How does a person easily sell on eBay USA?
No doubt, eBay is a fantastic website for anyone looking to sell pre-owned goods. Some people have even built entire businesses off of it. The one downside to eBay, though, is that it is has a limited list of supported countries, at least for selling purposes. Naturally, that doesn’t sit well with international users looking to profit from the digital retail monolith. If you are hoping to get around that, though, you’re in luck because we have an easy guide that can help you set up a seller’s profile on eBay so you can start selling from anywhere in the world.
So, to sell on eBay USA from anywhere… and without living in the USA; you will need three things: a US address, a US phone number, and a PayPal account (this may change in a few months since eBay and PayPal are two separate entities now).
Please note that this guide is not about hacks to successfully sell on eBay, but just an easy-to-follow guide to selling your items in the US from anywhere in the world.
We will walk you through the process and the pre-requisites of selling on eBay USA, but we cannot help you acquire a bank account or have a verified PayPal account. So, please proceed if you already have a verified PayPal account (which is available in over 180 countries), because it’s a ‘must have item’ for eBay… for now at least.
The first step is to get a US address. This entire post, in fact, is directed towards selling on eBay USA, so kindly keep that in mind when you read on.
The US has a huge market, and if the buyer sees that you are in the USA, there is an implicit trust that they can reach you to answer any customer query. So, you need a US address and the best solution for this is to get a package forwarding service address.
There is a huge list of package forwarding services that give addresses in the USA and I’m sure, you can find one that will fit your needs perfectly. But what is your perfect need? Okay, so common sense says that the service should be reliable, should have decent to great reviews, the customer representatives should be quick to respond and be brilliant as well, the service should have a phone number that you can call or if not that then at least have online chat/live chat system. And, lastly, their ‘free storage’ should be 30 days or more.
The emphasis is on ‘all those qualities’ because, without even one of those, you won’t just be landing yourself in a pool of frustration but your entire selling business could go to the dumps if the address provider turns out to be unreliable or worse… a scam. So pick a forwarder wisely.
This is not a must have but a ‘good-to-have’ pre-requisite. Why? Because if your seller profile says you are in the US, eBay will ask for a contact number and if you have one, then you can provide one, right?
So to sell on eBay US, you have one item; the US address but now you need a US contact number to go with it because not only eBay wants a contact number but so do the customers (sometimes) so they can get in touch with you for any reason. The best way to get a US number is using a VoIP service.
We recently covered the post which talks about VoIP services that are pretty affordable, and a lot of them offer packages that are charged for per-minute use rather than monthly use. All of these services can be forwarded to regular number as well, so you won’t even notice a difference in service.
Link It All To PayPal
The last step is for you to add PayPal as the payment solution because eBay prefers it and there is no other way around it for now. So you better have a PayPal account and, a verified one at that!
How to Sell on eBay
The way to sell on eBay is quite simple… why? Because you already have the address, the phone number, a PayPal account and hopefully a decent profile too.
If you are ready to start selling, then you will need pictures of your listings and good ones too. So when your items are sitting at the US address, ask your forwarder to take pictures for you, and once you have those saved on your PC/Mac, you just upload them along with the description and price of your listings. Stay on alert because you may get questions regarding your listings from people who are interested in what you are selling.
When a buyer has paid you for the item s/he wants then only add their address to your forwarding service’s account and ship it out. End of story!
Sell on eBay via eBay Valet Service
Yep… there is also this option! eBay’s new valet service offers to sell on your behalf; cool, eh? The catch, however, is that this service is only for the USA right now.
So, with eBay’s valet service, you first “get started” with their services and there you will see the full list of items the valets accept. You will also be shown an area where you will insert your account email for eBay to send you the shipping label.
Once you have the account setup, just then enter your PayPal ID where it says ‘insert your PayPal account email address”. Keep in mind that you get 60%-80% of each item’s sale price and that money goes directly into your PayPal account. Refer to their eBay’s fee structure for more details.
So if you are choosing this method of selling on eBay, only send the valet your items via the forwarding service (which means, you ship your items to eBay’s label and not your buyer).
Lastly, there are some terms that you need to comply to before becoming a part of eBay’s valet service, so make sure, you go over eBay’s FAQ page and understand them thoroughly.
But if you are new to the whole scene of eBay, simply … follow these steps:
- Go to the Valet service portal of eBay
- Set up your account
- Pick either a drop-off site nearby or get a pre-paid shipping label from eBay. You can also find out if there is a valet near you, so use your zip-code search bar to find one
- Send the items over to valet
- Your items will be processed and added to eBay which means that they will check your items, take pictures and make a sales page for you also.
- If the item is sold, you get your money and if it’s not sold then you can have it auctioned again for a longer run or have it sent back to you.
Easy right? But please keep in mind that because eBay is setting up everything for you, you will not have any say in the matter of perfect pricing, great pictures and the right description of the items. eBay will save you time and headache of selling the items via their valet service by putting their experts to create sales pages for you and do all the basic marketing, but that’s about it.
So if you feel you have a better understanding regarding your sale items, then sell on eBay USA yourself and do the extra leg work also.
And that’s pretty much everything you need to sell quickly on eBay USA from anywhere in the world. We’d like to take a moment to stress that, while some of these ideas are certainly out of the ordinary, all of them are completely legal. Just because eBay hasn’t added your country to their list doesn’t mean you can’t benefit from their high selling service.
– With Caleb
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