How to Successfully Sell Used Homeschool Curriculum on eBay?4 min read
Are you a budget-conscious homeschooler? Reselling used textbooks and supplies at the end of the year is a terrific way to extend your homeschool budget.
There’s no need to be concerned if you’re unfamiliar with the eBay platform. But first, let’s get a sense of what this platform represents. eBay is a popular online shopping site noted for its auctions and direct-to-consumer sales. It’s also very popular among internet retailers as a sales method. eBay is offered in a variety of countries. You can, however, input your zip code to find products available in your region. You can also look for things that are available both nationally and internationally.
You’ll need an eBay account if you don’t already have one. It’s quite easy to set up. The eBay app is highly recommended. We favor this option because the majority of customers take images using their phones, making the entire listing process quick and straightforward from start to finish. From snapping images to printing your mailing label, you can do everything with your phone.
You may also use your phone to rapidly scan barcodes, making listing products for sale a breeze. Scanning the barcode on the back of your books can often immediately bring up descriptions.
Knowing When to Sell Used Homeschool Curriculum
The greatest time to sell old homeschool curricula is in the spring. When you start receiving education catalogs in the mail, you’ll know it’s time to post your products for sale. Spring and summer are the busiest selling seasons, as most individuals are making plans for the next year. So, when those brochures start arriving in the mail, gather your unused material, clean your bookshelf, and make room for next year’s purchases.
Deciding What to Charge
Firstly it is very important to search for the items that you plan to sell.
- What price points are selling?
- How many similar items do you see listed?
- Are your items popular among buyers around?
Keep an eye on similar things for sale by other sellers to see how well they perform. You may look up the initial bid price and the current number of bids on any item, as well as select, to “watch” it.
Check out what other sellers are charging and set your charge accordingly. How desperate are you to get rid of it? Low price to sell! You don’t want to put in the effort of listing anything only to have it end up in your homeschool clutter.
Auction VS. Buy it now
You can choose between auction and buy-it-now pricing when putting your products for sale. Aside from what their names suggest, there are a few things to think about with both selections.
You can start low with auction pricing, thereby attracting purchasers’ interest. With an auction, you run the risk of accepting a lesser price than you would want. You can set a reserve price, but buyers will notice it, and it will detract from the thrill of your ad. I’ve never sold anything with a reserve price attached to it.
One of the main reasons why consumers prefer the buy it now option is because of this. It’s a simple solution. If you choose “or best offer” when listing, buyers can also offer a lesser price. You have the option to accept or reject the offer. There’s still some leeway, but there’s less chance of losing money.
Tips for Selling Success
1. Shipping Fees
Select medium postal pricing when delivering a used homeschool curriculum. It takes a little longer, but it’s a lot less money! Books, DVDs, and CDs that weigh less than 70 pounds can be sent using Media Mail. So, all of the products that are typically included in a curriculum set can be distributed via media mail. Reduce the cost of shipment, or better yet, provide free shipping. That’s a terrific selling tool, especially for things with low shipping costs.
It’s eBay, after all. You don’t need to be a photographer to sell the old homeschool curriculum, but common sense is required. Your photos don’t have to be perfect, but follow these guidelines for the best results:
- Capture decent lighting
- Clear all the counter space and background of clutter
- Make sure that all your products are in focus – no blurry or dark images and no people.
- You may even take close-up shots of any damage, writing, rips or tears and be sure to list down those defects in your description
- Don’t forget to include a few shots of sample lesson pages to give buyers a quick view
Give a detailed description of your curriculum. Don’t go overboard, but any harm, no matter how minor, should be disclosed. You’d be shocked at what people will pay for something. You can also sell books with writing on them, missing pages, and lessons.
Buyers, on the other hand, are ready to post a bad review if they receive a book with an unnoticed crease in the front cover. Simply include a brief message about anything the purchaser should be aware of, and be upfront about the condition of your stuff.