Take photos from every angle, even if it seems like overkill, so your potential buyers know you’re not trying to pull a fast one on them. Selling on eBay is made exponentially easier when buyers perceive you as a trustworthy seller.

Supply a Full Description

To come across as honest, use clear words to describe your item. Don’t exaggerate. This tip greatly increases your chance of encouraging a buyer. Whether it’s your first or 100th time selling on eBay, you should always take into account how detailed the description is.

Talk to all prospective buyers as you would a friend who looks amazing in a dress you think she should buy. Use your skills of persuasion to gently nudge them to purchase. And strike the perfect balance between enthusiasm and honesty so you don’t sound like a sleazy car salesman.

Use full and coherent sentences in your description, but don’t make it too long. Detailed writing goes a long way to add to the great photo you already have. Ask a friend or family member who’s good at writing to proof your ads before you post. When a buyer can tell you put thought into your writing, they are more likely to trust you and in turn, pay the best price for your item.

Michelle Munson

Art of Downsizing, 1465 Sand Hill Road, Candler, NC, 28715