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.
- a computer with an internet connection
- a credit or debit card.
Follow these step-by-step instructions on how to sell on eBay
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
Step 7: Once you’ve filled in all the details for your listing, click Save and preview at the bottom of the screen.
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.
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.
Step 10: Review your account information, check the box and click Continue if it is correct.
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.
Step 12: You will then need to log back 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.