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I have spent about 12 years as an eBay seller. My setup has changed over the years, as my work space changes from house to house, but it's evolved into a nice list of "must-haves" and "wants". I wanted to share them with you, in case you too have struggled getting everything organized. I have included links so that you can see what I am referring to.
- tape measure for accurate item description
- goo gone to help remove price stickers
- paper towels
- disinfectant wipes to clean items before photographing
- leather cleaner for removing marks from leather purses, shoes and jackets
- multi-purpose cleaner with vinegar- this stuff leaves a sparkly shine and removes a lot of different marks and such
- toothbrush- use an old one for cleaning stubborn areas or tight places
- magnifying glass to identify those little, itty-bitty marks on jewelry, etc.
- glue- I love this glue, it works on lots of different surfaces!
- silver cleaner/brass polish for jewelry and other metal items
- spot remover
- oxi-clean is great for removing stains from clothing
- sharpie for writing on boxes or marking out old info if reusing a box
- package tape
- tape dispenser
- ring sizer
- scale- will save you money when you charge for accurate shipping
- boxes- I dumpster dive, friends and family save theirs for me. I NEVER buy boxes!
- small bubble wrap
- large bubble wrap
- widget- great for scraping off stickers before using goo gone
- utility knife- I use to cut boxes down to size
- self-adhesive address labels make life easier by not having to cut and glue labels printed on paper.
- photo backdrop- This will help isolate your item and make it stand out.
- peanuts and peanut dispenser
- poly bags- great for smaller items that don't need protection of a box. Won't add much weight to affect shipping charges.
- organizing baskets and bins
Most of you will have a lot of these items or something close to it, stashed under your sink, in the garage or a closet. Gather them up and make a centralized area, storing them in bins or baskets for easy access. I also like bright colored tape measures, scissors and the like, as they make it easier to spot them if you accidentally lay them down and can't find them.
Pick an area to be your packing station. This could be a cabinet in your dining room, a spare closet, the garage or a cabinet in the kitchen. Store your tape, boxes, peanuts, etc. all together to save time when packing. My goal is to have a peanut dispenser (I sell lots of fragile items). Check out how this post on how to make your own dispenser!
Check back for my upcoming post on listing on eBay, the easy way. Do you have any items that are imperative for you when listing on eBay?