Keeping Your Supply Costs Down While Selling on eBay

Keeping your supply costs down when selling online is as important as finding good deals to sell. If your overhead is too high, it will eat into your profits.

As I talked about in the Supplies Needed For eBay post, shipping labels, polybags, boxes, shipping tape, and bubble wrap, are all very necessary supplies needed to do online sales. I just recently have been price shopping for the supplies that I need, to make sure I’m getting the best deals.

Shipping labels

I was purchasing them on eBay and paying .046 cents per label. Amazon┬áhas the same thing for .040 cents per label for 200 labels. Not a huge savings, but when you’ve ordered 2500+ labels this year as I have, it is a savings of almost $10.

Bubble wrap

Bubble wrap can come in different quantities, with different size bubbles. I prefer the large 5/16″ bubbles. They give better protection than the small bubbles do. I have been buying my bubble wrap at Walmart in 15 foot lengths for $5.44 a package, which means .36 cents a foot. Once again, Amazon┬áhas a better price of 100 feet for $14.96, which is .15 cents a foot. That’s a tremendous savings!

Poly bag mailers

There are 4 main sizes that I use in poly bag mailers. They are 12″ x 16″, 10″ x 13″, 7.5″ x 10.5″ and 6″ x 9″. After searching and comparing prices, I can get the 6″ x 9″ size for the best price on eBay at .049 cents a piece, compared to Amazon’s price of .548 cents each, but Amazon has the best price for the other sizes. 7.5″ 10.5″ is at Amazon for .072 cents each compared to eBay’s .119 cents each. 10″ x 13″ can be purchased for .088 cents each at Amazon, instead of .197 at eBay, and 12″ x 16″ is half the price at Amazon for .119 cents a piece as compared to eBay’s .21 cents a piece. I buy a large quantity of poly bag mailers, which means this is going to save me quite a bit of money!

Shipping tape

I have a shipping tape desk dispenser that takes rolls of clear tape that are 2″ wide. Amazon narrowly won that contest too beating out eBay by .03 cents a yard.

Keeping the costs of your supplies down, will make your bottom line go up!



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