How to ebay your unwanted Christmas presents

It’s the New Year. It’s time for a fresh start. I love having a bit of a clearout for the New Year. Sometimes this can include things I’ve been given for Christmas that just aren’t me. We’ve all had them, whether it’s a dodgy secret santa gift, or an old auntie, 17 times removed, who sends you that hideous woolly jumper and socks combo.

My favourite money blogger Emma Drew blogs every month about the weird stuff that sells on eBay and it has been insightful. You can see her latest post here.

There are many things you can do with your unwanted gifts, regift them (just make sure you don’t regift them back to the same person) and then you could always just donate them to a charity shop. If you are feeling the squeeze at this time of year though my best tip is to list them on eBay. You can have a certain amount of listings for free on eBay per month (placing the listings are free, but you will be charged a fee if the item is sold) so you can list them at no risk.

Here are my top eBay tips:

  1. Photograph the item thoroughly and use as many of the free pictures as you can.
  2. Describe everything as accurately as possible. Outline (and picture if possible) any faults or issues that a buyer might have with an item. This will prevent any issues arising after a sale.
  3. Weigh the item before you sell it. There’s nothing more annoying than making a loss on an item because you have got the postage wrong. I now dispatch my items with MyHermes as it is so much easier to work out the cost. You can add insurance for an extra pound and you can drop your items off to loads of small corner shops, meaning the days of trying to get to the post office on your lunch break are over. Just make sure you check for their product restrictions on what you cannot send.
  4. Start your listing on a Thursday evening to last for 10 days and to end on a Sunday evening. Research has apparently proved that this is the best time to end an eBay auction.
  5. Start your auction at a price you would be happy to receive for the item. The way I see it, if I start it at 99p, and that’s what I get for it, that’s still 99p more than I had before! Obviously if your item is rare or valuable price it sensibly. It is more likely to receive extra bids if that is the case but again, start at a price you would be happy with just in case you get that last minute one bid at the starting price.
  6. I always try to dispatch items within 24 hours of payment being received, but my listings say 48 hours to give me that extra time. If that is too short a time for you – be sure that is made clear in the listing. If there are any delays or issues, keep communication open with your buyer. Once it is dispatched, you can select the option to mark as dispatched. Your buyer will then know it is on the way. This will usually prevent you being chased.
  7. Leave it a few days and then leave the buyer feedback. You cannot as a seller leave a buyer poor feedback which I always find annoying. If there is an issue or a problem, then go through the eBay resolution centre. It still won’t affect their feedback but it least it will be logged against their account.

What about you?

Have you got any top eBay tips that I’ve missed? Let me know below!


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