Now that we’ve taken the hassle out of shipping your eBay sales, we’re seeing Shyp customers all over the country decluttering and selling online for the first time.
Yet many folks remain skeptical. It seems too good to be true. How much time does it take? How exactly does the integration work? How easy is it really?
The truth is: It’s really, really easy.
eBay provides a wealth of knowledge to help new sellers get started, and a quick Google or YouTube search reveals a deep well of anecdotes and advice from experienced sellers.
But all that information can be intimidating. If you’re thinking about selling a few things around the house, you don’t have time to read an encyclopedia of best practices.
So here’s the short version — three steps to start clearing out space in your house and putting money in your pocket with Shyp and eBay.
Step 1: Choose what you want to sell.
Most of us have things all over our house or apartment that we would gladly trade for a few bucks. To think of it another way, Marie Kondo’s bestselling guide to tidying up advises you to get rid of any material objects that don’t inspire a feeling of joy when held in your hands.
eBay offers an overview of top-selling categories:
If you have an older generation iPad but want the new one, sell yours on eBay. Those dresses that have been hanging in your closet unworn? Perfect for eBay. And when you’re finally ready to part with the “I Believe” mug you picked up while passing through Roswell, NM — yup, it’s eBay time.
For your first eBay sale, choose something you know you won’t miss. You can always come back and list more stuff later.
Step 2: List and sell your items on eBay.
Here’s a tip that will save you tons of time creating your listings: Get the eBay app.
The eBay app allows you to duplicate a listing and use it as your own. For instance, suppose you’re selling a GoPro. With the eBay app, all you need to do is:
- Search “GoPro” to find a similar item.
- Open the listing and tap “Sell One Like This.”
- Swap out the photos for your own, change a few words, and you’re done.
In your listing’s description, be as detailed as possible while keeping it interesting for readers. You can utilize lightweight SEO tactics if you want to be extra strategic, but it’s not necessary.
Pricing your item is easy if you do a minute or two of research. Search for similar items to check their prices — not the starting price, but the price when the item sold. You may choose to set your own price a bit lower than this to stay competitive, especially if you’re just getting started.
“But what about shipping?”
I thought you’d never ask!
First, if you’re not sure how much shipping will cost, try eBay’s shipping calculator.
eBay recommends offering free shipping for your item. Not only will this make your listing more attractive to prospective buyers, it will help you score a 5-star seller rating when your item sells.
If you offer free shipping and send your items with Shyp, you can count on us to find the lowest available shipping rate for your shipment.
Alternatively, you may opt to set a fixed price for shipping. We guarantee you won’t be charged more than what your buyer pays for shipping.
Once you get your item listed on eBay, you’re a few smartphone taps away from less clutter and more cash. Wait for that joyous ‘Your item has sold!’ notification, and prepare to be amazed.
Step 3: Open Shyp, tap, and ship.
As soon as you receive payment from your buyer, your sold item appears in the Shyp app, ready to ship. All you need to do is tap on the items you want to ship and request a pickup — that’s it.
Our couriers can take as many as 20 items per pickup, and since we provide packaging at no extra cost, you don’t need to worry about folding cardboard or keeping a stockpile of bubble wrap.
It’s best to ship your sold items the same day you receive payment. We’ll automatically mark your listing as ‘Shipped’ and upload tracking information to eBay, plus we’ll notify your buyers that their items are on the way.
Use the Shyp app to track your item all the way to delivery, and stay tuned for positive feedback from your buyer — many sellers have reported rave reviews from buyers who appreciated Shyp packaging.
What’s next? Check the house for more stuff to sell and do it all again. When shipping your eBay sales is this easy, there’s no reason to stop decluttering and putting cash in your pocket.