It’s been 2 years since I’ve started to build my online income, and over a year since I’ve been reselling full-time,
I’ve learned a lot over this time, and by reading back on my posts on this site you’ll be able avoid some of the costly mistakes that I made.
This post is about how to list things faster on eBay. If you list a high volume of things (more than 100), then you know that your profit is directly related to how fast you can list inventory.
By following these 4 easy steps you’ll be able to list things 3 to 4 times faster.
Keep your Descriptions Short
I used to write out a different description for every listing. And each description was very long and detailed- I thought it needed to be if people were going to buy my items.
As you’d guess, listing 5 or 10 pieces of clothing used to take me more than an hour. But, just like any skill, the more I listed the faster I got at it.
And the more things I sold, the more I realized that by taking quality pictures I could keep my descriptions short- the pictures do most the talking.
Now I only include relevant information like the size and measurements (if it’s clothing), the brand, if there are any flaws, and my shipping policy. Here are a few descriptions of clothing that has recently sold:
If you’re not listing clothing than your descriptions can be even shorter and briefer because you don’t need to include measurements.
For example, here’s a DJ software that I sold earlier this month:
As you an see, this description took me approximately one minute to write.
2. Use templates
Shortening descriptions was a huge time saver for me, but I was still typing out all the details for each item. If I listed 40 things I would write 40 similar, but all unique descriptions.
Now, I use the amazing technique of cut and paste to make templates for my clothing. I copy the shell of the template from my last listing, then I paste it. Then I enter the measurements, and change the description specifics for that item.
If you’re not listing clothing than you probably don’t need to use a template.
3. List like things together
For templates to be time saving you need to list like things together because different types of clothing have different measurements.
Pants have inseam and waist measurements, while shirts have pit to pit and length measurements. It won’t save you any time to list a shirt and then a pair of pants because you’ll have to change your whole description for a different article of clothing.
First I list all of my non-clothing items, then I list t shirts, then jackets, then sweaters, and then pants/ shorts. By listing similar pieces of clothing at one time you’ll be able to use templates effectively.
4. You don’t need to list right away
I used to take pictures of one thing, then measure it, then list it, then fold it and bag it up, and, finally, put it in a bin.
However, now I take all the pictures, then I take the measurements, and then I immediately put the piece of clothing in a storage bin (and only bag it if it sells). This is why I can list things 3 to 4 times faster than I used to.
The biggest (and most significant) change I made was I stopped listing my things right away. A year ago if I measured and took pictures at 3PM that day, than by 10PM that same night, the things would be listed.
Now, I write a short description and the measurements of each piece in my notebook and usually wait a couple days to list it.
Listing on eBay is mindless, so you can do it when you’re at work with nothing to do (getting paid to list oh yeah), or riding public transportation, or stuck in a waiting room, or eating.
I usually wait to list until I have a shift at the health food store I work at part time. Then I list things during work when it’s slow.
If you write down your items in a notebook and use a template, then listing things on eBay is a cinch. All you need to do is add a good title with keywords, change the templates (or write very short descriptions if you’re not listing clothing), add pictures, change the shipping option, and publish your listing.
By waiting to list your eBay inventory when you have free time you’ll be growing your online business and monetizing your time that would otherwise have been spent doing nothing (like when you’re on a bus or train).
These 4 easy things will help you list faster, save time and money, and monetize your free time.