Unique Things-Learn To Sell On EBay

We all would like to make extra money and the business of reselling seems to be a hit with a lot of people. My spouse K  got into reselling on Ebay recently and actually loves it. I recently went with her to a thrift shop and watched her work. It was nice to see her work as she checked items for its origin and scanned items to see what it was selling on places like Amazon and Walmart. I got a better understanding, though if you look at her makeshift garage office with boxes and products I sort of had a idea it was a lot harder than I gave her credit for.

Questions and Answers for Ebay Selling.

1. Compare Ebay to website selling on Unique Things.

Answer Question 1:   The biggest difference of selling on eBay is the traffic, consumers like to shop with establish brands. eBay has already earned a level ofconsumers trust. People need to know that they are shopping at store that’s not going out business soon. Unique Things is the new kid on the block, so we mustmarket our brand to drive consumers to our website.  Once you earn their trust they will continue to shop there. Biggest difference is established vs not having a name brand.

2. How did you get started with Ebay selling?

Answer Question 2:   It’s funny that you ask that question, it was never my intention to sell on eBay.  The products I was selling on Unique Things, my spouse didn’t think they belong on our Unique Things Store, so I was forced to remove, since I didn’t what to establish another, I throw them on eBay, and they started selling there.  So, we decide to move all the products from Unique Things to eBay, funny thing is the stuff we couldn’t sell on Unique Things store was selling on eBay. Again, that is why being an establish brand helps.

3. How do you find your merchandise?

Answer Question 3: I find my sources all over, I go to retailer’s clearance section, I have a business account with Earth Entertainment, I only joined them because I wanted Funko Pops at a discounted price. I also use BULQ, Bulq is where you can get returned items from stores that could’t move merchandise, so they need to make room for the new merchandise coming in. You don’t need a business license to get merchandise from them, there is also the thrift stores and yard sells that you can use for sourcing. I have put the link below for Bulq and Earth Entertainment and other sourcing website. Also, you can use offer up or let go, and even FB market place.   You can also get products from Alibaba and Dhgate. While I have used Alibaba in the I wouldn’t recommend their if you are just starting out because of the shipping. DHgate is a little better because it ships the products for free but they up the product to compensate for the shipping. I’m starting to get my sourcing for US because of the shipping cost.

https://www.entertainmentearth.com/?id=LI-306202360

https://www.bulq.com/?utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=CPCS%20-%20Branded%20Search&utm_term=bulq.com&utm_content=BULQ%20-%20Core

https://www.primeseller.com/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIhpyCgbv03QIVQ9bACh2rSwHbEAAYAyAAEgJXf_D_BwE

https://www.simplelots.com/

https://www.dhgate.com/wholesale/bulk.html

https://www.alibaba.com/?src=sem_bing&cmpgn=133412793&adgrp=5557239277&tgt=kwd-134161276047:loc-190&KwdID=134161276047&mtchtyp=e&bdmtchtyp%20=be&ntwrk=o&device=c&creative=14787491421&p1=default&p2=default&p3=default&Query=alibaba%20group

4. How many ways are there to sell on Ebay?

Answer Question 4: There are three ways to sell on eBay.  Auction, Fixed Price, Best Offer. Each has itsadvantages and disadvantages.

Auction: is when you place an item up for bid, this is good if it’s a hot item, the price can go up over the original price you pay. That’s when you have a bidding war. The downside is if the bidders are trying to out smart they will bid a nickel at time or even a dollar over the bidding price, they are trying to get the item at lowest price. So, you may not get the asking price you were hoping for.

Fixed Price: is when you set a fixed price on an item, thismeans you will not budge on the price. However, you can set it up to where you willing to negotiate the price by having lowest price you will except. That’s when the best offer comes in,

Best offer: if you have negotiated the price to where and consumer have agreed on the price. You meet somewhere in the middle for the price.

 5.Give a step by step instruction on selling on Ebay.

