“When do I list my eBay auction?”
This is the most common thing I see when I google topics on eBay, and everyone has different answers. Therefor, I do not believe that there is any right or wrong answer as to when to list your eBay auctions, but I do believe you can be strategic about this common area of interest about timing eBay listings.
First, let’s look at what you sell, and who will be buying it. I myself sell a little bit of everything, and from experience, I time my listing depending on what my item is. For instance, baby clothes. Who buys baby clothes the most on eBay? Stay at home mom’s of course! Now, I take a look at the second thing to ask yourself as to when to list my baby clothes on eBay, when are these people (Stay At Home Mom’s), actually home? All the time! Hence, Stay at Home. Now, I don’t give that 100% guarantee to myself, but I base it on that, and than estimate the timing of my auction. Therefor, I will list it any day of the week – but most likely in the afternoon. Why the afternoon? Because most of these moms that stay at home with their children are on the internet – since the kids are asleep. Now, I’m not making this up, I myself am one of these mothers! The only free time I get to myself is in the afternoon, or late at night. With a 2 year old, there’s lots of demand for attention – and time for doing anything productive during these times can at times just be plain impossible. Now, like I said, the TIME to list your auction on eBay in this case could have been in the afternoon or the late night hours. Some of these people have more than two kids – now that’s good timing.
The next thing I also get asked plenty of times when it comes to timing your eBay auctions – is how many days you should list it for. This is really up to you, but from experience, here’s what I can tell you. Listing at a 10 day auction isn’t worth my time or money, unless I have a really good product I know will go for over $100, and want to see a bidding war go on. Then – I know I will make what I want money wise, and don’t mind paying the extra fee for a 10 day auction on eBay. I almost always do a 7 day auction, no matter what day it ends on. Why? First, it’s the same price as a 5 day, so why not have two full extra days of pages views and possible bidders? I really only use 5 day if it’s a Tuesday and I definitely want the auction to end on a Sunday when mostly everyone’s home. As for the 3 day auction timing on eBay, I use this for when I’m in need for cash – and know this item will sell regardless of how many people will look at it, for instance – a brand new iPod. If you do use three day, MAKE SURE to start the bidding at the least amount of money you’ll take – you chance loosing money on these 3 day auctions if you don’t list them accordingly. My other piece of advice on 3 day auctions, is to add the free shipping! I say this because in that short amount of time, you want everyone to see your auction first. With the free shipping feature, your listings say free shipping right on the list of auctions page on eBay, showing right there that there is FREE SHIPPING! This draws in bidder and buyers like crazy!
So you see, there is really no secret to listing your item’s on eBay and timing them right, it’s all up to you – and who’s home or at work on the computer looking for your particular items on eBay. These days, people are even on their iPhones bidding! Everyone is on eBay every minute of the day, just do yourself a favor and always have something for your customers – list every day is possible, or list a lot of items each day you have time. Once you build your customer base, and have return and repeat bidders and buyers – you may not even have to worry about who’s looking and bidding on your auctions.
All this really comes from experience when selling on eBay. The more you sell, the more you learn. The more you sell and the more your learn – the more you EARN. I believe eBay is truly a learning experience by trial and error. Each sale makes me realize something, whether it be the timing of the auction, the listing days I put my auction up for, and even the prices I set, or don’t set. All eBay timing is about is taking the time to think about what I said in the first few paragraphs of this article, from there – the possibilities are endless.