for selling online
hundred and fourteen million registered Ebay users can't be wrong. Online auctions
are hot, hot, hot. If you want to make some extra holiday cash by selling your
treasures, follow these 12 steps for a smooth transaction.
Pick an auction site. Make note of all
2. Search auction
sites and stores for your item or similar merchandise. Make note of starting prices,
reserve prices, ending prices, descriptions and photos.
Research shipping and insurance costs.
Register as a seller with the site.
Create a listing page to advertise your item. Be sure to include:
- Payment options
- A starting price
and a reserve price, if any
- A description including
shipping and estimated insurance costs
- Photos of
6. Submit your page
after previewing for errors or omissions.
Answer all bidder e-mails politely and promptly.
E-mail the winner with instructions and request shipping information.
Ship your item, carefully packed, as soon as the payment clears.
Notify the winner of shipping. Include an estimated delivery date and tracking
When feedback is posted for you, place feedback in kind.
Do not ever commit fraud -- it is against the law and many government and
consumer agencies are cracking down. Omitting flaws or creating a fake history
for an item constitutes fraud. So does placing shill testimonials (fake feedback
from yourself, friends, family or cohorts) or shill bids (fake bids to drive up
your price). If in doubt, ask yourself how you would like to be treated if you
were the bidder.