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Start selling

Why sell on eBay?

There’s never been a better time to start selling on eBay. Free up space at home and get paid at the same time. Follow our three easy steps and your item will be in front of millions of potential buyers in minutes. 
It's just as simple to sell on your mobile phone.  

If you’ve never used eBay before, open an eBay account. It’s free and easy.  

If you’ve bought something on eBay, you’ve already got an eBay account so can get straight down to selling

Selling your item on eBay

1. Pick it– pick the item you want to sell.
  • You can sell pretty much anything on eBay. Items that are competitively priced or with low availability tend to sell particularly well.

2. List it – list the item on your mobile or on eBay.co.uk

  • Title - be descriptive and include all relevant words about your item to maximise the chance of it being found.
  • Description and Pictures - tell the buyer a little bit more about what you're selling, including the item condition and take lots of photos – first 12 are free.
  • Price and Postage – often we’ll provide tips on how to price and post your item. Most new sellers list their items in an auction-style to attract more buyers.
  • Click "List it" and your item is on eBay. That’s it.

3. Post it – post the item 

  • Once your listing is on eBay, keep track of it in My eBay. See how many people are watching it and answer any questions potential buyers ask.
  • When it sells, we’ll notify you when you’ve been paid and will send the postal address of the buyer so you know where to send your item.
  • Save time and money when posting your eBay items by using Buy and print postage on eBay.

Private seller advice from HMRC


If you are trading online you'll need to register for Self Assessment with HM Revenue & Customs,
as you may need to pay tax on the items or services you buy and sell.
To help you decide if you are trading online and to find details of a wide range help and support designed to help you understand your tax, visit: http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/guidance/selling/income.htm  

Here for you every step of the way

If you want to know more, you’ll find it in our Seller Centre. And, if you prefer to speak to someone, contact us - we’ll be happy to help.
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