Friday, November 13, 2015

Learning, Learning, Learning on Ebay

I have had to learn some majorly important things for selling on Ebay. You don't instantly wake up with amazing sales without learning a whole lot of things. Here are some key points that you must know to succeed!
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1. Inexpensive but excellent shipping practices. (see videos and links below for explanations)

a. Tyvek mailing bags that you get for free from are your friend. You can make priority work for you by making your tyvek larger.
b. Priority boxes that you get for free from the post office can be lengthened with another of the same box-just NOT the flat rate ones. They also have to be the same size. These are called Frankenboxes.
c. You can make just about any brown shipping box into a priority box on ebay with your shipping label and selecting Priority Shipping.
d. Wrap everything that you ship in a packing material of some kind. I look around and let my friends know that I am looking for shipping materials to recycle. So far that has worked out great!
e. Shorten boxes that have too much space in them to avoid paying for extra box weight! Just cut off the flaps and make new slits in the corners of the box for new flaps and fold.
f. If you do have extra space you need to fill so that nothing bumps around so use Styrofoam. I can never score free Styrofoam so I get my kids to cut up what Styrofoam that we come across into small chunks. Then I put that into those plastic grocery bags or small white trash bags so that the little white pieces of Styrofoam are not everywhere when they open the box. You can also fill boxes with paper or large bubble wrap.
g. You can cover things that you sell in file folders or cereal boxes etc. and protect that way with less weight.

2. Don't sell things that are dollar items or two dollar items by themselves. This will drive down your profits and limit the amount of items that you are able to list. Group those items together and list them as an auction but start out at the absolute lowest price you are willing to take on the items or close to it!

Tyvek bags to wrap with!
Frankenboxes (its a little long but stick with him and it gets better)

My Ebay Journey Begins
7 Places To Find Shippimg Supplies...
Where To Look For Merchandice
Three Important Tools

Let me know if any of this was a help!

Friday, November 6, 2015

Instructions On How To Make Homemade Gingerale

Homemade Gingerale is a lot like making sourdough from scratch: you have to have a starter or in this case, a "Ginger Bug."

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I like to make a nice big batch of it when I make it; enough to make at least a 2 liter bottle full of soda when I am finished. So I start out with more of a bug than other folks.

Ginger Bug:

2 (3 days so 6 total) tablespoons Ginger Root
2 cups Purified Water
2 (3 days so 6 total) tablespoons Sugar (sugar feeds the bug and turns into probiotics)
Coffee filter or paper towel and rubber band for covering. (it needs air)

1. First get a clean glass container and use only wood or plastic to stir or add ingredients with because that will insure that the probiotics remain alive.
2. Then slice up 2 tablespoons of ginger root and add then to the glass. Then you must use purified water without chlorine added.
3. Add to that 2 tablespoons of table sugar or turbinado sugar. If you use table sugar add a twist of sea salt or shake for the mineral content. You can also add a little molasses for that as well if you have some handy.
4. Stir that up well with a wooden spoon or a plastic something. Sometimes I just use a clean straw. Leave in a warmer part of your kitchen to sit with a coffee filter or paper towel on top. You could also use cheese cloth if you have it handy. I leave it on top of my refrigerator because heat rises.
5. Repeat steps 2-4 every day for 3 days or so until there is a little bubbly froth on top then you know it is ready.

Gingerale Soda:

Purified water
1 tablespoon sliced Ginger or more if you like.
1/3 c. to 1/2 c. of sugar
Plastic Funnel
Cleaned 2 liter plastic bottle

1. With clean hands strain the Ginger Bug into your 2 liter plastic bottle.
2. Add your sugar through your funnel.
3. Fill with purified water until the bend at the neck of your bottle. The bottle needs a little air room.
4. Cap your bottle and shake or use a long skewer to stir your bottle.
5. Wait 3 days for the fizz to be ready or check the bottle by giving it a little squeeze if it is not hard then you are not finished: wait a few more days.
6. When you are finished you can place your drink into the frig and get it nice and cold before drinking it.

I am just perfecting this recipe so if you have done this and you know something else that is also good for this let me know in the comments please!

Enjoy this great for you healthy drink!

Ginger Uses: (check out these links)
For Pain
For stomach
To Combat Viruses and more!
Recipes using Ginger ad much more!

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