Learning 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.

My spouse did a  question  and answer about eBay Selling.

1. Compare Ebay to website selling on Unique

The biggest difference of selling on eBay is the traffic, consumers like to shop with establish brands. eBay has already earned a level of consumers trust. People need to know that they are shopping at a store that’s not going out business soon. Unique Things is the new kid on the block, so we must market 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?

  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 belonged  on our Unique Things Store, so I was forced to remove them, since I didn’t what to establish another website I put 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 selling from a establish store helps.

3. How do you find your merchandise?

 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. 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 I wouldn’t recommend them 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 price to compensate for the shipping. I’m starting to get my sourcing for US because of the shipping cost.

 

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

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 you they will bid a nickel at a 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, this means 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 and the consumer has agreed on the price. You meet somewhere in the middle for the price.

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

1: Make sure this is something you want to do

2: research the product  you want to sell. This was my biggest 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.

4: load the items you want to sell

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

When starting out you may what to offer free shipping even if you can’t afford it, this helps you get established on eBay. If you 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?

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 cheaper  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 boxes online. You will need packing tape and a box cutter. I also use a scraper  tool to remove labels from products and boxes.

8. How do you come up with pricing?

 I price based on what amazon prices are. I try to be a little lower than amazon . I also gauge what the prices on eBay are  selling for.  I use the 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?

Yes, it is worth the time invested to me.


 

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Thrifting has gotten quite a following recently. Why? The cost of items has become so out-of-control that you have to use all means at your disposal to make ends meet. There’s no shame in that. People thrift for many reasons, such as thrifted clothes are cheaper, and can be just as wearable as clothes that come from the store that has been taken home for trying on, no telling how many times. Thrifting, like so many things, has changed in society’s view. Take, for example, marijuana; it use to send you to jail, and that’s slowly changing as people have recognized that there are good qualities to marijuana. The same with thrifting; it was looked down upon to buy clothes from stores like Goodwill, Salvation Army, and back in the day there was John’s Bargain Store. People did shop at these stores, but it was kept quiet. When you went into a store and you saw somebody you knew, you both looked the other way. That was just was the way it was.  
Nowadays, you have all types of people combing through the clearance racks at stores trying to figure out how much of a markup they can add to a item’s cost. Here in Florida, thrifting is very very popular ;so popular that you have people lined up waiting for some thrift stores to open to get the bargains. When I witnessed this, I was blown away to see people in line waiting to get in. It was almost like Walmart’s early shopping at Christmas time. Wow!.
One of the most popular sites to sell your thrifted items on is Ebay. My spouse thrifts on Ebay, and it’s not as easy as you might think; especially to get your items up for sale within the first few items items people will see. My garage has become my spouse’s office. There are a couple of tables, a laptop, a camera, a tripod, white background, a steamer, and packaging. And then there’s the listing of your items, and you should post on a regular basis so that Ebay knows you are a serious seller. You have to deal with the customers, which can cause a lot of headaches. My spouse is very patient with people and, no matter how many times a customer asks for another picture, she will oblige them. You need a lot of patience; I just want to stress that again. There are plenty of YouTube videos out there that will tell you how to thrift and how to get views for your YouTube channels. You have lightly worn clothes, or things that you can’t fit (we all have clothes that we can’t wear). Thrifting might be a way to get rid of unused clothes, and make a few dollars on the side.
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Stacking Money in 2019

It’s a new year, and I want to help you with one of your resolutions. Every year, we resolve to eat right, exercise, and save money. This blog is to help you solve one of those problems-actually, the only one I’m capable of; the other two are on you. These days, most things are expensive; you have to put two or three paychecks together if you want to pay cash. It’s not easy by any means. One thing you have to realize is that you are not alone in trying to make ends meet. You want to save money, but how? Don’t let fear keep you from increasing your financial worth. How many times do you discuss your financial situation with a family member or friend, (except in generic terms)., or make a joke about it. Like “(I can see the lint in my pocket, I’m so broke”). There are many like-minded people out there just like you who want to save but have limited funds, and know nothing of what’s out there that can help them change their financial situation.

Stocks and Stilettos

One group that’s out there helping women to learn all about investing is Cassandra Cummings’ Stock and Stilettos group. Cummings is a motivator and leader who gives women a platform to learn about investing and moving forward in their quest to be financially stable.

What caught my eye first about Stock and Stilettos was that name, which I found is exactly what this group is about women learning about investing financially in various ways. This is a very sought-after group with women from all backgrounds coming together to get educated and share about how to become financially fit. Your thinking can be anywhere from “I don’t know anything about investing” to “I want to expand my stock portfolio”; Stocks and Stilettos has something for you. Cummings is a hands-on leader who shares knowledge via FaceTime and brings in guest speakers to spread their knowledge to the women. There are classes and clubs that not only share knowledge, but help to form life-long friendships among the women. Stocks and Stilettos provides many ways to get beyond the “I don’t know anything about investing” mindset to you being confident in your investment choices.

  Beginners have no need to feel intimated. I just took a candlestick chart class that was for beginners who wanted to start to learn this type of chart. There are a lot of charts that can be used in investing. I found the class informative and not so involved that I felt lost.

This is a group every woman should consider joining to increase your financial knowledge and to be able to replace the lint in your pocket with green bills. If you’ve ever wondered about the stock market, options, cryptocurrency, or any financial vehicle, all it takes is going on Facebook and asking to join, and you will be on your way to bettering your financial situation.

