Clutter out, cash in – selling on Ebay with the android app.

Recently I was invited by Mumsnet Bloggers Panel to review the experience of selling on Ebay, which a particular focus on using the app for listing and managing the process. As regular readers will know, I’ve a renewed focus on decluttering the house at the moment, and this seemed like an ideal time to give the whole online selling another shot. I have sold on Ebay before, but it was several years ago so it seemed like a great time to give it all another whirl.

My memories of listing on Ebay were that it was all fiddly and difficult, and I’m very pleased to report that it wasn’t anything like that this time. Basically the app (on android for me) walks you through the whole thing step by step, including things like suggesting pricing and listing, finding the postage service and recommending postage rates and giving you prompts on how you’re doing as you fill the different sections out. I have a vague memory that you used to have to pay for any pictures past the first one (I may be making that up) – now you can have up to 12, and you can snap them on your mobile while doing the listing and do the cropping and rotating as you go. There are of course still fees involved in the process, but it has all been massively streamlined, and if you’re curious as to what it might cost you, there’s a fee calculator here.

To give you some idea of what it all looks like, I took some screenshots as I went.

This is the first screen, with some hints as to what is going to follow

The picture editing (do kind of wish it had a brightening effect, but I guess that would inflate the app somewhat! The advice to approach your pics as if they were selfies is probably a good way to look at it all, except that I don’t really do selfies 😉 )

Once you’ve got pictures in, you get walked through all the other sections – description, pricing, auction length/ style, postage options etc. It’s all very straightforward, and if the app can find similar items, it will come up with suggestions for pricing etc, and then finally you get to preview your listing before you put it live.

I have to say that of my three test items, the only one that didn’t sell, even with an auto relist, was the used item where I took the app’s advice on starting price – I think it was way over inflated. I’m testing again right now with a much lower starting price as my main aim is to get stuff out of the house, and the profit motive is definitely a secondary line. However, with the other two listings I made £7.15 on a couple of little toy/ baby items, and it all ran through very smoothly, with payment received instantly via paypal and smooth communications with the buyers.

Other hints and tips? Always, but *always* get proof of postage. I don’t bother tracking low value items, but the proof of postage is how you get your money back if the item disappears in the post. I use recycled wrapping which keeps the cost down, so I can keep the postage/ packing costs down for buyers as well. (Plus I’m decluttering some of the postage envelopes I’ve got, which is also a win in my mind.)

All in all, now I’ve got back into it, I intend to keep up a regular trickly of Ebay listings over the next few months, and as I add a charity donation to my listing I can feel like I’m doing some good for other people too. Everyone’s a winner 🙂

If I’ve tempted you to give it a whirl, do let me know how you get on, and if you’d like to read a few more bloggers on the topic, take a peek at the linky.

Disclosure: I am a member of the Mumsnet Bloggers Panel, a group of parent bloggers who have volunteered to review products, services, events and brands for Mumsnet. I have not paid for the product or to attend an event. I have editorial control and retain full editorial integrity. I have received a voucher as a token of thanks for this post.

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  1. It’s definitely a great way to go get rid of clutter. Now if only the postage was a bit cheaper to send items these days x

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