How to Reshape Leather Boots in 10 Minutes

If you sell shoes on eBay, cleaning your shoes is on of the most important things you can do to boost their value.  In as little as 10 minutes we improved to look and feel of these boots enough to justify twice the asking price!  After you get your boots/shoes cleaned, check out our eBay Blog to see how to take pictures that sell! 1. Wipe off boots with a damp rag.     Hopefully the boots are clean enough that they’ll just need a once over with a rag.  Be sure to get all the contaminants and        dust off as any remnants will disrupt the next step. 2. Apply Mink Oil to leather     Mink Oil softens and moisturizers leather.  This well help both with color and with the suppleness when you reshape the            boots.  Be sure to wipe off the excess and give them a minute or two to …

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The Best eBay Listing Abbreviations for Sellers

Whether you’re first starting on eBay and feel like everyone is speaking another language or a seasoned eBay vet looking to have more keyword rich titles, this list will help take some of the confusion out of the “eBay Language.”  If you have any additions, feel free to Contact Us and we’ll add them!  So without further ado, he is the most current and complete list of abbreviations to know as an eBay seller! A AB: Aurora Borealis (used in jewelry descriptions) ACC: Accumulation (postage stamps) ACEO: Art Cards, Editions and Originals (miniature paintings on 3.5 inch by 2.5 inch cards)  See also OSWOA and SFA ACL: Applied Color Label (bottles) ADV: Adventure (Books / Movies) AIR: Air Mail (postage stamps) API:  Application programming interface ARC: Advance reader’s copy ATC: Artist trading card (miniature artwork measuring 2.5 x 3.5 inches as per ACEO) AU: Australian dollars (see currency exchange site) AUTO: Autographed AUTH:  “Not quite authentic” ​ B B&W: Black and white BB: Beanie Babies BC: Back cover;  British Columbia, Canada; …

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Can You Make Money on eBay in 2020?

eBay is saturated! Selling on eBay is so 10 years ago! There are no more profits to be made! Believe us, we’ve heard every negative thing about eBay that the naysayers can come up with. In fact, we don’t ever bother with such people any more. We just quietly shake our head and get back to making $5,000 a month on our eBay store. The amazing thing about eBay is, even with 20 million listings, it is possible to consistently source and sell unique objects! For example, if you want to sell purses, seeing that there are 1.5 millions purses for sale might be a bit discouraging. What is someone is looking for a JPK Paris hobo bag? Well that narrows it down to 93 listings. If it has to be orange? Well then there’s only one….the one that we picked up for $4 at a thrift store last week. There are however, very saturated …

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What are the Fastest Selling Items on Mercari

During the time we have been selling on eBay we have seen at least a dozen platforms come and go.  Every time something new comes along everyone everyone that isn’t doing so hot on eBay claims that the new platform is the savior of the reselling community and encourages others to jump ship.  Here’s the truth though…if you can’t make it on eBay, you probably can’t make it as a reseller anywhere.  For all it’s issues, eBay has the largest audience, the best support, and the lowest fees.  However, other platforms have a valuable place if your reselling arsenal.  So let’s talk about what is (in my opinion) is the best of all all alternatives to eBay…Mercari! Mercari is a Japanese company that is currently available in Japan and the U.S.  It has exploded in popularity recently and most resellers have started using it a way to bring in a little extra income or move …

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Money for Cuddles: Huge Profits Selling Used Plush on eBay

When we’re out thrifting, we always meet people who want to talk to us.  If they were people who knew us from the blog (or even just smelled normal) we’d be totally fine with it…but they’re not.  We were out sourcing about a year ago when a lady cornered us and started talking about her reselling business.  It turns out that she sold nothing but plush and baby blankets.  Her main customers were people who were trying to replace a lost blanket for their kids and she had OVER $70,000 IN SALES LAST YEAR! When I tried to match pace with her and tell her about a book we had recently sold for $550, she one upped me and said she had just sold a limited edition Valentines Hidden Mickey teddy bear for $1,100.  Ouch.  Turns out, there is something to be learned from everyone!  I’ll admit that I spent a few hours digging through …

