Adding Items to Your eBay Store

In order to sell items in your eBay store, you have to add them first. Such a novel idea! But if you have never added items to your eBay store, it may be a bit confusing. For the newcomers to the business of running your own eBay store, here is how you can add new items to your store:

Round up the items you intend to sell, and take photographs. A digital camera works best in this situation, as it allows you to easily add your photographs to your computer and upload them to eBay. Take as many photographs as you can for each item, showing the item in different positions, back and front, and focusing in on flaws or scratches on imperfect items. A lot of pictures allows your buyers to see the item for what it really is, leaving no surprises when the item arrives at their doorstep.

Create detailed descriptions of the items you are going to add to your eBay store. Be as descriptive as possible, listing any possible defects the item may have. You can also borrow information from the manufacturer to include the specifics of the item you are planning to sell. Just remember to rewrite the information you use, in your own words; otherwise, the manufacturer may ask to have your listing pulled for using their descriptions verbatim.

Once your photographs and descriptions are ready, log in to your eBay seller account and go to your eBay store. Choose the “Add Item” option, and copy the description you have just created. Add in your photographs for the item as well. Provide the sale price of the item, the shipping price and method, and divulge your return policy, if you have one.

If you have a template that you use for selling your items, include this in your store as well. A store template can give your items a more unified look, and give your eBay store a more professional appearance. Adding in a template with your eBay store name or other information is a great way to get more views on your eBay store items for sale.

When you have finished adding in all of the appropriate information, list the item in your eBay store. While you may see the item listing immediately, it can take up to a few hours before buyers will be able to find your item. By the next day, buyers will see you items show up in search results on eBay and on other search engines.

Jay and Lynne

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4 thoughts on “Adding Items to Your eBay Store

  1. Mandy Allen says:

    Hi Jay and Lynne, this is really interesting. Do you have to be a business to have a store? In the UK ebay all the business listings have to have a returns policy as it’s the law that you have to accept returns. Is it the same for you?

    Enjy the journey.


    1. Jay Mueller says:

      My boss (Lynne) says that you can be private or a business to have a store.


  2. Jay Mueller says:

    Mandy, Sorry I meant to tell you also that in the US there is no law for a business site to have a return policy, HOWEVER, your business will probably make more sales if you do.


  3. I love that you can find pretty much anything you are looking for on ebay. I wanted to buy my daughter a rainbow bright lunch box, and to my surprise I found one on there.

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