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Bargain Bandit Tuesday 1/15/2013

Today is Tuesday and that means it’s time for my Bargain Bandit episode. Every week, I share information about some of my recent sales, show off some favorite picks, and shout out to fellow you-

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Bargain Bandit Tuesday 1/15/2013

Games You Should Pick # 7: Pirates of th

Hi everyone! I thought since board games are my specialty, I would do a Game of the Week feature where I talk about a different board game and why you should be picking it up. We’ll call this fe

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Games You Should Pick # 7: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest Pirates Dice Game

YouTube Round-up 1-5-13 to 1-11-13

In this weekly feature, we’ll post links to various videos on YouTube that were posted in the past week. These videos may be helpful to pickers just starting out or to seasoned veterans. Or they

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YouTube Round-up 1-5-13 to 1-11-13

Highlighted eBay Post: Clue (1963)

In this weekly feature, which will be posted every Thursday, I will talk about a current listing of mine. I’ll explain why it’s a good pick-up and why it might still be for sale on eBay in

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Highlighted eBay Post: Clue (1963)

How-To Wednesdays: Checking Board Games

Every Wednesday, we’ll do a short how-to where we’ll tackle a topic in the reselling space and try to give clarity on it. eBay and other selling platforms, as well as picking itself, can b

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Bargain Bandit Tuesday 1/15/2013

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by on January 15, 2013 at 8:22 pm

Today is Tuesday and that means it’s time for my Bargain Bandit episode. Every week, I share information about some of my recent sales, show off some favorite picks, and shout out to fellow you-tubers I enjoy watching. I really enjoying doing these shows and would love to hear what other people think.

As promised in the episode, here’s a bonus item that I recently sold!

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Bibles don’t have to be 60 years old to sell well. This is a Living Bible, Red Letter Edition, Paraphrased that was released in 1983 by Tyndale House Publishers. It contains both the Old and New Testament. Some of the pages have slight creasing to them and the cover has a few marks. There is writing on the inside, in the form of an inscription.

I pick up bibles like this whenever I see them and they always sell. The worst the condition, though, the harder to sell. This one is in fairly good condition, but with the writing on it and the newness of the item, it did take a while to sell. I had it listed for $17.88 and took an offer of $15. I only paid $.50 for this bible. Media mail is super cheap so the shipping on this item is very low (and as a result, fees on shipping are low too, always a good thing.) My total profit on this item after everything was $11.96. Not too shabby!

You can view tonight’s Bargain Bandit episode here (or below). Please visit my channel and like and subscribe! You may leave me comments on my YouTube channel or here. Thanks for watching!

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Games You Should Pick # 7: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest Pirates Dice Game

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by on January 14, 2013 at 5:23 pm

Hi everyone!

I thought since board games are my specialty, I would do a Game of the Week feature where I talk about a different board game and why you should be picking it up. We’ll call this feature Games You Should Pick. To make this interesting, I’m only going to talk about games I’ve actually managed to find and sell. There’s all kinds of games you should be looking out for, like Fireball Island and Dark Tower, but I haven’t managed to find either of those yet!

This week’s game is Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest Pirates Dice Game

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Who doesn’t love Pirates of the Caribbean? I mean, everyone loves it. From the Disney ride to the movies starring the very hot Johnny Depp, it’s an amazing franchise. Board Gaming capitalized on its popularity and released Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest Pirates Dice. It was a very cool game with gorgeous dice and four molded plastic cups. There were a couple of versions of it released, but the above pictured version is the only one I’ve ever managed to find.

Because of the movies popularity, a lot of mainstream gamers did buy this game when they saw it in the stores. As a result, it’s not really that rare and can often be found at yard sales or thrift stores. If you ever see one and it’s reasonably priced ($3 or less), it’s worth picking up, provided its complete. The contents are pretty slim, a collection of dice, four cups, and the instructions, so it’s very easy to tell if it is complete.

