Special Report: eBay University
Emily Moloney of Chelmsford wants to sell her stuff on eBay. Problem is, she's never used it before, and she doesn't know how to get started.
"My eBay experience is basically zero," Moloney said.
Every day there are 50 million items up for auction on eBay. And experts say those who don't know how to use the site may be missing out.
There are a lot of people out there who would love to be able to use eBay. They've thought about it, but they've never actually had the opportunity.
But selling on eBay doesn't have to daunting. The experts at eBay University say anyone can do it.
First take a digital photo of the item. eBay allows you to upload one photo for free.
Then write up a description, and make sure it's accurate and honest.
"Sometimes there can be misunderstandings and such so we try to emphasize communication," eBay University Instructor Steve Lindhorst said.
To help you set a realistic starting bid, check out similar items already up for auction on the site.
"50 million items it's likely you'll find something similar to what you want to sell," Lindhorst said.
Then decide how long you want the auction to go for.
"Do you use a three day auction, or a seven day auction?" Lindhorst said.
If you need help, you can check out eBay University online.
"There's a learning center there and you can find some online classes as well as some other resources for a new seller and a new buyer," Lindhorst said.
And remember, when you sell can be as important to learn as how to sell.
"Watch what's going on in the world. For example, Lance Armstrong is going to be participating in the Tour de France then Lance Armstrong items will start to pop up again," Lindhorst said.
As for Moloney, she said she's excited to take the plunge and start making money selling off eBay.(Copyright 2005 by WHDHTV 7News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)