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How To Sell Items Online Through The Internet

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Online selling places your item in front of buyers worldwide.

Selling online takes time and effort. The items must be photographed. You must write descriptions of the item (in a manner that makes it most likely to pop-up when people search.) After a sale, you have to pack and ship the item to the buyer.

The steps to take for a successful sale follow. Each of these steps are described in more detail in the other sections of this article.

Step 1. Choose the site with care. A site such as Craigslist offsite link should be considered for large difficult-to-ship items. A site such as eBay offsite link is good for commonplace items with esay-to-find resale values.
Step 2. Prepare.
Step 3. Set your financial arrangements.
Step 4. Set the bidding conditions.
Step 5. Once the auction has started, check on it frequently.
Step 6. Be professional when the auction ends.

If you don't want to do the work yourself, there are companies that will do all the work for you. For example: AuctionDrop and UPS. Leave your unpackaged items at any UPS store. AuctionDrop will handle the logistics, including photographing the items, posting the listings, answering bidders' questions and shipping to auction winners. On top of eBay's standard commission, Auction Drop charges 20% to 38% of the final sale price. Items that don't sell are returned to you at no charge. To locate the UPS store nearest you, go to: www.ups.com/content/us/en/index.jsx offsite link and click on "Locations".

NOTE: For information about selling on the internet, consider reading a book such as: How To Sell Anything On eBay… and Make a Fortune! By Dennis Prince, McGraw-Hill, New York, 2003.


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