I’ve managed to find two copies of this game. Both were complete and in good condition. And both sold very quickly. One I sold for about $25 and the other I sold for $10. I’m not really sure why I sold the second copy for $10 other than I was trying to do a quick turnaround or experimenting with auctions and that went horribly wrong. Normally, I’d price these at $20 to $25 and in the future, I won’t be taking less than that.

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YouTube Round-up 1-5-13 to 1-11-13

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by on January 11, 2013 at 10:06 pm

In this weekly feature, we’ll post links to various videos on YouTube that were posted in the past week. These videos may be helpful to pickers just starting out or to seasoned veterans. Or they just may be very entertaining. If you want to know who you should be watching on YouTube, this is a great list to start you out! We’ll be posting it every Friday for the week prior. If there are multiple videos on the person’s channel this week, we are linking only one, so be sure to subscribe to anyone you find interesting and check out the rest of their videos!

Must Watch Video of the Week

“Trash Talk & Treasures” with Brent & Wally Episode 18 (with TD Some Like It Used!!!!!) – ounitproductions

Haul & Sales Videos
ebay update sales what going to be coming up in the next few weeks – juan santana
I HAD A GREAT DAY! – A COUPLE OF STORIES FOR YA & A D.A.V. HAUL – wheelnNdealNwWheely5
Monday 1 6 13 updates on stuff – Cripple Picker
FIRST PICKS OF THE NEW YEAR – HUDSONVALLEYPICKER
Thrift Store Haul Video 1 7 2013 – William Stoner
Vintage 49ers satin jacket, modern jacket how to flip sh*t for profit Thrift store to Ebay – thecollegepicker
THRIFT STORE T SHIRT AND COFFE MUG HAUL PLUS 200 SUBSCRIBER CONTEST!!!!!! – BrandNewPicker
A Thank You, A Giveaway, and A Goodwill Haul to Resell on Ebay! – annabellasgiftshop
Collective Haul (eBay, Listia, Sneekpeeq, Belated Birthday Goodies) – xpurr
My first Haul video for 2013 – thewarlord1944
Retro Retail: Clothing Ebay sales update, more clothing pick ups/hauls – RetroRetail
Goodwill -Thrift Store-More Lace-Ebay-Gold Question – 1dandiesmom
Estate Sale Finds-January 4, 2012– geminigal07
Yard Sale / Flea Market Finds Haul Video #152 Oprah’s Wastebasket – terminal99
Unboxing of mid-west auction haul… Also a quick update on eBay tin toy listings – MikesCollection
YouTube Feedback+Hauls+More – ThePickerGoose
Garage Sale Finds to Sell on eBay – Sterling Silver and WWII Paratrooper Pocket Knife – garagesalervaughn
Online auction purchase – yardsalefinds96
Video Games Carved Water Buffalo Horn. Flea Market Garage Yard Estate Sale Finds Pick-Ups – 1/6/13 – 2ndhanddaisy
$1 to 50K Ebay/Picker Challenge: Episode 19 – 1dollarto50k

Helpful Videos

Morning Cup of Joe E15 LIVE Picker Show: Selling Books & Legos – globalvoodoo
How To Grow Your Resale Business 2013- Storage Auctions Ebay Picking Craigslist – Glendon007
5 Hands-on Tips for selling Clothes on Ebay – Create a Successfull Ebay Clothing Business FAST! – Raiken Profit
How To Drive eBay Traffic With Penny Auctions – Phoenix Picker
GET INTERNATIONAL W EBAY – GLOBAL HUSTLING! – Bonafide Hustler
Some common Questions asked about Picking – Politcal Picker
HOW TO CLEAN GAMECUBE AND OTHER GAME CASES TO SELL ON EBAY! – thevintagefetcher

