To buy or sell on eBay you’ll need to register and set up your eBay account - they won't share your personal information without your consent. You'll also be asked to create a user ID when you register, this is your unique eBay user name, which is displayed to other eBay members and which you'll use to sign in to eBay, so make it something memorable.
How to register
Review the confirmation message with your eBay user ID and email address. If it's correct, click the Yes, continue button. If not, click the No, please send to another email address link. Check your email to confirm your registration with eBay.
You're all set!
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 these three easy steps and your item will be in front of millions of potential buyers in minutes:
- 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.
- List the item on your mobile or on eBay.co.uk. Keep the title descriptive and include all relevant words about your item to maximise the chance of it being found. For the description tell the buyer a little bit more about what you're selling, including the item condition and take lots of photos – the first 12 are free. Often eBay will 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.
- 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, eBay will 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, click here.
If you want to know more, you’ll find it in the Seller Centre
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