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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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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Choosing the Best Point and Shoot Camera for Product Photography

Someone who has never been through a product launch couldn’t possibly appreciate the insane number of things that have to be taken care of. I’ve been part of several small scale launches, and it is always a giant scramble for the team to try and get everything done at the last minute. However, when I launch my own products, I am the team. I am the designer, tester, content writer, promoter, and – last but not least – photographer. Since I’m not great at promoting or writing sales pitches, I prefer to make a great product and let it speak for itself. Unfortunately, that doesn’t work when you’re not selling in person. The best way that I, as a seller, can let my products speak for themselves is by taking amazing pictures. Because people can’t hold a product, they want to be able to inspect it visually from all sides. Not only can great product …

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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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How To Remove Permanent Marker From (just about) Anything!

THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO REMOVING SHARPIE FROM EVERYTHING!  Whether you’re a mom cleaning up after your kids, a reseller preparing items for eBay, or simply a weirdo who likes writing on things and then removing it, we’re here for you! As eBay sellers and the parents of a 3 year old we’ve removed our fair share of sharpie (from skin, my chair, books, and the dog just to name a few…)  However, since this site is dedicated to flipping items on eBay w​e’ve listed our methods in the order that we use them as eBay resellers.  e.g. removing prices that unscrupulous Goodwill employees felt the need to scribble onto shoes…or clothing tags…or packages…. ​So let’s get this party started! *If you have any other tips or tricks, send us a message and we’ll add them to our list (we’ll even credit you…what an honor!) If you have any other tips or tricks, send us a …

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How to Polish, Clean, and Restore Leather Boots for Resale

COPY THE METHOD WE USED TO BUY THESE BOOTS FOR $2.25, CLEAN THEM, AND FLIP THEM FOR $59.95… HOW TO CLEAN LEATHER BOOTS FOR RESALE If you follow our blog you’ll know that we have a penchant for buying boots off eBay, polishing them up a bit, and flipping them for a huge profit!  The leather boots shown above are the literal same pair of boots.  Not just the same model, but the picture on the left shows the listing from which I purchased the boots for $2.25.  With 20 mins of elbow grease and better picturing I turned around and sold them for $59.95 + shipping!  In this post we’ll show you how to clean your leather boots and get top dollar for them! Will this met work for my boots?Well, that depends on the leather. This tutorial is meant for smooth leathers.  If the leather on your shoes/boots has a fuzzy feel to …

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How to Wash Plush Stuffed Animals to Resell on eBay

We’ve all had the experience, we find a valuable plush animal…only to turn it over and find that it’s been puked on.  Or sucked on, snotted on, pooped on, we’ve seen it all.  So what to do?  Put it back and not reap the profits?  Never!  If you’re an eBay seller, you must know that there is a way to improve the value of everything.  In this case, it’s removing the encrusted grime.Washing stuffed animals can be a tricky business. Regular washer?  Regular soap?  Can it be dried?   So where to start… **Before undertaking this endeavor be aware that washing will make an animal clean….but not new.  Washing too often can wear on the edges and shape of the animal.  But if you’re not scared: onward! ​DO NOT WASH YOUR ANIMALS IN THE WASHING MACHINE IF: They have a music  or voice box sewn inside.  Water and electronics don’t mix…. They are very old or fragile …

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How To Ship eBay Orders From Home

For the first 6 months we sold on eBay we would pack up all of our orders, write what item was inside on the top of the box, and trek to the post office.  I have many pictures of my wife at the post office at 1:00 in the morning, standing at the shipping kiosk, and looking like a very angry little eBay elf.  One day, we were sitting in the hospital waiting room for the birth on our nephew, I was killing time on my phone and saw an offhand comment about a thermal printer.  I did some research and found that I could print from home anytime and it was actually cheaper than going to the post office!  I could even schedule pickups!  I might never have to leave my house again!  So if you’re serious about eBay (or any other home business) it’s time you start to ship your eBay orders from …

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Rollo Printer Review: The Best Label Printer?

It’s the #1 label printer on Amazon, it claims to have the most hassle-free product, it looks a bit like a stapler, and it shares a name with one of my favorite candies.   It has taken me a while to warm up to it (I don’t like change) – but after finally giving into the hype and buying one, I can finally answer the question, “Is the Rollo Printer for you?”  Probably. When we first transitioned into working full time at home, we bought a Zebra LP2844.  I had used them at a previous job and was able to get it working without too much hassle.  It was an absolute game changer.  We didn’t have to ship things at the post office and we didn’t have to use a normal printer and tape the paper label onto the package.  All of a sudden, shipping things was twice as fast and way cheaper!  At first we thought this …

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The Best Thermal Printer for eBay Shipping Labels

When my wife and I first started selling on eBay, I would work at my “real” job from 3-11, get home around midnight, pack the things that sold during the day, and head to the post office to ship them!  We would stand at the shipping kiosk for more than an hour some nights while I punched in information and paid for the labels, and Kirstie put them on packages and wrote our return address.  In hindsight it seems ridiculous (alright, just plain stupid) that we didn’t ship them from home.  However, we didn’t know anyone personally that sold on eBay and we were doing our best without any real guidance. When it comes to shipping from home, most people start off by using their regular inkjet or laser printer.  This is totally fine for a low volume of orders (just like it’s fine to pound in a nail with a screwdriver), but if you …

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