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Listing an Item for Sale on eBay


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Contents Introduction……………………………………………………………………………………………. 3 Signing up and signing in…………………………………………………………………………. 4 Creating a new account…………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 4 Signing in to your account…………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 5

Beginning the listing process…………………………………………………………………... 6 Letting eBay find the right category for your item…………………………………………………………………….. 6 Manually choosing the right category for your item………………………………………………………………….. 7 Item condition and similar items……………………………………………………………………………………………..... 9

Detailing your item's listing……………………………………………………………………. 12 Choosing your listing's title………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 12 Adding photos…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 12 Adjusting item specifics……………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 14 Describing your item………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 15 Pricing your item in an Auction style listing………………………………………………………………………………. 16 Pricing your item with a Fixed price………………………………………………………………………………………….. 19 Adjusting your shipping costs…………………………………………………………………………………………………... 22 Finalizing your listing..……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….28 A note on listing preferences……………………………………………………………………………………………………. 29 Previewing your listing……………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 30 Saving your listing for later……………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 32 Listing your item (finally!)…………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 32

Viewing your item after it's listed…………………………………………………………… 33 Finding your item through My eBay…………………………………………………………………………………………. 33 Finding your item through Search……………………………………………………………………………………………. 34 Monitoring your listing's progress……………………………………………………………………………………………. 36

Credits…………………………………………………………………………………………………… 38


Introduction | 3

Introduction

As the world of digital commerce continues to expand, more and more people are discovering the convenience of buying their goods and services through online means. The end result is a flourishing online marketplace, lush with deals for consumers and opportunity for sellers. One such flourishing online marketplace is eBay, unique to other online shopping sites like Amazon and Rakuten not only in its auction-style format, but also in that it allows its members to buy and trade amongst themselves. And with so many buyers opting to utilize the virtual marketplace, now is the perfect time to take advantage of eBay’s robust amount of selling features and options. This digital guide was created to help you navigate eBay’s item listing process and begin selling your items today. The guide assumes you have a general working knowledge of eBay’s policies and buying procedures, while having no previous experience as a seller. So whether you’re an individual looking to make some extra cash while cleaning out your garage or a small business owner hoping to expand your presence to the online marketplace, this step-by-step guide will walk you through the process of listing your item for sale eBay on today!


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Signing up and signing in Creating a new account If you’re an existing eBay user, you’re already qualified to begin selling on the site, no extra steps required. However, if you’re new to eBay, or perhaps just want a separate account to sell your items with, this section will walk you through the process of creating an account. 1. In your web browser, navigate to www.ebay.com.

2. On the eBay homepage, in the top left-hand corner, you’ll see two options: “Sign in” or “register,” highlighted in blue. Left click “register.”

3. You’ll be prompted to register a new account, either Personal or Business*. Fill in your personal information and left click the blue “Register” button to continue.

*Business accounts on eBay lend the user additional selling tools, alleviate certain selling limits, and offer various promotions, but also come with additional fees. For the purposes of this tutorial, we’ll assume you’re creating a Personal account.

4. You’re all set! To log in to your new account to begin selling, see the steps below.


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Signing in to your account If you’ve been buying on eBay for some time, odds are you’re familiar with signing in to your account. If you’re new, though, or haven’t had to sign in for some time, this section has got you covered! 1. In your web browser, navigate to www.ebay.com.

2. On the homepage, locate the “Sign in” option highlighted in blue in the top left-hand corner of the window. Left click it.

3. You’ll be prompted with a “Sign in” screen. Enter your email address or eBay username along with your password. Hit your enter key on your keyboard or left click the blue “Sign in” button.

4. If you entered your name and password correctly, you’ll automatically be taken back to the eBay homepage. To ensure you’re logged in to the proper account, check to see if your name is displayed in the top left-hand corner of the window.

5. You’re logged in and ready to sell!


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Beginning the listing process Letting eBay find the right category for your item Ensuring that your item is listed in the right category will help direct potential buyers to your listing, making it an important first step in maximizing your odds of making a successful sale. eBay conveniently offers an automatically generated category for whatever you’re looking to sell. Follow the steps below to use this generated category for your listing. 1. From eBay’s homepage, locate the “Sell” option located at the top right-hand side of your browser window. Left click it.

2. You’ll be taken to a new page asking “What do you want to sell?”

3. Type in a name or description of the item you’re looking to list in the provided dialogue box.

4. eBay will generate a category it believes best suits your item and display it in the dropdown of the dialogue box.


