These are the tools and equipment that I use every day in my eCommerce business. This is my cheat sheet of the best tools to start an eCommerce business. Using the right tools for the job makes the job so much easier!
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Brother HL-L2340DW Laser Printer– I use this for all of my printable planning sheets or worksheets. I also use it for FedEx labels for ebay. Laser printers use toner. They are much cheaper to operate than ink jet printers. You can typically get 1,500 prints out of one cartridge. The average cost of a cartridge is $25-30
Half Sheet Shipping Labels– These are the labels that I use to ship items via FedEx with ebay. They can also be used to print USPS shipping labels for ebay and Etsy. Print your label, peel and stick. Then turn around your labels and put them back in the printer to use the other half. Easy!
Box Resizer– This tool makes it easy to reduce boxes that are too large for your item. That will reduce the cost to ship it and eliminate the need for void fill. Easy to use and easy to store, it is money well spent!
Packing Tape– This is great quality tape that is easy to start and does not split. I would rather pay a little more than to waste twice as much time and tape because it splits. It can be used with a dispenser or tape gun.
Accuteck Postage Scale (50 lb limit)– Great scale for most packages, especially if you sell smaller items. I have used mine many times over the past few years, and it works great.
Smart Weigh Postal Scale (440 lb limit)– This is a more recent purchase for me, but necessary for shipping large, bulky boxes. This is especially important if you are selling via Amazon FBA.
Scotty Peelers– These are easy, inexpensive tools that will save you a lot of time and headache. Use them for removing price stickers without damaging the packaging.
Fabric Shaver– This is THE BEST fabric shaver that I’ve ever used. It plugs into the wall, and had more power than a battery operated version. It’s great for freshening up your new clothing inventory before you list it.
Kitchen Shears– I use these all the time! They come in handing for cutting off tags, cutting corners of boxes when resizing them, and much more. They’re made for the kitchen so they will cut almost anything.
Stretch Wrap– This is a new addition to my toolkit, and I am constantly finding new uses for it. You can wrap boxes for board games and vintage toys without damaging them. Shipping large items is much easier now too because I can cover them in cardboard and stretch wrap. This works great for odd shaped items.
Fragile Stickers– These stickers add a professional touch to your packages. There’s no proof that they actually change the way your packages are handled, but they do give the buyer peace of mind that you took care in the way you packaged their item.
4 x 6 Zipper Bags– These are great for organization and shipping. Corral small parts in games, toys, etc. easily with these bags. Use them for protecting items during shipment.
Avery Multi-Use Labels– Use these labels to easily identify items that are in poly bags. When you sell items in lots, it can easy to get them mixed up. Just put a letter or number on the label and add it to your custom SKU on ebay or the description of your Poshmark or Mercari Listing.
USB Scanner– A scanner comes in handy if you are selling new in box items, media or books. Quickly search ebay or Amazon for those items without having to type out all the UPC numbers. This will save you so much time!