Once you've planned out what you're going to sell on eBay and how you're going to sell it – taking into account the costs that you might incur – it's time to actually start the process! The first thing you're going to need to do is set up an eBay account (if you haven't already), making sure that it's seller-ready. That means verifying your personal information, setting up an automatic payment method to cover any fees that you're charged, and partnering your account with a PayPal account. This tutorial will walk you through it all, step-by-step!
You don't necessarily have to have an account on eBay in order to buy things. But if you want to sell, then having an account is a must. You can learn how to make one in our tutorial on how to create an eBay account.
(NOTE: You may be asked to provide a phone number when creating your eBay account. This is optional and is mainly used if you need to reset your account password. However, you're probably going to need it anyway as contact information for when you're buying or selling, so go ahead and enter it. Click the button below and to the right of the phone number entry box to switch between entering a mobile phone number or entering a landline phone number.)
If you already have an account, though, you don't need to create a new one. You just might need to make a few changes to your existing account. If that's the case, simply log into your account and move on to the next section.
Before you start selling, eBay will need to make absolutely sure that you're a real person who is selling legitimate merchandise (as opposed to an automated computer program trying to defraud people). That means they're going to need to know some verifiable information about you. You may have already provided some if you already have an account and have bought something before. Just in case you haven't, though, here's how to do it.
Once you have your information verified on your account, you can start the actual process of creating a seller's account. It's a bit tricky to find out where to begin, though, so we've provided a shortcut for you.
PayPal is the default method through which you'll get paid for your sales. Therefore, unless you want to open an Internet merchant account with your bank, the easiest way to get paid is to create a PayPal account and link it to your eBay account. In addition, if you plan on purchasing an eBay Stores subscription, then your PayPal account must be "verified" (i.e. have a complete profile).
If you aren't on PayPal yet, we can teach you how to set up a PayPal account (here). Also, if you chose "PayPal" as your automatic payment option in step 3 of the previous section, you've probably already done this part, so you can skip it.
Alright! You're all set to start selling on eBay now! If you ever want to take your selling game to the next level, check out our next tutorial on how to open and design an eBay Store. Until then, if you want to just jump straight into selling, head over to our article on how to list items for sale on eBay.
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