Ready to make some extra money selling household items? In this post I share five reasons why I think ebay is the best website to sell household items. If you're strapped for cash, or are looking to start an online business selling second hand items, keep reading.
5 reasons why ebay is the best website to sell household items
In my years of experience selling items online, I've come to the conclusion that the best website to sell household items is ebay. This is for several reasons which I'll list below. There are a few things to consider before starting to sell household items, specifically you'll need to get a seller's permit in your state in order to sell taxable goods online. This is usually free and easy to apply for.
ebay remits sales taxes on your behalf
According to the ebay seller's guide, “eBay collects and remits Internet Sales Tax on your behalf.” This is very helpful in handling taxes and takes some of the work off your plate.
ebay allows sellers to sell almost any household item
One thing I really love about ebay is that they allow sellers to sell almost anything, including second hand items, and even items that aren't in particularly good condition. If you have household items that are rare, collectable, or just plain interesting, most likely it can be sold on ebay. Before listing items, make sure to review the ebay seller's guidelines.
The ebay app is very easy to use
I really love using the ebay app for researching items to sell, posting items for sale, taking photos, checking on my listings, and messaging with customers. The ebay app allows users to take photos directly from the app which makes it easy to create listings with lots of photos. Additionally, when I'm out and about and find something that may be worthy of selling in my ebay store, I can easily check the item's potential value using the app. This helps me determine what is worth listing and what isn't.
ebay attracts a large customer base
ebay is a hub for buyers and sellers from around the world. The website is very popular which makes it a great place to list household items for sale. I've found that since launching my ebay shop, I'm selling about 30% of my products within the first month or so. This is great if you consider how often brick-and-mortar shops are selling items, especially second hand items. People who are searching ebay are often interested in both new and used items, which is also a great thing if you're selling items that were previously in use. ebay buyers often appreciate items that have sentimental value or show an interesting history of use.
ebay auctions make selling profitable and fun
Probably one of my favorite features of ebay is the auction listing feature. The website allows sellers to list items as “Buy Now” which is like purchasing an item at a regular store. They also offer an “Auction” listing option which allows sellers to list items with any starting price, then buyers can bid against each other to purchase the item. This can lead to some very competitive sales which can be very profitable for sellers.
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