eBay is a brilliant tool, and like most tools, it can be used in a variety of different ways, depending on what you need it for. You might never use all of eBay’s features and functions; you might start off using it in one way and later find that you’re using it for something else entirely. No matter who you are, though, chances are that eBay will be useful to you in one way or another. Let’s take a look at some of the things eBay can do for you.
MAKE YOU A BIT OF SPARE CASH
Most people could do with making a bit of extra money at the moment. And most people also probably have stuff stashed in the attic, the spare room or under the bed that they don’t need any more. eBay can help you turn it into cash, because even if you don’t need that ice cream maker or unflattering shirt any more, someone else would probably love it. By listing something for sale on eBay, you’re offering it to a massive worldwide community of potential buyers who are already out there, already looking for items just like yours.
Because eBay already has a tried and trusted system in place for buying and selling, both you and your potential buyer can be assured that you won’t get ripped off. After years of providing a platform for anyone to buy or sell anything, eBay has a good reputation, and it’ll guide you through your sale every step of the way – without any annoying haggling to battle through.
HELP YOU LAUNCH A NEW BUSINESS
If you’d like to sell more than just odds and ends that you already own, you could always launch your own business on eBay. There are already thousands of people who do exactly that: some of them are people who make and sell their own crafts, some of them are people who buy things like beauty supplies in bulk and then resell them for a profit online, and still others might be dedicated bargain hunters who know what everything’s worth and who to sell things to in order to maximise profits.
If a career in trawling antique shops and car boot sales for unrecognised treasures appeals to you, you could potentially use eBay to make a tidy income. Or if you’re into making clothes or jewellery, it might turn out to be exactly the distribution model you need. Setting up a shop is hard work, but eBay simplifies the process by letting you sell within its existing structure. It’s like setting up a stall in the middle of the internet’s busiest high street.
MOVE AN EXISTING BUSINESS ONLINE
If you’re already running a business, you’ll know that it’s increasingly important to have a website. It’s hard to get noticed without one. However, creating an online shop can be daunting, because it’s quite complicated to set up an online shopping cart system – especially when it comes to finding ways to collect payments that’s both trustworthy enough to encourage customers and cheap enough not to eat into your profit margins. eBay could be exactly the solution you need.
Setting up a shop on eBay is relatively uncomplicated, and it has its own payment system that’s well established and widely liked, so all you need to concentrate on is making your wares look as good as possible. There’s a lot of competition on eBay, sure, but there are also hundreds of thousands of potential customers using the service.
eBay does take a cut of any profits you make, but it’s likely to be less than you’d pay elsewhere, and it’s also not very much at all when you consider the saving you’re making in not needing to set up and administer your own bespoke system. Professional web design doesn’t come cheap, after all.
FIND YOU A BARGAIN
Even if you never ever intend to sell anything to anyone, eBay can still be invaluable to you as a source of cut-price bargains. Because it’s such a huge marketplace, it can be very competitive, which means you should be able to get what you want at a price that’s right for you. It’s very easy to search or browse, and since many sellers will send items worldwide, you can widen your net far wider than you would otherwise ever be able to do.
eBay becomes even more impressive if you’re looking for something obscure. If you’re after a vintage record, a book that’s out of print or even the current must-have high-street fashion that sold out the minute the shops opened, you’ll probably be able to find it on eBay. You might have to pay a bit more for the privilege of getting something really special, but if it’s either that or not getting your lusted-after item, well, we know what we’d choose.
WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO TODAY?
There’s one more secret that eBayers might tell you, if pushed: eBay can be a lot of fun to use. Because items can be put up for auction, there’s a bit of a thrill attached to both buying and selling on there: you could end up making a lot more money than you expected if something you’re selling attracts several determined bidders, and you could end up walking away with a bargain because you entered exactly the right bid at exactly the right moment to snatch an auction away from someone else. Plenty of things are available to buy straight away, so you don’t need to get involved with bidding wars if you don’t want to, but eBay is definitely more fun if you do.
What do you want eBay to do for you today? You can set up an eBay Account for starter if you haven’t got one.