eBay sellers are constantly looking to expand
their eBay inventory and possibly pick up a new sales niche. One highly popular
niche of items to sell on eBay and Amazon.com includes kitchenware. Specifically, coffee mugs.
and brands of coffee mugs to consider include:
Collectibles – Hardees, Dave & Busters, Steak n Shake, etc.
FireKing – Produced by Anchor Hocking in the 1940s for everyday use.
Today, Fire-King is highly sought after by collectors or persons looking to
replace a piece of their collection.
Mugs denoting family members are in demand throughout the year. These mugs make
perfect gifts for Father's Day, Mother’s Day, birthdays, anniversaries all year round.
Occupational: Teacher, Nurse, Doctor, Librarian, Fireman, etc
– many collect items of a certain animal: cows, pigs, cats, dogs, chickens, horses
Kitchen – many will add coffee mugs to match the décor of a kitchen.
Kitchen-themed mugs include: apples, chickens, cows, coffee / java, chef,
OTAGIRI Japan – Very decorative collectible mugs produced in Japan.
Many of the designs are retired and can fetch a pretty penny on eBay.
Starbucks – Starbucks city mugs are always a hot seller, but do
not overlook those “plain”
Starbucks mugs.Starbucks holiday themed mugs as well as dated coffee mugs are often
good sellers on eBay. For example, I sold a set of 4 Starbucks Candy Striped mugs for $56 shipped.
most secure and cost effective way to ship a mug is called the FOMO method.
This method involves securing the mug in a cardboard box, then placing the box
into an USPS flat-rate bubble mailer envelope. I have yet to have any
complaints of breakage. However, just to be sure, always select the option for
free USPS insurance. To do so, view Shipping on eBay with Free Insurance using USPS Priority Mail.
eBay sellers can reduce time and effort when shipping a number of eBay
items by using the Shipping Action – Print Shipping Labels option within eBay.
Visit How to Create Multiple Shipping Labels on eBay for detailed instructions. By printing multiple shipping labels at a time,
sellers can enter the weight of all items awaiting shipping, select the
delivery service type, pay and print for all labels at once. Then, eBay
provides the seller with a Shipment Confirmation Acceptance Notice (SCAN) Form
that can be presented to the postal clerk upon acceptance of the packages.
However, top rated sellers concerned about eBay’s defect rating system should
be cautious of this time-saving technique for printing multiple shipping
My own experience has proven:
1. Initially, only the tracking number on the bottom of the SCAN
Form is traceable on USPS.com
2. The tracking numbers displayed under Sold / Shipping Labels are
not tracked on USPS.com until the number has been
scanned / accepted at a post office.
Based on my own experience, a high dollar item was shipped using
the SCAN Form, but the package itself was not traceable. The tracking number on
the shipping label when entered on USPS.com simply stated “Not Found”.
The information provided by eBay when clicking on the tracking
number stated “The seller has provided a tracking number. The tracking status
will be updated once the shipment reaches the carrier.”
New and experienced buyers alike questioned if their package had
been shipped and why the status of the tracking number provided had not been
USPS customer service offered no assistance despite showing them
that the tracking number was valid and not entered improperly
3. Once each individual shipping label has been scanned, the
tracking number becomes valid and appears on USPS.com. For instance, I dropped
multiple packages off using the SCAN Form at the Peoria, IL post office. Three
of those packages were not traceable as the tracking number was “not found”.
Finally, one of the packages was scanned in Ohio and the tracking number became
traceable on USPS.com
4. After speaking with the postmaster, she suggested that I
continue to use the SCAN Form, but assured me that each package will be scanned
/ accepted at the counter. Her suggestion defeats the purpose of using the SCAN
Form to save time and effort.