Answer Question 5:  1.make sure this something you want to do

2: research the product on items you want to sell. This was my best mistake getting items I liked and not having a market for the item. Before I buy a product, I use an app that tells me what the item is selling for. The app I use is Shop Savvy

3: open an account to sell on eBay, you don’t need a business license or anything, you use it as a personal account.

4: load the items you want to sell

6.What about shipping do you charge shipping or not?

Answer Question 6: When starting out you may what to offer free shipping even if you can’t afford it, this helps you get establish on eBay. If simply can’t afford to do that then make sure you offer the cheapest shipping to the consumer.

7. What shipping supplies do you use?

Answer Question 7: You’ll need an array boxes from big to small and medium. This will also cut down on the shipping price. The smaller the box the cheapest it is to ship, specially if under 1LB.  I get my boxes from packages I receive I’ve also dumpster dive for boxes, and I’ve ordered box from online. You’ll packing tape, Box cutter, I also use a scrapper tool to remove labels from product and boxes below is the link to amazon for the tool, this helps so that the product doesn’t get ruin by you trying to scrape off the price tag.

https://www.amazon.com/Scotty-Peelers-Label-Sticker-Remover/dp/B0068QIQVA/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1538922272&sr=8-4&keywords=price+sticker+remover

8. How do you come up with pricing?

Answer Question 8: I use to go by what amazon prices where, I would either be the same price or just a little lower. I also gauge what eBay was selling for. But now I use this eBay profit tool to give me an idea of what my profit margin would be. Again, you can use Shop Savvyor Profit finder apps.

9. For someone new just starting out in the business of reselling would you recommend Ebay?

Answer Question Answer We all would like to make extra money and the business of reselling seems to be a hit with a lot of people. My spouse K  got into reselling on Ebay recently and actually loves it. I recently went with her to a thrift shop and watched her work. It was nice to see her work as she checked items for its origin and scanned items to see what it was selling on places like Amazon and Walmart. I got a better understanding, though if you look at her makeshift garage office with boxes and products I sort had a idea it was a lot harder than I gave her credit for. Anyway, here’s the questions and answers on Ebay Selling.

                                          Questions and Answers

 

1. Compare Ebay to website selling on Unique Things.

Answer Question 1:   The biggest difference of selling on eBay is the traffic, consumers like to shop with establish brands. eBay has already earned a level ofconsumers trust. People need to know that they are shopping at store that’s not going out business soon. Unique Things is the new kid on the block, so we mustmarket our brand to drive consumers to our website.  Once you earn their trust they will continue to shop there. Biggest difference is established vs not having a name brand.

2. How did you get started with Ebay selling?

Answer Question 2:   It’s funny that you ask that question, it was never my intention to sell on eBay.  The products I was selling on Unique Things, my spouse didn’t think they belong on our Unique Things Store, so I was forced to remove, since I didn’t what to establish another, I throw them on eBay, and they started selling there.  So, we decide to move all the products from Unique Things to eBay, funny thing is the stuff we couldn’t sell on Unique Things store was selling on eBay. Again, that is why being an establish brand helps.

3. How do you find your merchandise?

Answer Question 3: I find my sources all over, I go to retailer’s clearance section, I have a business account with Earth Entertainment, I only joined them because I wanted Funko Pops at a discounted price. I also use BULQ, Bulq is where you can get returned items from stores that could’t move merchandise, so they need to make room for the new merchandise coming in. You don’t need a business license to get merchandise from them, there is also the thrift stores and yard sells that you can use for sourcing. I have put the link below for Bulq and Earth Entertainment and other sourcing website. Also, you can use offer up or let go, and even FB market place.   You can also get products from Alibaba and Dhgate. While I have used Alibaba in the I wouldn’t recommend their if you are just starting out because of the shipping. DHgate is a little better because it ships the products for free but they up the product to compensate for the shipping. I’m starting to get my sourcing for US because of the shipping cost.