                                                 Acorns

I call Acorns the-no-think about way of saving because you really just forget about it. It’s so easy, you won’t realize you’re saving.  This is how’s it done every time you buy something, Acorns rounds up the change and invests automatically. For example, if you buy a shirt for $12.50, Acorns rounds up to $13.00, invests the $0.50 automatically.  I know right at this moment you’re saying, “She’s crazy to think I’m going to put my hard-earned money in the stock market when it’s tanking every-day.” This is where the no-think part of Acorns comes in. You just spend, and they will do the investing for you. I’m not saying that you should just give someone your money and never look at it again (no way), but what I am saying is you don’t have to go out and buy Invest Dummies books to save through Acorns. There is an app and questions to see what your goals are. I’ve used Acorns since it started, and have never had a problem with customer service or withdrawing or adding funds. Saving will come no easier than with Acorns. There is a fee associated with Acorns.

                                            Crowdfunding

When you start seeing you bank account inch up, you’ll want to invest in all kinds of things (options and real estate, to name a few). I became interested in land through the crowdfunding site Kickstarter. There was a campaign a company named Acres was running to purchase land by paying for it monthly. When you finish paying, you get a clean title to the land.

While I’m mentioning Kickstarter, are you creative? I mean, can you sing, make something, or improve something out there? Then crowdfunding maybe the way for you to increase your financial worth. There are two crowdfunding sites that I am familiar with: Kickstarter and Indiegogo. I’m sure there are a lot that I don’t know about, but these are the two I have used personally. Crowdfunding is basically where you have an idea and you get people to believe in your dream by funding it. Here’s were the making money part comes in: you can sell your products to places like Amazon or Walmart, or through your own website.I have not created any campaigns however, I have helped fund dreams through crowdfunding such as Acres. I have a blog where I talk about the sites, called Uniquethings.blog.

                                            Fundrise

Real estate can be a great investment for your future. Fundrise is a real estate company that invests in property. They loan money and invest in up-and-coming communities in many states. What I like about Fundrise are the different types of homes and communities that I am invested in, as well as the communication they provide about new properties they are investing in. They provide you very-easy- to- understand information and descriptions about the different properties. There is an investment cost of $1,000 to join. The other thing I want to mention about Fundrise is that you set up a monetary goal and  pay down on that goal on a monthly basis. For example, if you wanted $20,000 within five years, you would pay $233 a month. I’m sure there are other ways to invest in real estate out there, and as your portfolio grows, consider adding real estate to your portfolio.

I just became aware of two websites that allow you to invest in real estate: Buildingbits.com and The Tulsa Real Estate Fund. I know very little of these two companies; Building Bits lets you choose the property that you want to invest in, and the Tulsa Real Estate Fund is African American- owned. Please do your research or talk to someone with experience before investing.

                                                  eBay

eBay and other sites where you resell items for profit are another way to increase your finances. My spouse does this, and it can be profitable, but you have to be careful of eBay fees. I tell people I’ll never look at a clearance rack the same. Why? Because every item on a clearance rack can potentially be resold for profit. It is not only items from your closet that can be resold; people actually go to Goodwill, thrift shops, and clearance racks to get the items they resell. Check it out on YouTube; this is a growing business for housewives. Did you know that Goodwill has a website that resellers use to increase their inventory? How times have changed.

                                            Robinhood

The website Robinhood is a very popular way to invest with minimal funds. Robinhood has a commission-free investing platform, which gives you more money to invest.

Robinhood offers such investment vehicles as stock, options and cryptocurrency, and offers information about the companies you are interested in. I personally like the ease of use, and being able to see what analysts are saying about a company before I invest. When you’re looking for an easy way to invest, give Robinhood some consideration.

                                         Stockpile

Stockpile is another web-based way to invest, like Robinhood. There were things I liked about investing in Stockpile, and things I did not like as much. What I liked about Stockpile is that you can invest in factual shares, but what I didn’t like was that your trades aren’t, completed until the end of the day. Here’s an example of factual investing with Stockpile: Let’s say you want to invest in Amazon, but don’t have $1,500 for a whole share. You can go to stockpile and buy a factional share of Amazon for, say, $25, and you can own a piece of Amazon. Stockpile is great for the person on limited funds who wants to own a piece of a company that would otherwise be out of their reach financially. Stockpile puts big companies such as Netflix and Amazon within your reach.

                                   Cryptocurrencies

I’m only mentioning cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum  because there is so much hope that crypto will do for us what the dollar does, which is to buy whatever you want. You will see many opinions as to whether cryptocurrency is worth investing in, since it’s very volatile at this time. Crypto is definitely something you should do your homework on or take a class on with a group such as Stocks and Stilettos.

No matter whether you’re new to investing or not, you should do your own research. Read books and ask questions. Don’t follow the hype unless you’ve come to the same conclusion. You should join groups such as Stocks and Stilettos and Robinhood, which also has a Facebook group. Everyone has their own situation, and my situation certainly won’t be yours, so be informed in your investments. Don’t spend the grocery money to invest, and learn to have patience, because nothing happens overnight. Happy Investing in 2019!

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Unique Things-Ebay Selling

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Bluetooth Backpack

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.