If you are a new eBay seller or even if you're resuming your selling on an older account, you're going to have limits imposed on your account early on which is going to decide how many items you're allowed to list and how many items (both quantity and dollar amount) you will be able to sell per month. eBay claims that this is for the safety of buyers and sellers. Buyers because it limits the chances of fraudulent sellers hopping on eBay and listing/selling thousands of dollars worth of product that they don't have an have no intention of shipping. Sellers because it gives them a chance to grow and a consistent pace and figure out an quirks in their business model and get comfortable with the process and eBay policies.
Now, it is likely that eBay will start you off with very small selling limits, especially if you are new. Don't get too concerned about this as they will gradually increase over time. I spoke with an eBay representative recently that explained the typical increase is anywhere from 25-75% in limits. If you can get that increase on a consistent month to month basis you'll quickly find your limits at a point where they don't interfere with your selling. 25-75% is quite a big range isn't it? Well there are a couple ways to give yourself a better chance of attaining that higher percentage increase:
- Getting positive feedback: This is one of the biggest factors to getting the increase you want or need. It is essential to get positive feedback, any neutral or negative ratings will work against you in the review process. Also, I would advise encouraging your buyers in someway to leave feedback because it is something that many buyers forget or neglect to do. Send a short note along with your product stating something like "We hope you are satisfied with your order. If you have any questions or concerns please don't hesitate to contact us. If you are satisfied please take a minute to let us know by leaving positive feedback. We appreciate your business." I saw a 50% increase in the feedback I received after I began inserting this note into my shipments.
- Abiding by eBay policies: Remember one of the reasons eBay imposed this limit on you in the first place is to get you comfortable with their policies and restrictions. Consider the limits a probationary period, and you have to be on your best behavior.
- MAKING SALES!: You have to show eBay why they should raise your selling limits. They're not going to do it if you're not even being held back by your current limits. Don't just hit your cap of listings, aim to hit that sales cap, whether it's quantity or a dollar amount. My most common suggestion on an easy way to do this is by lowering your prices as low as you possibly can. Try to set your prices where you're making pennies or breaking even. I know this sounds crazy but it will help you in the long run. You will drive more sales faster this way. Another positive to this theory is you'll gain more exposure to your listings and even once your raise your prices later (after your limits are raised) you'll rank higher in searches.
Finally, don't be afraid to call eBay and ask them to raise your limits. You won't know unless you ask!