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Tips for Selling Your Furniture on Ebay

By Rizwan Ahmad - 28 November 2012 No Comments
Ebay has kept countless pieces of furniture off curbsides all over the world. If you no longer want to keep a piece of furniture, you can consider selling it on eBay. Selling on eBay is easy, but it’s also something you have to learn. Furniture in particular is difficult to sell online, so here are some tips that will help you.

Decide If It’s Really the Right Place to Sell
Selling a piece of furniture on eBay isn’t the same as selling an item of clothing. It’s going to be difficult and expensive to pack and ship. The buyer will have to pay for the shipping. Is the furniture worth it to pay the extra cost for shipping? If the item is rare, exceptional, a great deal, or in good condition, it might be. If the item is very big but also worn or very common, you may be better off listing it on a local site like Craigslist.

Tips for Selling Your Furniture on Ebay
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Take Lots of Detailed Photographs
Buyers don’t want to take a chance on buying furniture from eBay; they want to be absolutely convinced that it’s worth it and that they get what you promise them. Take lots of photographs, and place them with your ad. Take photos from all different angles and distances. Take photos showing any damage. Make sure the lighting is good, and make sure the photographs look like a good representation of how the furniture looks in person.

Come Up with the Best Price
Do research on what similar items are selling for online before you price your item. You may have an idea of what you want to get for it, but you won’t be able to sell it if people can buy it for less somewhere else. Also, get an accurate estimate of shipping costs so that you can list them on your ad accordingly. Don’t underestimate shipping costs or the difference will come out of your profit.

Provide All of the Necessary Information
Buyers are going to want to know everything about the item, including its manufacturer, maybe its model number, the materials that make it up, its features and accessories, any modifications or flaws, and the size. The size is very important, and you need to take measurements of width, length, and depth. You may need to take other measurements, too, such as the distance between its shelves. Also provide a weight limit for the furniture if you know it. And don’t hesitate to give honest answers to any questions buyers ask.

Get Help Shipping the Item
Once again: It’s not easy to ship furniture. Your best bet is to have a professional, like a mover from a moving company, for example, help you. You may even need to ship the item freight if it’s too big, and that’s even more of a hassle and expense. You want to make sure the shipping is done as efficiently as possible, because furniture that gets broken or damaged before it arrives is not going to make for a good situation for you or the buyer.

Charlie Johnson
About the Author:

Charlie Johnson writes and works for Moshells. Charlie is an avid shopper and loves to decorate his home while saving money.

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