Doing a bit of spring cleaning lately, have things lying around that you need to get rid of but they are ‘too good to throw out’, well Ebay is your friend.
“According to research carried out by eBay.ie, Irish households are hoarding unwanted items to the value of €3.1bn with each home clinging on to an average of 41 items* that amount to €2,135 worth of unused items.”
I attended an Ebay #cashthatstash event last week in The Little Museum of Dublin which had Ebay and Paypal staff there to show us the best ways to sell items that are lying around the house.
We were then given tips on how to photograph items, and An Post were there to give us some information on postage guidelines.
The good news is that all of this information and advice will be available to you on Saturday the 18th of May in The Little Museum of Dublin, 15 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2 from 10am-4pm. This is a FREE event and is open to the public. The first 150 people will receive a FREE pre-paid Track & Trace label from An Post.
I have sold quiet a few bits and pieces on ebay over the last year or two and here are my tips for selling:
- Make sure you give an accurate description for e.g if it is clothing ensure you say the kind of materials, if it has been worn, if there are any defects.
- Good quality photos taken in good light that show off the item at its best.
- Do NOT try and make money from postage, get yourself a weighing scales and this will give you the cost of postage.
- It is ok to take into account the cost of the envelopes/box to be included in the postage.
- Do not send item until you have received payment from buyer.
- Time your auction so that it ends on a Sunday night, people seem to bid more at the weekend.
- One mans trash is another mans treasure. If it doesn't sell its no harm, if it does, happy days!
*photos courtesy of thinkhouse.ie