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Blocking Buyers on eBay

I have recently resumed selling on eBay and I am finding the new system very seller friendly and easy to use. It takes me few minutes to have an item listed on my eBay account and it has encouraged to keep selling on the platform. A few years ago, the listing process was so long-winded, it could take an 1 hour to list a bundle of clothes, but thanks to the new eBay app, this is no longer the case.

If you sell on eBay regularly, you would have come across all types of buyers. I have seen it all. The ones in far away countries that insist on buying your item even though it is clearly listed for UK residents only. I have seen the buyers who never pay and the ones would buy items and then send you messages on how they are suddenly unable to pay. Or the buyers who ask you question after question. It ca get frustrating as a seller and a buyer, as I buy and sell on there, so I have seen both sides.

 

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Blocking Buyers on eBay

If you like to protect yourself while selling on eBay, the smartest thing to do is to block the time wasters and scammers once you have had an encounter with them. This stops them bidding or attempting to buy your items again. It also prevents them from contacting you. On my eBay account, I have blocked only 4 buyers, so it is not a common occurrence for me. But I know many other sellers who have blocked hundreds of dodgy buyers over the years.

 

Here is how to go about blocking buyers on eBay –

Sign in and head to the seller’s centre. Once you are on the page, you can type in help in resolving buyer issues, and then scroll down to the bottom for instructions  on how to block buyers. eBay allows you block up to 5000 buyers, so plenty room for the buyers you don’t want.

I am grateful this feature is available. Dealing with fraudsters and time wasters can be draining. So at least with this feature, we won’t have to cross paths again.

 

Do you buy or sell on eBay? How are you finding it? Have you had your own fair share of annoying people on there? How do you deal with it? Please share your tried and tested tips in the comments section below. Let’s chat.

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Tips for Selling on eBay

I started selling my preloved and some new items on eBay some years ago. Funny enough, I still remember how excited I was to make my first sale. Back then, I was so into selling on eBay. I still am, but not as much. We only have 24 hours in a day unfortunately, and I rarely have the time to list my items on eBay. It takes me ages to get the items sorted, photographed and listed. So I have reduced the time I spend selling online. I stopped selling items on eBay auctions, sticking to the buy it now option, which I find a lot easier to manage. I also wait to sell my entire stock before listing some more.

 

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There are so many articles all over the web, on tips for selling on eBay. I know I have read loads and I found some of them very helpful. However, this post is all about tips I have picked up along the way. So this is purely from my experience from selling on eBay in the last couple of years.

 

Delivery service

Make sure you send your sold items with the cheapest and most reliable parcel delivery service. This is very important. If you use a crappy delivery service, your buyer would most likely get the item late, damaged or it may go missing in the post. Which would lead to a low rating/complaint. So do your research before you decide on which delivery service to go for. There are a couple of reliable parcel delivery companies that offer excellent service. One of them being Parcel2Go, and the other being Parcelabc, they both offer cheap international parcel delivery.

 

Excellent photos

I take all my product photos with my DSLR. This way I ensure my photos are quality. The buyers need to have a good look at the products they have interest in, and the only way is through the photos. Items with clear photos sell faster. It is also advisable to take as many photos as possible, showing different angles of the product. If there are any faults or signs of wear and tear, make sure you get this photographed as well, so buyers are aware of the true state of the item.

 

Clear Description

Writing a clear description of the items on sale is another great tip for selling on eBay. Make sure you include sizes, colours, design, features, how long you have had the item if applicable, faults/damage, the condition of the item, and any relevant information you would want to know before buying a product online.

 

 

 

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Selling on eBay – Buy it Now Option

The jury us still out on this one, but I prefer the Buy it now option to the Auction option on eBay. Buy it Now means I can list items for a price I am happy with, and have 30 days to sell it. If it’s not sold in 30 days, I usually have it resisted for another 30 days for free. I prefer thus option as it is a lot easier to manage. Dealing with bids annoy me most of the time, so I rather sell online this way.

 

Do you run an online shop? How do you find selling on eBay? Do you have any tips to share?

 

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