Originally Posted by Snoogz
I like the ideas you guys have shared about the shipping process you guys use.
I'd be interested in hearing how you guys itemize or categorize your items.
Do you use a # system? And how do you keep track of them?
I know some big sellers who deal with consignment (spoo) use a numbering system for each item.
Nothing fancy because I don't sell a lot... Get an item home and whip out the pen & post-it sticky notes. Hang the item and attach a sticky note to the hanger with the price paid (or even just a note that says "GW GA" which tells me I got it at Goodwill in Georgia so I know it cost $x plus y% tax and can figure it out later if it sells). Later, edit sticky note and add measurements and any special notes I want to remember when listing (i.e.: on a sport coat, single vent, full lined, half canvassed, and whatnot).
Have an Excel spreadsheet with basic formulas for what I paid, sold for (incl shipping), shipping cost I paid, and profit before eBay/PayPal fees. Has running totals all the way down each column. I don't input any item unless it's sold.
I also have separate fields where I make notes on mileage and whatever else I might need for taxes, since this year I will exceed the $20k in PayPal sales if the pace continues (do remember, that is sales, not profits..hence the need to track paid, mileage, postage, etc).
And I print out the monthly eBay sales reports, which shows eBay + PayPal fees.
Stack of receipts in a big envelope to worry about later.
Most I ever have active on eBay is 80 to 100 items, and it's not too difficult for me to be intimately familiar after having inspected, measured and photographed each item.