How to Make Money Selling Your Art on eBay

Written by elton dunn
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Selling art on eBay offers you a way to reach a wider audience. The best strategy for selling is to get maximum viewers through self-promotion and to have art that people want to buy at a price they're willing to pay. Promote yourself by getting art shows in your community, joining art organisations and maintaining a current website with many images of your work. It may take a while to gain a reputation on eBay, but be patient and try selling different kinds of work if you're not receiving many sales right away.

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    Create a website and business cards for yourself. Many companies offer free or inexpensive business cards. Your website should contain images of your art that link to your eBay auction page, a brief biography, information on any shows you have had and other information.

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    Promote yourself within your community by handing out cards to your friends and acquaintances. Let these people know you're selling art on eBay and that they can visit your website to find out more information. Leave several cards at local businesses, such as coffee shops, fitness centres or libraries. Driving traffic to your website can only help increase your eBay page views and, potentially, your eBay sales.

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    Peruse the eBay Art Selling Guide and other art offerings on eBay. Search for keywords you might use to describe your art, such as "painting," "oil painting," "religious," "flower print," "original art" or "New York photos." Remember that users may be searching for a wide variety of items, so getting creative with your keywords will help your art appear on more search results. From the eBay Art Selling Guide, you can also view the top art searches, which shows real-time popular art searches.

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    Write down the prices that art is selling for and review the artist's profile, listing description and other information. If you find artists with a high number of positive feedback or recent sales, you know they're doing something right.

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    Create a listing description for your art that includes the size. List the item for sale on eBay. You can set a minimum bid to ensure you get a certain dollar amount for your art. Price your items reasonably, especially if you're just getting started on eBay. After you have several sales and positive feedback, you can raise prices. Upload a photograph that shows your art in clear detail and in natural lighting. You can upload several images so viewers can see the art from different angles.

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    Create an eBay store when you have several items for sale. A store allows viewers to see all of your items for sale in one place, bringing you more potential sales if viewers see something they like.

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    Research artists who sell well on eBay. Libraries and bookstores should have eBay art selling guides. Brett Raven is a successful eBay art seller with an ebook listing strategies. The more you learn about how to make the market work for you, the better your sales will be.

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