Listing—particularly photographing your items and writing item descriptions—can be a time-intensive process. We asked our eBay community for their tips and tricks to list faster and more efficiently. Here are their time-tested tactics for a smoother, faster listing process.
“Do like things together. Do the photography for each item first, then process the pictures, then weigh each one. I keep one box/envelope of each size I use taped together and open, so I can ensure I have the perfect shipping size for each item.
Finally, grab yourself a cup of coffee, sit down in your office (or couch, LOL), and list them all, using the pictures you've already taken and the weights/shipping box sizes you've already calculated. Use the custom label field to identify where the item is stored in your inventory. Then put all your items away so they aren't cluttering up your eBay space. No matter what your process is, group similar activities together and get yourself into a routine.” - Seller Janet W.
“When I’m listing a large, heavy item, I take a picture of it on the scale (showing the weight) and keep that picture with the other pictures of that item. Then when I'm listing, I can just refer to the weight picture without having to go get the item.” - Seller Janet W.
“I ‘sell similar’ for every listing and I do not create new listings from scratch. This cuts down on the time it takes to type all of the information again. I search by brand or style and create a listing from a listing that’s already there.” - Seller Emily M.
“I use a listing template for each type of item I sell. I gather and prep similar items, take all photos and get them cropped and ready to go. I sell small stuff so I can keep the items in the order I took the photos. Using the template I can bang out several listings in a sitting. The template is uniform and easy to read.” - Seller Barb W.
“I have a word doc [with text from previous listings] so if I have another item that I've listed in the past that is similar, I can use the word doc as a starting point.” - Seller Mark S.
“I do not take pictures of brand or size tags. It’s rare that someone asks and if they do, I’ll send a photo of it. The time it would take for me to take all of those extra photos can be spent getting more items photographed and listed for sale.” - Seller Emily M.
“I photograph a good number of items and when I get 15-20 items shot, I'll sit down and write descriptions in a text document for each item and drop them into a to-list folder with their photos. Then, at any given time when I want to list, I have a bank of stuff all ready to go. Once I list it, I move it to a listed folder for the date it was listed.” -Seller Mark S.
“I spend a tremendous amount of time standing in line at thrift stores. I use that time to “sell similar” and I set my price. When I get home all I have to do take photos and list.” - Seller Melinda D.
“I start by taking pictures of all the items I want to list. I process all the pictures and then sit at my desk and list each item. I do ‘sell similar’ which saves me a lot of time, but I find I need to be very careful so I don’t make mistakes on item specifics. I go shopping for items to sell almost every day and I list every day as well. I am a very self-motivated and independent person so I stick to my plan and I see that it pays off.” - Seller Jacqueline D.
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