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How to List Multiples of an Item for Sale on eBay with Variations

Whether you have 20 of one item, or the same item in different variations (size or color), eBay has a handy way to list multiple items in one listing. For a fixed-price sale for multiple items that are all the same, just indicate the number you have in the appropriate box on the Sell an Item page.

When you have different sizes or colors for an item, you’ll want to list with variations. A listing with variations allows the buyer to choose size, type, color, and so forth from drop-down lists.

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The option to include variations in a listing may not show up on the Sell an Item page, but after you select one of the categories where variations are permitted, a window pops up. You can then select the Yes option to answer the question “Do you want to include variations in this listing?” and click Continue.

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Currently, you can create listings with variations in the following categories:

  • Baby

  • Clothing, Shoes & Accessories

  • Crafts

  • Health & Beauty

  • Home & Garden (most sub-categories)

  • Jewelry & Watches

  • Pet Supplies

  • Sporting Goods

  • eBay Motors Apparel & Merchandise

eBay provides you with a list of common variation details when you click the Add Variation Detail link. If you have custom variations, click Add Your Own Detail. You can select up to five variation details — such as Color, Size, Width, Material, and Style — with up to 30 values for each detail.

A multi-variation listing may appear higher in search results.

Putting up multiple listings for the same item is fruitless; eBay won’t show more than one identical auction listing from a single seller at one time in search results and may remove identical listings from the site.

A matching set of cuff links is considered one item, as is the complete 37-volume set of The Smith Family Ancestry and Genealogical History since 1270. If you have more than one of the same item, you can sell the items one at a time, because you will more than likely get higher final bids for your items when you sell them individually.

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