Learn to buy and sell antiques and collectibles

Using Pinterest And Facebook to Promote eBay Auctions

Last week I mentioned using Facebook in a longer article about promoting eBay listings. A reader sent in a note about his success using Pinterest that I wanted to share with you, and another reader sent in some additional suggestions for Facebook users.

Promoting Auctions With Pinterest

Hi Terry,

I am really enjoying your IWantCollectibles newsletters. You asked for our experiences with Social Media:

I have been selling on eBay for 14 years, mostly part-time, but now full time to supplement my SS. I tried a Facebook page for over a year, but it just didn't work due to FB constantly changing the ground rules, the spam, and all the hoops you have to jump through. I finally gave up promoting the page out of sheer frustration.

I recently set up a page on Pinterest, and I am very encouraged and excited about my results so far.

I have made several sales as a direct result of something I pinned on Pinterest or someone asking about something else I might have in my eBay store. I have started slow, not wanting to spam all of my friends with a ton of listings, but my pins also show on my FB Timeline wall, so all of my FB friends see my listings anyway and that is a big plus for me.

Also, Pinterest is extremely easy to use, the look of my listings is outstanding with a neat clean page and sharp colorful pictures.

Thanks,
Ken Hicks
Smyrna, Georgia

I did some looking since getting Ken's note and found the types of things that work best with Pinterest are collectibles and household decorator items. Ken's items overlap both those categories.

So if you're selling collectibles or decorator items, it's probably worth your time to join Pinterest, and post a few pictures with links to your ebay auctions and see what happens. It's free and with the applets provided by eBay and Pinterest doesn't look like it's that hard to do.

Promoting Auctions With Facebook

Here's Michelle's note about Facebook and eBay:

Hi Terry,

Great newsletter!

In response to your inquiry about using Facebook; there are two ways you can do it.

You can post your listings individually as you found, but there is also a feed mechanism where every time you list a new item it will post to your Facebook wall. It only works the first time, not on a "Good Till Cancelled" repost.

There are some caveats. If you're an individual seller and you have no Facebook fan page, just a regular account DO NOT opt for the feed. Your friends will hate you. They'll begin to feel like your only goal is to sell to them. Also, be careful of posting too many single listings for the same reason.

If you have a Facebook Fan Page for your business, by all means, feed your listings to it or post a couple of key ones per day. Just keep in mind that people are coming to Facebook to socialize, not to be sold to. Keep it friendly.

My gut feelings on the eBay/Facebook combo: You'll put more time into it than you'll receive return out of it. Your time is better spent finding and listing great new items and providing excellent customer service.

Michelle ("M")
Owner, MJ's Consignments

Terry

PS Share your results with me and we'll figure out the best way to use Pinterest to promote eBay auctions.


Many of the articles and free reports here on IWantCollectibles were originally sent to readers of my Antiques and eBay Newsletter. Not all articles make it onto the website, and readers also get notices of free reports and special offers.

Ted at his desk.

Most Popular Articles on IWantCollectibles
  • Finding Products To Sell On eBay
    How to find products to sell on eBay is the most common question I get from my readers. This page has links to all the articles and reports I've written about finding eBay products.
  • How To Be An Antique Dealer
    The best way to start an antiques or collectibles business. Part 1 of a five part series on being an antiques dealer.
  • Understanding eBay Changes 2011
    This page covers eBay changes and has links to all articles on IWantCollectibles about working within the changes. Sign up for my free newsletter for articles covering new changes as they are announced.
  • Tips for Starting an eBay Consignment Business
    Selling on consignment is the perfect way to start on eBay. This article is an introduction to consignment selling, and explains what you'll need to be successful. First in a series on eBay Consignment.
  • Shopping For eBay Products At Garage Sales
    Thirteen tips for garage sale shopping. Part one of a two part series on garage and yard sales.
  • Finding New Products for eBay
    If you want to sell new products you need to concentrate on items others are not selling. You need to find sources other sellers are unaware of. That is not hard to do. Here's a list of articles to get you started on the right path.
  • eBay Auction Category, Title And Keyword Advice
    A series of articles about getting your items found on eBay. Covers category selection, eBay keyword rules, and researching keywords. Finally you'll learn how to write an informative, keyword rich title.


Free Antiques and eBay Newsletter

eBay Questions and Answers

About .

Contact Terry

Free eBay Ebooks

eBay Resource Reviews


eBay Advice

Antiques Advice

Antiques and eBay Reports

eBay Articles
11Main.com is DOOMED - a Review

Finding Products To Sell On eBay

What to Sell On eBay?

How eBay's Best Match Search Works

How To Sell On eBay For Beginners

The Drop Shipping Myth Explained

Dealing With eBay Changes 2012

Overcoming Common eBay Seller Frustrations

27 Ways To Find Antiques To Sell On eBay

Advice for Writing and Selling Ebooks On EBay

Selling Antiques On eBay

Using Facebook and Pinterest to Promote eBay Auctions

Tips for Starting an eBay Consignment Business

eBay Title Tips

Selling At Antique Shows Versus On eBay

Buying eBay Products at Yard Sales

Finding eBay Products At Garage Sales

23 Tips For Taking Better eBay Pictures

Finding Wholesale Products To Sell On eBay

How To Use eBay Listing Upgrades And Options Efficiently

Does An eBay Store Make Sense For You?

Some Observations On My 2013 EBay Efforts

Should You Be Selling With Fullfillment By Amazon Too?

Minimizing eBay Fees

19 Ways To Quickly Improve Your eBay Auctions

eBay's Detailed Seller Ratings Reexamined

The Fixed Price Listing Trap

Finding eBay Keywords For Old Items

Adding Youtube Videos To Your eBay Auctions

Commonly Used eBay Abbreviations

How To Drive Traffic To eBay Auctions and Websites

Selecting The Best Category And Keywords For Your eBay Auction

Finding eBay Products By Finding People

Identifying eBay Products People Want

Signing Up People For Your eBay Consignment Services

Motivating eBay Auction Visitors To Bid

Getting Started Selling On eBay

eBay Keyword Rules Explained

How To Add Free Pictures To eBay

eBay Selling Tips

Free eBay Shipping Calculator

Shipping Advice for eBay Sellers

eBay Packing With Paper

eBay Arbitrage Profits

Figuring eBay Consignment Fees

How To Have Negative Feedback Removed For Under $500

Finding Antiques And Collectibles To Sell On Ebay


eBay Reports

Setting Your Ebay Business Up For Growth

Start Your Own eBay Consignment Business

Finding Profitable eBay Niches

Finding Profitable Hidden Bargains at Garage Sales

Finding Wholesale Products To Sell On eBay

Secret eBay Product Sources

Selling Public Domain Items on eBay


Affiliate Center

IWantCollectibles.com Sitemap
© Copyright 2001-2014 Terry Gibbs
The Auction Revolution is a product of IWantCollectibles LLC
IWC LLC PO BOX 842, Mesa, AZ 85211