14 Must Have Tools For eBay Sellers

What is eBay to you? A lucrative hobby?  An easy part-time income?  A serious business?   When we first started out we though we’d wait until we had some success until we started purchasing things to streamline our business….but we were backward.  It is the streamlining that allows your business to grow!  We put a ton of thought into this list because we wanted to recommend only the best items, the ones that we use every single day in our business.  While there are other items that might help you take cuter Instagram photos, the following tools are hardworking items that will help the rubber meet the road.  So if you’re serious about selling on eBay, don’t be caught without these! We often find that the main measure for how successful someone is, is how much they have invested in their business.  eBay is an incredible opportunity because you can start making money with absolutely no investment.  …

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5 Places Where You Can Get Money for Your Old Clothes Today!

My wife and I just moved to a new city. Maybe I’m just dumb but I could not even fathom how many clothes we had to move. Dozens of garbage bags and boxes full of them. To put it into perspective, my wife gave away or donated more than 50 PAIR OF SHOES! (and I did the same with t-shirts) This is especially ridiculous since I literally wear like 2 pairs of pants. I have a pair of black jeans that I wear and some hiking pants. I’m so fashion. Well, long story short, we decided the time had come to do something between Matt D’avela and Maria Kondo. We decided to minimize our wardrobes and keep only pieces that we either like and could wear right now or were irreplaceable. It was not a quick job and ended up taking us the better part of a week to make sure all our laundry was …

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Health Insurance Options for eBay Sellers in 2020

*I am not an insurance expert or agent. I am simply sharing my own experience. If you need guidance, listen to someone smarter than I. When Kirstie and I were debating about whether or not to go full-time on eBay our discussions really highlighted our youth and inexperience (our stupidity actually…) We talked for hours about me quitting my job, where we’d source inventory, how I could convert the third bedroom into an office/eBay space etc. but the topic of insurance never came up a single time. Look back, this is absolutely unbelievable. Not having health insurance as an eBay seller is a great way to jeopardize your personal health, your business, and even your family. Now, most people would be okay if they went a year without health insurance. In theory, we were making enough money that we should have been fine paying for normal health issues. Too bad we didn’ have normal health …

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My Experience on eBay Managed Payments: Did I get scammed?

If you want to initiate a monstrous crap-storm, just mention eBay’s new Managed Payments System on the eBay Community or any social media outlet. You’ll get tons of crusty old eBayer’s claiming that it’s the worst mistake that money-grabbing-eBay has ever made and that they’re boycotting the platform. So it is true? Is eBay Managed Payments a money-grabbing effort from the massive corporation that hundreds of thousands of people rely on to put food on the table? Maybe. But now that I’ve actually been on the managed payments system for a while I wanted to write this post to address some concerns, answer some questions and, hopefully, give you a bit of comfort. How eBay Managed Payments Works: Short Verison Nearly every platform you sell on manages its own payments. What this means is that, when somebody pays you, the platform processes the payments and you will have a balance on that platform. You can …

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Resellers to Watch: 17 YouTube Channels for eBay, Poshmark, and Amazon

Here’s a sad but true story: when Kirstie and I first started watching haul videos we had been selling on eBay for MORE THAN A YEAR! Unlike many people, we didn’t get into reselling because we saw it on YouTube or Instagram, we just kind of bumped into it on our own. Now, I have to admit that I’m kind of over watching haul videos, but I will also say that the reselling community and the massive amount of content it creates has been absolutely crucial in helping us build a full-time income on eBay (without working full-time). If I had discovered some of these channels sooner, I am confident that we would be at least a year ahead of where we are now in our eBay business. However, since I can’t leap into the future, I’m hoping to at least put you on the right path. If you’re new to reselling on eBay, Poshmark, …

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Can I sell a used CPAP machine on eBay? If not, then where?

