Selling Used Items on eBay and Amazon for Beginners

First time selling on eBay and Amazon? No problem! Learn how to sell used items and ship them efficiently.
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  • Contents Video: 35 mins
    Other: 1 min
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 1/2014 English

Course Description

Hi, my name is Matt Bernstein, successful Udemy instructor with over 45,000+ students across 186 countries. But, I'm going to make the proper assumption that you have no idea who I am.

So listen, I have a booming voice and like to get straight to the point.

From an eBay and Amazon standpoint, I’ve been selling online since 2006.

At the end of the course you'll learn how to…

  • Understand which selling platform is better to list your household items on - eBay or Amazon.
  • Conduct pre-sale research to maximize sales price and volume on eBay and Amazon.
  • List your items on eBay and Amazon to make extra cash.
  • Ship the customers orders and save money.

Who should take this course? Who should not?

  • Anyone who wants to make extra money on eBay and Amazon.
  • Students who have no experience and want to get started with eBay and Amazon
  • Students who are shipping items for the first time.
  • Students who want to understand the differences between eBay and Amazon.

As a very small token of my appreciation:

When you scroll down the page, you'll see some lectures are available to watch for free.

What are the requirements?

  • Students will need used items to sell.
  • Amazon account in good standing
  • eBay account in good standing (if not, there is a lecture in the course that will teach you how).
  • PayPal account in good standing (if not, there is a lecture in the course that will teach you how).

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Understand which selling platform is better to list your household items on - eBay or Amazon.
  • Conduct presale research to maximize their sales price and volume on eBay and Amazon.
  • List their items on eBay and Amazon to make extra cash.
  • Ship their customers orders and save money.
  • Signup for an eBay Seller account and start selling today!
  • Signup for a PayPal account to accept payments from eBay sales (Transfer your money from your PayPal account to your bank account for free).
  • Know how to increase their eBay selling limits
  • Ask unlimited questions to the instructor and get help along the way to their success.

What is the target audience?

  • Students who have no experience and want to get started with eBay and Amazon
  • Students who want to sell their household items and earn extra cash
  • Students who are shipping items for the first time and have no idea how to save money doing so
  • Students who want to understand the differences between eBay and Amazon.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Getting Started Selling on eBay
03:13

How to Setup an eBay Account

eBay gives you an easy access to a worldwide customer base - who is looking to buy the products you're selling. Getting started with eBay is virtually risk free for you. You don't need any startup capital and you don't need to take out a loan. You benefit from massive amounts of internet traffic. There are safety measures that protect buyers and sellers from fraud. Your income potential is virtually unlimited and is only limited by…your ability to find items to resell. Your knowledge of creative selling techniques and your time.

You can list a product immediately and make a sale on eBay within 6 hours of listing that item. If you're new to selling and marketing then eBay is a great solution. eBay does all the marketing for you. The best part is, eBay only gets paid when you make a salet! eBay is a great way to test which items sell and which ones don't sell.

Go on your desktop, laptop, or tablet. Make sure you log into one of those options before continuing. Go to ebay.com and click register on the top left corner of your screen, where it says “sign in or register” This will prompt you to the “Get Started with eBay” page and you can proceed to type in your “first name, last name, email address, and password” By clicking submit you agree to eBay terms and conditions.

eBay will send you a welcome message and now you've created an eBay account. You're not done just yet. You still need to learn how to create an eBay selling account. Go to the top left hand corner of your screen and click on your name. A tab will appear and click on “account settings” This is where you can access your account information at anytime.

Next you need to click on the sell tab that is located on the top left corner of your screen. eBay will prompt you to a page where you need to “update your information” You need to type in your “country, street address, zip code, city, state, and phone number” and click continue so eBay can update your information.

Next you want to access your eBay “selling manager” this is where you can keep track of sold, unsold, and active inventory listings you have listed on eBay.

Go to your messages and click on the “eBay welcome message” and click on account preferences. You'll be prompt to your account information and click on edit to the right of your “user id” eBay will require you to confirm your password before you can make any change to your ID.

The final step to creating your eBay selling account is to click my account and then on eBay store subscriptions. You do not need an eBay store in order to create a selling account. You'll notice that eBay says “you do not have an active sellers account” click on that link and then confirm your personal information. eBay will call you immediately to confirm your identity. This will prevent fraud. Next type in your credit card information because this is how you pay your eBay commission fees every month after you sell an item.

