Prepare My Mission's practical fundraising: Sell stuff on eBay
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Über practical fundraising: Sell stuff on eBay using your phone (15 steps)

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A mission trip will take you out of your comfort zone. Most people expect this as they travel abroad and experience a new culture. However, this growth outside of your comfort zone doesn’t start when you board the plane, it starts now.

As you look through this guide, you’ll be tempted to think, “I can’t do that” or “Eh, this isn’t for me.” Resist this response.

Fundraising probably isn’t something that you do on a regular basis. Because it’s outside of your norm, it’s probably outside of your comfort zone, too. If the thought of putting together a fundraiser makes you feel a little anxious, that’s ok. It means that you’re growing and moving out of your comfort zone.

Finally, remember that it’s not all up to you. God often calls us to do things that we wouldn’t normally do to display His power and love (Moses leading the Israelites, David defeating Goliath, Peter leading the early church, etc.). The bottom line is, God knows exactly how much money you need to fundraise. And He’s not worried about it.

“So don’t worry about these things...your heavenly Father already knows all your needs.” (Matthew 6:31-32)

Let’s get started.


Overview 

Before there was eBay, there were garage sales. However, garage sales are stressful, time consuming to plan, and require advertising. Instead of a garage sale, try selling your unused stuff on eBay. It's an easy and efficient way to get rid of stuff and raise money in a hurry. It's as easy as walking around your home, snapping pictures, and posting to eBay using their app.

Time Required

It will take you about 10 minutes to set up the required eBay and PayPal accounts.

It will take you about 10 minutes to list your first item on eBay. Then, it will take you about 10 minutes after your item sells to pack and ship the item you sold. You will get faster at listing and shipping items after you do it a couple of times.

Download the PDF for visual instructions like thisHow to pull it off

Step 1: Find something in your home that you’re willing to sell. Ask yourself, “What am I willing to sacrifice and sell in order to go on this mission trip?”

Step 2: Download the free eBay app on your device and sign up for a free eBay account. (Download links at the bottom of the page.)

Step 3: Sign up for a free PayPal account. This is how you’ll get paid. (Download links at the bottom of the page.)

Step 4: Go back to your eBay app and login. Click the “Sell an item” button.

Step 5: Enter a “title” for your item to begin listing it.

Step 6: Fill in specific information for your item. This includes things like pictures and a description.

Step 7: Scroll down to complete your listing by adding a format, price, shipping, and payment preferences.

Step 8: Under “preferences,” be sure to type in the email address that you used to sign up for your PayPal account.

Step 9: After you have entered all of the information, tap “review” and then “list item.” You just listed your item! Congrats!

Step 10: If your item sells, box it up using any cardboard box (like an Amazon box) that you have lying around the house.

Steps 11-15: Download the full PDF guide to view steps 11-15 on the best way to ship your eBay item.

How much money can I raise?

After you sell an item, you have 3 expenses: shipping cost, eBay fee, and PayPal fee. Generally, shipping will cost around $5, eBay fees will cost about 10%, and PayPal fees around 3%.

Here’s an example if you sold an item for $50, plus $5 shipping:

$55.00 (Sale price & Shipping)
-$5.00 (Shipping)
-$5.50 (eBay fee)
-$1.65 (PayPal fee)
$42.85

This beats the pants off of selling an item for $4 at a garage sale. If you do this 10 times, you’ll raise over $400.

Selling stuff on eBay beats the pants off of selling at a garage sale.This works best for...

Selling stuff on eBay is great for anyone that needs to raise money for their mission trip. It’s quick, pretty simple, and encourages us to make sacrifices in order to contribute to our own trip.

Pro tips

Try to find higher value items that you’re willing to sell in order to maximize your time.

Don’t overprice your item. Your goal is not to squeeze every penny out of your item that you can. Your goal is to raise money quickly, with little hassle.

When you’re selecting shipping options for your listing, choose USPS Priority Mail (around $5-$7) for small items (4 pounds or less) and UPS Ground (around $10) for larger items. These services are the most common and most affordable.

Don’t charge too much for shipping. Charging $15 for shipping is a turnoff for most buyers. Charge only what you really need to ship the item.

Use eBay’s built in label printing option to get discounted postage. Label prices on eBay are 10%-30% lower than at the post office.

Resources

iOS eBay App | Android eBay App

iOS PayPal App | Android PayPal App

Ready, set, go

It’s time to get started! You can do it. Remember: God knows exactly how much money you need to fundraise. And He’s not worried about it. So get out there, have some fun, and enjoy the process.


Written by CJ