Here are a few eBay tips if you are just getting started.
- Start small so you won’t be out much if you misjudge shipping. Let your first couple of listings help get through eBay’s learning curve.
- If you don’t have a PayPal account, go ahead and get that set up.
- Install eBay’s app on your phone. It makes taking and uploading pictures for your listings super easy. You’ll also get addicted to the “ca-ching” cash register sound it makes every time you get a bid or make a sale.
- Get a small kitchen scale, Post-It notes, a Sharpie, some clear packing tape, various boxes and mailers,scissors, packing material like Amazon air pillows, white tissue wrapping paper and make sure your printer has ink.
- Find a basket, bin or designate a spot for these supplies near your printer
- Before you list an item, find the box or mailer you’ll use to ship it. In the very beginning, take it to the post office and ask them how much it will cost to send it as far away in the US as possible. eBay will help estimate shipping which helps but you don’t want any crazy surprises like selling something for $5 with free shipping only to learn it will cost you $14.98 to send it to your buyer.
- Jot the item’s weight on a Post-It note and stick it on the box or envelope it will be mailed in. I keep the items with their shipping boxes or mailers in a sealed Rubbermaid bin until I actually ship it. It keeps everything clean, dust-free and organized until it actually ships out the door.
- I was surprised how PayPal prompted me through ordering shipping and printing a label. This helped me avoid waiting in line at the post office and I got an eBay discount which saved me enough money to cover the PayPal fees.Having the item’s weight on a Post-It note will help you as the shipping rate is calculated. If you see a big difference, you can adjust it or just bail and let the post office do it. (I haven’t had any problems using PayPal’s software for this.) After you print your shipping label, look to the right and you should see an option for printing a packing slip. It can even be edited if you’d like to include any extra remarks.
- I noticed an option where I can request a free pickup at my home for the item to be shipped. This can help save you time and money but I haven’t used it yet. The post office is 2 miles from my house and I have just been running by and dropping things off.
- If I’m selling clothing, I like to wrap the item in white tissue before tucking it into its box or mailing envelope. Slip the packing slip in and make sure the ink is facing away from the item.
There are probably a ton of things I haven’t considered but the tips above have made selling and shipping a lot easier. I lost money the first time around because I had no idea how much shipping cost. After a few sales, you gain a lot of confidence and it gets a lot easier.
I have a teensy power up to report as a sewing pattern sold on eBay. After fees and shipping, I netted $1.64 but you know me. I’ll take it.
Today’s Deposit: $1.64
Level Completed: 176 out of 251
Amount Deposited this month: $188.90
Total Balance: $27,420.60
Our Money Game fund has increased .7% so far this month.
$729.24 is needed to reach the next level