02:05

How to Setup a PayPal Account

You'll quickly come to know that eBay and PayPal work hand and hand. Especially when you're first starting out. PayPal is owned by eBay and eBay requires you to use PayPal to accept payments when you're first start to sell. Because of this you're forced to create a PayPal account to sell on eBay. So lets get you started!

Go to ebay.com and go to my “account settings” Scroll all the way down to “my PayPal” and click “link my PayPal account” This will take you to the PayPal website and you can click “I don't have a PayPal account” Type in the same email address that is associated with your eBay account and create and confirm your password. You need to review your account information and then click continue.

Now that you've created your PayPal account you need to finish linking your eBay and PayPal accounts in order to sell on eBay. Go back to eBay “account setting” and click “link my PayPal account” and now type in your PayPal email and password that you created and click “link my account”

Now that your eBay and PayPal accounts are linked. Go to PayPal.com and login. PayPal will prompted a screen that requires you to create two security questions to protect your account. Any time you're dealing with a financial account you want it to be secure as possible.

You're going to need to link your credit card, bank account, and social security number with your PayPal account. This is to prevent fraud and confirm your true identity.

You're going to have to rely on your abilities to adapt and learn new things. Throughout this book you're going to be introduced to websites and tools you're not familiar with. Most websites have knowledge bases and videos that will teach you to how to use their websites properly. Your ability to learn these new skills will determine your success.

Once you sign up for a PayPal account and make your first sale, you'll notice that eBay holds the sale transaction money into your PayPal account for up to 21 days. This is to prevent fraudulent transactions. eBay has standards that you need to live up to in order for you to sell on eBay long term. You need to be patient because eventually they will not have that 21 day limit placed on you. This is only for new sellers to prevent fraud. When you upload your tracking number for each order, PayPal will release the funds 2-3 business days after your customers order has been received.

To start, PayPal charges 2.9% merchant service fee on every transaction. Once you start selling more, that will be automatically be lowered to 2.5% or 2.2% depending on your volume of sales. You will get to that point eventually, you just have to be patient throughout the process. This is easy to accomplish, you just need time. Like Frank Sinatra said if you can do it here, you can do it anywhere. Meaning if I can do it, you can do it.

01:50

How to Increase eBay Selling Limits

After you've created an eBay selling account, you're limited to listing 50 items or selling $5,000 per month. Selling limits serve the purpose of preventing fraud. eBay does a background check on every seller to make sure their legitimate.

It's easy to increase your selling limits. You're going to have to be patient. You'll need to sell some products and max out your selling limits during your first month and receive 5 star feedback from those transactions.

After one month you'll be able to call eBay and explain to them your business plan and they will increase your selling limits each month by about 80%. eBay will want to know where you're getting your products, how many products you want to list, and what the average sale price is.

eBay will also hold your funds into PayPal for up to 21 days after you sell the item. Which limits your cash flow.

eBay wants you to call every month and speak with their experts to talk more about your business and more about you. They'll want to know where you get your products. What other platforms you're using. They will mostly go by your past selling performances. eBay will increase your limits based off your selling habits and tailor the limitations to your business needs. They will increase your limits every 30 days immediately after a phone call with a representative.

Since I'd have about 530 positive feedback and 100% positive feedback, asking for increases every 30 days was easy and I was getting a 75% increase in both categories. After about 1 year or 12 calls to talk to eBay about increasing my selling limits. eBay raised my limits to 2,500 items per month and could list $1,300,000 worth of items.

Amazon Product Bestseller Rankings
01:31
eBay Completed Listings
03:21
Don't Use eBay Auctions
01:22
Section 2: Selling Used Items on eBay & Amazon
04:21

Which Selling Platform is Better to List Used Items?

eBay or Amazon?

Creating Listings

eBay

You have the ability to create ANY product listing on eBay.

Amazon

You cannot create CERTAIN listings on Amazon unless you have a business account and are approved by Amazon to list such products.

Best Offer

eBay

You have the ability to accept, decline, or counter offers from interested buyers on eBay

Amazon

You cannot do this on Amazon. There are only Buy it Now listings.

Auctions

eBay

eBay allows you to host an auction for your item. List it at the starting price of your choosing and get people bidding up the price of your item.

Amazon

Amazon only allow buy it now listings.

