How to Sell Your Empty iPhone Box for Quick Cash on eBay

During the golden days of eBay, my wife and I would always upgrade our phones for free. We would find a killer deal on a new iPhone and then resell our old one. We obviously didn’t get the same amount for our old one that we paid for a new phone but we also had a trick or two up our sleeves which leveled the playing fields. First off, we took better pictures and wrote better descriptions than other sellers. That always ensured we got top dollar for any Apple product we sold on eBay. The other trick? To sell our empty iPhone box on eBay as well. Selling empty boxes for Apple products (or any other bit of tech) is not a new thing. In fact, we included empty cell boxes in our article about 8 Things To Sell Rather Than Throw Away almost 5 years ago. However, the market has changed a bit …

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The Complete Layman’s Guide To Properly Use USPS Media Mail

One of my first exposures to shipping via media mail came before I even started reselling on eBay. My wife encouraged me to sell my textbooks on Amazon at the end of every semester instead of selling them back to the campus bookstore. I was all about making more money but, like most people in my generation, had hardly ever sent a package before. So when my books finally started to sell I knew I had better figure out how to send them if I wanted to get paid. I simply wrapped my physics book up in brown paper, took it to the post office counter, and told them I wanted to ship it the cheapest way possible. I ended paying about $3.00 to send it via media mail but was warned that “it might take a while.” Once we started getting into the full-swing of reselling and realized that we were spending over $1,000/month …

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How To Find Out How Much An eBay Item Sold For On Best Offer

Recently my wife and I were wandering around a pawn shop (as we’re wont to do) and we came across an interesting display of plates!  They were extremely beautiful but this beauty came at a steep price, $100 per plate or $500 for the set of six.  The plates didn’t match our sense of style (if our decorating can be called a “style”) so we naturally thought of reselling them on eBay. Out came our phones so we could check if anything similar has sold on eBay in the past couple of months.  Sure enough!  A similar set of 6 had sold for (what appeared to be) $1,395 plus shipping!  Now we didn’t exactly want to drop $500 on a set of plates but if we could make a quick $800 profit we could sure make it work. ​Fortunately, we didn’t get quite swept up into our self-created hype and put in our due diligence …

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How To Ship on eBay: 4 Easy Steps To Get Your Packages Out

For the first several months that 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 to ship them. I have way too 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 (while we were sitting in the hospital waiting room for the birth of 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!  I decided that, since we were already making more money on eBay than I …

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How To Take Pictures of Clothes To Sell Online (4 Easy Ways)

They say that pictures are worth a thousand words. If you’re talking about selling clothing online, I think that estimate is a bit low. In the fast 5 years, I’ve sold well over 5,000 items of clothing online and, if I had to choose between a description or pictures, I’d go with pictures every time. If you have a title and bare minimum description, your pictures can make or break your sales. While I mostly sell on eBay and Mercari, what I’d like to share is true of not only those platforms but of Depop, Facebook Marketplace, Etsy, Poshmark, etc. In every case, better pictures mean better sales. While each platform attracts a slightly different customer base that is attracted to slightly different things, good pictures are good pictures. So what makes a good picture for selling clothing online? Well, the good news is that you can learn how to take pictures of clothes to …

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How To Sell Books on eBay and Amazon: From Sourcing to Shipping

Despite what you hear on YouTube ads, creating an online income is really freaking hard and either takes a huge investment of time or money. There is no turn-key solution to get rich quick. However, there is a way which offers flexible hours, high profits, and the possibility of positive cashflow from day one. Since you’re already reading this article, it’s probably pretty obvious that we’re talking about selling used books online. Selling books on eBay and Amazon is one of the craziest opportunities there is right now (at least in my opinion). Even with the massive influx of sellers there is still a ton of money to be made and it’s not trick at all to be making $100/day within a month or two of starting. We’ve only been selling books on eBay and Amazon for 5 years or so but in that time we’ve met teenagers who sell books for pocket money, college …

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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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How To Sell On eBay For Beginners: A Step By Step Guide

YOU DO WHAT FOR A LIVING?! That’s probably the first response we get when we tell people that we buy stuff from thrift stores and sell it on eBay for a living.  Even after we explain exactly how to sell on eBay, that, yes, we do make a decent living and, yes, there are literally thousands of people that do the same thing around the world, people want to pinch our cheeks and give us a “awww…you and your little business…that’s so cute…” ​Even for those who are interested in learning how to sell on eBay are shocked when they come into the community and learn that there are people who make six figures selling out of their spare bedroom.  Selling on eBay has opened the door for anyone to get started in an online home based business.  However, learning how to sell on eBay as a beginner is a daunting task. With millions of …

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

As the dad of a 3-year-old and 18-month-old, I’ve spent a fair share of my time stain treating things and cleaning up crazy messes. One of the most common issues I’ve had to deal with is how to remove permanent marker from a variety of surfaces. Now, you might wonder why my kids have access to sharpies. Rest assured, they don’t. But somehow, they always get them anyway. If you’re a parent, you understand. So, whether you’re a parent (like me) trying to remove sharpie from the wall and the dog or an eBay reseller (also like me) trying to remove sharpie from shoes, clothes, and other thrift goods, we’ve got the method and the power! Now, I know there are a bazillion methods out there for removing permanent marker. However, these are the things that, in my experience, have the greatest chance of removing the stain without damaging the material. After all, there’s no …

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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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