Beginning the listing process | 7 5. If you’re satisfied with this generated category, click “Sell it” and proceed to the “Item Condition” subsection of this chapter. If you’d rather set your own category, however, continue to the next subsection: “Manually choosing the right category for your item.”

Manually choosing the right category for your item For one reason or another, there will be times where you aren’t satisfied with eBay’s automatically generated category for your listing. In these instances, you can follow the steps below to manually choose the category in which your listing will appear. 1. From eBay’s homepage, locate the “Sell” option located at the top right-hand side of your browser window. Left click it.

2. You’ll be taken to a new page asking “What do you want to sell?”

3. Type in a description or name of the item you’re looking to list in the provided dialogue box.

4. eBay will generate a category it believes best suits your item and display it in the dropdown of the dialogue box, along with a message asking, “Don’t see your item’s category? Select it here.” Click the “Select it here” option, highlighted in blue.


Beginning the listing process | 8 5. A “Category” window will appear, allowing you to browse through hundreds of different categories.

6. Navigate to the category you believe best suits your item and left click it. A subcategory will automatically populate.

7. Continue narrowing down your subcategories until eBay directs you to the next page. If you’re satisfied with your category, proceed to the next subsection of this guide, “Item condition and similar items.” If you’re not satisfied with the category you’ve selected, however, see the next step.


Beginning the listing process | 9 8. If you’re not satisfied with your chosen category, click the “Change” option highlighted in blue near the top of the window and return to step 6 of this guide. Following through the subsequent steps provided until you are satisfied with your item’s category.

Item condition and similar items Depending on whether you chose your item’s category manually or allowed eBay to choose a category for you will impact how you proceed through this subsection of the guide. If you opted to allow eBay to automatically generate a category for your item, you’ll first have to supply your item’s condition. If you chose to manually select your item’s category, however, selecting your item’s condition is not required, allowing you to begin with step 2 of this subsection. 1. Select the condition that best describes your item by left clicking one of the four options displayed in the dropdown menu.

2. With your item’s details now finalized, eBay will generate a list of similar items to the one you’re listing.


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3. Left clicking one of these items will produce a new window detailing further information about the item.

4. If your item is similar to or an exact match, left click the “Sell one like this” button to help save you time in the listing process and continue to the next section of this guide, “Detailing your item’s listing.”

5. If you’d like to go back to the previous screen to view another item similar to yours, left click the “X” located at the top right-hand corner of the item’s window.


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6. If none of the items listed match your own but you’re satisfied with your item’s category, left click the blue “Continue” button located at the bottom of the screen.


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Detailing your item’s listing Choosing your listing’s title Now that you’ve settled on a category for your listing, it’s time to edit your title. Note that the keyword you used to find a listing for your item (for example, “Wristwatch”) automatically populates as your listing’s title. It’s advisable, however, to take advantage of all of eBay’s 70-character limit, as doing so will help direct people to your listing. 1. Move your mouse cursor to the “Write a descriptive title” dialogue box and left click to enter the new keyword or words for your item.

2. Try to be as descriptive as possible with the space you’re allotted. Instead of just a one or two-word title, think about adding keywords that you might use if you were se arching for an item like the one you’re selling.

Adding photos As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. It should come as no surprise, then, that photos are one of the most important parts to any sales listing on eBay. You’re given 12 free photo slots per listing, and we recommend taking advantage of all of them. Additionally, there are two ways to add photos to your listing: dragging and dropping, and clicking and opening. Dragging and dropping 1. To drag and drop your photos into your listing, navigate to the folder on your PC or personal device that contains your item’s photos.


Detailing your item’s listing | 13 2. Left click and hold on the photo* you’d like to include and drag it to the “Add photos” box. The box’s outline will change to a highlighted, perforated blue graphic to indicate your photos are ready to be dropped.

*Note: You can select multiple photos at a time by holding down your CTRL key on your keyboard and left clicking each of the photos you’d like to include. Release CTRL after selecting your last photo before beginning the dragging process.

3. Release your left mouse button to add your photos to the listing. Note that the first photo will default as the photo buyers will first encounter in the search results section on eBay.

Clicking and opening 1. To add a photo through clicking and opening, click the blue “Add from computer” text located in the “Add photos” box.


Detailing your item’s listing | 14 2. In the window that opens, navigate to the file containing the photos you’d like to include.