https://www.entertainmentearth.com/?id=LI-306202360

https://www.bulq.com/?utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=CPCS%20-%20Branded%20Search&utm_term=bulq.com&utm_content=BULQ%20-%20Core

https://www.primeseller.com/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIhpyCgbv03QIVQ9bACh2rSwHbEAAYAyAAEgJXf_D_BwE

https://www.simplelots.com/

https://www.dhgate.com/wholesale/bulk.html

https://www.alibaba.com/?src=sem_bing&cmpgn=133412793&adgrp=5557239277&tgt=kwd-134161276047:loc-190&KwdID=134161276047&mtchtyp=e&bdmtchtyp%20=be&ntwrk=o&device=c&creative=14787491421&p1=default&p2=default&p3=default&Query=alibaba%20group

4. How many ways are there to sell on Ebay?

Answer Question 4: There are three ways to sell on eBay.  Auction, Fixed Price, Best Offer. Each has itsadvantages and disadvantages.

Auction: is when you place an item up for bid, this is good if it’s a hot item, the price can go up over the original price you pay. That’s when you have a bidding war. The downside is if the bidders are trying to out smart they will bid a nickel at time or even a dollar over the bidding price, they are trying to get the item at lowest price. So, you may not get the asking price you were hoping for.

Fixed Price: is when you set a fixed price on an item, thismeans you will not budge on the price. However, you can set it up to where you willing to negotiate the price by having lowest price you will except. That’s when the best offer comes in,

Best offer: if you have negotiated the price to where and consumer have agreed on the price. You meet somewhere in the middle for the price.

 5.Give a step by step instruction on selling on Ebay.

Answer Question 5:  1.make sure this something you want to do

2: research the product on items you want to sell. This was my best mistake getting items I liked and not having a market for the item. Before I buy a product, I use an app that tells me what the item is selling for. The app I use is Shop Savvy

3: open an account to sell on eBay, you don’t need a business license or anything, you use it as a personal account.

4: load the items you want to sell

6.What about shipping do you charge shipping or not?

Answer Question 6: When starting out you may what to offer free shipping even if you can’t afford it, this helps you get establish on eBay. If simply can’t afford to do that then make sure you offer the cheapest shipping to the consumer.

7. What shipping supplies do you use?

Answer Question 7: You’ll need an array boxes from big to small and medium. This will also cut down on the shipping price. The smaller the box the cheapest it is to ship, specially if under 1LB.  I get my boxes from packages I receive I’ve also dumpster dive for boxes, and I’ve ordered box from online. You’ll packing tape, Box cutter, I also use a scrapper tool to remove labels from product and boxes below is the link to amazon for the tool, this helps so that the product doesn’t get ruin by you trying to scrape off the price tag.

https://www.amazon.com/Scotty-Peelers-Label-Sticker-Remover/dp/B0068QIQVA/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1538922272&sr=8-4&keywords=price+sticker+remover

8. How do you come up with pricing?

Answer Question 8: I use to go by what amazon prices where, I would either be the same price or just a little lower. I also gauge what eBay was selling for. But now I use this eBay profit tool to give me an idea of what my profit margin would be. Again, you can use Shop Savvyor Profit finder apps.

9. For someone new just starting out in the business of reselling would you recommend Ebay?

Answer Question 9. I would recommend starting out on eBay. There’s less over head you don’t have to worry about marketing because there’s already traffic going to eBay. Also, if you want to try it out you don’t have to worry about paying a monthly fee. Unless you decide to open a business account. Other than that, there’s hardly any downside to starting out on eBay. 

10. What videos or websites do you use or would recommend?

Answer Question 10: I use YouTube videos, because I’m visible learner, I must see how it’s done. However, eBay offers some tutorial. There are books out there. I just prefer to watch videos because I can see how it works.

