De-cluttering with eBay

It's hard to remember a time before eBay - the online auction and shopping giant. In 2017 it's hard to think of something you can't buy in a click and if you know what you're doing, it's easy to bag some bargains.

It's also surprisingly easy to sell items, especially with the nifty eBay app that can be downloaded from both iTunes and Google Play. You can do everything using your smartphone - snap photos of your item, write a description, set your limits and get notifications when people bid, ask questions and pay for items - reminding you to get it posted as soon as possible!

I haven't sold on eBay in a while but do like to regularly clear out the kid's stuff. I sell off the old bits that no longer fit or are no longer played with and then use the money to pay for clothes and toys the next stage up.

Although I'm a hoarder at heart I don't see the point on keeping hold of baby items and would much rather de-clutter, clear some space and find items a new home.

With the eBay app however I have been reminded of just how easy it is to sell on the site.

The process is intuitive - you can type in what you're selling and it will help you find the right category to list in and even set details like brand, size, material etc. depending on your listing title. Once eBay knows what you're selling they can guide you with setting prices and even postage. It's easy to add photos to the listing directly from your phone and you can even edit the photos to show off your products best features.

It takes four simple steps to list your item online with eBay:

*Snap it*
Treat the pic of your item like a selfie. Have good lighting and make sure you take several shots

*Write it*
Use keywords to write a description of your item that is interesting, informative, and of course, honest!

*Price it*
Have you got a price in mind? Choose buy it now. If not, have fun with it and see what you can make with an auction style sale

*Post it*
Want them to come to you? Choose local pick up. Happy to post it? Then pop down to your local Post Office

And that's it! Although, if you do need help or want to get the best tips direct from the experts themselves you can also watch some handy videos here on the eBay simple selling guide.

I chose to sell this blue and white dress from Next that didn't fit Lily for her party. I'd left it too long to take it back to the store but knew it would find a good home somewhere. I was right - less than an hour after posting it already had one bid and a number of watchers. Brilliant!

It's hard not to stop once you find one item to sell - with the app you can snap quickly and list lots of items in quick succession. Next up was this grey baby duffle coat which Ollie hardly wore. The listing will run for 10 days and it's easy to re-list if it doesn't sell straight away.

Selling and listing an item on eBay can and does incur small fees but it is possible to calculate what these will be using the fee calculator here
There are millions of buyers on eBay and as it's so simple to list items you no longer want, it's easier to find a new home for your belongings to get a new lease of life! You can make some cash selling your unwanted bits and use the cash to buy fab new things and experiences.

What are you waiting for?

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