How to Sell Your Art on eBay

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How to Sell Your Art on eBay

artists, craftsmen and photographers successfully sell their products every day on the online auction site eBay. According to a recent analysis of eBay sales, a craft item is sold every nine seconds, a vintage item is sold every minute, and 40 cross-brand items are sold on eBay every hour. Sales of craft items on eBay rose nearly 60 percent last year, according to TheBidFloor. com.

But at the same time, many potential sellers sell their inventory at auction and find no market, believing that eBay will not work.

Here are some tips from artist, eBay seller, and author of the new book “Selling Your Art on eBay” (Hot Snow Publishers) James Dillehay on how to successfully sell your items online:

1. The spelling of the word affects profit. For example, the word “handmade” listed as a single word was part of 2,233 auctions with a closing average of $16.29, $27. 81 or $11.52 profit per item.

2. Go to eBay. com and search in the search box. Write a word or phrase that describes your arts or crafts products. Then browse the links on the left side of the page and click ‘all content’. Here you will find the requirements for the product type. Do your inventory every two to three weeks to map out the buying process.

3. Find out how much people are willing to pay for your product. Click on the link that says ‘High costs’. This will give you a list of completed auctions from cheapest to lowest price. You want to know how much people are willing to pay for something like yours. If you can’t manufacture and sell your products for a profit, eBay may not be the market for you.