Part 1. Background information
The last year was a tough challenge for everyone. The burst of pandemic ruined millions of families around the world，more than 4 million people have died up to now.
According to statistics, even in 2021, after the invention of vaccines, every 8 sec a person died of Covid-19. You are lucky enough to read this article alive!
I am just kidding. What is true is that, under such conditions, social distancing will remain to be a long-term trend. It is risky to be exposed to the coronavirus, so consumers avoid going out to buy what they need. As a result, online cross-border e-commerce still boasts a strong market.
You may hear about the famous e-commerce platform Amazon or Shopify. Compared with them, why do I strongly recommend eBay? Here are the main reasons.
1. Easy listing
It’s easier than ever to list what you’re selling and get it seen by people looking for it. On eBay, you can simply enter UPC ISBN, ePID, part number, or product name to upload products.
2. Free listings
List up to 200 items for free every month, and only pay when they sell. It can dramatically reduce your loss risk.
3. Seller protection
Backed by advanced technology, a dedicated team, and proactive policies, eBay allows you to sell with confidence. It also provides end-to-end protections, including “Report a buyer” and “Automatic defect removal” to protect the seller's proper right.
4. 187 million buyers
It boasts one of the world's largest marketplaces, connecting you with buyers near and far. The giant market is waiting for your participation.
I deem that you are ready to start your eBay journey. Keep on reading!
Part 2. Step-by-step guideline
If you have decided to earn more money in your spare time or operate an online cross-border store as a full-time business, then it is time to go through the eBay website and create your account.
The entire process is utter simplicity.
1. Visit www.ebay.com
Find the “register” button on the top left-hand corner, click it.
2. Create an account
After clicking the “register”, the page will jump to “Create an account” as follow.
Enter your mobile phone, and then you will receive a security code to verify your identity. Enter the code within 5 minutes, or it will be invalid. If you do not receive the code, please click the “resend”.
Then comes the last step to create an account. Add your name and a password to finish the register part.
3. Supplement your information
Now you have created your account. The following step is to add more necessary information to your account.
Firstly, click your portrait icon to visit the homepage of your account. On the following page, you can edit your profile, including portrait icon, cover, or the items for sale. But the most pressing thing is to “Start selling on eBay today”.
On the next page, you have to check the Countries list first. Make sure that your address is within the list, or you have to abandon the great business frustratingly.
Note: Ignore the button “sign up for an eBay account”. Remember that you have registered the account before.
Having examined your country, you can create a seller listing now.
Click the “Create a listing”, then you will jump to the next page and supplement your address information. Now, you can choose what products you intend to sell. Copy the UPC, ISBN, ePID, part number, or product name, find your target product and edit the detailed information.
4. Upload products’ information
The information contains item description, item condition and item specifics. Pay attention! They are determinants of the success of your business.
A perfect item description is clear enough to tell your buyer what they need to know, and yet detailed enough so that they have no confusion about what they're buying.
Be sure to highlight your item's key selling points and indicate exactly what are included in the sale. For example, if you're selling second-hand electronics, list which cables it comes with.
You can sell almost anything on eBay, from brand new products to items that have signs of wear and tear. You must be honest and accurate about the condition of what you're selling so that your buyer exactly knows what they're getting.
Item specifics may include brand, size, type, color, style, or other relevant information about the item you're selling.
When filling in the specifics about your item, you'll find that some fields are required while some are not, depending on which category you're selling in.
After finishing all the above steps, the products in your store will display in front of buyers. Once a buyer purchases your product, you have to know how to get paid.
5. How to get paid
Getting paid for items you've sold on eBay is simple. Your buyers can choose from many payment methods, and you'll receive your payouts directly in your checking account. You can track all of your payouts in the Payments tab in Seller Hub or Payments in My eBay.
As an eBay seller, you'll receive your payouts in your linked checking account. Once the buyer's order is confirmed, you can ship the item. The selling fees and other costs are automatically deducted, and your sales proceeds will show as Processing funds.
It typically takes 1-2 business days from confirming the buyer's payment for the sales proceeds to appear as Available for payout, unless the transaction was placed on hold, in which case it may take longer.
Part 3. How much does it cost to sell on eBay?
It is common for everyone to concern about the fees and cost of an unacquainted platform. In all, there are 3 kinds of fees on eBay.
1. Insertion Fees
Members can create up to 250 listings each month for free. Beyond that, the “insertion fee” (or “listing fee”) for most categories is $0.35 per listing.
2. Final Value Fees
Also known as “selling fees”. Once your item sells, you'll be charged a percentage of an item's total sale price. For most categories, the final value fee is 12.55% or lower plus a $0.30 transaction fee.
3. Listing Upgrades
You've got the power to attract more buyers with optional upgrades like larger photos, more than 12 photos, tagging a single listing in more than one category, listing on other international eBay sites, and more.
Part 3. Conclusion
Now that you know how easy it is to go through the eBay seller registration process and start an eBay business, don't waste any more time.
Start your selling journey today!
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