We all have it (and kudos to you if you don’t): the ever overflowing cupboard full of clothes!
And yet every morning I stand in front of the cupboard with nothing to wear. I know this is probably nothing new to you and any lady that just can’t pass by that sale rack….
Story of my life, I can’t walk pass a sale rack. But although I may get a good deal on that 50% off item, is it really a good deal for me if I end up not wearing it? Probably not.
It’s as if this magical red tag reading %%% clouds my mind.
So the promise is not to buy unless I can match the item with other items in my wardrobe, it goes with the overall theme of my work/casual clothing and that the item is timeless, so I can wear it at least for another year or two!
But the another question remains: What do I do with the stuff I don’t want to wear any more?
Well, I started off with clearing out the cupboard and actually looking at the items I don’t want any more. They were all in a very good condition, apart from maybe two or three pieces. Think Carrie Bradshaw from SATC in the episode she cleared out her wardrobe with her girlfriends
So to not loose out completely I thought I give selling on Ebay a try. Whatever wouldn’t sell, or is simply not worth selling, would go to the charity shop. A large bag and a trip to the charity shop later, I ended up with approx. 60, YES still 60 items to sell.
The rest of the day was spent photographing items, creating ads for them and writing descriptions. I won’t bore you with the details of how to set up an Ebay account, it’s super easy anyways. But here are a few tips that may make your selling more efficient and successful:
- Know what to sell: Some items will sell better on Ebay then others. Make sure to choose items that are popular or from a popular brand, easy to ship or maybe just rare. So don’t waste your time trying to sell that old Shirt from 5 years ago, which may just be better off at the charity shop.
- Know when to sell: As with shops, customers tend to browse Ebay in their free time. So make sure you list your items on the weekend and in the evening to encourage sales.
- Photos and description: Make sure your photos are sharp and clear, taken in good light and also show the item from all sides. The customer doesn’t have the opportunity to touch and see, so good pictures and an accurate description are key. Don’t forget to mention any faults as you only end up with a return.
- Price the item fairly: I know we all want to make a good profit but overpricing an item will not encourage the sale. Instead price the fairly and with luck people will bid more for it. If they purchase it for the minimum price you are still a winner, as you have one less unwanted item in your cupboard!
- Choose your words wisely: When it comes to the title of your item it is worth considering your words. What are the key features of the item and what would people need to search for to find it? Also consider how you would search for the item? If for example you are selling a blue T-Shirt key words may include the accurate color blue, type and cut of the T-Shirt, size as well as the brand. All these key words will help the customer to find your item.
- Consider shipping cost: Shipping cost can dramatically increase the price of your item and maybe put off potential customers. So make sure your postage is reasonable and always ship items on time.
- Good customer service: People may send you messages asking questions about the item. Make sure you take time to respond in a nice and timely manner. Good customer service will pay off.
- Use the Ebay app: This app came in so handy when I was selling my 60 items. I was able to manage my account and the items I am selling from the convenience of my phone. It shows your active items, which have sold and what items you need to dispatch.
- Make sure to take the time to review the your clients and leave a nice comment. This will encourage them to review you back and build your profile on Ebay. A seller with many positive reviews is more likely to achieve a sale.
- Lastly, consider costs: You can list up to 20 items a month for free on Ebay, however, Ebay will still take a cut of 10% for every item you sell, that includes postage. So make sure it is worth your time and effort.
I hope you found this helpful, happy Ebaying!