How to sell on eBay

eBay is a popular shopping website where individuals and businesses can buy and sell new and second-hand items. In this guide, we’re going to show you how to sell a single item on eBay. The first time you do this, you’ll need to create a ‘seller’s account’, but once this is done, any future sales will be much easier.

 
You’ll need:
 
  • a computer with an internet connection
  • a credit or debit card.
Follow these step-by-step instructions on how to sell on eBay
 
Step 1: Go to the eBay website.
 
Step 2: You can only buy or sell on eBay if you’re registered. If you’re new to eBay, click register to the right of the eBay logo.
 
(If you’re already registered, click Sign in, enter your user ID and password and go straight to Step 5 below.)
 
Ebay sign in or register
 
 
 
Step 3: To register, you’ll need to fill out details such as your name and address and select a user ID and password. Once you’ve done that, click the blue Submit button at the bottom of the screen.
 
Ebay registration
 
 
Step 4: A pop-up will confirm your eBay user ID and the email that you have selected for your account. Click Yes, continue if you are happy to proceed. 
 
Confirm your eBay user ID
 
 
Step 5: You will be taken back to the eBay homepage. Click on Sell at the top of the screen, and a ‘Welcome sellers’ page will open. Type the name of the item you want to sell or its EAN (barcode number) in the box provided and click Start selling.
 
Ebay start selling
 
Step 6: A new page will open with step-by-step instructions on how to create your listing, including how to give your item a clear, specific title and how to upload a photo. 
 
Ebay Create your listing
 
 
Step 7: Once you’ve filled in all the details for your listing, click Save and preview at the bottom of the screen.
 
Save and preview
 
Step 8: A new page will open. Here you’ll see how your listing will look before it’s posted on eBay. Click Continue if you’re happy with the way it looks. Click Edit listing if you want to make any changes.
 
Ebay edit listing
 
Step 9: If you’ve sold an item before, your listing will now be posted (so go to Step 15 below). If this is the first time you’re selling something, a new page will open asking you for extra information. Click Continue.
 
Ebay extra information
 
 
Step 10: Review your account information, check the box and click Continue if it is correct. 
 
Ebay review your information
 
 
 
Step 11: eBay will then verify your information. This can take a minute or two. You will then be asked to verify your phone number. Click the Call me now button and an automated service will call to give you your PIN. Once you have this, enter it into the PIN field and click Continue.
 
Ebay confirm phone number.
 
 
Step 12: You will then need to log back in. 
 
Ebay log in
 
 
 
Step 13: When you sell items on eBay, the website charges a small fee. You now need to choose how you will pay any fees. Select the payment type (and complete card information or PayPal account details if applicable) and click Continue
 
Ebay payment type
 
 
Step 14: If you chose to pay via PayPal, you will now need to agree to the PayPal user agreement. When you have read it, click I agree.
 
Ebay paypal user agreement
 
 
A new page will open giving you the chance to review your listing again. Click Edit listing if you want to make changes. Click Place listing if you’re ready for it to be posted on eBay.
 
Ebay place listing
 
Step 15: Your item is now posted. Click Track your listing in My eBay to see if anyone is bidding for or buying your item. You can also click My eBay at the top of the screen at any time to look at these details. Potential buyers may ask you questions about your item via email, so answer them promptly to ensure you get good feedback later.
 
Track your listing in my eBay
 
 
Step 16: When your item is sold, you’ll receive an email from eBay. Go back to ‘My eBay’ and click Sold. There you’ll see the name of your item as well as the price it sold for. Click Send payment details to send your buyer an invoice, which PayPal prepares automatically if you’re using that method of payment.
 
Ebay send payment details
 
Step 17: Once the payment has been received, you’ll receive an email from PayPal. Go to the PayPal website and enter your email address and password to log in to your PayPal account. You’ll see that it’s been credited the total payment minus PayPal’s fee. Click Withdraw and then Withdraw funds to your bank account to transfer the payment to your bank account.
 
Ebay withdraw funds
 
Step 18: Make sure you pack your item securely and post it within the time specified. Once you’ve sent your item, go back to ‘My eBay’ and click Sold. Click More actions on the right-hand side of the screen. You’ll then be able to click Mark as dispatched, which will let the buyer know that the item has been sent.
 
Jo Munday is an experienced writer of online tutorials.

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rhys's picture

By rhys on 10th January 2013

Hi there I sold my samsung galaxy s3 on ebay and says it is sold but says no payment but the guy wanted me to send it no nigeria I am quite weary about this I'm new to ebay and just wondering how to upload my add again thanks
Anonymous's picture

By Anonymous on 9th April 2013

never ship anything until you receive a payment, just because one buys the item, doesn't mean that the person sent the money.
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By DU Community Manager on 11th January 2013

How frustrating, Rhys. You're right to be wary, you must never send an item that hasn't been paid for. The eBay customer centre has lots of information about what to do in these cases, this link should be helpful: http://pages.ebay.co.uk/help/sell/unpaid-items.html Good luck!
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By ian on 5th March 2013

im looking into making my own cards birthday ect do i need permition to use images of things ie: celebs? how do i go about it please
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By DU Community Manager on 6th March 2013

Hi Ian, This is quite a specialist question! Try posting it on our Q&A board (which you get to by clicking Community in the menu above). Good luck!
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By Harriet on 14th March 2013

hello
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By Ann on 23rd March 2013

Hi, RhyS you have'nt had any dealings with scams from Nigeria. They are the worst scamming SO and so's ever what ever you do don't send them anything unless the money has been cleared in your bank account.look up nigerian scammers. Good luck.
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By Robyn Shalhoub on 29th March 2013

Great step by step instructions! I have some tips for selling on ebay on my website - krazy4projects.com - but you have great information on how to get started. Thanks!
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By Robyn Shalhoub on 29th March 2013

I tried to do a trackback to link your site to mine. I hope I did it correctly :) I am new to this. Love your site!
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By C. Snow on 14th April 2013

Do I need to add my credit card?

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