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What do you sell on eBay?

September 30th, 2008 at 05:49 pm

I see A LOT of you mentioning sales on eBay. I have sold things occasionally that have done well, but it's just been stuff we've had around the house. When I read your blogs, it seems that you do this on a regular basis.

I'm curious what you're selling, where you get it to resell, etc. Does anyone mind sharing this information with me?

11 Responses to “What do you sell on eBay?”

  1. gamecock43 Says:

    I have a unique situation in that I inherited many high end items like swarovski pieces, limoge, porcelain dolls and collector barbies a few years ago. I have steadily been selling it all off. I used to earn about twice as much on eBay as I do now- the market changing a year or so ago has impacted my sales. And Barbies don't sell at all. Don't even try.

    The thing with eBay is to not get discouraged by how little value and item generates- just keep steady selling.
    And using dropshipping, or buying then selling for a profit is pretty much a dead end. Everyone used those methods and the market flooded with all the same items over and over again listed. Plus it is hard to compete with China, who sells the same items that dropshippers advertise.

    One tip besides going to garage sales (which I think is a bit of a dead end too- everyone sells their decent junk on ebay and saves unsellable stuff for the garage sale) is to check out outlet stores or clearance racks at name brand stores. If you can get an Abercrombie tank top for $6- you could likely sell it for $12 to some southern state resident that does not have their summer stuff clearanced yet in the malls.

  2. compulsive debtor Says:

    I sell toys, clothes, old cell phones, just about anything lying around the house that I don't want or need anymore.

  3. monkeymama Says:

    My husband sells video games, gaming systems and accessories. Mostly the games because they are easy to ship. (The other stuff moreso on Craigslist).

    He picks them up on Craigslist (generally bundles of systems with lots of games and peripherals) and at garage sales.

    I generally sell old items that I know are profitable. E.g. baby items that are gently used but not too bulky to ship.

    But yeah, my spouse has just started this to make some side money. We find it to be a pretty easy income stream.

    My personal best sale was a particular baby sling I wanted and I Could not find used under full price ($80!!!). So I bought it new for a trip, and promptly sold it on ebay for the same price, after the trip. I think that was my first ebay sale.

    I also sold all of my MLM jewelry and supplies for over $100 this year, when I was pushed out of the MLM. Much more than I think I could have gotten otherwise.

    I am mostly too lazy to sell anything that isn't small and I don't think I will get a lot of cash for it.

  4. monkeymama Says:

    My husband sells video games, gaming systems and accessories. Mostly the games because they are easy to ship. (The other stuff moreso on Craigslist).

    He picks them up on Craigslist (generally bundles of systems with lots of games and peripherals) and at garage sales.

    I generally sell old items that I know are profitable. E.g. baby items that are gently used but not too bulky to ship.

    But yeah, my spouse has just started this to make some side money. We find it to be a pretty easy income stream.

    My personal best sale was a particular baby sling I wanted and I Could not find used under full price ($80!!!). So I bought it new for a trip, and promptly sold it on ebay for the same price, after the trip. I think that was my first ebay sale.

    I also sold all of my MLM jewelry and supplies for over $100 this year, when I was pushed out of the MLM. Much more than I think I could have gotten otherwise.

    I am mostly too lazy to sell anything that isn't small and I don't think I will get a lot of cash for it. I've experimented a bit and it can be really hit or miss sometimes!

  5. creditcardfree Says:

    My girls outgrown clothing...old navy and gap sell well. Girls shoes. Coats, boots. I recently sold off much of my husbands old military uniforms...even in the military the styles change!! Children's books...usually ones that are in sets. I sold our olympic swim trial program and some DVD's we no longer watch. Girls leotards and dance shoes. Most everything I sell, is from around our home...usually something the kids have outgrown. I did sell some of my grandparents collectibles last fall. That was interesting!

    I don't go out looking for things to buy to resell. If someone offers me something for free, I'll take if I know I could resell it. I research everything before I list it. It has to be selling and selling a decent prices before I take the time to list.

    I once sold box tops for education on ebay. I also sold unused but opened razor blades...my DH bought the wrong kind and didn't admit it to me until months later. