Whether you’re new to reselling or an aged old pro, whether your full-time or part-time it really doesn’t matter. We all need certain resources to sell on eBay. Which is why I’ve spoken to the eBay reselling community, and together we’ve come up with the ultimate list of eBay reseller resources.
I’ve broken this list down into essentials (the things you absolutely must have to sell on eBay) and additional / extras (these things aren’t necessary, but they will help for one thing or another)
Essentials eBay Reseller Resources
Bubblewrap – Bubblewrap is going to protect your items and stop them from getting damaged in transit. You maybe able to re-use some bubblewrap you’ve got from previous parcels. Buy a small amount from your local Poundland or alternatively purchase a more ‘industrial’ amount if you’re shipping a large number of parcels a day.
Padded Envelopes – Perfect for books, dvd’s, CD’s, badges, trading cards and other small items. Padded envelopes have a thin layer of bubble wrap embedded to ensure protection. If you’re only selling a couple of items then you can get a small bundle of different sizes online, or a small number of a specific size (a4, a5 etc.) from your local pound store. If you’re selling a vast number of items then consider purchasing a box of each size you require.
Brown Roll – After wrapping you’re items in bubblewrap you’re going to need to cover them in something else so enabling you to write address details etc. I’d recommend brown roll. This is an ideal alternative to padded envelopes for some smaller items (although it will take longer, and time is money). However, I use brown roll specifically for large items where a padded envelope isn’t suitable. One example of this would be board games.
Camera – This could be something as basic as the camera on your smartphone.
Digital Scales – To weigh items before listing to ensure that you’re charging the right amount of postage.
eBay Account – If you’re going to be selling items for profit (reselling) then you’re going to need a business account.
PayPal Account – If you’re going to be selling items for profit (reselling) then you’re going to need a business account.
Public Liability Insurance
Internet Capable Device – Anything from a smartphone or tablet through to a computer or laptop.
Additional eBay Reseller Resources
Tape Gun – Ideal for wrapping parcels quickly this will ensure your brown roll or alternative packing material stays secure.
Business Cards – I’ve wrote a guide on how to design your own business cards for free. Once you’ve designed your card you can get them printed online via eBay, a private website or even in store at the likes of Staples.
Label Printer – There’s nothing worse than writing an address wrong, if you’re lucky and you realise you can change it. Otherwise you risk it going walk-abouts all together. A label printer will not only minimise human error it will also considerably speed up your packing time – and remember, time is money! If you work from one laptop or computer a wired label printer is fine, however if you’re part of a team consider a wireless printer so anyone who is using the WIFI can print.
Storage Boxes – The type and size of these is likely to depend on the stuff you sell. If clothing then most people bag the item, label it, put it in a box such as a Really Useful Box, then number the box. Helping them to find that particular item quicker upon sale.
Light Box – This will go a long way to helping you take better photos. A screen can be picked up for as little as £20. However, if you really want to make your photos pop then consider purchasing special lights to improve the lighting around your item.
Xero – Accounting can be hard for small businesses or self-employed. Having been both, I know that finding an accountant that understands and letting go of the control isn’t always easy. However, I found having Xero meant that I didn’t need an accountant. Xero imports your transactions direct from your bank account and your Paypal accounts allowing you to easily reconcile them based on the type of purchase / sale. You can read my full review of the Xero platform here.
Royal Mail Drop & Go Account – I’ve spoken about the benefits of this in a video here.
Parcel2Go Account – My international and domestic parcel comparison website of choice.
GoofBid Account – Allowing you to find misspelt items and snipe other eBay listings to resell for profit.
Mannequin – Ideal if you’re looking to sell clothing. This will go a long way to helping you take better photographs.
Disc Repair Machine – This item is certainly investment but if you’re looking at selling CD’s, DVD’s or video games then it’s likely to transform your selling capabilities. While I’ve never personally owned one of these machines I’ve heard great things about the Disc Go Devil.
As always I’d love to know your essential and additional reselling must haves! Let me know in the comments below and I’ll be sure to add them to this list.