How To Sell Craft Patterns On Ebay
Selling Craft Patterns On Ebay Is An Easy Way to Make Spending Money. Here's how to do it.
First of all, you should have quite a bit of knowledge about the type of craft these patterns are for.
I have been crocheting for nearly 40 years so I sell crochet patterns (and a very few of other types of craft patterns) on Ebay.
You are going to have to spend some money to make money if you don't already have craft magazines laying around your house.
Check on Ebay for "lots" of books of the type of craft magazine you want. I try not to spend over $1 a book including shipping, but occasionally it doesn't work out that way. If you sell 1 pattern, that will buy 2-3 books.
You can also hunt for these books at yard sales, rummage sales and garage sales.
Getting an Ebay Store is helpful to list lots of patterns. I would start out with the cheapest store (maximum of 250 listings) and up-grade, if you want to, later.
PREPARE YOUR ITEM
You must prepare your materials first before you can list them.
PICK YOUR PATTERNS: Go through each book and pick out which patterns you want to sell. I write the page numbers on the inside of the front cover. Keep in mind, you can't sell every pattern in the book, unless you have two of the same book. Patterns are run together on the pages. So this is your choice, do it carefully and make sure the WHOLE pattern is there before you mail it.
PICTURES ARE WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS
A wonderful piece of equipment to have is a PSC (printer, scanner, copier) All-In-One.
You will need this to:
a. Copy the picture of your pattern to sell.
b. Print your packing slips
c. Print your envelopes
a. First, my suggestion is to download this wonderful free picture editing program, PAINT.NET
*To scan your pattern picture to Paint.net, place pattern book on your PSC and close
*On your Paint.net program click on "file" then "acquire" then "from camera or
printer" then pick your printer.
*Click on "OK" on the next window that pops up.
*Click on "color picture" (it's usually already on this), change the DPI to 300 in the "adjust the quality of scanned picture" link.
(This way, the picture is a good size and it doesn't take the scanner an eternity to scan it!! Then click on "scan".
From here you can crop and add information right on the picture.
*****(I put the size of the finished item, materials used and skill level on the picture,
this leaves the description the same for each pattern and I don't have to keep
changing it.) see photo upper right:
*Make a folder on your desktop named "Ebay Pics"
*Click on "file" again, "save as", then put the name of the pattern on the top line and
save as a "jpeg" file in the next line.
Click on "save" make sure it goes to your "Ebay Pics" folder.
Turbo Lister is a great Ebay tool when you are listing several items of the same type and can be found HERE.
Fill in the correct information in Turbo Lister.
I usually list mine as a "fixed price", but occasionally put them in an auction, especially if I know it is a well sought after pattern or Ebay is running a "free auction listing" spree.
In the "Description" make sure you put
*what size the finish item will be
*what materials are required to make it
*the skill level (if it states this)
*****(see alternative way to put the above 3 things on the picture in "PREPARE YOUR ITEM" section)
*a note to you to find your pattern fast (HOOKED ON CROCHET #25) Put this: (HOC-25) in the "custom label" line in Turbo Lister. (You don't have to change this until you list out of a different book)
Also, in your own words, put that it is
*"the pattern, NOT the finished item"
*carefully removed from a craft magazine
Upload the appropriate picture for each listing from your "Ebay Pics" folder.
Price your item so it will cover all costs of Ebay, PayPal & Shipping
TO COVER YOUR BACK
Occasionally I accidently list the same pattern twice and don't discover this until someone buys that second pattern, which I don't have. What I do then is to, of course offer their money back, or I let them choose 2 pattern listings to replace the one I don't have.
You want to keep your feedback at 100% positive ALMOST at all costs!!!
If you offer free shipping, 1 business day handling and offer buyer returns for 14 days, you will get special exposure from Ebay for your listings.
I offer "free shipping" to U.S.A. and charge international buyers the actual cost of shipping.
Print a packing slip and enclose it with your pattern.
Mail your pattern(s) in a size 10-long envelope & depending on the size of the pattern page, it will be folded one or two time and you have to let your buyers know that.
TO GET GOOD FEEDBACK
**MAKE SURE YOUR PATTERN IS AS EXACTLY AS DESCRIBED
**SHARP, CLEAR PICTURES ARE ESSENTIAL
**SHIP IT WHEN YOU SAY YOUR ARE SHIPPING IT
**LEAVE GREAT FEEDBACK FOR YOUR BUYERS
**GO THE EXTRA MILE FOR YOUR BUYERS