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Hi, I hope you can help me on my eBay wording listing. Im trying to sell a unwanted gift, an Apple iPhone 5s Unlocked in brand new sealed condition.

In my listing, I want to mention that the iphone is an unwanted gift. Bought for a friend but turns out that she already has an iphone 5s. so selling on ebay. it also includes the origianl recipt. and warrant has not started yet as its not been connected to itunes yet.

How can I mention this in my ebay listing in a professional wording way. How else can you reword the above paragraph?

And also how can I word the title/heading, please?

Any thoughts on this? Please help, I'm stuck.

Good morning Craig,

I am happy to help you with your questions pertaining to selling the iPhone 5s.  For starters, you would be better off if you could return the phone to the place of purchase, to get the maximum return on your money.  If that is not possible, eBay is a viable second option.

You can mention all these things in your listing and I encourage you to do so, as most people will definitely want to know, WHY, you're selling a perfectly good iPhone 5s.  Honesty is always the best policy, so explaining your situation with the unwanted gift will help you sell the phone and establish trust with potential buyers.

As for your other questions...

-- How can I mention this in my eBay listing in a professional wording way.

The way most eBay sellers determine how to word their listings is by doing research on the eBay website.  First you will want to click on "Advanced Search" right next to the large blue SEARCH button on the eBay home page. Once you're on the ADVANCED SEARCH page, enter your keywords (iPhone 5s new unlocked) into white SEARCH BOX, then scroll down just a little bit and click the box next to COMPLETED LISTINGS. Once you get to the page of search results, look on the left side of the page and select "New" under the CONDITION section. The page will refresh and you'll see a new page of search results. On the top right you will see a down-arrow and a box, click on the arrow and resort the search by HIGHEST FIRST. The page will once again refresh. When the new page appears, scroll through the results until you see an exact match for your phone that SOLD (price will be shown in bold green font). Rather than reinvent the wheel, simple click on that listing and click "Sell Similar" or "Have one to sell."  The category and title will already be completed for you.

-- How else can you reword the above paragraph?

Using the exact method above, copy the description onto your browser clipboard, BEFORE you click on "Sell similar." Once you get to the large white box where you create your description, paste the description into that box by using the keyboard shortcut, "Press and hold the control button and then press the V key on your keyboard."  Tweak the description as necessary, as we never want to plagiarize. VOILE'

Merry Christmas Craig :)-

Stephanie Inge
Dallas, Texas

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15+ years experience as an eBay seller, 12 years as a professional eBay instructor for several local colleges, I can answer questions on most any eBay topic, ranging from a beginner to advance level. I also have expertise in digital marketing which is essential to e-commerce. As a longstanding Top-Rated eBay seller, I can answer questions pertaining to achieving and maintaining TRS status and the benefits, best practices, market research, creating professional listings and titles, rules and regulations, fees and optimizing listings for maximum traffic. I don't answer tax related questions, as I'll leave that up to the accountants and tax experts. I can answer questions or refer eBay sellers to various eBay tools and explain the benefits of using 3rd party applications. I also teach Amazon classes for a local college and available to answer questions about selling on Amazon as a regular merchant or using the FBA program.


With more than a decade of eBay experience as an eBay seller and certified instructor, my experience covers every aspects of eBay. My expertise is streamlining daily operations, digital photography, marketing, market research, creating excellent eBay descriptions, using rich keywords to optimize the auction title and drive more traffic to eBay listings, customer service, packing and shipping, adding sound and video to your listings to gain a competitive edge, pricing and timing strategy, sourcing products to sell on eBay and Amazon.

The Dallas eBaybes & eMales (400 members) - Founder/Organizer DFW Social Media Marketing Group (1,250 members) - Founder/Organizer eBay Voices of the Community Alumni DFW Wordpress Group DFW SEO/SEM Group

Author - MEETUP ORGANIZER STE-BY-STEP SUCCESS GUIDE (2013) Featured in numerous books, including The eBay Success Chronicles, as well as eBay Million Dollar Powerseller Ideas. The consummate Internet professional and community leader in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex, as founder of The Dallas eBaybes & eMales and DFW Social Media Marketing group, with 1,600 plus members, collectively. Contribute ongoing eBay expertise to various Auctiva "Online Seller" writers. 2011, collaborated with experts to write, “The Home Run Guide: Take the Experts with You” a guide to finding buried treasures. Stephanie has helped thousands since 1999, as adjunct professor for Dallas and Collin County Community Colleges, seminars, webinars and online computer, Internet, ecommerce and social media classes via her virtual classroom, Since 1999, Stephanie has been the #1 eBay instructor / trainer / coach / consultant and taught Advanced eBay classes for eBay University in September 2006. Selected as Texas State Representative by eBay, Inc. to attend U.S. of eBay Fly-In in Washington, D.C. in September 2007 and March 2013 to meet with lawmakers on Capitol Hill, discussing current legislation that could negatively impact online sellers.

Richland College - Dallas, TX Computer Science, Web Design, Digital Photography Eastfield College - Microsoft Operating Systems, Programming

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Former eBay University Instructor (Advanced eBay Classes) - September 2006 Featured Instructor eBay, Inc. - June 2007, July 2012 Featured Powerseller of the Month, eBay, Inc. - February 2006 United States of eBay, Texas State Representative - March 2013, September 2007

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The students and clients I have worked with over the past twelve years are too numerous too mention; however, I will be happy to provide names and contact information if necessary. I was a contributor tfor the Jim Cockrum and Skip McGrath's Proven Amazon Course, As mentioned previously, eBay hired me in September 2006 to teach their advanced classes for eBay University and I have working with America's Gold & Diamond Exchange in Dallas, Texas for 2-1/2 years handling all of their eBay sales, as well as their company website.

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