Many of us use Facebook groups or ebay to sell on our unwanted items. It is a good economy on so many levels. Firstly that old saying ‘one mans trash is another man’s treasure’. Over the years I have sold plenty on Ebay from clothes and shoes to spare wheels. With a little research it is easy to spot what sells on ebay and how you can make money.
Ebay is a great way of selling lightly worn branded clothes. I don’t mind spending a little more to buy the brands that I really want knowing that they hold their value well and I will recoup some of the cost. One example is Joules, their clothes are always popular because they are well made and hold their value.
As a parent I have sold the children’s clothes and their old toys. However it is not just used items that sell well. Many sell new items too and this will be the first place I look for fancy dress items. When at primary school there are often dress up days where you need to produce a victorian costume or a camel (yes really, one year my son was a camel in the Christmas play).
The second plus point is that the reuse arguement is much more environmentally friendly. Young children and babies grow so fast that they simply don’t have the time to wear out clothes or toys. Instead they just grow too fast! Therefore it makes sense to buy second hand.
However there is also a whole host of things that sell that you really wouldn’t expect. My friend Emma wrote a series on what sells on eBay including 10 of the weirdest things I have found that actually sold that month. This got me thinking and looking.
- I live surrounded by pine trees. So much so that we pick them up in the garden and pop them in a great big bucket. The oldest teen then often uses them as kindling which you can read about in this post make your home a fun place for teenagers. A bag of pinecones sell for about £5 this would be great profit for me as actually would not cosst me anything bar postage!
- Coins – my husband and son collect coins and some of them are worth quite a bit. Did you know that the kew gardens 50p often sells for over ££20 so check your change. If you get lucky with a rare coin sell it on eBay.
- Empty toilet rolls are also saleable. These are often used for making crackers or sschool projects.
- Many empty perfume bottles are also much coveted the Daisy bottles can be sold for a few pounds each. Likewise Jean Paul Gaultier. Basically if the bottle is pretty it will sell.
- Coupons also sell on eBay, often people are looking to get enough token / coupons to claim a free gift. One example is always the McDonalds Monopoly tokens. Tesco clubcard vouchers also sell so these loyalty promotions can be worth something on eBay.
- Lastly samples of products sell well. Every so often I go on a freebie hunt around the beauty counters. Whether it is a skincare or make up sample they often sell well because they are premium brands that people like to have. People may use them when travelling or for a special occassion. People like to try a product and I have even seen people buy the sample that comes free with magazines! Although I don’t blame them as they often make nice little treat gifts. One idea would be to make an advent calendar full of samples. Oh, my there is another blog post right there!
To keep the profit margins at a great level it is important to package and post these free things that sell on eBay at a good price. To do that I suggest using Shiply for Ebay. I also keep all jiffy bags that I am sent things in as popping a sticky label over the top is easy and also saves money on stationery. The other tip is to take as many photos as you can when uploading your products. Take the photos from different angles and make sure the light is good. If your home is dark try to take the photos outside in natural light.
Most of us are visual and buy based on our first impressions therefore a good image is paramount when considering what sells on eBay. Finally, I only bother to queue at the post office when it is worth my while. Therefore make sure you have a number of auctions all finishing the same day to make the trip to the post office worthwhile when selling on eBay.