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Creating a listing

Creating a listing is the first step in getting your item in front of buyers. Depending on your needs, we have a range of tools and options to help make sure your listing ends in a sale.

To make it easier for buyers to find and buy what they want, we're introducing a new product-based shopping experience powered by the eBay catalogue, where all listings for the same product are grouped together.

You'll need to use the catalogue to list items in certain categories. See Listing with the eBay catalogue to learn more.


If you're a casual seller, our quick listing tool - opens in new window or tab provides the core features you need to get started selling, and will walk you through the listing process step-by-step. If you want to see more options in the quick listing tool, such as reserve price, duration and schedule listing, here's how to enable them:

  1. At the top of the listing form, select Change listing preferences.
  2. Check the Enable more options box and Save.
  3. Select More options to view your additional listing options. 

If you're selling frequently, in bulk, or as a business, you may want to use our advanced listing form - opens in new window or tab.

Learn more about our advanced listing form.

We recommend that you know our rules for sellers, our policies on prohibited and restricted items, and what's allowed and not allowed when listing and completing a sale.

When you're ready to list your item, you'll start by describing what you're selling, choosing whether to use the auction or fixed price format, and setting a price. You'll then go on to select your postage preferences, a return policy, and how you want to get paid.

You can also save a draft of your listing and go back to finish it later. You can save up to 5000 drafts in Seller Hub, although they expire after 45 days. If you prefer to create your listings through the Selling section of My eBay, you can save up to 20 drafts, and they'll be available for 30 days.

Our guides below also have useful information on adding images and categories, as well as how to set buyer requirements and making changes to your listing after it's live on our site.

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Adding pictures to your listings

Learn how to choose, edit, upload and manage the pictures you use in your eBay listings.

Adding a category to your listing

Find out how choosing the right category can help you reach the right buyers.

Creating listings with variations

Discover how to create a single fixed price listing that includes all the variations you offer, such as different colours and sizes.

How immediate payment works

Find out how requiring immediate payment can help when you're selling a time-sensitive item.

Setting buyer requirements

Learn how to manage who can bid on, or buy, your items.

Listing durations and timings

You can choose how long your listing should run for, and you can also schedule a listing to start at a particular time.

Bulk listings

If you've got more than one of the same item available for sale, use eBay bulk listings to make all your stock available at once.

Selling templates

Find out how using listing templates can help simplify the listing creation process.

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