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Buying Luxury Goods for Resale: Louis Vuitton Edition

Every time I go to Walmart, I see women wearing stained sweats, socks with sandals, and carrying a Louis Vuitton tote. Or a Chanel purse. Or Prada…take your pick.  At least, that’s what they would have you think – but, if you are one of these people, let me tell you a secret…no one believes your bag is real!  The plastic-y, shiny fake leather, the fraying strings, etc.  You don’t look high class, you are a poser. And, believe it or not, carrying a fake designer bag makes you look even poorer than carrying a normal Walmart purse… ​The real kicker is: designer purses and clothing are not out of reach for the average person. You might not be able to walk into Neiman Marcus or a Louis Vuitton store and swipe your debit card anytime soon, but eBay has become a hot spot for designer goods and handbags priced at 80% or more off …

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How to Sell Men’s Jeans on eBay (plus 13 brands to look for…)

Jeans are one of the items that new sellers get wrong almost every time.  Most brands don’t hold their value, they’re difficult to picture, and are more expensive that you’d think to ship.  Put all of these things together and, suddenly, the simple task of buying jeans becomes a money sink.  When we first started reselling, our local Savers had a “Member’s Event” where all men’s jeans, pants, and shorts were 75% off.  We went down the rack and pulled out almost 50 pair of jeans.  After all, you can’t go wrong for $3 can you?!  Well…turns out you can.  Terribly, stupidly wrong.  We ended up re-donating almost 20 pairs of jeans, and muddled our way through listing the other 30.  A year later, we still had 10 pair that remained unsold, sitting in storage.  All told, we spent around $160 on the 50 pairs of jeans and ended up profiting just over $200.  ​ Barely …

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How to Scale an eBay Business (The Only 4 Ways)

Last July I hit the wall…again.  This was the third business model I had tried on eBay and it was not working like I had hoped.  Sure, I was making money.  We were averaging $3-400 a day in sales, but wanted more.  Much more.  Like 10x that.  Digging through thrift stores all day, every day and then listing into the night had left me feeling like a grubby, burned-out bottom-feeder.  I was always hoping that the very next thing we tried would be the big break that we needed, and our reselling business would start spiraling upward and making us the money we hoped for.  But it wasn’t to be.  It would take several more changes in our structure and business models before we finally started to figure out how to really scale our business.  Now, there are several ways to go about this, and I don’t claim that the way we use is the perfect …

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How to Clean the Soles of Women’s Dress Shoes (In 5 Minutes or Less)

Our first daughter has never slept well.  It has been a constant battle ever since she was born to get her to sleep for more than a two hour stretch during the night.  Now that she’s almost 3, she takes melatonin every night and things are slightly better.  However, last week she found one of her chewable pills that somehow had been dropped and decided to eat it…at 4:00 in the afternoon.  We normally have about 15 minutes after she takes it to get her into bed before she turns into a uncontrollable little puddle.  We didn’t really want to have that on our hands for the 4 hours until bedtime…so we headed to McDonalds!  We figured that getting some ice cream and spending some time in the play place would be a good distraction.   It sort of worked, but when it come time to leave, Hazel didn’t want to come out.  So I kicked …

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Best Shipping Scale for eBay Sellers

When it comes to selling on eBay, very few things are actually necessary to make a business run smoothly.  Many people find “necessary” items that are actually destructive to their bottom line.  Personalized boxes, cute work area decorations, replacing working products, etc. are all examples of items that, while attractive, do nothing to increase your earning power.  A scale, however, is one of the areas where the rubber meets the road.  Having a quality shipping scale for your home business allows you to get accurate weights so you can charge accurate shipping! So, of course, we have to ask, what is the best scale for selling on eBay?  Or for selling on Amazon?  Or how about shipping products in your home-based start-up?  Well, whatever your shipping needs are, rest assured that we have a scale for you…and it’s the same one for everyone. OUR CHOICE: SMART WEIGH DIGITAL SHIPPING SCALE The Smart Weigh Digital Scale was …

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