Shipping Policy

eBay

You have the ability to create your own shipping policy. You can offer free shipping to your customers or you can chose how much to properly charge for shipping.

Amazon

You cannot choose your shipping policy on Amazon unless you have a business account.

Return Policy

eBay

You have the ability to create your own return policy. eBay recommends to have at least a 14 day return policy. You can chose from 14 day, 30 day, or 60 day. You also have the option to not accept returns.

Amazon

With Amazon you have to abide by Amazons standard return policy of 30 days.

Description

eBay

You have more freedom with the description on eBay. You can use HTML and make a really nice listing if you wanted to.

Amazon

On Amazon, your description is more controlled. You can use HTML, but it's much more difficult. You'll know what I mean when you watch me list an item on eBay and Amazon. You'll see the difference.

Pictures

eBay

On eBay you have the freedom to post up to 12 pictures for free. The pictures must be at least 500px on 1 side.

Amazon

On Amazon you cannot add any pictures to your listing.

Selling Limits

eBay

On eBay, there are selling limits. When first starting out, you're limited to listing 50 items or $5000 worth.

Amazon

On Amazon, you're not limited. You can list as many items as you want, even if you're just starting out.

Payment

eBay

On eBay, you use PayPal. They'll take an extra 2.9% per transaction in order for you to get paid.

Amazon

Amazon disburses your sales money into your bank account for free with an ACH transfer.

Customer Feedback

eBay

Getting positive and negative feedback matters more on eBay than Amazon. eBay will kick you off if you get 7 negative feedbacks in a year. I had a 98% positive feedback on eBay after 8 years and they kicked me off.

The perception of positive feedback on eBay is huge. It will make or break a buyers decision on eBay.

Amazon

When I first started selling on Amazon, I cancelled 40% of my sales transaction. This would be a huge no-no on eBay. On Amazon, I've been selling on there since 2006 and 8 years later, only have 6 positive feedback and 100%. People don't leave feedback often on Amazon and it doesn't seem to affect my sales ability.

Fees

eBay

First 50 listings per month are free

10% commission on all sales - $250 is the maximum fee eBay will take per item.

Amazon

Fee varies from 8-20% based off product category

$0.99 per item fee (Amazon charges only after you sell an item).

05:08

eBay vs. Amazon - Presale Research (Before Listing Items)

Curator

Think of items you don't use anymore that someone else could get good use out of.

Used Items

  • Rollerblades
  • Book
  • Baseball Card
  • External Hard Drive


Rollerblades: Bladerunner Pro 80 Men's Size 11

eBay Completed Listings

Same product sold for $35 with free shipping

Same product didn't sell for $48 with free shipping

Active Listings

Same product is up for sale for $48 with free shipping

Decision

You can list the product on eBay for $39.99 with free shipping and sell it rather quickly.

Amazon Active Listings

Same product is up for sale for $40 with $8.50 shipping

Decision

You can match 39.99 with $8 shipping on Amazon

eBay vs. Amazon

You should list the rollerblades on eBay, because we have the evidence that the rollerblades sold on eBay. Used rollerblades don't seem like a great thing to sell because it doesn't fit the feel on Amazon. However, the only risk you encounter by listing on both platforms is that you better take off your listing after you sell the item.


Book Title: This is Water by David Foster Wallace

eBay Completed Listings

10 sales @$9.99 + $3.00 (last sale was 19 days ago)

Active Listings

$9.99 + $3.00 for shipping.

Amazon Active Listings

$7.99 + $3.99 shipping costs

Decision

You can list the book for $7.99 + $3.99 shipping. Amazon was born selling books and it's the much better option. You're making the same amount of money from both options. I'd be willing to bet that you would sell your book on Amazon quicker than you would on eBay.


Baseball Card: 2013 Bowman Inception Baseball Anthony Rendon Autographed Relic Card #25/35

eBay Completed Listings

No completed listings of this item

Active Listings

$79.99 + free shipping

Decision

List it on eBay for $79.99 + free shipping and see if you get any best offers and negotiate for the best price possible.

Amazon Active Listings

No active listings of the products I am trying to sell.

Decision

You can't list this product on Amazon because you need to be approved to sell sports collectibles and have a Tax ID

eBay vs. Amazon

eBay is the best place to list your sports collectibles. You don't need to be preapproved to do so. There is a lot of negotiation with sports collectibles and customers are allowed to submit their best offers.

