eBay Girls Guide: A Quick Start Guide to Selling on eBay


I teach girls about entrepreneurialsm, business, and money and I love eBay as an entrepreneurial gateway and learning tool for kids.

In my first post in this series I explained all the great things kids learn as sellers.  Now let’s get them started!

Kid’s Quick Start Guide:

Step One:  Find what you can sell.

Clean out your room and/or playroom.  Look for things that are in great condition.  Items still in packages and/or with labels on them have a lot of potential, but there is certainly a market for used items too.  And hey kids, you need to discuss any items you’ve found with your parents before you sell them.

Step Two: Look up each of your items on eBay.

  • Are other people selling the item?
    • If no one else is selling it, there may be a reason.  But you can always list it and see what happens (using a site like Amazon to figure out your pricing).
  • Do the items look like they are in similiar condition to the one you have?
    • Remove any items from your pile that are not in good enough condition.
  • Check out the prices of the items on eBay
    • You can decide if there is a minimum amount per item you feel is worth the time it will take to list it, package it up and ship it.  When my kids and I sell on eBay we usuallly don’t list items that are $5 or less. But this is entirely up to you.

Now you will be left with the things you want to list for sale on eBay

Step Three:  Set up your account.

eBay policy says that kid sellers can use their parent’s account, under the supervision of the adult.  Sign into your account or set one up if you haven’t yet.

Step Four:     Create  your item listings.

Once you set up your first item, the others will go more quickly.  Especially the shipping estimation.

  • Take pictures of your items.  Use the listings that already exist on eBay to see the angles and how many photos you should include.
  • Add your item description (you don’t have to start from scratch, look at existing descriptions on eBay and other sites that sell the item).
  • Name  your price by using the other items to figure out what to charge.  These items are your competition.  You can decide to price your item the same or a little lower.  Unless there’s something better about your item, it would be difficult to get a higher price.
  • Figure out shipping cost.  We find a box and weigh the items before listing them.  This way we aren’t surprised later by the shipping cost.  Learn more about shipping  from eBay

My son sold about 6 items for a total of about $105 and after fees he made approximately $95.  I would say it took about 4 hours in total and everyhing was sold within 2-3 weeks.

That’s more than $20 an hour plus he learned a lot through the process and decluttered the house.  I call that a win/win/win!

Check out our next post, coming soon,  which will give you our insider tips and tricks!

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Category: Business Ideas & Tips, DIY

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