Trying it on: eBay’s Quick Listing Tool

eBay’s Quick Listing Tool

eBay is always experimenting with new and various ways to improve their site and their processes to make using eBay easier to use for the average person that just wants to sell something on eBay. The latest product is called the Quick Listing Tool. This latest method for creating a listing is an improvement on the eBay simple listing method, incorporating some elements of the Advanced listing method (also known as Customize your listing or More Choices).

To begin, enter the keywords of your item and click Go (got a book? use the ISBN). You will be shown the category that most correctly matches your keywords. If that is the correct category (based on your pre-listing research) the click “Create your listing”, otherwise click “Change” to change to another category. Choose your correct category and choose
“Create your listing”.

eBay’s Quick Listing Tool

Remember, a picture is worth a thousand words. If you have more than one image, use them!

Next, select the Condition. Be honest!

Item Specifics: adding item specifics will help eBay to categorize your item and assist in better placement of your item in search results.

Add more details
Please do NOT skip this section! This is where you put your sales hat on and SELL your item. A comprehensive and professional looking description sets you apart from your competiors!

Now that you have your category chosen, let’s move on. First off, write a good title. Use all 80 characters whenever possible! Be sure to include important keywords that describe your item. Think like a buyer. What would a buyer search for to find your exact item?

Let’s add some photos. Click on the blue + sign “Add Photos” to open a browse window. Navigate to your image you plan to use and select it by double-clicking on the image.
NOTE: You can now use up to 12 images for free!

eBay’s Quick Listing Tool

Be sure when using a template that you edit the template to meet your needs. Don’t forget to start off your description by repeating the title of your item in large, bold print!

Again, ensure that you include some auction sales policy. If you are using a template, this is included but be sure you edit the policy to your needs.

Click “Next” when done.

For the Set Price page, choose between Auction or Fixed Price. Note that the listing duration changes between auction or fixed price. Fixed price listings can go for 30 days or Good Til Cancelled. You can also start your listing at a later time by choosing “Don’t start this listing now.” Checking that box will give you a schedule box to choose the date and time you want to start your listing.

Next you want to select your shipping. eBay will prompt you with the shippnig option most sellers use. If that is what you want, simply click Next.

eBay’s Quick Listing Tool

You can choose Free Shipping simply by clicking on “Offer free shipping to attract buyers”.

If you want to use an alternate method other than what eBay prompts you for or free then choose “Create your own shipping option”. You can now charge a Flat fee to ship or use Calculated shipping. Be sure to enter the proper weight (including box and other shipping materials used) and type of package.

Choose up to two services that you want to offer.

In addition, you can choose to ship Internationally though until you have some experience with selling on eBay, I would hold off on this.

Click Next to continue.

eBay’s Quick Listing Tool

Review your listing: Now is the time to review your choices for your listing. If you want to make any changes, click “Edit” to the right of the section requiring editing.

NOTE: You WILL need to click “Edit” next to Selling preferences to set your: Handing time, Return policy, PayPal email address and Item location. eBay’s quick listing tool ONLY allows for: No Returns or Returns Accepted. If Returns are accepted (this is what eBay wants you to do), then the only choice is 14 days. Click “Done” when complete.

You can see your listing fees at the bottom. Be sure to take advantage of any eBay specials that are running. You can read all of your eBay announcements in My eBay -> Messages.

Click “Preview your listing” to see what your listing will appear like on eBay. Click the “Close” button at the bottom to close your preview.

Once you are satisfied with your listing, click “List it“! Your item is now successfully listed on eBay.

You can check on your listing at any time by clicking on My eBay and under the Activity tab, find Summary -> Sell ->Active. Your listing/s will be in the center of the screen.

Remember, if you want to switch to the form with more choices, at the top of the listing page, click on “Switch to advanced tool”.

eBay is constantly experimenting with different ways to use their tools and how to layout the information and products on their site. This is their latest tool, combining a simple interface such as in the Simple method along with some of the features of the the Customize method (aka Advanced tool or More Choices method). Will this tool stick around and become the default method? That remains to be seen. Hopefully this eBook will guide you through with ease and as you learn all of the tools of eBay, you will choose the one that works best for you.

eBay now has some auction research built in with this listing tool. On the “Set Price” page, click “How other sellers priced it”, enter your title and click “Search”.

Note: You can choose between Completed Listings or Active Listings. You will only see number of current bids (or ending bids) or BIN prices but with BIN, you will not know if the item sold or not.