Do not list your items for an auction though. You will fetch next to nothing for them and you will lose a lot of money. Everytime I listed a sports collectible for an auction - it sold for a lot less than it should have. So I strongly advise against auctions.


External Hard Drive: Seagate Freeagent Goflex 1.5TB External Hard Drive

eBay Completed Listings

Sold for $49.99 + $6 shipping (3 days ago)

Sold for $69.99 + free shipping (20 days ago)

Active Listings

Active auction for $65 + free shipping

Active buy it now for $79 + free shipping

Decision

You can list your product for $69.99 + free shipping and it should be able to sell it.

Amazon Active Listings

$74 + $6 shipping

Decision

You can list your product for $69.99 + $6 shipping. You should be able to sell it immediately when you undercut your competitor a little.

eBay vs. Amazon

You should always list your electronics on Amazon. It is much easier and will sell a lot sooner than if you listed it on eBay.

05:44

Listing Used Items on eBay for Sale

You'll learn how to list an item on eBay in order to maximize your probability of selling your product over your competitors and how to get the most money for every sale.

Bladerunner Pro 80 Rollerblades Men's Size 11

Category

Sporting Goods > Outdoor Sports > Inline & Roller Skating > Inline Skates > Men

Title

Rollerblade Bladerunner Pro 80 Men's In-Line Skate , Size 11 Good Condition

Condition

Pre-owned

Brand

Bladerunner

Model

Pro 80

Picture

Add up to 12 pictures for free

Description Title

Product: Rollerblade Bladerunner Pro 80 Men's In-Line Skate

Size: Men's size 11

Condition

Excellent Condition - only used three times because rollerblading is not for me

Original box is included too.

Description

An excellent entry level or recreational model, the Pro 80 has the right features for complete comfort and control. The buckle, powerstrap, and lace closure provide support, while composite frames are durable and shock absorbing. The 80mm wheels and ABEC 5 bearings help create the right balance of speed and stability.

Supportive buckle, powerstrap, and lace closure

Shock absorbing composite frames

80mm wheels

ABEC 5 bearings

Shipping

This product will be shipped to you the next business day from when you place your order. It will be shipped very quickly and carefully for FREE with USPS Priority Mail to you.

Returns

You may return this product 60 days from when you received your order. Your returned shipping cost will even be refunded to you. You have zero risk when you purchase.

Payment

PayPal accepted only.

Price

$59.99 + free shipping

Best Offer

Best offers are accepted

Quantity

1

Payment Policy

PayPal

Your PayPal account email address (to receive payments):

Shipping Policy

U.S shipping

Flat: same cost to all buyers

Services: USPS First Class Package (2 to 5 business days) - Free shipping

Handling time : 1 business day

International shipping

No international shipping

Exclude shipping locations

Excluded Locations : No locations are excluded

Return Policy

Returns Accepted

After receiving the item, your buyer should contact you within: 60 Days

Refund will be given as: Money Back

Return shipping will be paid by: Seller

Do you want to charge a restocking fee?: No


2013 Bowman Inception Baseball Anthony Rendon Autographed Relic Card #25/35 Category

Sports Mem, Cards & Fan Shop > Cards > Baseball

Title

2013 Bowman Inception Baseball Anthony Rendon Autographed Relic Card #25/35

Condition

Brand New

Original/Reprint

Original

Year

2013

Product

Single

Card Attributes

Autograph, Serial Numbered, Rookie, Piece of Authentic

League

Major League Baseball

Team

Washington Nationals

Player

Anthony Rendon

Brand

Bowman

Model

Inception

Picture

Add up to 12 pictures for free

Description Title

Product: 2013 Bowman Inception Baseball Anthony Rendon Autographed Relic Card #25/35

Condition

Excellent Condition

Shipping

This product will be shipped to you the next business day from when you place your order. It will be shipped very quickly and carefully for FREE with USPS Priority Mail to you.

Returns

You may return this product 60 days from when you received your order. Your returned shipping cost will even be refunded to you. You have zero risk when you purchase.

Payment

PayPal accepted only.

