How Long Does it Take to Sell An Item on eBay: My Average Sales Time on eBay

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I was messaging back and forth with a friend a few weeks ago when she asked me a good question. She asked me what my average sales time on eBay was. I honestly had no idea. I decided to do some research and find the answer. I looked over the last 50 items that I sold. My numbers surprised me a little bit. Before I get into the numbers, let me go over the items.

Looking at the last 50 items, I was able to see what items had been popular sellers. The items sold from October 29th to December 11th. The top things that sold were:

Clothes – 10 items

Jerseys – 7 items

Shoes – 6 pair

Mugs – 5 items

Books & Board Games were both at 4

I was a little surprised that clothes were my most popular item. I knew jerseys and shoes would be on my top seller list, but I didn’t think that clothes would be number one. Looking at my recent sales shows me what items I need to focus on. It seems like I should possibly start listing more clothing and stop selling certain things. As a matter of fact, I will definitely start looking for more clothes (jerseys, shirts, hoodies, etc.) to flip.

Sales Time

Are you ready to see what my average sales time on eBay is? Here goes. In total, the 50 items were listed for 11,255 days. Next, I divided the number of days (11,255), by the number of items (50). Using that calculation, it takes my items 225 days to sell. That is a hell of a long time. Thank goodness I have a lot of items in my store. Let’s get deeper though. You’ll see why I’m not too worried about it taking 225 days to sell an item.

I decided to group the 50 items by timing to get more details. Below is the next separation:

0-30 Days – I had 4 items sell within a month.

30 – 100 Days – I had 16 items sold during that time frame.

101 – 200 Days – I had 11 items sold during that time frame.

201 – 365 Days – I had 7 items sold between this time period.

365+ Days – Last but not least, I had 12 items take over a year to sell. That’s crazy.

Looking at these numbers, I see that the majority of my items sell between 30-100 days. That’s actually pretty good. Something else that I took note of was that my second highest sales came from items that I’ve had for over a year. That’s another good thing because I’ve been trying to get rid of my older items. I took updated pictures, changed the titles, and updated or added more to the item descriptions. Apparently, it’s working.

If I removed those 12 items from this tally, the number of days listed would go from 11,255 to 4588. If I divide that number by 38, it comes out to 120 days. That would make the average sales time on eBay 4 months. That’s much better than 225 days. I still have work to do to get the time lower.

The item that took the longest was listed for 934 days. That was damn near 3 years. The item that sold the quickest only lasted for 6 hours.

My goal now is to get my average sales time on eBay down to under 100 days. I know that it can happen.

How will I do it?

Quick Selling eBay Items

I plan on doing that by sourcing more items that will sell faster. I’ll be checking different brands and or sizes as well. Besides going to thrift stores, I’ll be sourcing in other places. I’ll be finding things online, going to yard sales, auctions, and estate sales. That way I’ll be able to increase this inventory and hopefully sell things quicker.

Some of the quick-selling items that I like to flip are Jordan shoes, NBA, MLB & NFL jerseys, vintage board games, and electronics. If you are looking for a list of brands to sell, check out my ebook, 50 Brands You Can Sell Online.

Competitive Pricing

I also plan to make my pricing even more competitive. I have a habit of listing some of my items high. I try to get a bang for my buck, Instead of trying to make 5-6 times as much for an item, I will shoot for 3-4 times as much. I realize that some of the high prices are a turn-off to some of the buyers. With those prices being a little lower, I know that things will sell quicker.

Cross-Post More Items

Finally, I plan on cross-posting even more items. I will list more of my items on different platforms. The platforms that I will be using are Mercari, OfferUp, Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, Nextdoor, and Poshmark.

Doing those things will help me increase my average sales time on eBay.

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Shipping Supplies

Scale

If you want to make shipping as stress-free as possible, you have to purchase a scale. I bought my scale in 2020. It was one of the best decisions that I made that year. I recommend this Accutek. It’s the exact one that I have. I paid $25 for it. Click on the image below for more info.

Poly Mailers

This is another item that I started using in 2020. If you sell a lot of clothes, you need to be using poly mailer bags. They are very durable. You can save so much money using them instead of putting your closed in small boxes or large envelopes.

Tape

If you ship as much as I do, you are going to need tape and lots of it. Below is the brand that I use.

Printer

I used to go to the post office and have them print my postage. That was cool for a while, but once I started making more sales, I hated slowing up the line. The turning point for me was waiting in line 40 minutes, then having to get postage for 8 packages. I told myself never again and purchased a printer. Here is the HP printer that I brought. It does the job perfectly.

Bubble Wrap

This is another item that you will need. I sell a lot of bobbleheads and mugs, so I go through bubble wrap a lot. I used to purchase the $3 bubble wrap pack from the store every other week, but it wasn’t enough.  finally started ordering a bigger size online. I saved money and time doing that.

Have you figured out what your average sales time on eBay is?

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