Based on my own experience, I have reverted back to printing one
shipping label at a time, presenting each package to the postal clerk to be
scanned / accepted at the counter. As a top rated seller on eBay, I cannot risk
the chance of receiving a defect for something that is out of my control:
United States Postal Service mail delivery and acceptance.
time and effort when shipping a number of eBay items by using the Shipping Action – Print
Shipping Labels option within eBay. Online sellers who ship more than one item
at a time can create and print up to 50 labels at the same time.
so, follow these simple steps:
Log in to eBay and go to My eBay Summary
Click on Sold / Awaiting Shipment to pull up items to ship
the left hand side, click the check box in the listings header to select all
Click the arrow next to Shipping Action and select “Print Shipping Labels or
Accept the default to print just the shipping label and press “continue”
Items appear on the next screen with missing information (Shipping service /
Weight) highlighted in red
Select the shipping service and enter the weight of the package for each line
After entering all information, click “Review and Pay”
Select to print the Shipping Labels and USPS Shipment Confirmation Acceptance Notice
(SCAN) Form. SCAN Form is not automatically selected by default so be sure to
Click “Pay with Paypal” to complete payment and generate the shipping labels
SCAN form. The SCAN Form includes a bar code that contains detailed package
information. Present the bar code on the SCAN Form to the postal clerk, instead
of scanning each individual shipping label.
Sellers should beware of printing multiple shipping labels using the USPS SCAN form. Click here to see why.
For detailed instructions on how to get started selling on eBay and making money.
an eBay seller, have you ever wondered what your
sales have been since you first started selling on eBay? Do you know the total
number of sales? Although a bit hidden, eBay offers this information on the
Seller Dashboard for sellers who have a store subscription. To view the total
number of transactions and sales to date, do the following:
Click on Seller
Dashboard on the left side menu.
Scroll down to the very
bottom of the page to view “Your totals to date”. On the bottom of this page,
are total number of transaction and sales.
default is set to USA sales only. To view global sales to date, scroll up to
the top of the page and change the region value to global.
It is against the law not to report all income to the IRS. Whether
selling on Amazon is your primary source of income, or simply a hobby, all income
should be reported. The Annual Sales Report within Amazon may be used to
calculate gross receipts as reported on tax form 1099-K. To generate the sales report:
1. Log in to Seller Central
2. Click on Reports, Payments
3. Date Range Reports (far right tab)
4. Click “Generate a Report”
5. Report type = Summary
6. Enter Custom Date Range 01/01/2016 – 12/31/2016
7. Click Generate
8. The status will state “In Progress”. After a few minutes refresh the page
(hit F5) to see if the status is updated. If so, click Download.
9. This annual sales summary is useful in calculating gross receipts:
Seller fulfilled product sales + FBA product sales + Shipping
credits + Gift wrap credits + Promotional rebates + Sales Tax
generate tax document 1099-K for Amazon, follow these steps:
Log in to Seller Central
2. Click on Reports, Tax Document Library
3. Click “Generate a Tax Report”
4. Report type = Summary
5. Enter Custom Date Range 01/01/2016 – 12/31/2016
6. Click Generate
7. The status will state “In Progress”. After a few minutes refresh the page
(hit F5) to see if the status is updated. If so, click Download.
8. The file that downloads is a comma separated file (.csv) that can be opened
using Microsoft Excel.
online sellers who exceed the IRS thresholds will
receive an IRS Form 1099-K from Amazon. However, all income earned must be
reported to the IRS. Visit How to File Taxes for Selling Online for details on the IRS thresholds. Sellers
who do not meet the thresholds can calculate gross receipts with the Annual
eBay sellers should not overlook the cost of shipping when filing taxes. Shipping
charges paid via Paypal are deductible on Schedule C: Profit
or Loss from Business. To determine the amount of shipping charges paid via
Paypal, do the following:
1. Log into your PayPal account. Click Activity tab.
2. On the top right, click the drop down arrow next to "Statements".
Select "Activity Export".
3. Select Custom Date Range and enter the date range needed for the year.
4. Then, choose download all activity or just completed payments. I recommend
selecting comma separated value (csv) format and all activity (Comma Delimited
- All Activity) to gather other totals often used on tax form Schedule C.
5. The report is not generated automatically. You will receive an email from
Paypal once the report is available.
6. Once the email is received, log in to Paypal and download the .csv file.
7. Open the file in a spreadsheet program (Excel, OpenOffice, etc).
8. Sort the data by Name
9. Search for “eBay Inc Shipping”
10. Use the AutoSum tool to total the amounts paid to “eBay Inc Shipping”