We have all heard that old phrase, ones man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Luckily for all of us, eBay is a great resource if you are looking to do a little bit of decluttering around the house. Before you get yourself into the mess that often comes with hosting a big garage sale or loading up your car to drop off all of your items at a local donation center, you should consider selling your items online. This might be a nice little way for you to make a little extra cash and find a new home for your used items. This article will walk you through a few good ideas to help you sell items on eBay.

Sell the Right Stuff

The first thing you probably need to do is identify what you plan on selling. Of course, there are items that will sell better than others. You will probably have good luck if you would like to sell vintage toy collections, or things like electronic devices, auto parts, or even vintage items such as designer clothes. You also want to make sure your items are in decent, working condition, otherwise, it may be a little bit difficult to sell your items online. 

Choose a Listing Type

Another element of selling on eBay is understanding which listing type to use for your item. This may require a little bit of trial and error to discover your personal preference. You can list your item in an auction-style format, which means you set a time limit for your item, and buyers are allowed to place bids on your item until that time limit is met. This might be a great way to drive the price of your item up if your item is particularly sought after. The risk associated with an auction item is, just like a real-life auction, if there is a lack of interest, the price will stay low. The other listing type available allows buyers to purchase the item at the listed price. This may help your item sell quicker but it does not allow you to create a bidding war between buyers.

Market Your Items

Although it is just you, selling your old items on eBay, there are little tips to help make your items more appealing to buyers. For example, if you take photos that are of decent quality, you have a much higher chance of attracting buyers. If you think about it from the consumer point of view, you are more likely to check out the item listing if it looks nice, clean, and professional. In a similar way, your item description should be nice and easy to read, and any questions a buyer might have about an item such as materials, model numbers, brand, or item dimensions should be clearly stated in the item description. 

Create a Good Customer Experience

Lastly, you will want to create a good customer experience for those buying your item. Keep in mind things such as shipping options, and response time. Items that are packaged and shipped properly will certainly enhance the customer experience. Ensuring a good experience for your buyers is good for you for a few different reasons. For example, your buyers are likely to give you a higher rating. This means that future buyers will be more likely to buy from you.


In conclusion, selling items on eBay may seem like a hassle may seem intimidating at first but once you have done it a few times, you will learn how to be more efficient and you can make a little extra cash. It can be a great side hustle with a little experience.

Author's Bio: 

Katie earned a BA in English from WWU and loves to write. She also adores hiking in redwood forests and photography. She feels happiest around a campfire surrounded by friends and family.