Children’s clothes are big business on eBay as families everywhere try to pinch pennies and get more for less when it comes to necessities.
Name brands such as Gymboree, Oilily, Hannah Andersson and Ralph Lauren can bring in pretty good resale bids, but that doesn’t mean you should overlook the less-than-designer brands.
Many parents just purchase according to their tastes in color, fabric or design, regardless of brand. However, you need to accept that you won’t get as much resale value from those items. Bearing this in mind, you’ll need to keep your shipping costs low to attract those sales.
One way to do this is to avoid using a box if you have lightweight items. While bulky items such as jeans, overalls or coats require a box, there are many smaller items that could benefit from creative packaging to avoid the weight the box would add to the shipping cost.
A very easy way to ship small items is to recycle. The cardboard envelopes that are used for Priority Mail or Express Mail letters, or documents sent by services such as Airborne or UPS are perfect for wrapping small clothing. These cardboard envelopes fit perfectly inside a large clasp envelope.
If you purchase clasp envelopes in bulk at a St. Louis Office Max or Sam’s Club, you won’t end up paying very much per individual envelope. Then, you can insert a previously used cardboard mailer filled with your kid’s clothing item, and have an instant, sturdy package without the bulk of a cardboard box.
You can also use lightweight boxes, such as a cereal box, but it takes a lot more time to cover the box in brown, mailing paper. When you use the cardboard mailer and clasp envelope combination, you’ve got a strong package that already has a blank surface for the buyer’s address. And best of all, you have kept your shipping cost down and your profit up.
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