Selling goods safely on eBay Getting started

You'll need to register with eBay if you want to sell or buy anything. Most eBayers will tell you that it's a cinch to use, but anyone who hasn't used the site may rightfully feel a bit overwhelmed by it all at first.
A sceenshot of the Ebay website

Ebay's advanced search web page. Tick the 'completed listings only' box to see how much similar items sold for on Ebay

Activating an account

Follow the prompts to register for eBay and create a seller's account. Choose a unique ID (your name or a nickname that everyone will see on the site) and a password, and input your email address. You'll usually also have to give credit or debit card details for ID purposes. 

Then all that's left is to state whether you want to pay your eBay fees (see 'What it costs to advertise') by direct debit, credit or debit card.

Valuing your goods

Once you are registered, you can use eBay as a reference tool to find out how much your goods might fetch by seeing what similar items have recently sold for. 

From the homepage, click on the 'Advanced search' button in the top right-hand corner of the page and then type in a description of the item you are thinking of selling. 

Be as specific as possible and state the make or model number if possible. Tick the box below for 'completed items'. Your search should then show you how much similar items went for. Look for one of a similar age and condition to yours.

If there's a chance that your goods are worth a lot of money, consider getting a professional valuation. Auction houses will usually do one for free. You can take your goods to them or send in a photo with as much information as you can give.

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