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How do I sell on eBay?

To get started:

  • Click on the Sell tab at the top of most eBay pages

  • On the next page, enter 3-5 words about your item and then click the Start selling button.  

We’ll guide you through the process of listing your item step-by-step, including helping you find the best category. Selecting the right category is important as it helps buyers find your listing.

Before you sell on eBay you must

Before you list an item

How to search for similar items

Search for items that have already sold (completed listings) by following these steps:

  1. Click the Advanced Search link located at the top of most eBay pages

  2. Enter your keywords and any other search information

  3. Select the Completed listings check box

  4. Click the Search button.

Different ways to sell

eBay offers a variety of selling formats. These include:

  • Auction: Let bidders compete for your item

  • Fixed Price : Set the price for selling one or more items and skip the auction.

  • Classified with Best Offer: Set the price for one item and allow buyers to negotiate with you.

What price should I put on my item?

Setting your price involves not only deciding the starting price of your item, but also selecting pricing options based on which selling format you select.

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As part of your pricing strategy, use the completed listings search to find similar items that have recently sold on eBay. Notice the starting and ending price of items that have sold as well as the selling formats selected.

Pricing for Auction listings

  • The starting price is the lowest price you are willing to sell your item at. Bidding will start at this price. Sellers have found that setting the starting price too high may discourage bidding

  • You can also create an Auction listing with a Buy It Now option. The Buy It Now price needs to be at least 30% higher than the Auction starting price.

  • If you have a problem with your winning bidder you can make an offer to a non-winning bidder. This Second Chance Offer contains a Buy It Now (BIN) price equal to the non-winning bidder's bid amount.

Pricing for Fixed Price listings

  • Enter the price at which you wish to sell your item or items as the Buy It Now price.

Pricing for Classified with Best Offer

  • Enter the price at which you wish to sell your item, but you need to be prepared to accept offers from buyers for that item. You can accept or decline any offer a buyer submits.

Revising a listing

The changes you can make to your listing depend on: the type of listing, the time left before it ends and whether you have received any bids or sales.

For steps to revise a listing, as well as details of revision limitations, see the Listing creation overview page.

Ending a listing

Reasons for ending listings early include:

  • Item is no longer available for sale

  • An error in the starting price or reserve amount

  • An error in the listing

  • The item was lost or broken.

To end your listing early

1. Type your item number into the End My Listing Early form. Get this number from your listing, your confirmation email or your My eBay page

2. If there are bids on your item choose between:

  • Cancel bids and end listing early OR

  • Sell item to high bidder(s) and end listing early (if your item has no bids you can skip this step)

3. Choose the reason you're ending the listing early

4. The listing will end and will no longer be displayed on eBay

5. If there were bidders, they will receive an email saying that their bid was cancelled and the listing ended early.

Please note:

Your account will still be charged listing fees (such as the insertion fee). Consider revising your listing first if there are aspects of it you want to change or improve.

Note: If you’re not signed-in, you will be prompted to before you can see your search results.

Alternatively, click the Sell one like this link at the bottom of an item's page that’s similar to the one you’re selling. This takes you to the Create your listing form.

Review your listing for accuracy. Do not copy the title, description or photos from another seller’s listing.

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