How to Start Listing Without Getting MC999 or Suspended

The first item that you list up on eBay is the most important item you will ever list on the account. Why? Because eBay manually screens every first listing, and if the agents screening the listing feel that it is too high risk, they’ll just shut the account don’t before you ever get the chance to continue selling. That is why it is absolutely crucial that you list a low risk item for your first item. You don’t actually need to sell this item, you just need to keep it up for 1-2 days so that your account passes manual verification.

When you first get your account, do NOT just log in and post immediately. If you do, it’ll get you suspended pretty fast. When you’re logging in from a new location, new IP address it’s important that you give your account some time to adjust and recognize your computer, so when you first get into your account, and have executed a method to make sure your account isn’t linked in any way to a previous account that you’ve owned, spend 1-2 days logged into your account, spend time browsing around looking for items, and watch items that you search up. This allows for the account to start downloading cookies and files onto your user account, which is a good thing (because you want the account to recognize your new IP and user profile as “safe”).

After you’ve done this for 2-3 days, and you’re ready to start listing…

Usually, a good item to list for your first item is a paperback or hardcover book (don’t list ebooks or you’ll get suspended). Start the listing around $10-15, and use real pictures (not ones you get from google) and real descriptions (not something that you just copy and paste from Amazon). List it as preowned or used – you don’t want to make it brand new. Your first listing needs to be very realistic – with real pictures and information as stated before. You need to put an appropriate title, put it in the right category, and make sure you upload your own photos, not one you got from Google or Amazon. Spend time to write an realistic description – if the title, image, or description don’t look realistic, they can and will shut down your account!

Below, I put together a list of things that you SHOULD NOT list, so make sure to stay away from the list below if you don’t want your account shut down.

These are items that will get you an MC999 the majority of the time.

1. Brand new items, unopened, boxed, sealed.
2. Electronics
3. Cell phones and cell phone accessories
4. Name brand items
5. Phake items
6. High prices items
7. 0.01-0.99 items on a new account
8. Duplicate listing of the same item on a new account

With your first listing, make sure that you start off by listing only 1 item. Don’t list up 4-5 items at one time, because your priority is to break in the account. Once you list the item, wait 24-48 hours to let eBay manually review the items. After 48 hours, you can delist the item or go ahead and sell it if you want to. After this process, you’re ready to start selling other things.

The key to eBay is to start slowly and build up over time. If you start with 50 items, they’re going to shut you down and you’re never going to ever get off the ground, so DON’T DO THAT. Say that you start off with 1 listing, the next day, you can put up 2-3 more listings. From 2-3 listings, go ahead and start listing up 4-5 listings after that, and so forth. It’s building over time so that your behavior doesn’t seem suspicious or high risk to eBay. Yes, it might be slow, but I promise you – it will be worth it. Especially when you build your account up to a powerseller 2-3 months down the road and getting nearly unlimited listings. Yes, we’ve built multiple powerseller accounts, and what you’ve just read is how we produce them.

Also, do not list high risk items. By high risk items, I mean well known brands, like microsoft, dre beats, bose, gucci, nike, lifeproof, otterbox, etc. If you’re listing high risk brands, chances are they will shut you down sooner or later (most likely sooner). If you want to sell branded items, I would suggest that you wait until you get 10-15 seller feedback (not buyer feedback). DO NOT PAD YOUR FEEDBACK BY BUYING CHEAP ITEMS IN THE BEGINNING. eBay has recognized that people do this now and will shut you down for “suspicious behavior”. If you want to build fast feedback, one of my favorite ways is to sell nail polish, like OPI and ESSIE – it’s cheap, and it sells fast.