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Kiwi
« on: January 17, 2007 04:25:15 PM »

First of all, please forgive me for this silly question, but I am very new to the world of eBay. I finally signed up and have officially started selling, but I've only sold one thing so far. My other items seem to get plenty of "watchers" but never any bids at all. I think I've listed about ten things so far.

I've been told it's because I only have one feedback (it's good).

So I guess what I am asking is... after you've signed up for eBay and listed your items, what is the best way to get people to start buying your stuff?

Thanks!!!  Grin
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brubendall
« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2007 05:36:37 PM »

Are you selling crafted items?  Or commercial items?  If it's crafted items, have you been selling them anywhere else online that you can put the link in the auction just so people can see you are successful with the crafted items?
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« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2007 05:38:59 PM »

Try to make sure you use all the spaces in your title line, take really good photos and do your research to see if people are looking for what you have, ebay can be a hard place to sell on. If you have hard to find items, vintage or really good bargains people will find you. You can try to sell to friends or family to get more feedback, some people will not buy if low feedback, but hey you gotta start somewhere. Good luck






 
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brubendall
« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2007 07:02:49 PM »

Try to make sure you use all the spaces in your title line, take really good photos and do your research to see if people are looking for what you have, ebay can be a hard place to sell on. If you have hard to find items, vintage or really good bargains people will find you. You can try to sell to friends or family to get more feedback, some people will not buy if low feedback, but hey you gotta start somewhere. Good luck


 

Good advice!  I think that if you have a product that people really want, your low feedback will not deter people.  That being said, it is hard to sell crafted items on ebay.

And ilsunbum6 - I love your etsy name!  My cat's name is "Miss Fancy" but we call her Fancy Pants most of the time.  Wink
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thirteenleafclover
« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2007 09:00:27 PM »

depending on what you're selling, one feedback might scare people away. People may be willing to risk a few bucks on a low-feedback seller, but if your items are a little more expensive, people will be wary. One good way to get quick feedback is to buy  a few things before you start selling. Some people sell recipes on eBay that just get emailed to you if you win the auction. They're cheap and you don't pay shipping, and it might be worth it to get a few extra feedback points under your belt. Also, for most items gallery pictures are a must... they cost a little extra but since so many people have them now you probably won't get many hits without one. One more word of advice, since you say you have a lot of watchers - buyers tend to bid at the last minute nowadays. That means you want the "last minute" to be a time when most people probably have access to a computer. If you start an auction in the middle of the day, its going to end in the middle of the day when most people are at work.  The best thing is to start your auctions sometime in the evening, when people are home from work and not yet in bed. All that said, selling on eBay is tough. I find that it's not really worth it for small items unless you open a store, because eBay fees just seem to keep going up, not to mention paypal fees, etc.
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« Reply #5 on: January 19, 2007 07:15:22 AM »

Without seeing your actual listings all I can do is give you broad advice.   

Here is what I wrote up for the Crafty Business FAQ

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=143666.msg1441613#msg1441613

(You'll have to scroll down for the Ebay specific info)

If you have other, more specific questions, fire away.  I'll do my best to help.

Also, thirteenleafclover, that was some great advice. Lots of  things I forgot to put in the FAQ! Lips sealed
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