Tired of all the clutter lying around your home? Maybe it’s time to sell them online. That way, you can make extra cash and clean up your space at the same time. Thanks to the internet, you don’t have to set up garage sales every weekend. With a little of your time, effort, and patience, you can auction off unwanted things. Here are 7 handy tips to help you make that sale.
Know What You Aren’t Allowed To Sell
First things first, you should you know what you cannot sell. Each online marketplace has their own rules regarding online auctions. You should also look your state (or country) up before you proceed. Usually, items that can’t be sold include animals, particular weapons, alcohol, service contracts, and more. It is also best to check the restrictions of the platform you plan to use.
Choose the Right Platform to Sell
There are different sites that be used to sell your things. With online auctions like eBay, classified ad sites like Craigslist, or e-commerce platforms like Shopify, some platforms are better than others depending on the item you’re selling or how fast you want it to be sold.
Determine Its Value
If you are going to sell items and are unsure how much they’re worth, you should look it up. Look up both the value of the item when it’s brand new and when it’s used. It is also best to check if others are selling the same item to give you an idea of how much it should be auctioned for. Different factors such as item damage and rarity should also be taken into consideration.
Consider Selling In Bulk
It helps to sell items in bulk rather than individually to speed up sales. You might make less money as compared to selling the items separately, but it gives you a higher chance of selling the items to begin with. This works best with collections and sets such as silverware, books, music albums, and tools.
Describe What You’re Selling Thoroughly
Write a unique description of each product you sell. That will catch more attention than the ones that just outright copy its description off its Wikipedia page. The more detailed your item description, the better chance it has to sell. You should also mention its flaws. That way, buyers will know that you’re honest, and a great reputation will help you sell more things in the long run.
Use Quality Pictures
Make sure that you include a lot of quality pictures of the item. You should take them from different angles, and if there any flaws, you should show that too. Like the tip about the item’s description, it just shows that you’re honest. The item should comprise 70% – 80% of the picture with close-ups in important parts of the item.
Answer Buyer Questions Promptly
You should be quick to respond to a potential buyer’s questions. If you take too long, they might change their mind and look for another seller instead. Being responsive will help your gain a better reputation for being an online seller. Also, a little politeness goes a long way.
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