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Do you want to sell on ebay and Poshmark, but not sure what supplies you’ll need? It can be overwhelming, especially if you are brand new.

Never fear! I have been reselling for years, and I’ve tried lots of bubble mailers, tape, and boxes. I’m bringing you the best, most economical supplies for reselling on ebay and Poshmark out there!

If you’re going to make reselling into a part time or full time income, you’ll especially want to check out this list. Use these tools to make your reselling business as efficient and profitable as possible!

Lighting

Lighting can vary by budget. You can get away with using a window with a foam board or poster board near by or you can spring for a fancier lighting kit. I would invest in a lighting kit if you are going to make a business out of this. We can’t always work during the day, so you may not be able to depend on their being enough natural light for taking photos.

I prefer to use LED lighting over umbrellas or ring lights. It’s just a personal preference.

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Laser or Thermal Printer

There are several popular choices for printers for shipping labels, but they boil down to two basic printers, laser or thermal. You can use an ink jet printer if that’s all you have, but it’s not recommended. You will spend a fortune in ink before you know it.

Here are the pros and cons of laser vs thermal:

Laser printer

Pros:

  • more cost effective because it uses toner instead of ink
  • prints quickly

Cons:

  • takes longer than a thermal printer because labels have to be reloaded to print the other side
  • half-sheet labels are large, which is an issue for smaller packages

Thermal Printer

Pros:

  • prints very quickly
  • labels are generally 4″ x 6″, a great size for small packages
  • does not use ink

Cons:

  • initial purchase is more expensive

Note:

I currently use a Zebra 450 ctp. These can be purchased on Amazon, but you can generally purchase them for much less on ebay. That is how I purchased mine. At some point, you may have to replace the print head, but this is super easy to do. It just pops out, and you pop the new one in.

I do also have the previous version of the laser printer above. I use it for my everyday printing, but I also use it for Mercari labels when I am not using Pirate Ship for my Mercari labels.

The reason that I recommend the Zebra so strongly is because they are work horses. The are built to last! We are talking about running a business here. You need something that is going to last. The labels can be purchased fairly cheaply also. Zebras also do not require proprietary labels like the Dymo, which I do not recommend.

The other printer linked above is the Rollo thermal printer. It operates the same as the Zebra. I have not personally used the Rollo, but I have heard nothing but great things about them. The reason that I did not choose a Rollo is because the labels are stored on the outside of the printer in either a fan-fold stack or a roll. I would rather my labels be contained inside the printer. This is just a personal preference.

If you want to print your labels from your phone, there are a few options. Most laser printers will connect to your mobile phone. The Brother Thermal Printer has mobile connectivity, but it is also more expensive. There is a hack for the Rollo or Zebra that you can use to print from your phone, but this method is not wireless. This is a great thing to have in your back pocket, just in case your internet goes out. It happens!

You may have noticed that I did not recommend the Dymo thermal printer. There are several reasons why I do not recommend them, one being the fact that they are very cheaply made, especially compared to the Zebra. Dymo printers also require that you use propriety labels, and they are expensive. Lots of resellers use them. They’re just not my favorite.

Best Printers for Ebay and Poshmark Shipping Labels

Brother Laser Printer

Rollo Thermal Printer

Brother Thermal Printer

Zebra Thermal Printer

Shipping Labels

Shipping labels are a big key to efficiency. Nobody has time to cut and tape labels when they’re trying to run a business. There are half-sheet labels for laser printers. These need to be printed on one end, and then fed back through the printer to use the other side. Once you get the hang of it, it’s super easy.

Thermal printers have 4″ x 6″ labels that come connected, usually on a roll. The labels are super easy to feed into the machine, and then you are set. Just peel and stick!

You may have to invest a few dollars to buy labels in the beginning, but that is only because you’ll want to buy more than roll at a time. The price will be cheaper this way.

Best Labels for Laser & Thermal Printers

8 1/2″ x 11″ Half-Sheet Labels

Brother Thermal Labels

Zebra Thermal Labels

Rollo Thermal Labels

Postage Scale

Any business that ships packages needs a good scale. There is no need to buy an expensive one. I have had the same scale for years, and it still works great. You have to buy a scale!

I will suggest that you get one with a detachable screen so that you can actually read it without a large box covering it up. I have two scales, a smaller one that bought in the beginning, and then a larger scale for larger, heaver boxes. If you are just starting out, a small scale should be fine.

These are the two scales that I have currently:

Accuteck Postage Scale (50 lb limit)

Smart Weigh Postal Scale (440 lb limit)

Instead of the Accuteck scale above, I would purchase this one instead because the screen is not attached to the scale.

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Shipping Boxes

There are several places that I like to get boxes. This is something that can get expensive quickly, so just keep that mind. Of course cheapest is free. You can get free boxes from retail stores. Many of them may have a bin designated for cardboard near their dumpster. **Check your local laws and ordinances to make sure that it is not illegal to get boxes this way** You can also go into retail stores and ask if they have some boxes you can have.

Also know that you are not allowed to use boxes with alcohol branding on the outside. The postal service does not allow it.

The postal service also has free Priority Mail boxes that you can order online. They will deliver them to your door. It is illegal to use these boxes for First Class Mail. This is a common misconception/ way to abuse free supplies. Please do not do this.

Along with getting free boxes, I also purchase boxes a few ways. I use my quarterly coupon from ebay (you must have a store subscription). Sometimes I use this coupon for shipping boxes and other times for poly mailers. More on those later. If I don’t buy them from ebay’s shipping supply store, I purchase them from a ebay seller. If I need larger boxes, I get them from Lowe’s Home Improvement. Their moving boxes are very sturdy and inexpensive.

