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March 28, 2013

Selling Plants Online: How to Do It

Filed under: amazon, ebay, gardens, nursery, online, plants, sell, Shady, ship, walmart, website — shadygardens @ 1:18 pm
Sample of Plants shipped
 from Shady Gardens Nursery
These days, almost everyone is looking for a way to make money online. And if you are a gardener, you might have considered selling plants online.

I’ve done just that for several years. Since I frequently am asked how I ship shrubs, I thought I’d reveal some of my secrets. I don’t fear competition, and I enjoy helping someone who might need their own way to make money as much as I did when I started.

It takes quite awhile to receive traffic to your own website. You might consider trying to sell your plants on an established site first, like ebay. I started out by selling my plants at auction on ebay. Later I opened my own ebay store. Selling plants on ebay was surprisingly lucrative for me at first. This went on for a couple of years, until a few sellers ruined it for everyone else by selling their shrubs too cheap. Don’t undervalue your merchandise. You will never make any money if you sell everything at far less than it is worth. That’s why those sellers are no longer selling their plants on ebay. They put themselves out of business right after they ran everyone else off ebay with their undercut prices. Set your items at a fair price that is not only reasonable for interested buyers, but fair to you. Consider the total cost of growing the plant, the time involved in packaging the plant, and also the cost of supplies and actual shipping. Your time is worth some money too.

I sell plants on Amazon also, from time to time. But there again we must compete with the sellers who are out to undercut everyone else. Also, selling on Amazon is not quite as easy as ebay for a first-time online seller.

Although you might end up building your own website as I did, selling your plants on other established sites can give you the experience you need. Ebay will advertise, and they will help bring buyers to your listings, so you won’t have to.  If you’ve never bought anything on ebay before, I recommend you log on and do that now. That way you’ll learn how ebay and paypal both work. Before doing that though, think about a unique user name related to your new business idea. My user name is ShadyGardens, but you should make yours say something about you or more importantly what you sell. Something catchy or cute is always nice.

Don’t offer a guarantee on your plants beyond delivery. You are not Walmart and you cannot replace plants because the gardener who purchased from you did not properly care for the plants. And while we’re on the subject of Walmart, if the plants you want to sell can be bought at Walmart, there’s no need to even start. No one can compete with Walmart on price. They sell items much cheaper than you can, because they deal with huge volume. Grow and sell plants that aren’t easily found somewhere else, and you will make money.

Check back soon to learn how I package plants for safe shipping. In the mean time, check out our feedback on ebay and Shady Gardens Nursery online store.



March 10, 2009

Shadygardener Selling Outside Ebay

Filed under: ebay, favorite seller, feedback, gardens, mail order, native, nursery, online, plant, plants, Shady, shadygardener — shadygardens @ 2:06 pm


One of the favorite sellers of plants on ebay is now selling on her own site outside of ebay! “AWESOME ITEM – VERY PLEASED WITH TOTAL TRANS. & HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS EBAYER!!!!” “The important thing is that the selections are unique & quality excellent!” “Shipment was fast and plant was better than expected, thanks!” “One of my favorite sellers. Beautiful healthy plants.” “Will buy from this seller again and again …” Those are just a few of the feedback comments left for shadygardener. You can read more about shadygardener’s feedback on ebay. If you’ve been searching for native plants, there is a good selection on ebay. But if you’d rather not purchase on ebay, you can go directly to shadygardener’s online nursery site: Shady Gardens Nursery. Plants will be promptly shipped directly to you at a great price, and if you’re looking for something not listed in the current inventory, they’ll try to find it for you!

January 7, 2009

Shadygardener: Ebay Seller Opens Shady Gardens Nursery

Filed under: ebay, mail order, native, nursery, online, plant, plants, Shady Gardens, shadygardener, store — shadygardens @ 4:27 pm

One of the favorite sellers of plants on ebay is now selling on her own site outside of ebay!

“AWESOME ITEM – VERY PLEASED WITH TOTAL TRANS. & HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS EBAYER!!!!” “The important thing is that the selections are unique & quality excellent!” “Shipment was fast and plant was better than expected, thanks!” “One of my favorite sellers. Beautiful healthy plants.” “Will buy from this seller again and again …”

Those are just a few of the feedback comments left for shadygardener on ebay. You can read more about shadygardener’s feedback on ebay.

If you’ve been searching for native plants or other hard to find plants for your garden, there is a good selection of unusual plants on ebay. But if you’d rather not purchase on ebay, you can go directly to shadygardener’s online nursery site: Shady Gardens Nursery.

Plants will be promptly shipped directly to you at a great price, and if you’re looking for something not listed in the current inventory, they’ll try to find it for you!

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