Whether you’re a seasoned pro or listing an item for the first time, take advantage of tips from successful sellers to set your advertising apart from the rest.
How to Sell on the Internet
- Price it right: Asking too much or even too little can deter buyers. Before you decide on a number, research what similar items on the site are going for, and depending on the condition and the item’s uniqueness, price yours competitively.
- Think like a buyer: Cut down on time-consuming queries and zero in on serious buyers by being as descriptive as possible. Think of every question a buyer might have and every detail that can help sell your item (like accessories included and consumer ratings).
- Display a photo: Buyers won’t bite unless the images of what you’re selling are clear. Take focused, quality photos and crop them to show close-ups and different angles. Good lighting also makes an item look better and helps move it faster.
Best Web Sites for Internet Selling
The top sites in the online marketplace are eBay, Craigslist and Amazon, but there are plenty of other options for finding your selling niche. Check out these great Web sites suggested by All You Facebook fans.
- Half.com: This sister site of eBay specializes in books, music, movies and games. Simply enter your items by ISBN or UPC (no start-up or listing fees) and choose to have them appear on eBay at no additional charge.
- Sell.com: Post goods and services (even bulk items) on this classifieds Web site. Your first listing is free, and buyers and sellers finalize the transaction privately.
- Glyde.com: List a tablet or smartphone on Glyde in seconds, then send the sold item to the buyer in a pre-addressed, pre-stamped mailer. Next step: Watch the money flow into your account (via direct deposit)!
- Paperbackswap.com: Avid readers post their unwanted books on this swapping site. When someone requests one, you pay to ship it; then you receive a credit that you can use to acquire a book from another seller.
- Listia.com: Users can post anything they don’t want on this free auction site. Users then bid on items using credits they earn for signing up, referring friends or listing their own stuff.