How to Complete the eBay 'Sell an Item' Form - dummies

How to Complete the eBay ‘Sell an Item’ Form

By Marsha Collier

Although the eBay Sell an Item form looks daunting, filling out its many sections doesn’t task as long as you may think. Some questions you’re asked aren’t things you even have to think about; just click an answer. Other questions ask you to type information.

You can find eBay’s Sell an Item form by using either of these methods:

  • Click the Sell link on the navigation bar at the top of the eBay home page. eBay allows you to select your category and download the Sell an Item page in seconds.

  • Start your listing from your My eBay page. Just click the Sell Similar link (on the All Selling page) next to one of your existing items. Using the form that appears, you can change the item data.

At the top of the Sell an Item page, you see a link that invites you to a kinder, simpler listing form. Please don’t use it. Yes, the form is simpler: It’s a stripped-down version of the regular form — and though easier, it leaves off some important options that you will have to change from listing to listing. Take your sales seriously and use the full listing form — that way you get all of eBay’s benefits.

This table outlines the info you’re asked to fill out as you complete the listing form.

Sell an Item Information
Form Element Required or Optional What It Means / What It Costs
Category Required The category under which you’ve decided to list your
Title Required The name of your item.
Description Required What you want to tell eBay buyers about your item.
eBay Picture Services Optional A way to upload a picture for your listing. You get a free
Preview picture at the top of your listing and Gallery in
Picture Optional You can add your item’s picture to eBay’s search
and the top of your listing. There’s no charge to add the
basic picture, but it will set you back $0.75 if you want a special
picture that gets larger when a user drags his mouse pointer over
Picture URL Optional If you want to include an image that is hosted on another Web
site, you must include the Web address of the JPEG image you want.
If you just want to upload a picture from your computer, use
eBay’s Picture Service.
Item location Required The region, city, and country from which the item will be
Quantity Required If your listing is an auction, the quantity is always one per
Starting price Required The starting price you set.
Selling price Required If this is a fixed-price listing, you have to post your selling
Best Offer Optional If you’d like to allow prospective buyers to make offers
on your item, click this box.
Duration Required The number of days you want the listing to run.
Reserve price Optional A hidden target price you set, which must be met before the
item can be sold. eBay charges you a fee for this feature.
Private auction Optional You can keep the identity of bidders secret with this
Buy It Now Optional You can sell your item directly to the first buyer who meets
this price.
List item in two categories Optional If you want to double your exposure (and your listing fees),
you can list your item in two categories.
Featured First Optional Only top-rated sellers can have their auction appear at the top
of the category when the listing displays in a Best Match sort.
eBay charges $24.95 extra for this feature; $74.95 for a listing
that lasts 30 days.
Boldface Title Optional A selling option to make your item listing stand out. eBay
charges $2.00 ($4.00 for 30 days) extra for this feature.
Free Counter Optional If you want to have a free counter that counts off every visit
to your listing, indicate so here.
Handling Time Required The maximum days you will let elapse between getting the money
and shipping the item. Don’t wait more than 48 hours.
Ship-to locations Optional Here’s where you indicate where you’re willing to
ship an item. If you don’t want to ship out of the United
States, check that option. You can individually select different
countries that you are willing to ship to.
Shipping and handling charges Required Your shipping charge. If your item isn’t very large, list
a flat shipping fee for your item. eBay takes that into account
when deciding how your item shows up in Search and raises your
visibility. For larger items, consider eBay’s handy Shipping
Payment instructions Optional You’re required to accept PayPal. If you want to offer
the option to pay with a different electronic payment service,
mention that as well. This information appears at the top of your
sale when the sale is completed, under the Shipping and Payments
tab of the listing while it’s active, and in the End of
Listing e-mail.
PayPal and immediate payment Optional Fill in this area if you want to require the high bidder to pay
through PayPal immediately when using Buy It Now. Add the Immediate
Payment option if you know the shipping amount and would like the
winner to pay with a click of the mouse.
Return policy Required Whether you do or don’t accept returns, say so. You can
give the customer as few as three days to return the item (that
cuts down on spurious returns).