After spending a week or two researching, you should have a list of possible products to sell. You are now ready to begin your preparation for selling the items. Although at this point you could begin listing the items yourself (and may want to start putting on test auctions to get familiar with the process), you need to make at least a little time to become an “apprentice” to a few acquaintances that are already listing auctions.
If you know someone who currently does online auctions, politely ask if you can spend a few hours watching them list their auctions. Most people will be more than happy to help you out. Anyone who has been listing auctions for awhile has developed their own group of little tricks to help enhance their auctions and make their products sell better. There is no better way to learn the ropes than by watching others list their auctions and asking why they do certain things the way they do. This will also help you become familiar with a wide range of support services that are available to enhance your auctions as well as the basic equipment and tools you will need.
Since everyone has their own preferences, watching a number of different people will be to your advantage. You can then take the methods you like most from each person and mold them into a system that best fits your needs and personality. To accomplish this, the most important point will be to ask a lot of questions. Asking why they do certain things the way they do will give you some excellent hints on putting together quality listings that will help to sell your products.
It is often the little things you may not think of yourself that can make a significant difference on whether your auctions are a success or not and these are the details that you will get by visiting others. Such issues as setting the time of the auction to end on a certain day and at a certain hour can have a significant impact on the bids it receives. Setting the correct starting price can also have a large impact on the final price and the number of bids an auction receives. Providing complete information can affect the way an auction is received by potential buyers. These are issues you can discuss with someone who has the experience to form a strategy that best fits your style.
In addition to watching how they list their auctions, there are several other areas of which you should take special note. Inquire about the equipment they use such as digital cameras and scanners and what they have used in the past to help determine the best equipment for your needs. Also, ask how and where they get their product and what they feel is the most important aspect of a successful auction. This, too, should give you some quality hints on how to approach your auction listings as well as new places you can secure more products for your own auctions.
As you become familiar with the way the listing process works, you can start to put on test auctions yourself. These test auction should be considered part of your training period and you should experiment with a variety of the things you have learned from watching others. These test auctions should eventually let you create a basic template for your auction listings that you can use over and over again with minor changes depending on the product.