Posting your items for sale here at Homesteaders Trading Post is easy. Simply register if you have not already (by clicking [New Registration] here or at the top or bottom of any auction page). Our system automatically mails your password usually within a few seconds (no need to disconnect while you wait). Once you have the password, you might want to copy it from your e-mail and go to [Change Registration] to change your password to something you will easily remember.
Posting items for sale is accomplished by clicking on [Post New Item] here or at the bottom of any auction screen. Fill in the form that pops up with a short descriptive title. Next, select the category the item should be in (if you don't see an appropriate category on the drop down list, please e-mail us Auction Administrator and ask for that category to be added. Be patient please--we get LOTS of e-mail.
Pictures sell items! It's very simple to upload a photograph using our image upload service. No HUGE files please. Images should be less than 50Kb in size.
Decide how many days you want to offer your item at auction. Our system supports 1-14 days. Most people use seven days. We also have an auto relist feature if you would like to run your item again.
Enter a description. You can simply type your description into the Description: box or you can use HTML. Feel free to use your favorite HTML editor (like FrontPage), then cut and paste the code into the Description box. Be sure to include who pays for shipping and how much shipping costs. Also detail the type of payments you will accept such as personal checks, Visa and MasterCard (and/or other credit cards), PayPal, and so forth.
After the description is complete, enter your username in the Your Username: box and your password in the box below.
Below that is the Your Starting Bid box. The starting bid is very important. Remember if you start your item at a very low price, your item might sell at the starting bid amount! It all depends on how many people are interested in your item and the demand for the item. The best auction strategy is to start an item at the lowest price you are willing to sell it for, then anything above that is a bonus.
Starting bids: Let's say you want to start an item for $5. First set the Bid Increment Box (the default value is $1 but you can change it to fifty cents, or any other amount you would like). Your starting bid will be $4, so the first bidder will be asked to bid $5 (what you entered plus the bid increment of $1). Please make sure you understand how the above works, and know that you can change your listing including starting amount at any time before a bid is placed.
Posting items on this and any internet auction is a legally binding action. Your are irrevocably promising, assuming you get one or more bids, to sell the item and ship it promptly after payment is received. Mutual trust between buyer and seller are what drives online auctions. We will not tolerate scammers or contract breakers on this auction.
Once the posting form is filled in to your satisfaction, hit the Preview button. The system shows how the posted item will look. If you like what you see, click on the Post button and the auction is live.
You will be notified automatically by e-mail if the items sells, or if it ends without selling. At that time, feel free to repost unsold items.
If someone sends you e-mail asking about an item, please respond promptly and courteously. It is good business and increases your chances of selling the item.
We expect you to be honest and truthful in the descriptions of posted items. Anyone abusing this auction will have his or her account cancelled promptly.
The very best of luck to you from everyone here at Homesteaders Trading Post and, please remember, if you have any questions, drop us an e-mail to Auction Administrator.
Happy Buying and Selling!