3. Double click the photo* you’d like to add to your listing. Note that the first photo will default as the photo buyers will first encounter in the search results section on eBay.

*Note: You can select multiple photos at a time by holding down the CTRL key on your keyboard and left clicking once on each of the photos you’d like to select. When you’re finished making your choices, double click the last photo of your selection or left click “Open.”

Adjusting item specifics To lend your buyer a more succinct overview of your item, eBay gives you the option of adding and adjusting specific details. Some of these details will automatically generate based on your item’s condition and whether or not you found an item similar to yours earlier in the listing process (refer to subsection “Item condition and similar items” of this guide for details). Others will be left to you to edit manually. 1. Under the “Add item specifics” section, locate the category that you wish to edit.


Detailing your item’s listing | 15 2. Left click the category you’d like to add details to. A dropdown box will appear with a list of options for you to select by left clicking.

3. If none of the options available to you suit your listing, you can type in your own details in the provided dialogue box. When you’re satisfied, click the “+add custom value” text highlighted in blue.

4. The value is now added to your listing, providing your buyers with an additional tidbit of information.

Describing your item While detailed photos and a good title will help direct buyers to your listing, getting your item’s description just right is one of the keys to making a sale on eBay. Although there’s no real limit on the amount of text you can include in your item’s description, remember that your buyer’s time is valuable. As such, try to balance your description somewhere between succinct and thorough. Also be sure to


Detailing your item’s listing | 16 include what payment methods you accept, any flaws your item may have (whether they show up in your photos or not), and if you’re shipping your item from a smoke - or pet-free home. 1. Move your mouse cursor to the provided description dialogue box and left click within the space to begin typing your message. Additionally, you can take advantage of eBay’s text editing tools to adjust your text’s font, font size, and even make some basic HTML edits to your item’s description.

2. Type your message into the dialogue box, making sure to include all relevant information. Remember to watch out for typos. The more professional your listing looks and sounds, the better!

Pricing your item in an Auction style listing Choosing the right starting price in an auction style listing is an important part in making a sale. Too high, and you may turn off potential buyers. Too low, and you may signal to buyers that there’s something wrong with your item or even call your credibility as a seller into question. 1. eBay automatically sets your item’s starting price based on similar items listed in the same category as yours. If you’re satisfied with this recommendation, continue to the “Adjusting your shipping cost” subsection of this guide.


Detailing your item’s listing | 17 2. If you’d rather set your own price, left click the “Make changes” options highlighted in blue text.

3. A new window will open, giving you the option to choose an “Auction” style listing or a “Fixed price” listing. Auction style listing is chosen by default.

4. To set your item’s starting price, left click inside the “Starting price” dialogue box and enter your desired amount. By default, eBay populates this box with the lower end market range price.

5. To adjust the duration of your auction, left click the provided dropdown dialogue box.


Detailing your item’s listing | 18 6. If you want, you can add a “Buy It Now” option to your listing, enabling your buyers to instantly end the auction and purchase your item for the set price. To do so, left click the check box beside the “Add Buy It Now” text and enter a dollar amount in the provided dialogue box.

7. You also have the option* of adding a “reserve price” by left cling the “Add a reserve price” check box and entering your desired reserve price in the provided dialogue box. An auction with a reserve price will not sell unless a bid meets the reserve price threshold. In other words, using a reserve price ensures that your listing will sell for no less than you’re willing to accept for your item.

*Note: Adding a “reserve price” comes at the expense of an additional fee.

8. Finally, you can choose to schedule your auction’s starting date and time. To do so, start by left clicking the check box beside the “Schedule listing start time” text. Two new dialogue boxes will appear, one representing the date, and one representing the time.

Left click the calendar icon. A new window will open. Left click the day on which you’d like your auction to begin.


Detailing your item’s listing | 19 Now left click the time box located to the right of the date box. A dropdown list will appear, allowing you to narrow your auction’s start time down in increments of 15 minutes. Left click the time at which you’d like your auction to begin.

9. You’re all set! If you scheduled your own starting date and time for your “Auction” style listing, your auction will begin then. If not, eBay will add your item to its live listings as soon as you’ve completed the rest of the steps in the listing process outlined below in this guide.

Pricing your item with a Fixed price Fixed price listings on eBay are good for a few reasons, including but not limited to: If you’re willing to allow your auction to run indefinitely; if you’re only willing to accept a certain amount of money for your item; if you’re open to considering offers buyers are willing to make to you; or if you’ve more than one item of the same kind to sell. Follow the steps below if you’re looking to list your item with a fixed price. 1. In the recommended pricing view under the “Price your item” section, left click the “Make changes” text highlighted in blue.

