What’s the best type of printer for eBay shipping labels? (Part 1/5- Tools for eBay)

This five part series is going to be about the five tools that will make your ebay business run 5x more efficiently so you won’t be a slave to the platform (like I used to be).

There are very few upfront costs when you sell on ebay. It’s free to open ebay and PayPal accounts. It’s also free to list up to 50 items per month (.25 for each additional listing). And you only have to pay the listing fees if your item sells. As of writing this ebay takes 10%  and PayPal takes 2.9% and a 30 cent transaction fee for each sale. Paying fees sucks, but they’re worth it because we get to use ebay as a selling platform and make a lot of money.

When I first started selling on eBay my only tool was my smartphone to look things up. But after I sold a few things it became clear to me that I needed a few tools to be able to sell effectively.

These tools will pay for themselves in the first few weeks of selling online. There are 5 essential tools (I’m assuming that you have a smartphone) that we need make our ebay business run like a well oiled machine. I’m going to dedicate a shorter post for each necessary material. Yes they’re that important.

  1. Printer and labels

Ebay and the United States Postal Service (USPS) have a partnership so we can buy and print the shipping labels right from from ebay. You’re going to want a printer, unless you want to stand in line at the Post Office to buy postage every time you mail something. I bet most of you have personal inkjet printers at home or in your office. Printer ink is absurdly expensive so printing labels can get costly. A better choice is a thermal printer. Thermal printers use heat, not ink, to get the label onto the special thermal paper. A everyday example of a thermal printer is a receipt machine . Another benefit is the labels that come with a thermal printer are stickers. Meaning you don’t need to use tape for every label because you can just peel and stick the label. By using thermal printers we save money on ink and tape.

I recently moved to a new city a few months ago. Shortly after I moved my ink jet printer broke. I didn’t want to buy a new one, but I also wasn’t sure which thermal printer was best, so I didn’t buy a printer for a few months. Since I didn’t own a printer during this time I had to go to my local library to print the labels. When I needed to ship things I would walk to the library, pay 20 cents for every label I printed, tape the labels to the packages and then bring my packages to the Post Office, . Nowadays I simply buy the label from ebay, print it on my thermal printer, and then stick the label on the package.

I use the zebra 2844 thermal printer and these labels. The thermal printer and labels save me about 10 hours a week. You don’t need one right away, but when you start shipping a lot of packages you should consider getting one.

The printer broke shortly after I got it, so the company sent me a free new printer. I was supposed to send the broken one back to them, but I sold it on ebay for ‘as parts’ and made $20. The link above is the best place to buy the printer because of the company’s no hassle, no fee replacements.


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