This guide will walk you through the best online selling tips so you can avoid common pitfalls and sell your products and services successfully.

It is critical that you get it right, whether you are a full-time online seller or simply want to get rid of the things you no longer use. Here are the top 13 tips to get you started.

Providing high-quality photos to attract potential buyers and show them what the item truly looks like is one of the best ways to ensure that your item sells quickly on Texas Online Yardsale. Set the item in front of a neutral background if possible, and keep distractions to a minimum so the focus is on the item. Take photos from various angles to give interested parties a complete picture.

Make sure that you’re providing an accurate image of the item. It is essential that the image you post is one that was taken from the product itself, rather than one that you found online.

If it’s damaged in any way, take clear photographs of the affected areas so buyers can see the extent of the damage.

One of the most difficult decisions when you’re figuring out how to sell on Texas Online Yardsale is setting a price. Though you certainly want to make as much money as possible, it’s important to set a reasonable price to ensure that your item sells in a timely manner. A good general rule is to always list used items at 50 percent or less than their original retail price.

You should also search for similar items in your area to scope out the competition and gauge price ranges. If you’re hoping for a quick sale, you may choose to undercut the current market by pricing your item a bit below comparable listings on Texas Online Yardsale. Or, feel free to set a slightly higher price if you think your item is of better quality than similar products currently listed, and include details in the item description that explain what sets your listing apart.

The first couple of ads work like a headline does on a newspaper. They must stop the reader's eye from moving down or across the page and make them want to read the rest of the news. To do that, those first couple of words must tell readers the most important benefit your product or service offers. 

To reduce the amount of back-and-forth from potential buyers, provide as many details about the item as possible up front. Include details about the brand, manufacturer, and model number if the information is available. Provide precise measurements as well as any pertinent information about the item's condition, such as flaws and signs of use.

When describing the item, be truthful, especially when it comes to size, origin, and condition. If the item doesn't match the description at pickup time, you'll be wasting both your and the buyer's time.

Today's consumers are more educated and more skeptical than consumers ever were in the past. If your listing sounds like you are offering something too good to be true, most people will skip right over your ad. Furthermore if you make unfounded income claims or health claims that are not substantiated by scientific evidence, you could get yourself in trouble with the law. To win customers and avoid trouble, sell with facts, not hype.

Texas Online Yardsale transactions tend to move quickly, so it’s important to monitor your messages closely when you have an item listed. Respond to interested parties as soon as possible to answer questions or negotiate on price. If you don’t respond to inquiries within 24 hours, potential buyers may have already purchased a similar item from another seller.

Put yourself in their shoes and consider your listing from their perspective. Is it satisfactory? Will your listing on Texas Online Yardsale pique your interest and entice you to buy it?

To truly understand your customers, you must pay close attention to them whenever you come into contact with each other. The potential rewards are great: positive word-of-mouth recommendation can increase customer loyalty and bring in new business.

It's a good idea to check the Texas Online Yardsale guidelines before posting a listing because we prohibit certain items from being sold on our platform. We've listed our Terms and Conditions so there won't be any confusion. The following are just a few of the items you can't sell on Texas Online Yardsale:
Alcohol
Tobacco and related accessories
Illegal substances like recreational drugs
Animals
Medical and healthcare products
Counterfeit products and anything that infringes on intellectual property
Used cosmetics
Weapons and ammunition

It’s common for potential buyers to haggle a bit on Texas Online Yardsale. Consider your bottom line before setting the price, and be willing to negotiate if interested parties offer an amount that’s slightly lower than the listed price. It’s usually best to be flexible and accept reasonable offers rather than waiting for a few dollars more. If you decide to list your item at the lowest price you’re willing to accept, be sure to make it clear in the listing that the price is non negotiable.

If your item doesn’t sell quickly, consider including delivery. For larger pieces (like furniture), free delivery can offer an extra incentive to buyers who are on the fence. Especially if you live in an urban area, many interested buyers may not have easy access to a vehicle to transport the item. Consider offering to ship an item to those living out of town to increase the pool of potential buyers.

Study listings that appear consistently week after week on Texas Online Yardsale. Determine what makes such listings catch your attention. Do they mention a benefit? Are they set off in some way from other classified ads on the page? Are they easy to spot because they fall immediately under a category heading in the classified section or near the top of the ads on an online search?

Run each ad long enough to give it a fair try. 

While some items are in high demand and will sell quickly on Texas Online Yardsale, you may have to wait for the perfect buyer when it comes to more niche items. Be patient, and consider lowering the price of the listing after a week or two if there’s a lack of interest or if the offers you receive are at a significantly lower price.

You can also renew your listing periodically so it reaches a new crop of potential buyers. Renew every 2 weeks for the best results. Consider dropping the price by between 5 and 10 percent each time you renew.

For business owners, have your business ad appear on a regular basis builds name recognition and convinces prospects your business is not a fly-by-night firm.

How To Stay Safe In Buying and Selling Online

If you are buying or selling items online, please consider the following:

Follow online safety advice from sources regarding how to safely purchase/sell online

Look into the buyer/seller before meeting up. Social media pages that have recently been created or only have a few followers may be indications that they’re fake.

Look out for pages where the conversation is one-way by the page owner, with little or no engagement from the page’s community

Check online shopping sites for secure methods of payment. Never pay by money order, preloaded money cards, or wire transfer

Do not accept screenshots as proof of payment

Don’t meet up with strangers at night or in secluded or private locations. Your personal safety is your priority when arranging to meet up. Consider meeting in a public area during daylight hours where there is plenty of CCTV and people around

Bring a family member or friend with you, this increases your safety and provides a potential witness if needed

Consider your surroundings and trust your instincts. If you feel uncomfortable with any aspect of the sale or purchase, cancel the meeting

Record details of the person you are meeting including name, email address, phone number, and registration numbers.

What to do if things go wrong?

When you shop online, be smart about the purchasing process and trust your instincts.
If you think you’ve been scammed there are steps you can take to limit the damage and protect yourself from further harm.

Contact your bank or financial institution. If you’ve sent money or your personal banking details to a scammer, contact your bank or financial institution immediately. They may be able to help stop a money transfer or check, investigate a fraudulent credit card transaction, or close your account if the scammer has your details.
Report to authorities. If you have been a victim of a crime (such as fraud)

Report scams to Scamwatch. Report the scam to the Internet Fraud Complaint Center. FTC complaint form and hotline: 877-FTC-HELP (877-382-4357)