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Selling on eBay

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H1954 Sat 19-Sep-20 16:08:47

I do hope this is allowed! Does anyone have any success selling stuff on eBay? I have loads of clothes, too good for the charity shops, and was hoping to try and sell them. I've no experience with selling online nor do I have a PayPal account. Can anyone advise me please?

midgey Sat 19-Sep-20 16:28:22

It’s easy to use eBay but unless your clothes are immaculate and ‘a label’ you will not get as much as you hoped! Often the faff is hardly worth the £2.10 that you might make. It all depends on how much you can be bothered or how much you need the money. PayPal definitely makes life easier and again is simple.

Shandy57 Sat 19-Sep-20 16:32:37

I sell on ebay, do bear in mind that the fee is 10% of the sale price and postage charge. I've also just been caught with a listing fee I hadn't noticed sad I always send by signed for, I've had two people claim they had not received an item, and ebay refunded them in full.

I recommend Facebook sales if you don't mind people collecting, no fees and I've had great success.

M0nica Sat 19-Sep-20 16:38:42

To sell or buy on ebay, you need a Paypal account. I have been buying and selling through ebay for over decade, but not clothes. I have looked at clothes on ebay but have just been overwhelmed by the sheer quantity available, which means that obviously people find it worthwhile. However, you need to take some good pictures of the items you want to sell, preferably with someone wearing them, pictures of clothes lying flat on a bed, makes them look dull. Take pictures from all angles, and details of the garment like any embellishment. Ideally the manufacturers name should be known so people can know the quality to expect and whether it is true to size.

Have a good look at similar garments for sale and consider which ones attract your interest and then do much the same as those sellers.

Alternatively, you could consider selling through a dress exchange. a shop that sells very good quality, perfect condition clothing for a commission.

The thing to do is try to sell one garment see how it goes and proceed on the basis of that experience.

NanTheWiser Sat 19-Sep-20 17:18:54

Yes, agree with M0nica, you can search for similar clothing you want to sell, then on the left hand side tick “Completed listings”, which will give you an idea of the prices they fetch.
PayPal is essential, and should be linked to your eBay account, and PayPal also take roughly 10%, so you need to factor in a deduction of about 20%.

Unless your items are clothing that sell well, it probably isn’t worth all the effort, and as Shandy57 said, maybe go for Facebook or a local website.

Missfoodlove Sat 19-Sep-20 17:23:51

I’m a regular seller and do sell clothing from time to time.
It is only certain branded clothing that is worth listing.
Makes such as Country Casuals, Jacques Verts etc are not worth listing.

Anything cashmere ,Barbour,Hobbs, Boden, Cos, Masai, Whistles and the like sell well.

I have a mannequin and take many pictures and describe in detail with all measurements.

If you hang it creased on the back of a door with poor pics it will not sell well.
This is what a lot of sellers seem to do.

List on a Thursday for 10 days to end on a Sunday evening. this is the prime buying time on eBay, people are home and bored!
It also gives you 2 weekends to build up views.

Open a Paypal account and start watching items on eBay to get a feel for it.

What I earn from selling bits and bobs pays for Christmas!!

Good Luck.

Jayt Sat 19-Sep-20 17:28:42

I agree with Shandy57 on this. If you have a local Facebook page it’s easier and works well. Also local “buy, swop, sell” groups. I have sold on eBay in the past but it never seems to be worth all the hassle of photos, weighing for postage, packaging and posting so, local selling or charity shops for me now.

H1954 Sat 19-Sep-20 17:35:06

Many thanks for the advice GNetters, I think I will give eBay a swerve and stick with FB Marketplace 👍

BlueBelle Sat 19-Sep-20 18:06:40

I sell clothes and other stuff on eBay you can sell ordinary brands like... new look, peacocks, etc but you ll only get a fiver or so for them but in my eyes a fiver is better than clogging up the wardrobe I sell all the grandkids stuff too as I have more time they sell they re designer stuff on some other www I also sell things too big to post on Facebook
You can sell a large size parcel for £3.10 which obviously you add on to the price lightweight clothes go in a large letter for 1.80 RM

vegansrock Sat 19-Sep-20 18:17:34

If you have an eBay account they have weekends when all listings are £1. I’ve sold lots of clothes on eBay. Designer stuff like Ted Baker always sell well but I’ve also sold Clark’s shoes and boots. I post through Hermes which is quite cheap. I prefer eBay as you reach a larger pool of buyers and you can get rid of most things FB is Ok but you have to have people collect so you reach a smaller group of buyers. Gumtree is free to list.

GrandmaMoira Sat 19-Sep-20 18:34:07

I've not sold on Ebay but do sometimes buy stuff. I like Seasalt and White Stuff, which are mid range, probably cheaper than the brands MissFoodLove said don't sell, but I find the auction items are very popular and dresses go for £20 to £25 which is pretty good if you bought it in a sale for £35 or £40 and have worn it for a couple of years. I usually go for the "buy now" items which are usually unworn.
I also buy M&S knitwear sometimes, again "buy now" not auction and they seem to go quickly.

kittylester Sat 19-Sep-20 19:04:44

You do not need a PayPal account to buy on Ebay. I dont have a paypal account and my Ebay habit is nearly as bad as my long river co habit.

When dh sells on ebay he always puts an extra postage price.

BlueBelle Sat 19-Sep-20 20:00:41

What do you mean extra postage price ?

M0nica Sat 19-Sep-20 20:45:03

Well. you can say how much it will cost to post the item to the seller and that will be added on or you can go for free postage.

I find if something is light and of low value, if in an auction I will give a minimum price of, say £1.50, which covers postage costs and that works very well. With large items, which may cost £5 - £10 to send. A big roll of curtain material comes to mind. I got about £40-£50 for it and the buyer accepted it would cost an extra £7 to send to her.

It is a question of looking to see what other sellers with similar articles for sale are doing, and following suite.

Missfoodlove Sat 19-Sep-20 22:53:08

How do you buy on EBay without PayPal?
Why add extra on to the p&p?
You pay commission on the final amount so there is no point in bumping up the price.

kittylester Sun 20-Sep-20 08:15:10

You buy on ebay using a credit card.

J52 Sun 20-Sep-20 09:02:32

When you sell on e bay the fees are automatically taken from your PayPal account.
Your Pay Pal accounted is linked to a bank account, so that you can move the accrued money to that.
For security, although PP is as secure as anything else, don’t link it to your credit account
. Mine is linked to an old savings account with only a small amount of money in it.