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Unique Things store has relocated to Florida and it’s been insane trying to get Unique Things set up in a new state. It is hard enough moving with your personal items, but when you have to pack up and move products it can be overwhelming. We are both retired and now the business can get more attention. I have decided that writing is what I want to do and K would have full control of the business. She sort of took it over anyway. There are some people who can sit still and others who need to be occupied. For one thing it gives them something to do and the other, it keeps them out of trouble. I can sit still but she needs to be occupied. She made an office in the garage and me and GG and Mason had the rest of the house. She gets up like she was going to work and I might not see her until bedtime. Hmm, what was she doing? One day, while I getting something to drink, I heard ‘Ka-Ching’ – could that be the sound of money? I didn’t think so because the Unique Things website had just been put back online, and there had been no traffic so far…I decided it was time to become Sherlock Holmes. I would go to the garage under the pretext of needing to know something, it didn’t matter, I just wanted to look around. There were boxes of products, free-standing shelves with products, boxes and crates with bubble wrap and other shipping items. She had setup Stamps.com for mailing. Where had I been when all this was taking place? I couldn’t believe it.
 Another Ka-Ching sound came from the computer. Of course, I had to ask “What’s that?”
 She said “We’re making money.” 
 “How?” I asked. I knew she was enjoying this, me asking her about making money.
She said that she’d been selling on Ebay some of the things from Unique Things along with Funkos and other items. Ebay selling was doing what having a website couldn’t do. She had poured so much of herself into the Unique Things website that I worried she’d exhaust herself trying to make it a success. She tried Facebook ads but didn’t like the fact that there is not a person to contact and you had to do everything through email. K used google adwords, but nothing seemed to drive enough traffic to the website. The traffic wasn’t consistent either – we could have 10 people one day and nothing for the next week.

K selling on Ebay happened because I didn’t want Funkos on the Unique Things website. I just didn’t feel they were unique enough for Unique Things. I have come to learn that Funkos are popular collectables that people pay a lot of money for. I just don’t see it.

Funko

 Anyway, she decided to put them on Ebay along with some toys. She had bought a pallet of mystery toys cheaply. The toys were all in good condition and sellable. You just didn’t know what toys you were getting. The amount of toys you got could provide a nice little profit if sold. I really didn’t pay too much attention to her Ebay selling because the Unique Things website was frustrating me. I could not understand why the products weren’t running off the shelves. The products on the Unique Things website were unique. The items were not in retail stores yet. What was the problem? I thought it was price but K and I could never agree what a fair and profitable price should be. I thought the price needed to be lower than it was going to sell for retail. K felt the price should be the same as the retail price. I decided to stay in my lane, writing. She made the price the same as retail. She wanted to try different ideas to try and get a consistent flow of traffic to the Unique Things website and one of those things was taking some of the items on Unique Things and putting them on Ebay. When she did it I didn’t say anything. What could I say? By the time we moved to Florida I had given up hope on Unique Things. I couldn’t understand why other people didn’t feel that wow factor when they saw our products. I didn’t care what she did with the products at this point. One day I was standing in the kitchen and I heard the Ka-Ching sound. I thought another was sold. She does quite well selling the Funkos on Ebay. She has suppliers and everything. Anyway, she starts yelling “We sold a backpack.” I couldn’t believe it after almost two years of them being on the Unique Things website and nothing, and she puts it on Ebay in less than 2 weeks it was sold. You know, I was interested in Ebay now. I know you want to know how she does it but I’m not saying in this blog, so come back and find out her techniques and strategies for selling on Ebay. Have a great day.

