Got Gifts You Don't Want? Time To 'Regift Them' on eBay
Sayah gave WalletPop the following post-Christmas tips on how "to eBay" unwanted holiday gifts.
- If you want to make sure that gift-givers will never know that you cashed in on their thoughtfulness, use a seller ID that isn't your actual name. Profiting from a present can be perceived by some as way worse than re-gifting, WalletPop believes.
- Take a hard, honest look at what the fair-market value of your item is by checking out eBay's product catalog and similar goods up for sale on eBay. "You can get a good idea of what you can list it for," Sayah said.
- "Take great photographs of the items" or use photos from the eBay's product catalog. Click here for details about the do's and don'ts of catalog photos.
- Write concise, accurate descriptions. While you don't need to be a professional copywriter, a small note on how the buyer will benefit from certain items can enhance the appeal. Say you're selling a little black dress. You could write "great for that New Year's Eve bash or Valentine's Day dinner for two." One phrase evokes celebration and romance -- all in one form-fitting cocktail number. "But be straightforward with electronics," Sayah added. Stock wording from the eBay catalog can often suffice.
- Send out the item wrapped and make sure that it's presented in an "aesthetically pleasing professional fashion." A note such as "I hope you enjoy this as much as I did" adds a personal service touch.
- Set your expectations accordingly. You want to make a sale. You don't have to make a killing. WalletPop notes that even Olympic champions don't always get what they want for their hard-earned gold medals on the site. By the same token, don't underestimate what you have. Echoing what pawn-shop owners and auctioneers have chanted like a mantra for centuries, Sayah said, "One person's trash is another's treasure."