Hey girls! I hope your Monday's are off to a great start.
Earlier today, I mentioned wanting to post this blog, and had a handful of interested ladies. So, here it is! :)
Selling on Vinted is an excellent outlet for extra income (and extra closet space for my shopaholics!) BUT, when you are selling on a regular basis, miscellaneous expenses (mailers, tape, ink, etc.) can potentially burn a hole in your pocket, and quite possibly counteract any profits you make. So, I'm here to share a few tips on how I personally keep these extra expenses to a minimum. Here's how:
I got extremely lucky when it comes to these puppies; the company I used to work for gave away boxes and boxes of padded 11x8 mailers, and I have about five 100 unit boxes left. Not everyone is so lucky, however. So, here are some saving tips:
You have heard this before, I'm sure, but it's really your best option! If you tend to purchase items online, whether it be Vinted, Forever 21, and so forth, you can most likely salvage these mailers. Refrain from (though I understand your anxious excitement) ripping mailers, and instead cut them neatly to re-use.
As a last resort, you will need to purchase mailers (bummer, I know). If you sell a lot here on Vinted (or online in general) try options like this! If you have prime shipping, or check Craigslist if you'd like to avoid paying for shipping. Many people (like myself) and/or companies either received a bunch for free, or purchased too many and need to get rid of them. If you don't sell often, I would recommend the Dollar Tree (they sell 2 for $1) or the 99 Cents Store.
Ink & Paper
Aren't these two the worst?! I'm a student, and I know many of you are too! Aint nobody want to waste money on ink and paper, right? Here are a few options to consider:
Do you live in an apartment complex? If so, you are likely in luck. Most apartment complexes have business centers, where they allow residents to use computers/print/scan for FREE (well, I'm sure your rent is paying for it technically, so why not take advantage of what you pay for?). Most business centers allow residents to print up to 10 pages per day. If you're unsure there's a business center at yours, give your leasing office a call to find out! I know it sucks leaving the house to print, but this will save a lot of your personal ink, so get out there girl!
Rescale & Double Side
Don't have access to a business center? You're still in luck! Resizing labels is an excellent way to conserve ink. This is something I do when I don't want to go to the leasing office. When you hit print, you will see an option for scaling. You will want to change the scale from "100%" to "70%" as this will shrink the image, and in turn conserve ink (and require less tape when attaching your label). You don't really want to go any smaller than 70% as it may effect the post office's ability to scan the bar code. ALSO, make sure you only print the label, who needs that second instruction page anyways (it's not rocket science lol)?
You also want to conserve paper, so consider double siding your labels. This will take some practice, along with trial and error, but once you figure it out, you'll be cutting down your paper use by 50% (save the trees and your money; double winning!).
Tape seems pretty cheap at a glance, but it can add up quickly! Here are some options to consider:
Be frugal with your tape! Do not overlap tape, or use in excess when packaging. I use packaging tape, and when I'm feeling extra frugal, I will cut the strips of tape in half, long ways. This gives me twice the bang for my buck. As long as your label is secure, and your item is sealed in safe, you're good to go!
The Dollar Tree is your Friend
You can get both packing tape, and scotch tape very reasonably priced at The Dollar Tree. You may also find great deals in places like Walmart.
Tissue, Paper, Ribbon, & Thank you's
These are EXTRA courtesy items, and by no means do you have to wrap items in tissue/ribbon, and you are not required to leave a thank you note. However, I do notice that buyers appreciate these little touches very much (I don't expect it when I purchase on Vinted, but boy do I love pretty packaging). Most of my customers mention packaging in my feedback, and greatly appreciate it. If you have extra to spare, here are some tips:
Again, The Dollar Tree is your friend.
I have attached a picture of some fun tissue I purchased there. These packs come with 8 sheets of tissue for $1. So with $3 (what you would spend for a pack of 10 at Target for example) you can beautifully wrap 24 packages. You can also find fun ribbon, printed tape, and thank you cards here, for you guessed it, $1.
You may also have luck in places like Michaels. Their dollar section is full of adorable packaging materials like ribbon, stickers, and thank you cards.
I hope that I have helped, even if it's just a little! If you yourself have advice, please share it with the rest of us here. If you are already exercising these tips, I tip my hat to you. Thanks for reading my very long post. Happy (and inexpensive) Vinting to all, near and far!