- Wash and iron before listing. Would you wear a wrinkled garment? No, because it can look better, so make it as aesthetically pleasing as possible. Here is a before and after:
- Lay your garment flat, and provide basic measurements. For shirts provide chest, shoulder, sleeve and length. For pants, list waist, inseam, leg opening and outseam. A fifth, unlisted measurement you can include is the rise, or difference between waistband and crotch.
- If you have high end items, like designer shirts or pants, make sure you reference the label, and size, both standard and European in your headline. Too many people leave out SIZE INFORMATION, in particular.
- Business shirt sizes correspond to the following generic conventions: 15.5 (39), 16(42), 17(44).
- Pants can be measured in centimetres or inches. (ie 92cm or 36") This has a corresponding European size. For a size 36" it would be EU52. List it if you can find it on your garment.
- Be realistic on postage. Single shirts do not ordinarily weigh more than 250g, and can be mailed for about $4 Australia wide. I also add $1.50 to $2 for the coat of an Auspost toughbag for a total of $6, and keep links handy to send buyers who are interested in the breakdown of their postage charges.
- The most important of all, is to be accurate in your assessment of the quality of your garment. Some clothes are not fit to auction just because you no longer wear them. Some you can't even give away, so if you must eBay them, provide photos, or descriptions of flaws, so you do can avoid deliberately misleading potential buyers AND return customers.
- Bear in mind that you would like people to buy as many of your items as possible, so you can easily post items off in bulk. Having said that, you can offer inducements, like a free tie with 2 shirts bought, or a belt with 2 trousers bought. I am currently offering a free tie with a pair of shirts, of your choice, out of 11 available options.
How to list clothing auctions on eBay
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28 October 2007
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