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Review Your eBay Auction Listing before Submitting It

After you’ve filled in all the blanks on the Sell an Item form that describes the item you’re selling on eBay, you come to the Preview Your Listing page. Scroll down the page and confirm that all the information appears as you intended. If you think you’re ready to join the world of e-commerce, follow these steps:

  1. Under the heading titled How Your Listing Will Appear in Search Results, click the Preview Your Listing link.

    The Preview Your Listing link is the last place you can double-check for errors before the listing
    The Preview Your Listing link is the last place you can double-check for errors before the listing begins.

    A pop-up page opens, showing you exactly how your listing will appear on eBay. This is the place where you can catch mistakes before your item is listed. The bottom of the sell page shows you a condensed version of all your information and tallies how much eBay is charging you in fees and options to run this listing.

    You also may find the preview page helpful as a last-minute chance to get your bearings. You can go back to any of the areas that need correcting by clicking the Edit Listings links on the Preview Your Listing page. Make category changes or any other changes and additions, and then head for the Verification page again.

  2. Check for mistakes.

    Nit-pick for common, careless errors; you won’t be sorry. eBay members sometimes make goofs such as the wrong category listing, spelling and grammatical errors, and missing information about shipping, handling, insurance, and payment methods.

  3. When you’re sure everything’s accurate and you’re happy with your item listing, click the Submit button.

    A Confirmation page pops up. At that precise moment, your listing begins, even though it may be a few hours before it appears in eBay’s search and listings updates. If you want to see your listing right away and check for bids, your Confirmation page provides a link for that purpose. Click the link, and you’re there. You can also keep track of your auctions by using the My eBay page.

All item pages come with this friendly warning: Seller assumes all responsibility for listing this item. You should contact the seller to resolve any questions before bidding. Some eBay veterans just gloss over this warning after they’ve been wheeling and dealing for a while, but it’s an important rule to remember.

For the first 24 hours after your sale is underway, eBay stamps the Item page with a funky sunrise icon next to the listing. This is just a little reminder for buyers to come take a look at the latest items up for sale.

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