2. Two new tabs appear: “Auction” and “Fixed price.” Left click the “Fixed price” tab.


Detailing your item’s listing | 20 3. In the resulting “Fixed price” tab, you’ll notice several new options.

4. Set the “Buy It Now” price you’re willing to accept for your item by left clicking in the provided dialogue box and typing in your desired price. Note that your auction will remain listed indefinitely unless and until a buyer chooses to purchase your item at this price.

5. Additionally, you can offer potential buyers a chance to make you a “Best Offer.” If you select this option, buyers will be free to submit any dollar amount to you that they choose for your item, and you will likewise be free to accept the offer or not in exchange for your item. To add the “Best Offer” option to your listing, left click the check box next to the “Add Best Offer” text.

6. You can also choose to sell multiples of the same item by left clicking the check box next to the “Sell more than one” text. A dialogue box will appear, in which you can enter the amount of duplicate items up for sale.


Detailing your item’s listing | 21 7. Finally, you can schedule a time and date at which you want your “Fixed price” listing to begin. To do so, start by left clicking the check box beside the “Schedule listing start time” text. Two new dialogue boxes will appear, one representing the date, and one representing the time.

Left click the calendar icon. A new window will open. Left click the day on which you’d like your auction to begin.

Now left click the time box located to the right of the date box. A dropdown list will appear, allowing you to narrow your auction’s start time down in increments of 15 minutes. Left click the time at which you’d like your auction to begin.

8. You’re all set! If you scheduled your own starting date and time for your “Fixed price” listing, your item will go on sale then. If not, eBay will add your item to its listings as soon as you’ve completed the rest of the steps in the listing process outlined below in this guide.


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Adjusting your shipping costs Choosing a fair shipping price is a crucial part to any auction. To help you in your task, eBay offers several tools and options to help you decide on a shipping cost that’s both accurate and fair to you and your buyer alike. Follow the steps below to determine the method that’s best for you. 1. As with pricing, eBay takes your item’s category into account to offer you an estimated shipping cost. If you’re satisfied with their recommendation, continue to the next subsection of this guide , “Finalizing your listing.”

2. If you’d rather set your own shipping options and pricing, left click the “Make changes” text highlighted in blue.

3. A series of new shipping options will appear, initially divided between three separate tabs: “Calculated cost,” “Flat cost,” and “Local pickup only.” eBay defaults automatically to “Calculated cost.”


Detailing your item’s listing | 23 Calculated cost 1. To set a shipping price using “Calculated cost,” begin by entering the weight and dimensions of your package as it will ship. To do this, simply left click inside each of the dialogue boxes and enter the proper numerical value.

2. Next, select the shipping service you plan to use to ship your item to your buyer by left clicking the “Select a service” text highlighted in blue.

3. A new window will appear, providing you with a list of potential carriers along with an estimated shipping cost based on the weight and dimensions of your package entered in step 1. Left click within the circle located to the left of the carrier service you’d like to use to ship your package.

4. Alternatively, you can opt to ship your item to your buyer free of charge. To do so, simply click the check box located next to the “Offer free shipping” text. Note that while your estimated shipping costs remain listed on this page, offering free shipping to your buyer automatically negates the price of shipping they would otherwise have to pay.


Detailing your item’s listing | 24 5. You can also offer your buyer the option of “Local pickup” by left clicking the check box beside the accompanying text. Note that unlike creating a “Local pickup only” auction (detailed below), checking this box simply offers your buyer yet another option in obtaining their item after the auction has ended.

6. Finally, if you’re looking to sell your item internationally, you can choose an international shipping option by left clicking the check box beside the “Sell to international buyers” text.

7. After clicking this box, eBay selects their “Global Shipping Program” by default. To change the way you’d like to ship your item internationally, click the “Change” text highlighted in blue.

8. A new window will open, giving you a list of international shipping services. * Left click within the circle of the carrier service you’d like to ship your item internationally.

*Note that international shipping fees are complex to calculate, and as such are not covered in this guide. Please refer to eBay’s own help guides on shipping for further details.


Detailing your item’s listing | 25 9. With your shipping costs and methods settled upon, you can now move on to the next subsection of this guide: “Finalizing your listing.”

Flat cost 1. To set a flat shipping cost for shipping your item, begin by left clicking the “Flat cost” tab.

