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3 Common mistakes new eBay sellers make

Start off slowly selling on eBay.
Start off slowly selling on eBay.

eBay has been in existence since 1995 and has evolved to one of the world's largest marketplaces. More and more people are learning how to cash in on eBay selling unwanted household items, retail items purchased on sale or clearance, or items inherited when a loved one dies. Unfortunately, being a newbie can cost you money and your eBay account if the rules are not followed. Here are three common mistakes new sellers often make:

1. Starting off selling expensive items such as mobile phones, jewelry, or designer handbags. If you are brand new to eBay and have very little feedback, crooks are looking for you. Unfortunately, unscrupulous people troll eBay every day looking for newbies with very little feedback. They may send the seller a strange request or otherwise dupe the new seller. Start off by selling low-priced items from around your home until you build a feedback score of at least 50. Then you won't be on the radar for crooks.

2. Not including enough photos of the item. Remember, the only thing that stands between you and your buyer is a computer screen. You can see the item perfectly, the buyer can't. Provide photos of all sides of the item and mention any flaws. eBay will close your account if you have too many cases where the item was not described properly.

3. Failing to calculate shipping properly. New sellers often estimate shipping charges only to find out they are very wrong, and actually lose money on a sale because shipping was grossly underestimated. Buy a postage scale and use the calculated shipping method. eBay is integrated with the USPS. The correct shipping fee will be charged to the buyer based on the weight of the item, the class of mail, and the distance from buyer to seller. Entering the correct weight is crucial to charging the buyer enough to cover the shipping fee.

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