Sunday, 28 September 2014

Your Funniest eBay Story

Hi all, I'm looking for your funniest eBay stories to publish on my blog. Whether you are a buyer or seller, I'm looking to hear from you about anything funny that has happened to you on eBay and here's the best bit ... I'm going to give away a £10 Amazon voucher to the story I think is the funniest. See the rules below to find out how you can submit your story.

The rules:
  • Submit your story by writing a comment below
  • Include your eBay name in the comment (at the start or end) so I can contact you if you win
  • I'll decide who the winner is on 31st October 2014 (my decision is final) and contact them shortly after (via eBay) to arrange sending them the voucher - probably electronically
  • Do not use any foul or degrading language (yes, I decide what this means - keep it clean and you'll be fine) - if you do I'll remove the post and you won't have any chance of winning
Good luck

The Question I get Asked Most as an eBay Seller

It’s very easy to identify the one question that I get asked the most as an eBay seller…..










It’s do I offer combined postage for multiple wins. Save yourself the time of answering all the queries by clearly stating on your eBay listings what your postage terms are:
  • Do you offer combine postage?
  • What will you charge for combined postage?


Wednesday, 3 September 2014

100 Free eBay Listings September 3-7 2014

100 free ebay listings
Get on over to eBay, there are 100 free listings for UK users to use between the 3rd and 7th of September 2014.

As always, check the conditions.

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Man Arrested for Selling Scottish Independence Vote on eBay

Man Arrested for Selling Scottish Independence Vote on eBay
A man has been arrested in Scotland for selling his Scottish Independence vote on eBay. It would appear that other Scottish residences have tried to sell their independence votes too, ahead of the Scottish Independence referendum (which could see Scotland become a separate country from the UK) on 18 September this year.

eBay has since removed all these listings from their auction website and has said: "The Electoral Commission has an agreement in place where we remove upon request any items posted on eBay that relate to an individual's vote where the commission has concerns that this could lead to the law being broken."


So apparently people will try and sell anything on eBay.

Sunday, 31 August 2014

How to make money on ebay



How to make money on ebay
If you are starting out on ebay and wondering how you can make money, I’ve composed this guide to give you some hints as to where you can start.

Over the years, selling on ebay, I’ve noticed there are 4 main methods you can apply to sell items on ebay for profit. Below is a list of these methods and what they mean.


1. Buying low, selling high

This method requires you to buy items, generally in bulk, at a low price per item. You should make sure that you get a good, low price for each item since you are buying in bulk, also the more you buy, the cheaper each single item should actually be. You then sell the individual items for a profit – charging more for each single item than they cost you in the bulk order. Basically like any shop would. This method requires you to be able to source the bulk items from somewhere. Also, don’t forget to factor in the cost of postage into the price of your individual items, especially if you are ordering from somewhere like China.

2. Breaking down

Under this method, you buy an item (you can still buy in bulk) and then break down the item for parts, selling the sum of the parts for more than you paid for the original (complete) item in the first place. An analogy for this method would be buying a car and then selling the individual parts: engine, doors, seats etc. This type of method can be extremely profitable if some of the components of the original item are desirable by the current market.

3. Limited editions

This method for making money on ebay requires a little more research than 1 and 2. The basic premise is that you buy something which only exists in limited edition (maybe a limited edition of a book for example) and then sell on ebay. The exclusivity of the item should ensure you get a bit profit for it as customers are willing to pay ‘over the odds’ for something that they can no longer get from normal outlets.

4. Treasure hunting

This method requires you to go ‘treasure hunting’ in car boots (or possibly markets). The idea is to try and find those hidden gems that people don’t realise they have and are selling on the cheap, whilst trying to clear out their house. You pick them up for a bargain and sell on ebay for a profit. This method obviously requires you to have detailed subject knowledge about the items you are hunting for, as you will need to know roughly what they sell for.

In my experience, I’ve had a lot of success with method 2 and am starting to dabble in method 3, which is also bringing some success. However, the method that will suit you best depends on the type of items you want to sell as well as the subject knowledge you have of your niche.

Happy selling.


Sunday, 17 August 2014

What does BNIB mean?

In some ebay listings you will see the acronym BNIB. For example, in the listing shown below. 



This stands for Brand New In Box.

Sunday, 10 August 2014

How To Use the Post Office's Drop & Go Service

At lot of the time when I post my ebay items out it’s during the lunch break of my day job. There’s always a queue at the counters and I always feel awkward trying to post 30+ things whilst there’s a queue of people behind me, also on their lunch break. I eventually get everything done but lose a lot of my lunch break so have to gobble some food down before I get back to the grind. Fortunately, if you are an ebayer in the UK, the Post Office has a useful service that you can take advantage of. It’s called ‘Drop & Go’.

This is a service provided by a lot of the Post Offices around the country and it does what it says on the tin. You can drop off all of your post at the counter and go, later during the day a member of staff goes through all of your parcels and sorts out the postage for them, payment is deducted from a pay-as-go style top up account, Then later on in the day or the following day you can pick of the receipt (and proofs of postage if you asked for them) for all your parcels. Saving you time since you don’t have to stand at the counter going through all your parcels (and annoying the locals in the queue behind you).

Also, as a bonus there are postage special offers which are ran if you use Drop & Go. At the time of writing the offer is saving 50% postage on medium parcels. The offers change every month or so and details can be found on the Drop & Go website here.

I’ve just started using the Drop & Go service and have already found it a massive boon so I thought I would share with you all here how to use. First signing up to Drop & Go.

Signing Up to Drop & Go

  1. Get a Drop & Go application, you can ask for one at your local Post Office, or download from the Post Office’s website here.
  2. Fill the form in. In the case of using it for posting things on ebay (like me) you don’t need to fill in the Company Name field but will need to select that you are using for the ‘e-auction (inc eBay)’.
  3. Take your form to a Post Office with two forms of ID – passport and driving licence should do.
  4. You’ll be given your card which you will need to top up there and then to start your account
  5. You’re done, you can start using the Drop & Go service.

Using Drop & Go

  1. Fill in a Drop & Go Manifest for everything you want to post. You can download a copy to fill in here. Even though there is space for 15 items, you can post more, just download as many manifest forms as you need.
  2. The only columns that have to be filled in are ‘Service required’ and ‘Post Code’. Once filled in, sign and date the form.
  3. Take the manifest and your parcels to a Post Office that offers the Drop & Go service and had them over at a counter (some Post Offices even have a special Drop & Go counter, so even less queuing – bonus).
  4. Go back to the Post Office (I normally wait till the next day) and ask them for you’re receipts (and proofs of postage if you asked for them in step 3).
  5. Done, and think of all the time you saved.

How Do I Top Up my Drop & Go Card

Easy, just ask at a Post Office counter – telling them how much you want to add to the card. I normally top up before I had over my parcels, so I know there is enough in my account and there won’t be any problems.

Conclusions

Overall, even though I’ve only actually had my Drop & Go card for a week now, I’ve already found it a massive time saver. I thoroughly recommend getting one if you post out items regularly and you want to save yourself some time.

Inaugural Blog Post

Ok, so this is the inaugural blog post….

Over the past few years I've been selling things (as a hobby) on ebay and I've decided to start writing this blog to share my experiences (and mistakes) with everyone with regard to this lucrative hobby.

This blog will contain news (and commentary), how to guides, quick tips and various pieces of humour about our beloved e-commerce platform. Also, over the coming months and years I will be expanding my hobby outside just the use of ebay. I will detail what I find in this blog.

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy.