Utilizing wall space for everyday shipping supplies.
I’m all about saving money and being practical. In the beginning of my reselling journey I kept all my shipping supplies in a tub. Every time I mad a sale, i’d pull out the tub and wrap my package on the kitchen table. Every time. Every sale. Yes, I know, why?
I remember seeing a storage hack on Pinterest using these wall organizers to arrange snacks in the pantry. Genius! These have other uses in other places! I actually have mine mounted on the wall and keep all my shipping supplies within close reach. Shipping and packaging is a lot easier having a designated area.
If you participate in CCO, you drop the price by 10%, and hope someone bites. Another CCO comes around! You drop the price again, no one bites. Hold on, there will be another CCO in a few days. Now your item is priced too low with too many likers, they weren’t going to buy anyway. Relist.
Offer to likers, great idea!!! Every person that ‘liked’ your item gets the offer with discounted shipping. Every person that had ever ‘liked’ the item gets alerted every time you drop the price even lower, this can make you look desperate after too many offers. Relist.
Users will ‘like’ an item for different reasons. Some actually like the item and hope you make an offer. Some sellers will like an item and save it when looking up comps. Party hosts will ‘like’ an item for a possible future host pick. Some will even ‘like’ an item and plan on buying someday, way in the future, like when they win the lottery. And, yes, some will throw you a ‘like’ thinking this is instagram, with no intention of every buying anything.
Relist those items, check the title and description for errors. Retake new photos if necessary. Get some new eyes on your closet and a better chance for sales.
Ever see an item for sale as NIB or NWOT? Ever wonder what they mean? Here’s some common terms I’ve come across.
NIB new in box
NWOT new without tags
TTS true to size
OBO or best offer
MOC mint on card
NRFB never removed from box
COA certificate of authenticity
NOS new old stock
OOAK one of a kind
NBW never been worn
NIP new in package
NWT new with tags
BF best fit
VGC very good condition
BNWT brand new with tags
BNWOT brand new without tags
Depending on the platform you use, these terms can be useful in describing your item or saving space within the title. Buyers may also include these terms in their search. Be sure to include terms that fit your items description for better visibility. Have some terms to share? Let me know.
Ever find a new with tag item and get super excited! Like score! Major money maker! Only to find later that it needs to be treated for a minor flaw or the tag falls off. What to do? This is where a tagging gun comes in handy.
There are so many available to choose from. The price levels are not too bad either, mine was about $8. You can easily reattach tags to items that need to be thrown in the dryer, dry cleaned, or just reattach tags that won’t stay.
I mainly use the gun for the gifts I include with most of my sales, which is a cute pair of new socks with my personalized ‘Thank you’ card attached. Picture below shows my gift and the gun I use.
New Garment Clothing Price Label Tagging TAG Tagger Gun with 2000 BARBS 2 Needle
If you are a reseller, advertise your items on instagram! It works!
Read your reviews. You will see how they found you!
Buyers are everywhere. They scroll instagram daily. Depending on the hashtags you use, your for sale items will magically appear in a potential buyers feed. Instagram allows up to 30 hashtags, use them all!
I currently use my instagram mainly to promote and grow my reselling business. I sprinkle in items for sale into my feed and stories. I specifically use the photos in the listing, making it easier for the potential buyer to find the item. Be sure to include within the post and story where your items are posted for sale. Including a link to the app or website is a must.
Buyers want easy access. They want a click and bam, they want the item. If a buyer has to click, search and message you. They move on. Make it easy for them to find your items.
When shipping Priority mail packages for ebay, Mercari and Poshmark, I try my best to use USPS Boxes. Click on the link, make an account and order your boxes. I reorder often before running out. Shipping times can vary, depending on the time of the year, so plan ahead. Here is a list of the ones I keep in stock.
Every reseller uses tissue paper at some point. We all start off using the cute colors and prints. We package, tuck, fold, tie and marvel at our sale. We gently place it in the box and send it on it’s way. Unfolding those sheets is fun. At first. Then, we learn better.
At this point in my reselling journey, keeping costs low is priority. Don’t get me wrong. I still place my items in a bag, seal, and wrap in tissue. It took some time to find bulk tissue. The most economical way I have found (thanks to my husband), is in a bulk roll. The link and picture is below.
The price tag may scare you at first, but, after you do the math it will make sense. I am on my 3rd roll so far. I simply place the roll on top of a small file cabinet thing, I just turn the roll and rip off what I need. No, it’s not a sharp cut, but it saves time and money.
So, if you get tired of unfolding those sheets and constantly running out of tissue, give the bulk roll a try.
Tape, Packing tape, shipping tape, it’s a must have.
I have been reselling for some time now and have locked in my choice. Doing my best to keep costs low is very important in my business.
The best pricing I have found is to always buy in bulk.
Amazon has the best pricing. Choose 6, 8 or 12 rolls of tape, (either 2 inch or 3 inch). + hand held tape dispenser gun. This is an amazing deal. I currently have 2 guns, 1 for clear tape and 1 for USPS priority mail tape. I have recently ordered the tape only packages where you choose your size and quantity.
Keeping listed items in clear numbered bags has been the biggest time saver.
The bags everyone seems to use are the Great Value extra large twist tie bread bags. This bag will fit folded tops and most dresses. Bigger items such as hoodies and coats will not fit into this bag. Most of my items go into these bags after they have been laundered, steamed, photographed, listed, numbered and put away in their bins.
For the bigger items, I use the clear can liners. These work great for hoodies, jeans, coats and fluffier dresses.
Have many people have you asked how they get the free shipping tape from USPS!
And not one person has helped you, right? Or they tell you to order the Military kit-do not do this! this kit includes a tiny roll of tape and is meant to be used for Military shipping.
Keep in mind that the USPS has Priority Mail boxes for shipping. These are free. Free.
If you have a bunch of boxes that you save and want to recycle for shipping sales, then you can use the priority mail sticker to mark you packages as Priority Mail. I just cover any existing bar codes and personal information. These are available on the USPS website. Below are the links, currently they are available in rolls of 520 and 1000.
Now, the tape. The tape is not online. You will not find it. You have to call and request the roll of tape. Keep in mind this tape in only meant for use on boxes that are not already marked as Priority. The purpose of this tape is to identify your recycled package among all the other packages. The tape is lighter and not the best quality. Please tape up your package with your regular shipping tape and follow with the USPS priority mail tape only to identify the package as needed.
If you understand how to use the free USPS Priority Mail tape correctly, just call customer service (1-800-275-8777) and place your order.