Okay, where were we? Oh yea, we were discussing categories, and the need to put your item in a category with the best potential for a sale of your item when someone does a “search”. So, assuming you have a basic understanding of categories, let’s move on. You have things to sell.
Once you have put your item in a category, along with related sub-categories if any, The next step is picking a title for your ad. Something like “1967 Mustang Seats” or “1967 Jimi Hendrix concert poster”. After the title, you may want a “sub-title”. I’m not sure it is necessary. I guess it depends on the item. Whereas a “Title” is free, you will pay a small fee for a sub-title.
The next box is usually “Condition”. It’s a drop-down menu, generally with multiple choices, the most common of which is “New” or “Used”. Depending on the item being sold, there may be other choices. Just pick whichever is most appropriate. Below “Condition” is “Condition Description”. A word of caution here…certainly you do not want to misrepresent what you are selling or its condition. But keep it brief and describe only what the buyer needs to know so that he or she is sufficiently informed as to what they are buying and whether there are any issues worth mentioning.
Depending on the item, you may or may not see a series of boxes that follow, all under the heading of “Add Item Specifics”. This may only be the case with automotive related “stuff”. Even so, you have the option of filling in the blanks, or choosing to “remove” the box from your listing. Titles of these “specifics” boxes include things like “Manufacturer Part Number” or “Other Part Number” or “Surface Finish”. Ebay will suggest that including this information will help refine search results. The choice is yours. For the last few items I have sold, I removed theses type of boxes altogether.
One box you DO NOT want to remove is “Warranty”, although you can. Basically, it is a drop-down menu that gives two choices: Yes or No. I usually select “No”, but that’s just me. Again, whatever you select allows the buyer to make an informed decision. They may be more likely to buy if you are providing a “warranty”, which is typically a refund within some time period or whatever you describe.
Once you get through all these specifics, if any, it’s time to post pictures. Remember back in Part I I mentioned a camera? Well, now’s the time to take some photos. Remember to take photos at the highest resolution that your camera will allow. A 300 dpi (dots per inch) resolution is what I would use if that setting is available on your camera. Otherwise, go with the highest setting available.
You can load something like 12 photos for free. But, in my opinion, you should be able to show enough angles or views in 4 photos in most cases. Another thing I had mentioned was that you should size the images specifically for EBay, say, 3×3 inches in size. This requires some kind of imaging software that can do this. Don’t go out and buy something. There are plenty of image manipulation applications on the web that are free. Of course, if you simply have to buy this type of software, you can always make the purchase using my Amazon link . 🙂
So now we have photos at the correct resolution, properly sized, ready to be uploaded. On EBay, I’ve seen different ways in which photos can be uploaded. Usually, when you get to this area of creating your listing, there is a box that allows you to “Add” photos by clicking on a “Browse” button to direct the photoloader to wherever your photos are. Maybe on your computer?
Another way of uploading photos that EBay sometimes uses requires that the photos are stored online in a separate website like Flicker, Shutterfly or Dropbox among others.
Once the photos are uploaded to Ebay, your ready to move on. Hang in there. We’re almost ready to “List” your item.
The next thing we want to do is describe what it is that we are selling. There is a box for typing in your “description”. It can be long or short. Whatever you decide that will adequately describe the item for the buyer.
This is probably a good place to wrap up Part II.
In EBay for RVers – Part III, we will finalize our listing by discussing the different ways that things get sold on EBay, the pricing of your item, shipping considerations and most importantly, how you get paid once your item sells. Stay tuned.