Sell Your Things Online
Got a bunch of stuff lying around that you don’t use anymore? Before sentencing it to the Dumpster, consider the online outlet. Whether it’s eBay or another auction site, the Web offers various ways for you to share used goods with others (remember, your trash is another WORKSgirl’s treasure). Here, a few tips to help you get the most out of your online experience.
Find the right site. eBay is by far the most popular online auctioning site, but there are others springing up right and left. If you have jewelry to sell, you might consider Bidz.com, an auction site dedicated to bling. Etsy.com specializes in handmade goods.
Do your research. Even if you’ve perused eBay and purchased things online, take some time to look at it from the seller’s side. You’ll probably have to register and fill out an “about me” page. Check into any fees involved, and read through the guidelines listed for the site. Do all you can to familiarize yourself with the process; it will pay off later.
Put your best items forward. Most places let you include pictures of what you’re selling. Take them up on the offer. The majority of shoppers feel better about seeing an item before they buy it. So snap a pic, upload it onto your computer, and put it on the site. While you want to jazz up the item, you also need to be honest. If there is any visible damage to the piece, be sure to include a note about it. Consider taking a picture of the stain or dent so buyers can see it. A little wear and tear is normal in the auctioning world, and buyers don’t like to feel deceived. So be straight up and you can expect the same in return.
Start low. Bringing in a profit for stuff you plan to toss is a great plus about online selling. Auction sites usually let you include a starting price for your item. In most cases, you’ll want to make this a low amount, such as $0.99. This doesn’t mean that your chic sweater will be sold for pennies. It will, however, attract more buyers to start bidding, because they’ll feel like they actually have a shot at winning your wares. And once they begin, chances are they’ll keep upping their ante, leading to a higher overall price for you.
Stay professional. As soon as you put your name and info on the Net, it’s available for all to see. Just as you would in an interview or office meeting, keep your professional composure. If buyers ask any questions, answer them right away. If someone has a complaint, respond to it appropriately. Recognize that misunderstandings can happen, and show your business side. You’ll receive better feedback and gain online respect in the auctioning world.