How To Sell Something on eBay?

By Charisse Esmeralde

EBay is one of the largest online marketplaces accessible to both sellers and buyers. You can sell (or buy) just about anything through eBay. Sellers are charged a minimal listing fee as well as a final value fee (based on the final price) for each item sold. Many sellers have found that listing items on eBay can provide steady income.

Things You'll Need

  • Item(s) you wish to sell
  • Photo files for items
  • Microsoft Word (optional)

Step 1

You will need to register for an eBay account before you can begin selling items. Go to At the top left-hand corner of the page, you will see links to "Sign in" or "Register." Click "Register," then enter the prompted information. Choose your username and password, and a secret question and answer. Enter your birth date. Finally, type in the numbers shown in the verification code and check mark the box to indicate that you agree with eBay's User Agreement Privacy Policy. Check to make sure all the information you have typed in is correct, then click "Continue." You will proceed to link a PayPal account to your new eBay account.

Step 2

After signing in, go to the top right-hand corner and place your mouse over "Sell." A pull-down menu will appear. Click on "Sell an item," then on the bright blue button labeled "Start selling." Browse categories to enter three keywords that relate to the item you want to sell.

Step 3

Enter a title for your listing. Choose words that clearly describe your item in 55 or fewer characters. You may also enter a subtitle, though it is not required. Scroll down and click on "Add picture." Choose and confirm the files for photos of your item. Then type in your item description. Include as many details as possible. This helps potential buyers form a clear idea of what to expect when they receive your item. If you want to have your listings stand out, you can use HTML coding in your description. In addition to details about the item you want to sell, you may also want to include payment policies in your description.

Step 4

Scroll down on the page and enter a starting price for your item. You can choose to list your item in an auction to last three, five, seven or 10 days. The highest bidder after your set duration wins the item. Or, you can list a fixed price for your item. The first person to click on "Buy It Now" and send a payment wins the item.

Step 5

List shipping prices you will charge your buyers and choose whether you want to ship within the United States only or worldwide. You can also choose specific countries to ship to. Some sellers opt to offer free shipping to draw in more bids.

Step 6

Click "Continue." A preview of your listing will appear. Read over everything carefully to ensure accuracy. After you have confirmed your listing, it is released to the eBay community. Once your item has received a bid, you cannot edit your listing -- unless you choose to end the listing earlier than your stated duration. If you end an item listing early, you will not be refunded listing fees.

Step 7

Watch for the highest bidder or "Buy It Now" bidder to send payment after your listing has ended. If the bidder has not sent payment within three or four days, e-mail a gentle reminder. If you do not receive payment, do not ship the item. You may relist the item for another bidder to purchase.

Tips & Warnings

  • PayPal is the only accepted method of payment to facilitate transactions between eBay users. If you don't already have a PayPal account, sign up for one through Make sure your PayPal e-mail address is linked to your eBay seller account so you can accept PayPal payments from your buyers.Also, it is best to prepare the written description of your item prior to listing it on eBay. Open a Microsoft Word document to type out your description and read it over for errors or inaccuracies. This prevents you from excluding any crucial information about your item.