Price

$79.99 + free shipping

Best Offer

Best offers are accepted

Quantity

1

Payment Policy

PayPal

Your PayPal account email address (to receive payments):

Shipping Policy U.S shipping

Flat: same cost to all buyers

Services: USPS Priority Mail Package (2 to 5 business days) - Free shipping

Handling time : 1 business day

International shipping

No international shipping

Exclude shipping locations

Excluded Locations : No locations are excluded

Return Policy

Returns Accepted

After receiving the item, your buyer should contact you within: 60 Days

Refund will be given as: Money Back

Return shipping will be paid by: Seller

Do you want to charge a restocking fee?: No

01:13

Listing Used Items on Amazon for Sale

This is Water by David Foster Wallace

List your item in under 60 seconds with Amazon

Condition

Like New

Photos

You can list up to 6 pictures

Quantity

1

Price

$7.99 + $3.99 standard shipping

Shipping

I want to ship this item myself to the customer if it sells.


Seagate GoFlex Satellite Mobile Wireless Storage 500 GB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive

List your item in under 60 seconds with Amazon

Condition

Like New

Photos

You can list up to 6 pictures

Quantity

1

Price

$85.00 + $3.99 standard shipping

Shipping

I want to ship this item myself to the customer if it sells.

03:18

How to Ship Sales to Customers and Save Money

Advantages to UPS

Cheaper shipping rates for larger items when you use UPS Ground

Offer pickup for $9.99

Advantages to the Post Office (USPS)

Cheapest shipping rates for smaller items when you use Priority, First Class, or Media Mail

USPS.com offers free priority mail supplies. These are perfect for medium sized items and customers paid $6 for shipping.

USPS.com also offers free shipping when you are shipping at least 1 priority mail package

You should buy manila envelopes to ship items like books and baseball cards. This will cost $2 to ship those products with a manila envelope.

Rollerblades: Bladerunner Pro 80 Men's Size 11

Item sold on eBay and uses PayPal to print out shipping label

Service

UPS Ground

Shipping should cost around $10

You can print the shipping label from PayPal and drop it off at UPS

Supplies

Nothing, the rollerblades are already in a box. Just tape the shipping label onto the box and drop it off at UPS.

This is Water by David Foster Wallace Amazon

Item sold on Amazon

Service

USPS First Class Mail

If your book is too big for USPS first class (over 13 oz) than you can opt for media mail. It is the cheapest option for books, movies, cd, and anything else media.

Supplies

Malia Envelope

2013 Bowman Inception Baseball Anthony Rendon Autographed Relic Card #25/35

Item sold on eBay and uses PayPal to print out shipping label

Service

USPS First Class Mail

Shipping should cost around $2

You can print the shipping label from PayPal and drop it off at USPS

Supplies

Padded manila envelope. Anytime you're dealing with sports collectibles you want to protect it with a card sleeve, protective top loader, and with a padded envelope.

Seagate Freeagent Goflex 1.5TB External Hard Drive Amazon

Item sold on Amazon

Service

USPS Priority Mail

You can schedule a free pickup with USPS here.

Will cost you $6 to ship this product with priority mail flat rate.

Supplies

USPS Priority Mail Padded Flat Rate Envelope.

USPS will deliver 15 free envelopes to you. Order using the link above.

The padded envelopes will product electronics better.

Simple Bookkeeping
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Instructor Biography

Matt Bernstein, Helping hardworking people start successful side businesses.

Why I Teach:

While studying to become a Communication Major at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, I built a successful eBay business on the side. 

After college, I moved to an apartment in Boston, MA (that I could barely afford) to create Udemy courses, teaching students how to sell on eBay. 

The goal is to help hardworking people start a successful online business at an affordable cost.

Currently, I'm teaching people how to emulate my successes by offering cutting-edge training courses and passionate support communities that help them start a side businesses more quickly and easily. 

The courses provide everything one could need to start and grow a home business. I've discovered principles, strategies, and technologies that produce real, measurable business results — without the expensive costs.

Things I Like:

Bowling, reading, beer, hiking, good deli meat, memorable experiences, my girlfriend, family, and close friends.

Instructor Biography

Skillhance, LLC, Helps hardworking people start a successful side businesses.

Skillhance helps hardworking people start a successful side business at an affordable cost.

Students get access to cutting-edge training courses and passionate support communities that help them start a side businesses more quickly and easily. 

The courses provide everything one could need to start and grow a home business. We've discovered principles, strategies, and technologies that produce real, measurable business results — without the expensive upfront costs.

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