Unique Things has relocated to Florida and it’s been insane trying to get Unique Things set up in a new state. It is hard enough moving with your personal items, but when you have to pack up and move products it can be overwhelming. We are both retired and now the business can get more attention. I have decided that writing is what I want to do and K would have full control of the business. She sort of took it over anyway. There are some people who can sit still and others who need to be occupied. For one thing it gives them something to do and the other, it keeps them out of trouble. I can sit still but she needs to be occupied. She made an office in the garage and me and GG and Mason had the rest of the house. She gets up like she was going to work and I might not see her until bedtime. Hmm, what was she doing? One day, while I getting something to drink, I heard ‘Ka-Ching’ – could that be the sound of money? I didn’t think so because the Unique Things website had just been put back online, and there had been no traffic so far…I decided it was time to become Sherlock Holmes. I would go to the garage under the pretext of needing to know something, it didn’t matter, I just wanted to look around. There were boxes of products, free-standing shelves with products, boxes and crates with bubble wrap and other shipping items. She had setup Stamps.com for mailing. Where had I been when all this was taking place? I couldn’t believe it.
 Another Ka-Ching sound came from the computer. Of course, I had to ask “What’s that?”
 She said “We’re making money.” 
 “How?” I asked. I knew she was enjoying this, me asking her about making money.
She said that she’d been selling on Ebay some of the things from Unique Things along with Funkos and other items. Ebay selling was doing what having a website couldn’t do. She had poured so much of herself into the Unique Things website that I worried she’d exhaust herself trying to make it a success. She tried Facebook ads but didn’t like the fact that there is not a person to contact and you had to do everything through email. K used google adwords, but nothing seemed to drive enough traffic to the website. The traffic wasn’t consistent either – we could have 10 people one day and nothing for the next week.

K selling on Ebay happened because I didn’t want Funkos on the Unique Things website. I just didn’t feel they were unique enough for Unique Things. I have come to learn that Funkos are popular collectables that people pay a lot of money for. I just don’t see it.

 Anyway, she decided to put them on Ebay along with some toys. She had bought a pallet of mystery toys cheaply. The toys were all in good condition and sellable. You just didn’t know what toys you were getting. The amount of toys you got could provide a nice little profit if sold. I really didn’t pay too much attention to her Ebay selling because the Unique Things website was frustrating me. I could not understand why the products weren’t running off the shelves. The products on the Unique Things website were unique. The items were not in retail stores yet. What was the problem? I thought it was price but K and I could never agree what a fair and profitable price should be. I thought the price needed to be lower than it was going to sell for retail. K felt the price should be the same as the retail price. I decided to stay in my lane, writing. She made the price the same as retail. She wanted to try different ideas to try and get a consistent flow of traffic to the Unique Things website and one of those things was taking some of the items on Unique Things and putting them on Ebay. When she did it I didn’t say anything. What could I say? By the time we moved to Florida I had given up hope on Unique Things. I couldn’t understand why other people didn’t feel that wow factor when they saw our products. I didn’t care what she did with the products at this point. One day I was standing in the kitchen and I heard the Ka-Ching sound. I thought another was sold. She does quite well selling the Funkos on Ebay. She has suppliers and everything. Anyway, she starts yelling “We sold a backpack.” I couldn’t believe it after almost two years of them being on the Unique Things website and nothing, and she puts it on Ebay in less than 2 weeks it was sold. You know, I was interested in Ebay now. I know you want to know how she does it but I’m not saying in this blog, so come back and find out her techniques and strategies for selling on Ebay. Have a great day.

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Unique Things Newsletter Issue 2 February 2018

Being Different Is Okay

Unique Things and Valentine’s Day can go hand-in-hand. Valentine’s Day is all about showing love. We love our parents, sister, brother and so on. We have somehow gotten away from that meaning in Valentine’s Day, and it’s become a holiday where we only show love to our spouse or significant other. Well, I want to put an end to that, because with kids getting bullied to the point of hurting themselves or others, there seems to be a disconnect somewhere understanding love. Valentine’s Day should be a time when we show love to everyone. It is a holiday when we should say it’s okay to be Unique. Uniqueness is a quality that each of us possess because there are no two people who are the same. There will always be differences somewhere. We here at Unique Things don’t just want to sell you things, but we want all of you to become family members. We want your children to be able to come to our website and in the contacts, go to comments, and write out what’s bothering them.

You have a recipe you want to share, then put it out there for others to try. Unique Things wants to be there for you. We want to have a relationship with our customers that is Unique. I know it’s hard to open up to other people, but isn’t it time that you embrace your uniqueness and put it out there for help and validation? I just hope one person – an adult or a young person – reaches out to Unique Things. The hardest thing will be putting the first words on the message and then letting all others follow. Don’t think; just do. I know some might ask what does this have to do with selling items online.

