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Getting started selling on eBay
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Whether you're starting a business or just want to make some extra cash, selling on eBay is fun and easy.

1. Set up a seller account
First, create a seller account. It's easy and we'll walk you through it:
2. Create your listing
When you're ready to sell an item, we help you quickly create your listing. Start by describing your item in clear, simple terms. From there, we help you identify the most relevant category for your item. Putting your item in the right category helps your potential buyers find your item quickly. We also provide pricing guidance and tips throughout the process.

If you'd like, you can do some research before you create a listing by comparing your item with active and completed listings on eBay. This can be very helpful when you make decisions about setting a price and choosing a listing format and category.

Learn more about creating a listing, or just start selling now. To sell an item, you can also click Sell at the top of most eBay pages.

We recommend that you know the rules for sellers and eBay policies on prohibited and restricted items, and what's allowed and not allowed when listing and completing a sale.

Fees for selling on eBay apply to most listings.

3. Manage your listing
When you have your listing up and running, you can check it to see if anyone's bid on or purchased your items by going to the Sell section of My eBay.

You can also revise your listing.

Answer any questions you receive from buyers about your listing. Communicating with potential buyers will help you sell your item by establishing good rapport and trust. Learn how Feedback works to become a stronger seller on eBay.

4. Wrap up the sale with your buyer
How you handle the final sale goes a long way toward satisfying your customer and getting great Feedback.
  • Communicate with your buyer: With eBay checkout, we'll notify you by email when the buyer has completed checkout. Important: Contact your buyer directly if you haven't heard from them within 2 days of the end of your listing.

  • Receive payment: Before you ship your item, make sure that the seller has paid you. Make sure that the credit card or electronic payment has been accepted and credited to your account before sending the item. If you listed in one of the categories that allows you to accept checks, make sure that the check has cleared the bank before shipping the item.

  • Ship the item to the buyer safely and on time:

  • Leave your buyer Feedback: Feedback helps create a trusted shopping community for everyone. Your Feedback about your buyer is important information for other sellers. Learn more about Feedback.

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