As a teenager, the want of self-dependency is higher than before. You by now might want to start a moneymaking plan whether to save up for college or a personal need such as supporting the family. In this guide, you taught how to work the e-commerce biz.
The preeminent thing out of all things is establishing your account. This can be easily done by googling eBay, going on the site, and signing up.
At this point, you can give yourself a username and put in information such as your location (this is relevant for the shipping information). You as well will have to add your email, the email is for notifications. Your number will also be asked for user confirmation.
You need a bank account(preferably savings), and routing number. For a routing number, you can ask the bank for this, but usually, its provided when you open up an account.
This is so that you can set up a Paypal to receive the money (this is the main way of payment in eBay).
Now depending on your age and location, you could get a "Junior Account" that is attached to your parents. Depending on a state you could get a more restricted minor account that only your parents could enter.
If all fails, you can just connect your parents' account, if you have their permission. Use the account and routing number to create a Paypal. Once your PayPal has been made, link this Paypal email to your eBay account.
Now that you have a connected Paypal, you can now click the word on the upper right corner that says "sell".
When you load the page, it will display a button that says "create template". Select this option for now.
A template is something you can use with a similar description of choice for many products (in the future) without rewriting it.
As an example, you are selling two different colored shoes. You won't have to rewrite or explain the descriptions over and over again. This is helpful for multiple alike products.
Here for whatever your selling you'll have to come up a name for. Make it interesting or at least descriptive at the minimum. Afterward, you will have a category. This is selecting the specifics of the product. Like selling a handbag would go into categories like such
In this section, for whatever your merchandise is, you'll have to make a title for it. Making it interesting isn't as important as making a properly descriptive title. This helps people find this specific product much easier. After the title, there will be a category section. To understand this, we'll give you an example. A handbag.
Clothing, Shoes & Accessories > Women's Bags & Handbags
As you can see the item is placed into several categories, getting more specific in each section.
Under the categories, you'll also find the "condition" tab. Youll state here the condition of your item. Like if it's your old Nike shoes, "preowned". If its a brand new toy out of the box, "new without tags".
Photos are one of the most important parts of the selling process. This is what the buyer will notice the most, and can determine whether they will even click to see it. It's recommended to take high-quality pictures.
No, you don't have to have a set to make a professional set. You can do something as simple as buying a white poster and putting a lamp in front of it. Place the item there and take photos, at the end you can up the brightness.
Make sure to take pictures of different angles. Customers love this and are more willing to buy with having a good glance at the product.
You can add up to 12 pictures. Try adding 4-7 pictures for now.
This is also another important aspect. A lot of people like to read the description to see what their buying. This is done commonly with things such as cars and clothing. It is great to write your descriptions in lots of detail as it entices the customer more. Such as writing a backstory to a product like a signed poster or a used truck.
Description can also be considered a top factor selling aspect. Surprisingly, people do actually like reading descriptions. Things like backstories, jokes, and a great explanation of the product make people more likely to buy.
Such examples you can have a backstory is in a car or some shoes. Tell the journies you took with them and how they lasted you consistently. Or with an appliance explain the mechanics and tips on using it. People will appreciate this.
This is where you get technical and state things such as measurements of the products, the color, the material...and accents or features on it. Patterns and themes, and the country of manufacturing. You can also put the intended usage of this product, like if its for casual outings or a more professional setting.
Now, this is the part where the describing part gets technical. Don't worry! eBay makes this quite simple with giving you choices depending on your product. In case ill use the handbag again. It will ask for a description of the color, the material, accents, features, patterns, and themes.
Of course, you don't have to write it out, they give you choices. As well you can select the intended usage of this product. Like for a dress shirt you can select "evening". You also will put the country of manufacture too.
Now you can sell the product in an auction-style or a Buy it Now style.
With the auction, you put the product at the lowest price it can be sold for. With the auction version as well you can also have a buy it now prices for higher than the auctioning one. On this, if you want to get paid immediately you select the checkbox for "Immediate payment"
Now for selling the product, there are TWO ways. Buy it Now and Auction.
For Buy it Now way you would set the price for what the person will have to pay for it. This price does not include shipping in it, it is only for the item.
For Auction you will list the item on eBay and set the lowest price it can be bought for. Then people will bid on your product. The highest bid before the time runs out will receive the product. As well for the Auction method, you can also have a "Buy it Now" that's higher than the original Auction one.
Something to note is a checkbox that says immediate payment. Selecting this box means the buyer has to send the money first.
This is an important section of the listing part. As if you forget to put in shipping costs, the product will list and you'll have to pay the shipping. You'll know you've forgotten to put the shipping when you're sent the request of an "offer". This is where the buyer will pay a little more than the original price for the shipping as it's not listed. Usually, this is lower than the cost of shipping ultimately causing you to lose money.
So always inspect if you've filled in the shipping information, making sure to fill in dimension and weight. And charge the price accordingly to your local postage centers prices.
Before finally listing your product its recommended to preview it. You can do this by clicking the preview button. This gives you a chance to check for any typos and unfilled information.
Now finally making sure you are a hundred percent in the clear, you can list. If everything is done good there's a high chance you'll receive a bidder or buyer anytime soon!
Once you've received a buyer and the money has been sent, its time to ship the product. You can head to your local postage spot and request for the packing material that will fit the product the best.
Such examples are packages of multiple sizes or a large envelope. Don't forget to also purchase a stamp to put on the mail. Once your merchandise is in the package you can hand it to the postal service.