When I was young, I would go to the corner store for candy, sodas, chips and other snacks. The owner of the store got to know me, as well as all of the kids that came in. He would always ask “How’s school?” How’s your mother, father, sister, and brother by name. If you came in looking sad, he’d try to make you smile or take the time to try to get you to tell him what was going on. If there was a fight, he broke it up and had the fighters makeup. When we needed snacks, guess where we went? Yep, always to him to spend our money. This is why Unique Things is not like other places you shop. We want a relationship with you, so when you need a gift, you won’t want to go anywhere else but to Unique Things for that Unique gift. We want you to come to our website take a look around, think of all of the unique people in your life, and get them a unique gift.

Checkout a few items that we thought you would like for this Valentine’s Day. You can now order right from this page with PayPal. If you want to say something in the comments, go to our website at uniquethingsonline.com. I promise, I’ll reply, so let me hear from you. I hope you enjoyed this newsletter. You can go to retirementanddogs.blog to read about me being retired with a crazy dog!

Unique Things 2018

I would first like to thank all of the Unique People who have taken this journey with us. It hasn’t always been pretty, but somehow we’ve gotten this far. I can say this far, because sales have picked up and K is now thinking of starting a side hustle, to side hustle, to side hustle, I want to reiterate a few things I think are worth repeating.

It is not easy doing business with your spouse, especially if the communication isn’t there. You have to be on the same page, or get there. K and I have finally gotten on the same page. There must be a lot of listening and actually hearing what the other person is saying. We sometimes listen, but there is no hearing. I mean you have to understand what someone is saying. I think that research is important, so that you have an idea of what’s involved. We didn’t do the research, and it probably cost a lot of money and time that was unnecessary. You should know who you are targeting, so that your website, blog, or advertising will reach that group. At one time, we were so busy trying to make a sale that we forgot what Unique Things was really about. It would be nice to have a mission statement to look at daily to stay on point. I want you to realize that there will be disagreements when doing business with your spouse. It is okay to have disagreements, but just don’t let it become part of your relationship. When you find that a disagreement is carrying on into your relationship, you should step away from the business and plan a date night or some alone time. We didn’t do either, but it would have been so much easier if we had. I will say that advertising, to me, is the most important part of a business. K was buying, buying, and buying, and while we now have a lot of products, it does us no good if no one knows Unique Things exists. There are all types of advertising out there to spend money on, but if money is limited, choose carefully. We had web designers who said that, yes, they could do what we wanted, but in the end, there was nothing of our vision. They wanted the money, but also wanted to do what was easiest for them. Don’t ever feel that you can’t say no or fire someone who is not giving you what you want. We lost a lot of money not speaking up for ourselves soon enough, because people will have you believe they’ve spend hours on your site when the reality was they finished it in a couple of hours. Speak up for yourself and your business. The avenues that worked best for us were the flea market (after we understood how it worked), eBay, Ad Words, and of course, blogging. It doesn’t matter if you are just starting a business with your spouse or best friend – it takes time. Our expectations were high because we felt that Unique Things sold items that you didn’t see everywhere, therefore, we only had to put it out there and people would be knocking down our door. Well, we were so wrong. Unique Things does sell different items, but enticing people to buy our different items has been a challenge. The business is finally turning around after a year of learning. The American dream is entrepreneurship, but there’s no guarantee that every business will make it. You have to keep putting yourself out there, so people keep seeing you. It’s not easy to get people to spend money on a new business because of credit card fraud and people who misrepresent themselves. It’s a process of trying this and that to see what sticks. It’s 2018, and what I see for Unique Things is a store where people can actually come in and see how our products work. The best I can do right now is videos to show how our products work. I will keep you up to date on any significant occurrences at Unique Things. Again thank you

The first product I want to show you is a backpack with a hard shell speaker. I hope you come over to Uniquethingsonline.com when you need that special gift for a unique person in your life.