Over the years, I have discovered which box sizes that I use most. I try to keep those on hand at all times. It saves me a trip to the store in the middle of the day.

Free USPS Boxes

Padded Flat Rate Envelope

Priority Tyvek Envelope

Priority Mail  Box 7″ x 7″ x 6″

Priority Mail Box 12″ x 12″ x 8″

Priority Mail Box – 1092

Priority Mail Box – 1095

Priority Mail Box – 1097

Priority Mail Shoe Box 

Priority Mail Tyvek Envelope

Ebay Shipping Supply Store

6″ x 4″ x 4″ Box 

12″ x 6″ x 6″ Box  

12.5″ x 12.5″ Flat Adjustable Box

Lowe’s Home Improvement Store

Small Moving Box

Medium Moving Box

Large Moving Box

I also keep 7″ x 7″ x 7″ boxes, or something similar, on hand that I purchase from ebay. These are perfect for caps and other things that I need to ship First Class Mail.

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Bubble Mailers

Bubbles mailers are great for smaller objects are not particularly fragile. This could include video games, books, health and beauty products, etc.

Best Bubble Mailers on Ebay

#000 (4″ x 8″) Bubble Mailer

#0 (6″ x 10″) Bubble Mailer

#3 (8.5″ x 14.5″) Bubble Mailer

#5 (10.5″ x 16″) Bubble Mailer

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Poly Mailers

These are used mostly for clothing and anything else that is not fragile. If you need a certain bubble mailer size that you don’t have, wrapping the item in bubble wrap and then putting it in a poly mailer will work in a pinch.

I use my shipping coupon to purchase them from ebay, but they can be purchased elsewhere.

Best Poly Mailers on Ebay

Polymailer Starter Kit

9″ x 11.5″ Polymailer 

14.5″ x 18.5″ Polymailer

Poly Bags

Not to be confused with poly mailers, poly bags are great for storing and organizing lots of things from clothing to small lots of toys. They help keep everything grouped together and dust free.

Combo Pack

11″ x 14″ Poly Bags

Bubble Wrap

3/16″ Bubble Wrap (small bubbles)

1/2″ Bubble Wrap (big bubbles)

Combo pack (1 of each- 3/16″ & 1/2″)

Miscellaneous Reselling Tools

Box Resizer

Tape

Scotty Peelers

Stretch Wrap

Fabric Shaver

Cardboard Scissors

Electric Scissors

Cloth Measuring Tape

Heat Gun (for removing stickers)

Single Arm Bubble Wrap Dispenser

Anti Fatigue Floor Mat

iFixit Electronic Repair Driver Kit

Reselling Guides

Expanding your knowledge is the best way to learn more items to source, not to mention higher dollar items. One way you can do this is to educate yourself. The guides listed below are amazing quality, and you’ll make your money back with one flip!

Shoes to Bucks

Bags to Bucks

Bikes to Bucks

High Ticket Items to Bucks

You can also buy all four and get a discount! Click here to get the four guide deal.

Best Ebay Courses

Thrifter to Reselling Pro Course– a complete course for the beginner reseller. Learn how to source, list and ship for ebay, Mercari, and Poshmark. The ebook version is available as well.

Shoe Flipping Workshop– shoes are a great way to earn money. Learn all about them here!

Best Bookkeeping Software

I have tried pen and paper and spreadsheets, both free and paid, and the only thing I recommend is My Reseller Genie! It’s truly the Quickbooks of Reselling- tracks everything down to the brand/ style, etc- great for clothing or wholesale sellers). If you don’t know your numbers, you really don’t know what’s happening in your business.

Use code THEECOMMERCEMOM15 for 15% off your first month (code is case sensitive).

I also personally know the creators of My Reseller Genie, and you’ll receive excellent customer service if you need extra support.

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Conclusion

Starting a reselling business may seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to. Having the right tools makes it so much easier.

Here’s what you need to start your business:

  • Lighting
  • Laser or Thermal Printer
  • Shipping Labels
  • Postage Scale
  • Shipping Boxes
  • Bubble Mailers
  • Poly Mailers
  • Poly Bags
  • Bubble Wrap
  • Box Resizer
  • Tape
  • Scotty Peelers
  • Stretch Wrap

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  1. Poshmark charges sellers way too much! 20%…I seriously cringe when I list something because I literally just posted the same item for $10-$20 cheaper on FBook Marketplace, Mercari, OfferUp & eBay!!!

    Example:
    Item sold for $40.
    P.M. takes $8.
    I make $32

    Mercari only charges like 13.52% selling fee…..
    Item sold for $48
    Mercari takes $4.80 +$1.69 processing fee.
    I make $41.51
    13.52%

    Fb Marketplace barely charges sellers anything at all and a lot of the time they don’t charge anything at all.

    poshmark really needs to review their rates because buyers are going elsewhere. poshmark shipping fees are also way too high.

    1. I agree with you on the shipping. It is too much. However, it is so easy for sellers. I think Poshmark was intended to be marketed towards people who were cleaning out their closets, not professional resellers. The same goes for Mercari. The shipping makes it easy for everyday people to sell. I have personally found that I’ve sold items for more on Poshmark than their comps on other platforms, so in my mind it all evens out. I generally only cross post there. It’s not my primary source of reselling income. Thanks for your comment! 🙂

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