Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Tuesday's Ebay Selling Tip: Buy one of these, please!


We talked a little last week about getting your shipping supplies ready.  I've also shared a little about how I personally handle ebay selling with everything else in my life.  Maybe you've done some research, done some yard sale shopping, and you're ready to give it a try.  But there's something you might need first:  a scale.

If you are going to sell on ebay, you need a scale.  No, seriously, you HAVE to have this.  Without a scale, you can't ship from home.  And you HAVE to ship from home.  There is no going to the post office.  Do you hear me?  You don't have time for that!  In order to know how much your package weighs, and add calculated shipping to your listing, you must first have a scale to weigh your boxed item.  So you need this before you start.  Unless you want to drag all of your kids to the post office.  But who wants to do that?

Now you don't need anything fancy, or big (clearly, mine is smaller than a child's shoe box), or expensive.  You DO need a scale that will weigh up to approx. 30 pounds, is small enough to store away easily in your mommy drawer or cabinet, and is cheap.

I would not buy one from the post office.  You will probably pay double the price!  Don't buy one from Sam's Club--you'll get more scale than you really need.  I bought mine off of ebay, and paid less than $20 including shipping.  And trust me, it is worth every penny.  You'll save gas, time, and money as that's one less bag of goldfish you'll have to buy to keep the kids well-behaved in the long postal lines.

11 comments:

  1. I have that exact same scale, purchased it off ebay about 5 or 6 years ago and it has worked great for me!

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  2. Okay, so do you have to call your local post office to let them know you want them to pick up the packages? Or, do you just let your mail carrier know? I love these posts!! So helpful!! Thanks.

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  3. Tonya You can schedule a pick up from the USPS website

    I have that same scale as well. I love it and I got it off Ebay. Such a great timesaver

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  4. Thanks for the tip I have a small scall for now and will def. be upgrading soon as I can do so

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  5. Amen to the scale. It has been a lifesaver.

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  6. How funny I Have the same scale I paid $2 at a yard sale! :-) Its great, cant believe how many of us readers have the same one.

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  7. What a great idea! I was wondering how I would know *exactly* how much something weighs. Off to look for a scale!

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  8. Funny how a simple thing like that makes a big difference. No longer guessing.

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  9. I bought a scale today on ebay for $20 with shipping. I probably could have waited a little while to get it a few bucks cheaper but I checked completed listings and saw they were mostly going for that price anyway. I am so proud of myself for getting one! And I finally listed two things today--two popular novels so it was super easy. I'm so excited!

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  10. I know I'm late commenting...but would a digital bathroom scale work? I have one I got at Target for $30 and love it....would it work to use as a shipping scale?

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  11. Is it an electric scale or does it run on batteries

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