Open Your Ebay Store In As Little As 30 Minutes

Open Your Ebay Store In As Little As 30 Minutes

Posted on 24. Jun, 2013 by in Archived Post

Ebay is known to be a simple and effective way to sell your products or services. Marketing your store won’t be an issue as Ebay will handle that for you. Keep in mind, a basic Ebay store will cost you around $15 a month and can easily be setup in a few minutes. Your success depends on what you have to offer, how much time spent on configuring your store, and how detailed you are with your listings. Remember, regardless of whether or not your product or service sells, you will still pay a listing fee….the goal is to get your listing(s) just right so that it will ultimately lead to sales.

Get Paypal Verified and Check Your Ebay Feedback Rating

So, let’s get started with opening an Ebay store. To open an Ebay store, you should have an Ebay membership along with a minimum feedback score of 10. Meaning, you should have at least 10 feedback ratings on either purchases you have made or sales you have completed. And, on top of that, you should be Paypal verified.

Well, you should be Paypal verified if you intend to do any sort of online business involving transactions. If you are not, go and get Paypal verified now. All you really need to do is connect your Paypal profile to your bank account. This is done to help limit the amount of scam artist that can sign up for an Ebay store to pilfer others. And I’m glad we have to go through the Paypal and Ebay verification process.

Have Your Product Ready To Ship The Next Business Day

You should only setup your store if you have your product or service ready for delivery. When we started our handbag business years ago, we had our first sale the same day we setup our store. Your buyers will expect you to ship your product the next business day at the latest, so if you have nothing to ship, you may be headed for trouble right off the bat. I’m sure you don’t want to start doing Ebay business with a negative feedback slapped on your account immediately. You understand how vital feedback (rating system that allows buyers and sellers to grade/score your buyer or seller performance) is to your longevity and success on Ebay, so be prepared to do business from the onset.

Watch Out For Listing Fees

Be absolutely sure you understand the cost of developing your product or service as you will need to remember it when you create your listings. During the listing process, Ebay will try to get you to enhance your listings, meaning you can bold your listing title to make it stand out and more. These enhancements, although possibly leading to additional sales, cost money and can eat into your profit. Note: Listing fees are per listing and not per item/product. So, if you are selling 20 items in a listing, the actual cost per item should be a tenth of the total fee. Monitor you selling fees as well as they are added to this and are paid on every individual sale.

Getting Started

Go to http://pages.ebay.com/storefronts/subscriptions.html, review their packages, and click the “Subscribe Now” button and sign in with your Ebay credentials.

Go Basic

We will bypass the Premium and Anchors stores for now….let’s begin with a Basic Store. You will need to enter your store name which should include your keywords. If your Ebay store is a compliment to your existing or future website, then the store name should be similar to the sites’ domain name. Enter the name and click “Continue”.

Check out the free subscription offers on the next page and decide if it’s something you can use and the click “Continue”. You may be asked if you want Ebay to perform a tune up of your store (named “Quick Store Tune-up”), but the options they provide depends on what you want to achieve. My recommendation is to skip the tune-up, go to “My Ebay” and click “Selling”. Below “Shortcuts” and click “Manage my store”. This page will give you a summary of your stores settings, listings, and more.

The Look….The Feel

Let’s work on the appearance of your store. Click “Display Settings” to change the look of your store. For those of you that have a logo, you should add it in your design. The overall goal for your stores appearance is to have it resemble the look of your website even if it’s only the color scheme.

Click “Change to another theme” and check out their available themes. What’s available isn’t all that exciting and I wish Ebay would add a better variety of themes, but maybe I’m expecting to much from them.  Once you have selected your theme, click “Save” and that’s it. If you want to edit the color scheme and fonts, select “Edit current theme” and make the appropriate changes then click “Save Settings”. There are other links under Store Design that will allow you to make additional changes such as the setup of your Product Categories. Once completed, click the “Store Summary” link and navigate back to the “Manage My Store” screen. From there, you can check out your brand new Ebay store by clicking the “View My Store” link.

