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Let’s face it we all need a bit of extra money every now and then, whether it’s paying the bills or buying a new pair of shoes. Without a shadow of a doubt I’ll guarantee you’ll have something hidden away in the dark depths of your bedroom that buyers will go crazy for on eBay. In my opinion it’s one of the best money-making tools out there. Think no one will want your cast offs? Think again, someone will always want your cast offs – anything sells. After all one woman’s junk is another woman’s treasure. You just need to learn a few tricks of the trade to get started!

1. Always make sure you do your research. You don’t want to under sell your item so do a little search so you can gauge a rough idea of how much you should start your bidding up.

2. Try not to start your bid too high. Ok, you might have paid £60 for that Topshop dress you’ve only worn once but it’s still secondhand. People will not want to pay £50 for a secondhand item. It’s only worth what people are willing to pay. The lower price will also encourage people to bid. Something listed for £3 is more attractive than something listed for £25.

3. Always make sure you calculate the postage costs. This may be a mind-numbingly boring job but there’s nothing worse than being stung at the post office. You don’t want to be left out of pocket as after all the name of the game is to make money – not fork out for things.

4. Presentation is key. Take the time to iron things and lay them out nicely. I invested in a wire tailors dummy to hang my clothes on and it goes down a treat. I also add a little touch of wrapping the item in tissue paper if the buyer has paid over £5. It just helps you gain a few brownie points and it’s like receiving a present!

5. List everything on a Sunday night for seven days. It’s been proven the majority of people shop on eBay on this particular day. I find items ending around 6-7pm on a Sunday sell the most.

6. Keep an eye out for free listing weekends and go mental! This is a great time to list anything over 99p – 99p and under is free to list anyway.

7. Buy plastic postage bags rather than bulky Jiffy bags – you can get them from eBay. They can help keep the cost down as they’re lighter and the air can be squeezed out. Plus they can be squeezed through a letter box. Every little helps! It’s also handy to keep hold of any old packaging you get sent.

What are you waiting for? Get stuck in! Happy eBaying!

Sophie Warner is a fashion and lifestyle blogger who constantly thinks about various ways to stuff her face. As the health and lifestyle editor of Aesthetic she thrives on finding healthier alternatives to her favourite meals, filling her bedroom with vintage junk and exploring the delights of London Town. You can find her Tweeting at @sophiesophuk

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