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Selling FAQs


1. How do I start selling?
Selling on eBay really is as easy as 1-2-3. Read our Simple steps to selling and you'll be up and running in no time. Start selling now!

2. What should I sell?
You can sell (or buy) almost anything on eBay. But if you're stuck for ideas, visit the What to sell page for some inspiration.

3. How long will it take to sell?
How long it takes to sell depends on many things, for example:

To make sure your item stands out and attracts as many potential buyers as possible, follow eBay’s guide to listing best practices.

4. How much will I get?
How much you get for an item depends on the quality, age and condition of the item, as well as to some extent, supply and demand – the desirability of the item, plus how many other similar items are available in the marketplace at the same time. You can search our completed listings to get an idea of how much similar items have fetched. This is also a good idea when you’re thinking of setting your starting price.

5. What starting price should I set?
When selling in Auction format, items with lower starting prices tend to attract more bids. This is because buyers are tempted by the possibility of a bargain. $0.99 is a common starting price, even for higher priced items, and what you will usually find is that the market sets a fair price. However, in order to avoid disappointment you need to be sure that you’re willing to part with the item if it doesn’t reach your desired price.

6. Can I revise my listing once it has started?
Yes, so don't worry if your listing isn't 100% right at the start. There are some parts of your listing that are fixed, but up until 12 hours before the listing ends you can change most things. So if you think of something that's especially relevant after the listing has started (perhaps because an interested bidder sends you a question), you can make revisions by accessing the listing through your My eBay page. We've put together a page explaining exactly what can and can't be changed, as well as how to revise a listing on eBay.

7. How do I know my buyer will pay?
Hundreds of millions of people buy and sell on eBay every day, and the vast majority of them are honest, just like you! You can check out a buyer's reputation, just as you can a seller's – remember to read the comments as well as looking at the % score. In addition, you can set your preferences to exclude certain types of buyers – those with negative scores, for example, or less than 10 Feedback. eBay recommends you think very carefully before you do this, however, as it does limit the number of buyers who will bid on your items. Also, everyone has to start somewhere, just as you did, and inexperience isn't an indication that a buyer won't pay.

8. Is it safe to sell on eBay?
The vast majority of eBayers are honest, decent people who enjoy the unique marketplace eBay has to offer. However, it doesn't hurt to be aware of potential pitfalls before you start. We've created a trust and safety on eBay page to support you as you start your journey as an eBay seller.

9. How much will it cost to sell on eBay?
You pay to list an item on eBay (for some listings, insertion fees are free), and if it sells, you pay a percentage of the final price. Together, these fees are called selling fees. How much they are depends on many factors, including what the item is, which and how many categories you list in, and how much it sells for.

Visit our fees pages to check the prices.

10. How do I pay my eBay fees?
eBay offers a variety of ways to pay your fees, safely and securely – including PayPal, Direct Debit, Credit/Debit Card on file, cheque and money order.

PayPal offers a convenient electronic payment service to let you automatically pay your eBay fees, and is one of the more preferred payment methods by many sellers.

11. What is a seller account?
You need to create a seller account before you can sell on eBay. First you need to register, then upgrade to a seller's account. If you already have an eBay account as a buyer, you just need to upgrade.

Create a seller account now.

12. Where can I get help?
There are some great sources of help on eBay. Customer Support is a good one-stop shop for all your general questions. You can get there by clicking the Customer Support button at the top of every eBay page.

You can also ask other eBay members’ advice about selling on eBay via the Answer Centre or the Selling on eBay discussion board – both are great places to get quick answers on your most burning questions from selling experts.

Happy Selling!