If you are thinking about it then I hope you will find this first series of articles for 2008 helpful. The first thing to do in order to make a successful start for selling on e-Bay is to find out what are some of the hottest items selling currently on internet auction sites. It is important to know what people are searching for on e-bay and want to buy most. The best way to do this would be by checking out eBay Pulse where a list of ten of the most searched items for every category followed by its sub-category is given. This is a safe way to buy, to make a resale later. Usually items most sought after are expensive and a bit difficult to find on daily searches. But it not impossible to locate them with patient searching. Use a book to make a note of such hot selling items and prepare a list for your purchase for reselling.
Another way of finding out hot selling brands is to watch TV. Every TV commercial for a brand would be an indirect advertisement working for you when you are also selling the same brand. You can get good prices for the items you sell on e-Bay if they have good advertisement coverage on the TV. Other places to search for popularly selling brands are malls and company stores/outlets. It is useful to search though mall and stores to find out what is being sold and the customer response. A lot of other useful information can be gained by checking out the websites of popular brands.
While formulating your selling strategy you must keep in mind that a number of people take purchase decisions on weekends. At other times during the week people usually lack time for shopping on account of pressing engagements related to work. Shopping is best done at leisure and the best time seems to be late Sunday evenings Eastern Time, between nine and eleven; for that is also when the time when most internet buyers browse various auction sites. This is the time that your auction gets the maximum exposure.
Always make sure that you have an adequate number of good pictures taken from different angles to accompany the description of the article on the server being used. Good pictures are the most important components of your sales page. Also, design your sales page in a manner that induces the visitor to place a bid. He has already shown his interest by clicking on your listing. Any flashing animation, bells, multicolored texts are a strict no no in page designing for an auction sale. Just make the page attractive, and interesting in order to net a sale. When you plan to buy or sell a product on e-bay or any other auction site you must intelligently plan your strategy and make sure to avoid common mistakes.