How Do I Schedule An eBay Listing In Advance?

18 May

Choosing the best time for your auction to end is an important part of receiving the highest price possible for your item.  Unfortunately, it is impossible to tell eBay what time you would like an item to end unless you also start it at that time.  Most eBay sellers prefer to have their items end at night, when statistically the most potential bidders are logged on and actively searching for items to bid on.  If you have a lot of items to list, it is nearly impossible to get them all ready to go in a short amount of time.  Plus, listing items with ending times close to each other makes bidders more likely to bid on a second or third item.  For 10 cents per listing, you can schedule eBay items in advance from the Sell Your Item form.  Third party solutions like Auctiva also allow sellers to schedule items for free.  If you want to save 10 cents, it may be worthwhile to check out Auctiva or another third-party program.

For reasons unknown to me, the “Schedule listing” option is hidden by default.  To access it, scroll down the Sell Your Item form until you come across “Choose how you’d like to sell your item.”  It’s after the item description box.  Click “Add or Remove Options.”

eBay Sell Your Item Form

The following box should pop up:

eBay Schedule Listing

Check the “Schedule start” box.  You may also want to check or uncheck other options here.  The “private listing” option makes it so that the item will not be visible on the feedback page or when someone searches for items a bidder has bid on or purchased in the past.  I don’t recommend this unless you’re selling something embarrassing or an item that the buyer would otherwise not want to be linked to.  Otherwise, it’s best to make the items you’ve sold in the past public.  Buyers tend to be wary and not bid on sellers who use private listings because it begs the question, “What are you trying to hide?”  I don’t recommend “lots” either.  They’re extremely rare on eBay.  If you have multiple items that are the same either list them in a multiple quantity fixed price listing or sell each lot individually.  If you have no intention of donating part of your sales to charity (I don’t judge) you may also want to uncheck that box.  Once you’ve made your choices, click save.

You should now have the option to schedule a listing.

eBay Listing End Time

That’s it. You can schedule an item up to three weeks in advance. Once you’ve checked the box, you shouldn’t have to do it again, as long as you either schedule a listing or submit a listing after completing this tutorial.

2 Responses to “How Do I Schedule An eBay Listing In Advance?”

  1. Helen 23. Jun, 2009 at 12:03 pm #


    You’re right, scheduling listings not only saves you time, but also money. I wanted to let you know that Vendio also offers advanced scheduling for FREE.

    We also have a special offer for Auctiva customers.

    You get Vendio free for 2009 and you’ll pay just $10 / month for all of 2010.

    You can sign up here:

    Questions? Feel free to drop me a line.


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