10/31/14

Five Essential Supplies Needed to Start Selling on Ebay

When you start selling on Ebay, there is a lot to learn.  Having the right supplies from the start makes things so much easier.  Here are five items that were essential for my first months selling on Ebay:

1.  Camera

A simple camera will work fine to take pictures of your items for Ebay.  If you have a digital camera already, use that.  If you don’t have one, I recommend a simple point and shoot camera for under $100.  If you continue selling, you can upgrade (and sell your old one on Ebay).

2.  Postal Scale

You need to know the weight of your items so you know how to pack them (first-class, priority mail, etc.).  You also need to know the weight of your packages to print Ebay shipping labels at home.  I have the American Weigh Scales SE-50 Scale, and have found it accurate and easy to use.

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3.  Mailers

Depending on what you are selling, you will need boxes, envelopes, or poly mailer supplies.  My items work with poly mailer envelopes, and I buy them through an Ebay seller.  Priority mail envelopes and boxes are free from the post office, if you purchase priority postage.

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4.  Printer

If you want to print shipping labels at home through Ebay (easy and cheaper), you need a printer.  I got a Brother HL2230 Monochrome laser printer on sale for $50 at a local office supply store, including a starter cartridge.  If you don’t already have a printer, keep an eye on the Staples, Office Max, and Office Depot weekly ads for printer deals.  They often have printer paper deals too.

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5. Packing Tape and Dispenser

Watch for packing tape sales at the office supply stores.  If you ship a lot through Ebay, I highly recommend a sturdier packing tape dispenser, like the Officemate Heavy Duty Tape Dispenser. I have one and love it - it makes packing so much easier.

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More Ebay reading here:

  The Best Time of Year to Sell Things on Ebay

  My First 90 Days as an Ebay Seller

4/20/14

Where to Order Easter Dinner 2014

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Restaurants and grocery stores are preparing complete fully-cooked Easter dinners to-go in 2014.  The Easter dinners come with a main course, side dishes, and sometimes dessert. 

Order and pick-up a dinner, then just reheat, serve, and enjoy.  Here’s where to order Easter dinner in 2014 (click on each for more info):

Take-Out Easter Dinners from Restaurants:

Take-Out Easter Dinners from Grocery stores:

  • Fresh Market.  Ham and lamb Easter dinners (27 states).
  • Gelson’s.  Offers Easter and Passover dinners (Los Angeles area).
  • Giant.  Ham Easter dinners (in DC, DE, MD, VA).
  • Kroger.  Offers a gluten-free Easter option (Includes Baker’s, Dillons, Fry’s, QFC, Smith’s stores; in many states).
  • Price Chopper.  Ham Easter dinners with pie (in CT, MA, NH, NY, PA, VT).
  • Raleys.  Ham or prime rib Easter dinners to-go (in CA).
  • Stop & Shop.  Ham dinners (in CT, MA, NH, NJ, NY, RI).
  • Wegmans. Ham dinner (in Ma, MD, NJ, NY, PA, VA).
  • Whole Foods.  Many stores offering Easter dinner and brunch packages (nationwide).
  • Williams-Sonoma.  Pricey Easter dinner shipped directly to your door (nationwide)

Wherever you order your Easter dinner, we hope it is delicious.  Have a wonderful Easter holiday in 2014.

4/14/14

Luby’s Easter Dinners 2014

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Luby’s is offering up take-out Easter dinner in 2014.  They ask that you order in-store at least 48 hours in advance.  Find your closest Luby’s restaurant here

Then, pick up your dinner at that same store between Friday April 18 and Sunday 20.  On Easter Sunday, just reheat, serve, and enjoy.

Start with a 4.5 lb spiral ham for $24.95, and then choose your Easter side dishes.

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Sides are $7.99 per quart.  Easter options include:

  • Candied Yams
  • Macaroni and Cheese
  • Seasoned Corn
  • Green Beans
  • Salad
  • Fresh Fruit
  • Carrot and Raisin Salad
  • Variety of Slaws

Luby’s is also offering Easter pies and cakes from $15 to $30 each.

We also have a list of other stores where you can order Easter dinner.

Wishing everyone a great Easter holiday.  Thanks to Luby’s for taking care of dinner.

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