2. In the “Services” section that appears, left click the “Change” text highlighted in blue.

3. A new window will appear, giving you a list of carrier services to choose from, along with estimated delivery dates. Left click within the circle beside the carrier service you’d like to ship your item.


Detailing your item’s listing | 26 4. Having settled on a carrier service, enter a flat amount for the cost to ship your item* by left clicking inside the provided dialogue box.

*Try to be both fair and reasonable, because setting an exorbitantly high shipping cost is a sure-fire way to turn off potential buyers!

5. Alternatively, you can opt to ship your item to your buyer free of charge. To do so, simply click the check box located next to the “Offer free shipping” text. Note that offering free shipping to your buyer automatically negates the price of shipping you set in the previous step.

6. You can also offer your buyer the option of “Local pickup” by left clicking the check box beside the accompanying text. Note that unlike creating a “Local pickup only” auction (detailed below), checking this box simply offers your buyer yet another option in obtaining their item after the auction has ended.

7. Finally, if you’re looking to sell your item internationally, you can choose an international shipping option by left clicking the check box beside the “Sell to international buyers” text.

8. After clicking this box, eBay selects their “Global Shipping Program” by default. To change the way you’d like to ship your item internationally, click the “Change” text highlighted in blue.


Detailing your item’s listing | 27 9. A new window will open, giving you a list of international shipping services. * Left click within the circle of the carrier service you’d like to ship your item internationally.

*Note that international shipping fees are complex to calculate, and as such are not covered in this guide. Please refer to eBay’s own help guides on shipping for further details.

11. With your shipping costs and methods settled upon, you can now move on to the next subsection of this guide: “Finalizing your listing.”

Local pickup only 1. If you’re item is too large or otherwise inconvenient to ship, you have the option to limit your buyer to picking up the item themselves. To do so, left click the “Local pickup only tab.”

2. A dialogue box will appear. Left click within this dialogue to enter the five-digit ZIP code of the item’s location. It’s left to your buyer’s discretion whether or not they wish to make the trip to pick up the item, so keep in mind that offering local pickup only will severely limit your pool of potential buyers.

3. With your shipping costs and methods settled upon, you can now move on to the next subsection of this guide: “Finalizing your listing.”


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Finalizing your listing You’re almost ready to list your item. All that’s left is to enter a valid PayPal address. If you don’t have a PayPal account already, you can set one up at www.PayPal.com. Note the email address you use when you register, because that’s the one you’ll need for the following steps. 1. Left click the dropdown box beneath the text “Select a PayPal email address.”

2. If you already have a PayPal account linked to your eBay account, a list of existing email addresses to choose from will appear. Optionally, you can type your PayPal’s email address in the provided text box.

3. You’re all set! But wait! In the event your item doesn’t sell the first time around, eBay gives you the option of automatically relisting your auction to help save you the trouble of doing it manually. To enable this option, just left click the check box next to the “Auto-relist” option.

4. Additionally, you can opt in to share a percentage of your auction’s winnings with one of several charities eBay has teamed up with. To do so, left click the check box beside the “Donate a portion to charity” option.


Detailing your item’s listing | 29 5. Two dropdown dialogue boxes will appear, one allowing you to choose the percentage of your earnings that you wish to donate, and another asking to which charity group you’d like to send your contribution. Left click each of the dropdown boxes and make your selections with a second left click.

6. With your options now set, eBay provides a preview of the fees* you’re liable to pay once you list your item.

*Note the “final value fee” is the percentage eBay will subtract from your earnings only after your item sells.

A note on listing preferences Before you list your item, you may notice the option to change your listing preferences located near the bottom of the page. Preferences you can adjust include handling time, item location, and whether or not you accept returns for your sale items. Adjusting these settings is completely optional. Note, too, that doing so will change your preferences for all of your future listings as well. 1. To change these preferences, left click the “Change” text highlighted in blue.


Detailing your item’s listing | 30 2. A new window will open, allowing you to alter your preferences as you see fit. When you’re satisfied with your changes, left click the blue save button at the bottom of the window.

3. Your new preferences will now apply to all of your future auctions, including your current one.

Previewing your listing Now that you’ve gotten the particulars of your item auction just right, you’re finally read to put your item on the market. Before you click that big blue “List it” button, though, consider previewing your auction first. eBay’s preview is exactly what it sounds lie: a snapshot of how your listing will appear when a potential bidder or buyer clicks on it in their search results. It’s the best way to make sure your auction is as presentable as it can possibly be. 1. To preview your item’s listing, just left click the “Preview” button located at the bottom of the your browser window.


