Selling on eBay starts out small for most people. You want to test the waters and make sure things will work out. But overtime, the inventory you take in may be too much to keep at your home, so you rent a storage unit.
The problem is you can't throw things into the storage unit with no organizational plan. Before you begin using a storage unit for your eBay business inventory, note these dos and don'ts that can help with organization and a smooth-flowing inventory system.
1. Do Make a Map for Your Items
The first thing to do is plan out your storage unit inventory. Once you know where to place your inventory, make a map. The map can be a simple sketch detailing what will be kept on each tier of your storage racks or section of the storage unit.
This diagram will give you a quick glance at where you have placed an item that may not sell as fast as other items in your eBay store. You can also use the map to track the movement and date ranges of your inventory as well.
You can make the map of your inventory more versatile by laminating. Laminating your map allows you to use a dry- or wet-erase marker to change the inventory locations, mark off sold items, or use different colors to keep track of the items by date or age in the unit.
2. Do Get a Climate-Controlled Unit
You may not believe that you need climate control for your inventory. This belief may stem from the inventory you have. For example, you may have furniture or housewares that do not appear to need a climatecontrolled environment. The truth is you should reconsider a climate-controlled unit, regardless of the type of inventory.
The main reason to consider a climate-controlled unit is due to drastic weather changes that can happen in any environment. For example, some areas in the southern United States may experience unseasonably hot or cold climates throughout the year. This unseasonable climate change can cause warping of wood, cracks in china, and other damage to items.
A climate-controlled unit will keep the temperature through these various changes, reducing issues of weather-related damage to your inventory.
3. Don't Store Inventory in Plastic
One of the biggest mistakes that people make with storage units is storing items in plastic. The issue with plastic is that it holds in heat. If the unit becomes a little warmer than normal, or if the other items cause heat to develop during storage, then the heat is trapped in the plastic. This heat can turn to condensation, which will lead to mold and mildew.
To avoid mold and mildew, consider storing your items either with a moisture-reducing silica packet for each box or in ventilated crates where air can move freely.
4. Don't Leave the Inventory Unmarked
One of the main advantages to clearly marking your inventory is the ease of checking whether an item is in stock and finding information about it. For example, if you have furniture as your inventory, you may need to double-check the year of the piece. This info can be kept on a tag located on the item. You can also mark inventory as sold so you or your assistant can easily prepare sold items for shipping.
Use these four dos and don'ts of storing eBay inventory to help improve your inventory organization for you and your buyers. If you are ready to rent a storage unit, contact Spring Hill Mini Warehouse. One of our representatives can help you narrow down the best unit for your needs.