Entertaining and Interesting Videos

Intro video to picking! eBay buying reselling garage sale thrift store – MillionBUCKS97
A&C TRIO | Ebay Question – Please Answer! – antiquesandcollectab
Buyers with little or no feedback? – BuyFlipShip
Urban Diggers Garage Sale Thrift Haul And The Winner Is Extra Clips 2012 Look Back – Urbandiggers
Question to the hustlers/pickers – I have a restricted eBay item – pthustle
CALIFORNIA PICKIN LIVE #2 – CaliforniaPickin
The Texas Auction Picker LIVE! – Micheal Bomberger

krausehouseofcards YouTube Channel Videos

All About Board Games Episode 3 1/7/13
The Bargain Bandit, Year 2, Episode 2 1/8/2013 (Reselling on eBay)

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Highlighted eBay Post: Clue (1963)

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by on January 10, 2013 at 5:02 pm

In this weekly feature, which will be posted every Thursday, I will talk about a current listing of mine. I’ll explain why it’s a good pick-up and why it might still be for sale on eBay in an attempt to help other people understand the process of selling on eBay and the items I pick up. Please comment and let me know what you think!

Clue 1963 Listing

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Clue is a classic board game that was originally released in the U.K. as Cluedo in 1949. Since that release, it has seen many versions and spin-offs come to life. This copy is the 1963 release and the third release from Parker Brothers in the United States. It’s the original murder mystery game and will never go out of style.

The biggest issue with selling these games is that they are fairly common, so the market is flooded with them. That said, if you price your game right and you have a pretty decent copy, they do sell.

This copy is in good condition. The box has some condition issues, including a taped up apron and corner and a tear in one side of the top box. The bottom box has two torn corners. An arrow was drawn on the inside of the top box. There is shelf wear.  The interior contents are in good condition. The cards do not look like they have been handled much. The contents are complete and include the game board, six colored tokens, six miniature weapons, one die, 21 cards, the solution cards envelope, and a pad of detective notes. It also comes complete with the original instructions (dated 1950, but these are the instructions that came with this game in that year.) The box also has the original insert in pretty good condition, a neat find as the art on it is fantastic!

The reason I haven’t sold it yet is more than likely my price point at $22.99 with free shipping. I know if I wait for the right person to come along who really wants a game with the original insert and barely used contents, I will get the price I am asking for. Selling board games is often about patience. That said, I do have best offer on the item, so I would take a few dollars less.

With this price point, I’m look at my pure profit to be about $9. I have free shipping on the item and it will cost about $10 to ship to most places. I put free shipping on this so I would be higher in the search listings.

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How-To Wednesdays: Checking Board Games for Completeness

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by on January 9, 2013 at 5:29 pm

Every Wednesday, we’ll do a short how-to where we’ll tackle a topic in the reselling space and try to give clarity on it. eBay and other selling platforms, as well as picking itself, can be daunting. If you have a topic you would like to see in the How-To Wednesday topic, please leave comments and we will try to add it to the schedule. Thanks for reading!

A very common question I get all the time is “How do I know if a game is complete?” There are a variety of ways to figure this out.

2013-01-09 17.22.31First, and most commonly, the instructions inside the board game will usually have a detailed list of everything that is supposed to be in the game, including how many cards there are supposed to be (if it’s a game with cards.) If the instructions are missing, fear not, because on newer board games, the back of the box will often have that same listing of contents.

2013-01-09 17.23.15If it’s an older game without instructions or the instructions don’t detail what’s supposed to be in the box, which is a fairly common issue with games that are pre 1970, knowing what is supposed to be in the game can be difficult. One of the easiest ways to check for completeness is to check other eBay listings to see what people are saying there is supposed to be. If you find three or four listings with the same contents list, it’s pretty likely that’s what a complete game looks like.

If you can’t find other listings that detail what they have in the game and the other methods are failing you, another great place to check is boardgamegeek.com. This website is full of information about board games, and the older games will usually have a contents listing or someone will have posted on the forum what the game is supposed to have. If not, it can’t hurt to post yourself and ask what’s supposed to be in the game, and maybe someone who knows they have a complete copy will give you a list.

