Learn to buy and sell antiques and collectibles
Free Newsletter
The IWantCollectibles Newsletter provides tips and advice for anyone with an Antiques, Collectibles or eBay business!

More Antiques and eBay Newsletter Information

What Do I Need To Sell On eBay?

Terry, I’ve been collecting antiques for decades and now I want to start selling some of my collection on eBay. What do I need to sell on eBay and how do I get started?


* * * * *
Are common eBay selling mistakes costing you money? This short quiz will help you earn more money in your eBay auctions.
Check your eBay knowledge now.

To get started selling on eBay you probably don’t need to buy anything. Here’s a list of the programs and gadgets you’ll need:

  1. A computer with internet access.

  2. A digital camera that will take quality pictures. The best cameras to use include macro settings that allow you to take nice close-up photos. This is usually denoted by a flower icon in the camera’s menu options. To make it easier to get the photos into your computer you should get a camera with a removable memory card and a USB card reader.

    I use a Nikon Coolpix that was about $125 with a larger memory card and the USB reader at Best Buy. I’ve used it for years, and only have two complaints about it:

    1. It only takes batteries, there is no external power option. This keeps me from stepping on the cord, but costs me about $5 a year in batteries. (Dollar stores have really cheap batteries.)

    2. It has a long cycle time for taking pictures. There is about 2 seconds from when I push the button to when the picture is snapped. Then it takes about 5 seconds to save the image. I never noticed this when I was just using the camera for eBay photos because I’d take a shot, and then move the item before taking another one. Since I got the puppy and started taking pictures of her, I’ve found the Coolpix too slow. It still works good for eBay though.

  3. You’ll need a photo editing program. There are a number of free ones available. I have a free report that explains how to use XnView.

  4. You’ll need an FTP program and webspace to host your pictures. This is also explained in the free report about photo editing.

  5. You’ll need a PayPal account. I’ve listed this before the eBay account because you need to link your PayPal and eBay accounts.

  6. You’ll need an eBay account.

  7. Lastly, you’ll need some packing supplies. The Post Office supplies free Priority Mail boxes and labels. You can order them online, or pick them up at your local post office. Subway stores and many schools have dumpsters filled with cardboard boxes of different sizes.

    Warning: NEVER look for boxes in dumpsters behind sushi restaurants. Subway has a recycling program so they have special dumpsters for the cardboard. They also have lots of small and medium sized boxes. Bridal stores are a good source of large shallow boxes to ship things like paintings.

    If you buy peanuts or other packaging supplies, go to a packaging supply house rather than on office supply store or storage rental place. The difference in cost is huge. Look in the phone book for packaging supplies.

There is free report here on IWantCollectibles called “Getting Started on Selling eBay.” Here’s a link.

The free report suggests beginning by selling cheaper unwanted items. This way if you make mistakes they won’t be very costly. Start with this free report.

My free newsletter will keep you informed of eBay changes and help you improve your selling.

Here’s a list of all eBay articles on IWantCollectibles.com ordered so by reading them, you’ll get a good free educatation.

If you’re serious about doing eBay, reading the Auction Revolution will get you up to speed quickly. You’ll learn a complete a step-by-step system for selling on eBay. The book will help you save time while avoiding costly selling mistakes.

Did this answer your question? If not, try looking at the questions and answers within the General, Tools and Resources category, or do a search for other questions.
If you are unable to find an answer to your question, send me an email, and I will answer it.

"The IWantCollectibles Guide to Ebay Sales"
is now available for immediate download.

Many of the articles and free reports here on IWantCollectibles were originally sent to readers of my Antiques and eBay Newsletter. Not all articles make it onto the website, and readers also get notices of free reports and special offers.

Ted at his desk.