I don’t have sleep apea. In fact, despite telling my wife that I should probably have a sleep study done, I’ve never even seen a doctor about my sleep issues. Now, for someone without sleep apnea or a related prescription, I own a highly unusual number of used CPAP machines. As a reseller, I typically pick them up whenever I see them for sale at garage sales or thrift stores. In addition, I get texts or messages from people who don’t know where to sell a used CPAP machine and want to know if I’ll sell it on eBay. Long story short, I will keep buying them even though I can’t sell them on eBay. So, can anyone sell a used CPAP machine on eBay? Because everyone I talk to seems to have different answers and most people who are asking know someone who has gotten away with selling their used one online. However, just …

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eBay vs. Poshmark – Which is better for resellers in 2020?

If you’re a beginning reseller, choosing a platform to sell your goods on can seem like a daunting task. Choose wrong, and you’ll probably have no sales and be living on the street within a month. Not really. The reality is, every platform has advantages/disadvantages and there are sellers who do hundreds of thousands of dollars of sales on each one. What is comes down to is, which platform fits your personal style and the items that you source. However, if you’re eager to get selling, here’s the cliff notes version: eBay vs. Poshmark for Sellers While your choice of platform is largely dependent on the types of items you sell, for most people, eBay is a better selling platform. Selling on eBay comes with a plethora of advantages: They have a much larger user base (167 million vs. 50 million) Lower Fees (around 13% vs. Poshmark’s 20%) You can sell a greater variety of …

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The 3 Rookie Mistakes That Will Ruin Your eBay Business

When you first start selling on eBay (or Poshmark, Amazon, etc.) you’re going to mess some things up. If you’re anything like me, you’re probably going to mess a lot of things up. It probably won’t be anything too egregious but you’ll definitely lose some money, waste some time, and delay growing your business as fast as you could. So, if you’re a clothing flipper that has mastered the basics of how to sell on eBay/Poshmark, know what to sell, and just need a kick in the shorts: here it is! Three things that, if don’t long term, might turn out to be some of the worst mistakes you can make as a clothing flipper. 1. The Inability to Say “NO!” When I first started reselling, I bought a lot of crap.  Things that make me wish I could reach back in time and slap myself for buying.  The main problem is, I knew that …

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The Best Shipping Label Printer for Sending Packages in 2020

Nearly every business needs to ship items from time to time. If you run a business that sells physical products, getting them into customer’s hands is the entire cornerstone of your business. While we mainly focus on our digital products, we still ship 15 to 20 packages a day and, in the past, have sent out as many as 10,000 packages in a year! While that may be lower than what you’re doing, we have something in common, both of us want to invest in the best shipping label printer we can find because we know it will improve our bottom line. When our store first started to pick up momentum and we were shipping a significant number of packages, Kirstie and I would spend hours everyday shipping. In fact, it quickly got to the point where we couldn’t source new products because we were just barely keeping up. We knew that simplifying our shipping …

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The Best Camera for eBay Sellers (hint: it’s not your phone)

When my wife and I first started on eBay we took all of our pictures on an iPhone 4. I had a point and shoot camera and Kirstie actually had a DSLR but it just seemed easier to have everything in one place so we could upload them onto the app. Even though we upgraded our phones as time went on we kept needing to lie to ourselves that our pictures were cutting the mustard. We tried different backgrounds, lots of lighting situations, and different editing apps but eventually had to take the issue seriously: phones are inadequate for eBay pictures if it’s anything but a side hustle. The best camera for eBay and Poshmark sellers is not a phone. Phones can take excellent pictures, it is true, but the lack the full range of options that even a basic point and shoot camera has which makes it great for product photography. As an eBay …

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7 Things to Look for at Thrift Stores to Resell for Profit

Flipping items online is all the rage these days. It used to be that when I told someone that I bought stuff at thrift stores and sold it on eBay for a living they’d be like…. These days, however, it’s more like, “Oh yeah. I’ve got a brother who does that. He’s weird too” which I guess is an improvement. We didn’t start out our eBay journey by googling “things to look for at thrift stores to resell.” In fact, it was a mix of accident and necessity that made us start selling on eBay. Kirstie was having a really rough pregnancy (she ended up losing 25 pounds that she didn’t have to lose) and I needed to come up with a solution that would allow me to spend time with her instead of at work. I won’t bore you with that story (since you can read it here) but, long story short, I loved …

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