Finally, Google is your friend and a Google search for the game, if all other methods have failed, will usually result in a million listings that have nothing to do with what you need to know, but one somewhere in that haystack that will give you the info.

When all else fails, simply list the game on eBay and detail out what the contents you have in the game. Do not say it is complete, let other people come to their own assumptions about the game. If you do not claim it is complete, because you aren’t sure, and you list everything that is included, then the person buying the game knows what they are getting.

Hope this helps!

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Bargain Bandit Tuesday 1/8/2013

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by on January 8, 2013 at 11:24 pm

Today is Tuesday and that means it’s time for my Bargain Bandit episode. Every week, I share information about some of my recent sales, show off some favorite picks, and shout out to fellow you-tubers I enjoy watching. I really enjoying doing these shows and would love to hear what other people think.

As promised in the episode, here’s a bonus item that I recently sold!

Belt Buckle

I’ve only ever bought one storage locker and in the locker, there were some interesting items. Most of the stuff I ended up selling at a yard sale (it was a lot of clothes and boots), but there were a few items I did think would be better for eBay. This was one of them and I’ve had it up a few months, but it finally sold, albeit not for much. It was a metal belt buckle with a small Iron Cross on it and shaped like a shooting flame.

We set this item’s cost at $1 (even though we’ve already more than made our money off that storage unit). We sold it for $6.99 plus shipping and our total profit after fees and shipping was $5.21. It was really cheap to ship!

You can view tonight’s Bargain Bandit episode here (or below). Please visit my channel and like and subscribe! You may leave me comments on my YouTube channel or here. Thanks for watching!

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Games You Should Pick #6: Aggravation

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by on January 7, 2013 at 11:20 pm

Hi everyone!

I thought since board games are my specialty, I would do a Game of the Week feature where I talk about a different board game and why you should be picking it up. We’ll call this feature Games You Should Pick. To make this interesting, I’m only going to talk about games I’ve actually managed to find and sell. There’s all kinds of games you should be looking out for, like Fireball Island and Dark Tower, but I haven’t managed to find either of those yet!

This week’s game is Aggravation.

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Aggravation is a popular marble game in which players move marbles from their base to their home around a board. It’s very simple gameplay that has been released many times over the years. The first release of this game was in 1962 from the CO-5 Company. It has since been re-released by Lakeside Games and Milton Bradley.

The pricing on this varies from $15 to $60 based on condition.  The age actually has very little to do with the price as well. Original first year copies sell for about the same as copies from 1998. The important thing with this game is that all the marbles are there. The board should also be in very good condition. Even poor condition boxes will sell very easily and for pretty decent money. The better the condition, though, the more valuable the game. Sealed copies from the 60s to the 80s could sell as high as $80. Very good condition copies from all years could net anywhere from $20 for newer versions to $60 for vintage copies (but these need to be near mint). Poor condition copies, with significant box damage, will still sell easily for $15 to $20. These games are difficult to keep in stock, so easily do they sell.

I’ve sold two copies of Aggravation. The first was a 1999 copy that was in excellent condition. I sold that one for $19.99 plus shipping. The other I sold was a very poor condition release from 1977. The box was a complete disaster and the die was a replacement die, but all the marbles where there and the bottom box along with the insert were still in fairly good condition. That copy sold for $14.99 plus shipping. Both copies sold within a couple of days of being listed.

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YouTube Round-up 12/29/12 – 01/04/13

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by on January 4, 2013 at 10:49 pm

In this weekly feature, we’ll post links to various videos on YouTube that were posted in the past week. These videos may be helpful to pickers just starting out or to seasoned veterans. Or they just may be very entertaining. If you want to know who you should be watching on YouTube, this is a great list to start you out! We’ll be posting it every Friday for the week prior. If there are multiple videos on the person’s channel this week, we are linking only one, so be sure to subscribe to anyone you find interesting and check out the rest of their videos!

