Last Updated on 12 months by Lee Meier
How To Quickly Send Your Oldest Items To Auction
Is some of your inventory getting old? Do you need to clear out some space for new, better inventory? In this post, I’ll walk you through the steps to quickly find your oldest items and send them to auction.
Auctions are a great way to clear out inventory. They also drive traffic to your store and your fixed price listings.
Before We Get Started
If you know anything about me, it is that I like to be efficient. To get a lot accomplished at once. So for this topic, we will be learning how to sort and send to auction in bulk.
And like a lot of things on ebay, this cannot be done from a mobile device. Only from a PC. So instructions will be based on that. With that out of the way, let’s jump in!
To start out, we will begin from the Seller Hub. It should look something like this:
Next, hover over “Listings” and select “Active” as shown below. Or you can just click “Listings.” Either way, you will be taken to your active listings.
Once on your active listings page, you may need to scroll down a bit to see your listings. Your columns are probably set up a bit different from mine. The column we need in order to sort to our oldest inventory is the “Start Date” column.
The “Start Date” column isn’t there by default. So unless you’ve already customized your columns and have that showing, you will need to click where it says “Customize.”
That will bring up a window that looks something like this. This is where you can select what columns you would like to see when you look at your listings. The one we are interested in is under “Start date” under the “Timing” heading. Check that box.
Notice on the right side, you are able to change the order of the columns. You can set this up however you’d like.
Now, click the big blue save button.
You will be taken back to your listings. You should now see “Start date” as one of the columns.
Click on the start date heading to sort by the starting date. This will show all your oldest listings first.
Now that you can easily see your oldest listings, just check the boxes to select which you’d like to send to auction. All you have to do now, is click on the Actions drop down and select “Change to auction-style.”
Now you’ll be taken to the bulk edit listings page. You will notice that all your listings show as 7-day auction. (You can easily change this to other durations). The starting price will be whatever you had for your fixed listings. You’ll probably want to change that for your auctions.
Once you get your listings how you’d like, just submit.
You did it! With that, your fixed price listings will end and your auctions will begin. Happy sales to you!