Most Popular Articles on IWantCollectibles
  • Finding Products To Sell On eBay
    How to find products to sell on eBay is the most common question I get from my readers. This page has links to all the articles and reports I've written about finding eBay products.
  • How To Be An Antique Dealer
    The best way to start an antiques or collectibles business. Part 1 of a five part series on being an antiques dealer.
  • Understanding eBay Changes 2011
    This page covers eBay changes and has links to all articles on IWantCollectibles about working within the changes. Sign up for my free newsletter for articles covering new changes as they are announced.
  • Tips for Starting an eBay Consignment Business
    Selling on consignment is the perfect way to start on eBay. This article is an introduction to consignment selling, and explains what you'll need to be successful. First in a series on eBay Consignment.
  • Shopping For eBay Products At Garage Sales
    Thirteen tips for garage sale shopping. Part one of a two part series on garage and yard sales.
  • Finding New Products for eBay
    If you want to sell new products you need to concentrate on items others are not selling. You need to find sources other sellers are unaware of. That is not hard to do. Here's a list of articles to get you started on the right path.
  • eBay Auction Category, Title And Keyword Advice
    A series of articles about getting your items found on eBay. Covers category selection, eBay keyword rules, and researching keywords. Finally you'll learn how to write an informative, keyword rich title.

Summaries Of Recently Added
Antiques, Collectibles and eBay Articles

$errorCode = 70
xml_error_string() = SYSTEM or PUBLIC, the URI is missing
xml_get_current_line_number() = 2
xml_get_current_column_number() = 51
xml_get_current_byte_index() = 90

More Antiques, Collectibles, and eBay Articles

The IWantCollectibles Guide to Ebay Sales
is now available for immediate download.

Free Antiques and eBay Newsletter
Get 9 Free eBay Ebooks
Free emailed newsletter includes free ebooks, interviews with eBay sellers, and helpful articles. You can unsubscribe at any time.

More Newsletter Information

eBay Questions and Answers

About .

Contact Terry

Free eBay Ebooks

eBay Advice

Antiques Advice

Antiques and eBay Reports

eBay Articles

Finding Products To Sell On eBay

What to Sell On eBay?

How eBay's Best Match Search Works

How To Sell On eBay For Beginners

The Drop Shipping Myth Explained

Dealing With eBay Changes 2018

Overcoming Common eBay Seller Frustrations

27 Ways To Find Antiques To Sell On eBay

Advice for Writing and Selling Ebooks On EBay

Selling Antiques On eBay

Using Facebook and Pinterest to Promote eBay Auctions

Tips for Starting an eBay Consignment Business

eBay Title Tips

Selling At Antique Shows Versus On eBay

Buying eBay Products at Yard Sales

Finding eBay Products At Garage Sales

23 Tips For Taking Better eBay Pictures

Finding Wholesale Products To Sell On eBay

How To Use eBay Listing Upgrades And Options Efficiently

Does An eBay Store Make Sense For You?

Minimizing eBay Fees

19 Ways To Quickly Improve Your eBay Auctions

eBay's Detailed Seller Ratings Reexamined

The Fixed Price Listing Trap

Finding eBay Keywords For Old Items

Adding Youtube Videos To Your eBay Auctions

Commonly Used eBay Abbreviations

How To Drive Traffic To eBay Auctions and Websites

Selecting The Best Category And Keywords For Your eBay Auction

Finding eBay Products By Finding People

Identifying eBay Products People Want

Signing Up People For Your eBay Consignment Services

Motivating eBay Auction Visitors To Bid

Getting Started Selling On eBay

eBay Keyword Rules Explained

How To Add Free Pictures To eBay

eBay Selling Tips

Free eBay Shipping Calculator

Shipping Advice for eBay Sellers

eBay Packing With Paper

eBay Arbitrage Profits

Figuring eBay Consignment Fees

How To Have Negative Feedback Removed For Under $500

Finding Antiques And Collectibles To Sell On Ebay

eBay Reports

Setting Your Ebay Business Up For Growth

Start Your Own eBay Consignment Business

Finding Profitable eBay Niches

Finding Profitable Hidden Bargains at Garage Sales

Finding Wholesale Products To Sell On eBay

Secret eBay Product Sources

Selling Public Domain Items on eBay

Recent eBay and Antiques Questions

Affiliate Center

IWantCollectibles.com Sitemap
© Copyright 2001-2020 Terry Gibbs
IWantCollectibles LLC
IWC LLC PO BOX 842, Mesa, AZ 85211