Must Watch Video of the Week

Yard sale / thrift store finds to resell on ebay #2 – Buying your education & A huge thank you! – MrRetroJosh
Note: This is a great channel to watch. This kid is 15 years old and he’s already got a good eye and instinct on what to buy! Definitely watch him.

Haul & Sales Videos
yard sale finds 12-29-12 to resell on ebay – JuanSantana
1 1 13 More About Me – Cripple Picker
December Sales on eBay – William Stoner
Come Picking with Me at the Salvation Army Thrift Store! Mugs, Games & Underwear – OH MY! – annabellasgiftshop
MY CHKD THRIFT STORE HAUL! PROBABLY A HIT & MISS HAUL??? – wheelnNdealNwWheely5
Sale Update Video $10.75 turned into $196 – terminal99
The Texas Auction Picker Super Show Live! – Micheal Bomberger
Huge Thrift Store Clothing Haul!! – Turn $125 into $600-800. Watch & Learn. – Raiken Profit
Upcoming Contest, a Shout Out, Recent Mug Sale & a Teaser on Items I Picked – Phoenix Picker
30 spent today at Goodwill… – BuyFlipShip
HOLIDAY END OF THE YEAR AUCTION,CRAIGSLIST HAUL WWII SCRAPBOOK PAPER AND MORE… – BrandNewPicker
More Goodwill and Thrift Store Hauls – 1dandiesmom
Retro Retail: Ebay sales update, Ebay store update, from Video games to Clothes – RetroRetail
EPIC END OF THE YEAR GOODWILL HAUL VIDEO! FIREKING, HERMES PERFUME! – PickingProfits
$1 to 50K Ebay/Picker Challenge: Out of State Trip Big City Picking finds @ Goodwill etc. – 1dollarto50k
Auction Haul… Overview of the Cool Tin Wind-Up Toys New Vintage & Lots of Books – MikesCollection
Weekly Pickups – Vintage Wranglers, Pendletons, Color Laser Printer and More – SpokanePickers
On The Road Making Money Reselling Online Ebay Amazon Picker – ThePickerGoose
Yard Sale Trail December Haul Video: Find of the Year!!! – Brian Cook

Helpful Videos

HUSTLER QUICK TIP – Consistent money every day! – Bonafide Hustler
Know Your Market Demographics!! – Resale Renegade
How to list items. eBay basics – Politcal Picker
Free Mailing Boxes Brand New From The Post Office – TheNinjaPicker

Entertaining and Interesting Videos

The Gal Picker Show w/ Tracey & Staci – MARKETING – TheGalPickerShow
First LIVE Video of 2013!!! – TheWarwickWarrior
Urban Diggers 2012 A Look Back Thrift Haul Garage Sale Big Giveaway How To Make Money – UrbanDiggers
Hustler’s MindSet On Steroids 2013- Massive Activity – Glendon007
“Trash Talk & Treasures” PRESENTS “Fetch & Brent’s COCKIN’ New Year’s Eve!!” (TV-MA) – ounitproductions

krausehouseofcards YouTube Channel Videos

Bargain Bandit – Happy New Year Edition! 1/1/13 – Year 2. Episode 1.
All About Board Games Ep. 2 New Years Eve Edition!
A quick look around my inventory

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Highlighted eBay Post: Flustration

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by on January 4, 2013 at 6:42 pm

In this weekly feature, which will be posted every Thursday, I will talk about a current listing of mine. I’ll explain why it’s a good pick-up and why it might still be for sale on eBay in an attempt to help other people understand the process of selling on eBay and the items I pick up. Please comment and let me know what you think!

Flustration

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Flustration asks the question, have you ever been flustrated? Each player starts with 4 marbles in the start position and move them around the board to their home base using die rolls. This game was released in 1974 by Reiss Games. It comes complete with the game board, 16 marbles (4 of each color), 2 dice, and the instructions. This game is VERY similar to Aggravation.

