Sell Your Old Games on eBay

September 30, 2011, By Christian Cawley

If buying on eBay can be considered easy, then selling is quite different. Whether you have video games or computer components to sell, there are various tools available to help you set this up, but beware expecting a fast result – configuring a new listing can take time.

You can get started with eBay selling by signing up at the page and selecting register; if you already have an account then this isn’t necessary. Get started selling via the Sell button in the top right corner.

There are two options here, Quick sell and Advanced sell. Unless you are selling a bespoke item, the Quick sell option should be all you need. We’ll assume you’re selling a copy of a popular music-based game, so if you input “guitar hero” into the search box and clicked Start Selling you would be taken to the Create your listing page. Note that you can switch to the advanced mode at any time via the Switch to a form with more choices option.

Sell Your Old Games on eBay

Creating an EBay Listing

To list an item on eBay, you need to set a descriptive title as well as specify a category. Using the Quick sell option you can quickly select a category based on your keyword. For our keyword of “guitar hero” we’re going to select the Games category.

We then have the opportunity to add one or more images to the listing. Adding an image will improve the chances of your auction or standard listing from being viewed in the search results of anyone looking for games or Guitar Hero on eBay, and the first photo is free to this is an option you should take advantage of. A quick search on Google images should result in a usable photo unless you’re planning on using your own snaps.

You then have the option to describe the item you’re selling; in the case of Guitar Hero it might include the version of the game, which platform it is compatible with, why you’re selling, any issues with the disc, etc.

How Much Should I Sell For?

Once you’re done here you can move onto the price setting options. You might start the listing at 99c, or specify a Buy it now price of $10 if you’re looking for a quick sale. Listings can be started immediately or scheduled.

Don’t forget to also specify the locations that you are willing to ship to, as well as specifying a postage price and courier service. Then you can select your preferred payment type, but don’t forget to observe the cost of the listing at the foot of the page…

Next, click Save and preview and observe your listing. It isn’t live on the site just yet – you have a chance to use the Edit function to make any changes, but as soon as you hit the Create listing button it will be there for everyone to see.

Monitoring Your Listing

Visit My eBay to access the Selling page, where you will be able to find all of the items that you currently have listed as well as those that have already sold. You will be able to see how many people are watching the item as well as any bids that have been made.

Don’t be discouraged about the timing of bids – in most auctions these usually occur within the last hour before the listing is set to expire, so if you don’t have any bids when you first list the item don’t worry – this is quite normal!

Once the listing has completed and the item has been sold, payment should be automatically requested by eBay. You will then be responsible for dispatching the sale item when payment has been received and cleared.

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