POSTAGE & OTHER HELPFUL TIPS FOR NEWCOMERS TO eBAY

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SOME HELPFUL TIPS ON GETTING STARTED AND HOW TO PACKAGE AND POST YOUR ITEM......


I am by no means an expert, I am a relatively newcomer to eBay myself.In my experiences so far in buying and selling on eBay, appart from the fact that it is rewarding and a lot of fun, I have  learnt a few tips along the way, particularly with Packaging and Posting your item.(*which I will get to further on) When I am about to bid on an item I work out my maxium spend and then deduct the cost of postage from that, so this in fact  lowers the final price for the seller , and if you are the seller wouldn't you rather put the extra dollars in your own pocket rather than Aust. Post...some sellers might have a high postal charge, I would avoid the seller with the higher charge, so by keeping your postal cost down you increase your chances of a good result......

SETTING UP YOUR AD......
Do your research first.... Take photos.. find the best catergory..work out your starting bid.. work out your postage cost..have all this at the ready and the rest is simple.....

Your TITLE is best kept basic and precise, think about how you would search for your item yourself and use key words written in capitols...

Your DESCRIPTION should be honest and precise, it should sound happy and friendly and use headings and colors in your text......

A GALLERY photo should almost always be included, this is the window to your sale, it only costs an extra .59 cents but money well spent.If your item needs to be shown in more detail, add more pics, it is well worth it.Take a bright clear picture ( I always take a few shots and then view them in preview,pick the best and crop out any unwanted background). eBays Enhanced Picture Service is excellent and very user friendly......

Your STARTING BID should be kept as low as possible, this helps get the bidders going as well as saves you a little money......

*POSTAGE & PACKAGING  should  be  kept to a minimum.Look at prepaid and express sachels from Aust. Post to save time and money....

Learn what weight limits to keep under.........
Going over a parcel weight by 1 gram can work out very costly.For a domestic parcel if you stay under 500g the cost is quite reasonable but if you were to go over to 501g the price will double for a lot of items.Buy yourself a set of scales and be sure to factor in the weight of packaging......

How Postage is calculated at Australia Post.......
Postage is calculated on the greater weight of the "dead weight" or the "cubic weight".........
Cubic weight is if your package is in a box or carton, it will be measured like this...multiply the length, width and height and then multiply that by 250 and that will be the cubic weight. eg. Your package is 80cm X 35cm X 12cm and weighs 4kg.. so cubic weight will be 0.8 X 0.35 X 0.12 X 250 = 8.4kg. and the dead weight will be 4kg.so they will use the greater weight and you will be charged for 8.4kg  rather than the dead weight of 4kg.
Dead weight is the actual weight of the item if it is less than the cubed weight or unable to be cubed because it is not in a box. If you were able to wrap and or bag this item, you would have been charged for only 4kg..So the trick here is if your item is not too heavy or fragile wrap it rather than pack it in a box or carton...... I recently sent a very large but quite light item which I squashed into a VB carton and it was going to cost $18.40 to post interstate, I took it back and repackaged it in a plastic bag and wrapped it in brown paper, it was simular in size to the box,but this cost me only $8.90 postage.... if unsure either phone or ask at the P.O. for a qoute for the dead weight of your item before you package it in a carton..... the Australia Post Calculator on site will give you the cubic weight... see link...

eBay has a very good site which gives you lots of info on Postage and packaging and is well worth a look...... see the link... POSTAGE CENTRE....
 
TIME Starting & Finishing  is also an important factor,it's a good idea to think about working people and the hours they might be at home, I like to start and end an auction about 8 at night and go 7 or 5 days and always including  a weekend....

PAYMENTS need to be simple and  convenient for both seller and buyer, I find PayPal works great and so does Express Bank Transfer, but whatever works best for you.....

Well I guess I have prattled on long enough,hope you find some of this helpful, can you tell I am retired and have lots of time!!!!
GOOD LUCK AND HAPPY eBAYING!!!!

CHEERS  Lyndell......


 

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