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18 Responses to “Open Your Ebay Store In As Little As 30 Minutes”

  1. Sky

    24. Jun, 2013

    Thanks for detailing all the steps in this. I wasn’t aware that the listing fee was only per item…I thought that if I listed 10 of the same thing, I would pay the listing fee x 10.

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  2. Venkat

    11. Jul, 2013

    Dave, Would you happen to know if the same steps would work for some one based out of India? I hope to set up a ebay account for myself to offer online tutoring services.

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  3. Sarah Harris

    13. Jul, 2013

    Do you know what kind of products are saturated in the eBay market? I think the only way I would do this would be if I went travelling and picked up a whole lot of cool stuff on my travels that I could sell as I go via eBay. Although the warehouse option on Amazon may actually be better for this.

    What do you think?

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    • Big Dave

      Big Dave

      14. Jul, 2013

      With eBay opening up to the Asian markets over the past few years, a flood of products have made there way into the markets. Even so, with a fair amount of due diligence you can still find profitable niches. Antiques, foreign currency, etc. are a few areas to explore…I’m not saying to give up the current markets (clothing, video games, etc.), but it’s a bit more difficult to differentiate from your competitors nowadays.

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  4. Big Dave

    Big Dave

    14. Jul, 2013

    Good question….not sure how it would work in India. I would think they/eBay would want the selling process to be similar regardless of location. I like the idea of you offering tutoring services.

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    • Venkat

      14. Jul, 2013

      Thanks Dave for the vote of confidence..
      Additional research has made me realize ebay necessarily is not the right forum for me .to connect with folks looking for tutors…..

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  5. Taha ayub

    16. Jul, 2013

    There there any alternative for Paypal on Ebay? Like moneybookers etc ?

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    • Big Dave

      Big Dave

      17. Jul, 2013

      Unfortunately, not at the moment…nor do I think they will be offering alternatives in the near future.

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      • Taha ayub

        17. Jul, 2013

        oh, that’s a serious problem with Ebay then, mainly in countries in which Paypal do not offer services

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        • John

          19. Aug, 2013

          I’m sure if it begins to impact eBay’s bottom line that they’ll adjust to meet customers needs.

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  6. Ali Raza

    19. Jul, 2013

    Nice Article Dave ! i never thought i could be so easy 🙂

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  7. John

    22. Aug, 2013

    Dave, any plans to detail the premium eBay stores in a later post. What are the benefits of premium instead of basic?

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  8. Beatrice

    15. Feb, 2014

    Thank you for this very detailed instruction on how to set up an Ebay store. I didn’t know that setting up a store is easy and quick. All along I thought it would eat up most of my hours in a day. You make it sound so easy but I’m sure if you say it’s easy and quick, then it’s true. Thanks again Dave!

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  9. Gale

    15. Feb, 2014

    I’ve been intending to sell some of my stuff on Ebay but I didn’t know how it works. I’m glad I stumbled upon your blog. How about an article on how to spot a bogus buyer from real ones? I’m afraid I might get tricked by one of them, and I’d lose all my stuff. Any tips?

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    • Big Dave

      Big Dave

      16. Feb, 2014

      Hi Gale,

      Good question…three things that make me cautious: low feedback that buyer has received, the number of negative feedback the buyer has left for others, and their Paypal account/address not being verified. Those things concern me. Saying that, I’ve sold quite a bit on Ebay and rarely have been scammed, so the chances are low.

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      • Gale

        17. Feb, 2014

        Thanks for the response Dave! It concerns me that people can get away with stuff like that but I guess Ebay has its way of preventing bogus buyers. Thank you for the pointers, those are really what to watch out for!

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  10. Mia

    15. Feb, 2014

    I guess the $15 a month is justifiable since Ebay is one of the biggest online stores right now. These steps are easy enough to follow, I know someone who wants to make his Ebay store. I’ll show this post to him because he’s been asking me how but I didn’t know. I guess I’ll just help him with the logo of his store. Thanks for the post Dave!

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