When we first started selling on eBay, we had things stashed in cupboards...then sneaking across the floor, then creeping out of our small extra bedroom. eBay quickly took over our house and left us having nightmares. Things were impossible to find when they sold and new inventory had no spot in our house. Our fire and pride of starting our own business slowly faded away as we started to look more like hoarders than anything. We finally hit the point where if we wanted to continue to grow our business (and stay sane), we needed a reliable method to store eBay inventory. While it may not be for everyone, this is what we've found to keep our eBay inventory organized! Let's break it down into steps so we can better see the journey we have taken thus far:
1. We rented a storage unit.
2. We organize inventory as it comes into the house
For a while after we started, we'd go thrifting, bring the items home, and they would become one with our carpet. Or a shelf. Or in their Goodwill bag in the corner. Having a designated spot for inventory was instrumental in streamlining our processes. It also kept us from making a huge mistake that many eBayers make...that is: As soon as you get home, you list the fun/exciting things that you bought and then let the other things just sit. Forever.
So here's what we do. When we bring items home, everything goes into one of 4 totes.
3. We pre-pack items and keep an inventory list
4. We organize items by type
Apart from our "J" and "TS" totes, (they orginally stood for T-Shirts and Jackets...) we have spot in storage for shoes, coats too big or valuable for poly mailers, and "other." The more organized you can keep your eBay inventory, the better off you'll be. You'll be able to ship things faster and with much less headache. Also, you'll never have to send that dreaded email, "I'm so so so sorry....I've looked everywhere but I can't find the item you bought from me. Please accept my cancel order request so I can send you a full refund as soon as possible. Sorry again! :("
The more accountable you can keep yourself, the better off your business will be!
That's all there is to it!
Having a solid and reliable way to sort and store inventory creates a major difference between a frustrating eBay hobby and a streamlined side business. If you've wanted to know how to store eBay inventory, hopefully we've answered your questions! If there is anything else you want to know, feel free to leave a comment below! Until then, thrift hard, have fun, and may the sales be ever in your favor!
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