Detailing your item’s listing | 31 2. A new pop-up window will appear, allowing you to preview your item’s listing.

3. If you’re happy with how your listing appears, left click the blue “List it” button at the top of the window.

4. If not, simply close the window out by left clicking the “X” located in the top right corner of the window.

5. You’ll be returned to the details page, allowing you to make the necessary changers to your listing. Refer to the applicable section of this guide for further details on making edits.


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Saving your listing for later If you aren’t quite ready to list your item, you can always choose to save your listing for later. 1. Left click the “Save and exit” button at the bottom of the window.

2. If you wish to continue drafting your item’s listing later, return to the “Sell” landing page on eBay. Your saved auction will appear in the “Drafts” section.

3. When you’re ready, left click the item or title associated with your listing, and you’ll be able to continue detailing your listing right where you left off!

Listing your item (finally!) If you’re satisfied with your listing right now and have no need to see a preview, then there’s no secret what to do next: just left click that big beautiful blue “List it” button and your auction will begin!*

*Remember, if you chose to schedule your listing for later, your item won’t appear in potential buyer’s search results until after your scheduled listing date and time has passed.


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Viewing your item after it’s listed Finding your item through My eBay Now that your listing is active, for a variety of reasons, you may want to revisit it: to revise it, to make sure it’s showing up in eBay’s listings, or maybe just to admire all your hard work. Regardless of your reasons for doing so, to access your item’s listing through “My eBay,” follow the steps below. 1. On eBay’s landing page, left click the “My eBay” text located on the top right of the window.

2. A dropdown menu will appear. Left click “Selling.”

3. eBay will take you to your “All Selling” page, where, among other things, you can access all of your currently active sales listings.


Viewing your item after it’s listed | 34 4. Once you’ve located your item, there are a number of options at your disposal, from editing the listing to outright cancelling the auction. To simply view the listing as it appears to potential buyers, though, left click either the blue title text of your item or its accompanying preview picture (provided you included one).

5. You’re taken to your items listing page. If you want to make changes to the listing or sell a similar item, simply left click the appropriate seller option located at the top of the page.

Finding your item through Search You may want to find your item through eBay’s “Search” function, either for convenience sake or simply to see if your item is showing up properly. To do so, follow the steps below. 1. In eBay’s search bar, type the keyword* or words you used when creating your listing’s title.

*Alternatively, if you know your item’s 12-digit auction number, you can likewise type that in to the search bar to find your listing.


Viewing your item after it’s listed | 35 2. eBay will return a list of results that best match your search criteria. If your item listed successfully, it should be included among them.

3. Left clicking the blue title text of your auction or the accompanying preview photo (provided you included one) will take you to the item’s auction page.

4. Once you’ve accessed the item’s auction, you’re able to make changes to the listing or sell a similar item by simply left clicking the appropriate seller option located at the top of the page.


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Monitoring your listing’s progress While you may be perfectly satisfied with how your listing turned out, you will no doubt want to check its status from time to time. eBay offers several stats that are unavailable for anyone else to view save for you, the item’s seller. To access these stats, follow the steps below. 1. On eBay’s landing page, left click the “My eBay” text located on the top right of your browser window.

2. A dropdown menu will appear. Left click “Selling.”

3. eBay will take you to your “All Selling” page, where, among other things, you can access all of your currently active sales listings.


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4. From here, you can check to see how many “Views” your item has received (the number of buyers who’ve viewed the listing); how man “Watchers” there are (buye rs who have added your item to their “Watch List”); the number of bids your auction has received so far; and what the current bidding price is.

If the price is Red, it means your auction has either not received any bids or the bids it’s received all fal l beneath your reserve price. Prices in Green, meanwhile, indicate a sale will occur upon the auction’s end. For what it’s worth, we hope you see lots of Green in your future, and not just highlighted in text!


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Credits The creation of this guide would not have been possible without the many insights and tips on general web design found in Letting Go of the Words (Second Edition), authored by Janice Redish. Additionally, the visuals used in support of the words found in this guide are the result of the tools provided in Adobe’s brilliant PhotoShop CS5.1 application. Finally, I would like to thank eBay for the service they provide to millions of buyers and sellers every day, as well as the intuitive interface they’ve designed. Their work made my work on this guide a breeze!

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