Selling goods safely on eBay Steps to placing your advert

  • If you are planning to send the item you're selling to whoever wins your auction, you'll need to get it priced for postage before you advertise it. Either take it to a post office or weigh it at home and get a postage quote from the price finder on Make sure your quote is for registered delivery, or any other service that provides you with proof that you sent the item, and is trackable online. Also remember to budget for the cost of the packaging in your quote. Postage is paid by the buyer but you must list it separately from the price, so that people know the postage costs before they bid. If the item you are selling is too heavy to post, you can specify collection-only.
  • Decide which payment methods to accept - for example, PayPal, postal order or banker's draft. Don't accept cheques, as currently a loophole in the cheque-clearing system means that although a cheque may seem to have cleared, the funds can be taken back at a later date. If you are not posting the item, you can opt for cash on collection.
  • Decide which category people are most likely to search in to find your item. You can choose more than one for a small extra fee.
  • Take some clear digital photos of your item without anything in the background obscuring it.
  • You're now ready to post your advert. Click on 'sell' on the homepage and follow the steps it takes you through. Write a really clear, honest description of your item, mentioning any faults or imperfections. Give the dimensions and age of the item, and say why you are selling it. Fill in the postage costs and payment methods. Choose how long you want your item to be listed for (one, three, five, seven or 10 days). Then upload your images.
  • Before posting your advert, you can preview your listing and make changes to it if necessary.