Helping my dad start an eBay store
July 1, 2014 6:22 AM Subscribe
My father has asked me to help him set up an eBay store for some estate sale type items and I'm looking for current advice on all things eBay.
posted by youngergirl44 to Shopping (11 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
I don't yet know the full extent of what he's looking to sell, but he did mention some crystal glassware, old model trains (electric & steam), and other small items. I don't think he's looking to make a huge profit or create a whole business - just unload some neat stuff and have something to do in his retirement.
We've already covered using flat rate shipping boxes when possible and setting up another bank account specifically for PayPal transactions. I'm planning on suggesting combined shipping discounts with links to his other listings. For newer items, I may look into Amazon as an alternative for reselling.
From the older AskMe questions on this topic and my personal eBay shopping experience, I know to include good pictures and full descriptions for each item, a buy it now option, and to be sure to answer questions quickly. However most of those AskMe threads are several years old and I've never sold on eBay.
What strategies are currently relevant when selling items on eBay? How do you deal with the catch-22 of needing good feedback to make sales, but needing sales to get good feedback? How to best catalog his items and streamline the listing process? Are there tax implications for setting up a store vs one off listings? Is eBay totally the wrong route for this? Both online or book resources welcome. We are in the US.