Selling on eBay, Amazon, and Other Marketplaces

We all have old junk lying around our house. To us it’s junk, but to other people on the Internet, it could be extremely valuable. If you are looking to de-clutter, you should consider selling some of your old stuff on eBay, Amazon, and other online marketplaces. Brown Packaging supplies corrugated containers to individuals and companies that are looking to ship products online.

If you are planning on selling online, stock up on corrugated containers of all sizes, packing tape, bubble-wrap, and other packaging materials. Having a ready supply of these materials will help you ship your products quickly and earn positive feedback. Sellers on Amazon and eBay are heavily driven by positive feedback and negative comments can make or break an online seller’s ability to find buyers for their products.

The first step to selling on eBay or Amazon is to find products that you think are worth selling. The typical rule for Amazon is to sell new items or used items that fall into their acceptable categories. For example, Amazon forbids selling used clothing and shoes, but you can sell used electronics and video games. On the other hand, eBay allows sellers to offer used products from pretty much any category. If you are selling stuff from around your house, clean it up a bit, and prepare it for listing. Try to envision what type of corrugated containers you will use to ship your products and decide whether you will offer combined shipping and shipping discounts.

Once you have selected what items you will sell, you need to photograph them. While you can take the photographs anywhere, we highly recommend that you use a light box or a straight white background. Professional photos are more likely to translate into sales. A light box is easy to make. Simply look through your Selling on eBay, Amazon, and Other Marketplaces and select one that is large enough to showcase the majority of your items. Cut three square windows into the sides and top of your box. Next, apply white tissue paper over the square windows you cut out. Tape in a piece of white poster board with the matte finish facing up inside of the box. Your items will be placed on top of the poster board. Lastly, grab two desk lamps or adjustable lights. The lamps will provide lighting for your shots and create an attractive light diffusion effect. Light diffusion is a great way to highlight the details of your items and it will make them appear far more professional than an individual who photographed his items on the floor.

After photographing your items, you can list them on the various online marketplaces. For eBay, provide detailed descriptions. If an item is used, make it clear what problems it has. If you try to hide defects, buyers will tag you with the kiss of death, an item not as described (INAD) warning. On Amazon, the majority of popular products are already listed. You can simply list products by scanning the barcodes of your items with your smartphone. Pricing is tricky and requires an individual to check out their competition and offer competitive prices.

Once an item has sold, package it in your corrugated containers, pad it well, add any packing slips, tape your corrugated containers shut, and affix a shipping label on the box. Shipping labels can be purchased online or in a physical store.

Brown Packaging offers packaging solutions to companies in Burlington, the Golden Horseshoe, the GTA, and all of Ontario. If you have any questions about corrugated containers, please feel free to contact us today. We would be more than happy to help you out.