One of the first things you face when starting an eBay business is where and how to store the goods you plan to sell. Most people don’t have access to a warehouse, so they have to set up their own goods storage system. In this blog post I’ll try to cover the warehouse set up options available to small-time online traders.
If you don’t want to store and dispatch goods on your own, you can always take a look at fulfilment houses and the services they offer.
But in most cases, when you are just starting out and want to save every penny, having a storage system in-house is the best way to go.
The best, most suitable set up will depend on what type of goods you’re selling.
For small items (like jewellery, craft supplies and similar), these would be the most suitable options:
1) Linbins – one of the most popular and oldest ways to store small items. Linbins are affordable, come in a variety of sizes and can be stacked on top of each other or attached to special wall panels to create gigantic storage units. The downside of Linbins is that they don’t close so expect dust to get onto products in the long run. You can protect your products from getting dirty by placing them in plastic bags first.
2) Storage bins with cabinets – these will be more expensive, but they close fully so no dust problem here. These storage bins are very durable but the downside is the cost – they’re really quite expensive.