The box has some condition issues. There is rubber band damage and tearing in the paper. There is some shelf wear as well. The interior contents look good. The instructions have some damage but are very readable. The marbles and board are in very good condition. The dice are not original to the game, but are in good condition.

Why hasn’t this game sold yet? More than likely, it’s because who want this ‘type’ of game don’t realize this is what they are looking for. Aggravation games sell for $20 easily, even in mediocre condition. This game is in pretty great condition, has a lot of age on it, and is complete. It’s also got a solid wooden board and is fancier than the normal Aggravation. My price point is very fair at $19.99 plus shipping. The game will sit in my store and probably sell when someone who wants an Aggravation comes across it and realizes what it is.

With this price point, I’m look at my pure profit to be about 15 dollars.

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How-To Wednesdays: eBay Shipping

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by on January 2, 2013 at 10:44 pm

Every Wednesday, we’ll do a short how-to where we’ll tackle a topic in the reselling space and try to give clarity on it. eBay and other selling platforms, as well as picking itself, can be daunting. If you have a topic you would like to see in the How-To Wednesday topic, please leave comments and we will try to add it to the schedule. Thanks for reading!

usps-logoShipping through eBay is easy! I’ll say it again, shipping through eBay is easy! You only need a printer and half-sheet labels. If you don’t have half-sheet labels or would prefer to use plain paper, you can do that too! I do like the convenience of self-adhesing half-sheet labels. To make it easy, here’s a link to a listing on eBay that I buy labels from. You can get labels from this same vendor in differing amounts. The listing I linked is for 400 labels (200 sheets). You can start out with 100 sheets, or if you expect to do a lot of volume, you can buy them in even greater quantities. It’s free shipping, too!

Now that you have a printer and your paper or labels, what’s next?

When you set up a listing, you can choose from a variety of shipping methods. I prefer using calculated shipping, but it doesn’t really matter which method you use. Once the item has sold, you will have an option to ‘print shipping label’. When you click that, you will be taken to the shipping label screen. Here, you will have many options to choose from.

The first thing you will need to decide is if you want to use USPS or Fedex to ship. Recently, Fedex has become an option and in some cases, Fedex will be cheaper than even parcel post, and quicker too! If you choose Fedex, you will only need to put in the weight of the item and it will default to home delivery. The price is generally not cheaper unless you are shipping more than 4 lbs. At 4 lbs and above, depending on where the item is shipping to, Fedex may be a better option. The only downside is that you have to take it in to a Fedex drop facility, whereas with USPS, you can schedule a pickup if you know a day ahead of time you need them to come by.

If you decide to ship USPS, which will likely be the way you ship with most of your packages, you will need to know the weight of your item. If you are shipping internationally, first class, be sure to get the exact weight as first class international charges are based on a per ounce rate up to 4 pounds. For first class domestic, it’s only up to 13 ounces, but again on a per ounce weight. Shipping parcel post or Priority Mail via USPS is done per pound, so a package that is 2 pounds 1 ounce will be the same cost as a package that is 2 pounds 15 ounces. Keep that in mind when choosing your packing materials and box.

FedEx_Home_Delivery-logo-8753240591-seeklogo.comOnce you have put in the weight of your item and selected your shipping method, all you have to do is click either create label (Fedex) or Purchase Postage (USPS.) With USPS, if you are a new seller and are still in your holding period, where Paypal holds your money for a certain time, you will be given an option of paying later. This is great, since the money for the shipping won’t be taken out until the money you were paid actually clears. Otherwise, the payment for the shipping will be immediately removed from Paypal funds.

On the next screen, you will be given an option to print the label. Clicking that will bring up a window where you can adjust your margins, which is great if you are shipping smaller boxes. Otherwise, you just click print and voila, you have a label all ready to be affixed to your package.

In a future how-to, I will go over the different options for USPS shipping. I hope you found this helpful. Please comment and leave any questions you might have. Thanks for reading!

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