Selling your stuff online is a great way to make money from your not-so-prized possessions, but before you hit the internet, make sure you know how to optimize your listings so your items will sell.
First, choose your words wisely. "Wow," "amazing," "rare," and "pretty" are overused and will cause people to skim over your listing. You should also stay away from using excessive punctuation. Dollar signs, asterisks and exclamation points are annoying, and using too many of them will cause eBay's search engine to overlook your listing.
When it comes to photos, both quality and quantity are important. Take well-lit, hi-resolution images from multiple angles to show off your product. This will help potential buyers to see exactly what they're getting. If you don't have a good camera, ask a friend for help instead of taking images from other listings. Not only is it dishonest to swipe these photos, it can get you into trouble for copyright infringement, too.
People are generally at home and online in the evenings from 7PM-9PM, and the weekends garner the highest traffic with Sunday being the most lucrative. Taking this into consideration, you should select the 10-day listing option, beginning on a Thursday. This way, you'll squeeze in two full weekends of use.
What you sell is really up to you, but if you want to attract buyers, choose new or gently used items. If you're selling clothes or accessories, take note of the current season and trends. For instance, you'll have a much easier time selling a cozy sweater in the winter than you would in the summer. Follow these simple tips, and you'll be turning your dimes into dollars in no time.
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