How to Sell Unwanted Items on the Internet

Turn unused items into cash.
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Selling your unwanted items on the Internet is a way to make some extra money. Buyers search the Internet daily looking for collectible items and bargains on everyday items. It takes about an hour from start to finish selling an item on an auction site. Plan to sell items that will give you a profit for your time and expenses. Selling a five-dollar item and taking an hour to sell it may not be cost effective for you. There will be fees for selling the item from the auction site and online payment processor. Other sites such as Craigslist are free to use but require local pickup of items and a cash payment. The items you sell will need to be cleaned, photographed, researched, posted to a website and shipped.

Set up an online auction account. Choose an online auction or listing site that will work best for you. Check out eBay for online selling and Craigslist to sell locally. Research the Internet for other online auction sites.

Open a PayPal account to accept payment for your auctions. Follow the instructions online for setting up an account. Use your current credit card processor if you already have an account set up.

Gather the items that you want to sell. Search for similar items online at auctions sites. Analyze their selling prices. Check the completed sales price on the auction site, not just the current auction price. Do not waste your time by selling very low-priced items or items that do not get any buyers online.

List your item for sale online. Follow the online instructions for listing your item. Write a title and description for your item. Use descriptive language that describes your item. Search for items on the auction site that are like yours. Use those items as a reference for writing your description and title. Include the condition of the item. Note any defects or blemishes on the item.

Take several pictures of the item from different angles. Use a high-quality camera with a plain background. Use the macro setting to take pictures of small details.

Set up a payment policy for your item. Write clear directions on how a customer is to pay. Write a return policy.

Ship the item to the customer after receiving payment. Carefully wrap the item. Use plenty of packing material and tape the box well. Pack breakable items securely by using bubble wrap and sturdy packaging.

Send an email to the buyer stating that you have shipped the product. Include a tracking number. Thank your customer for their purchase.

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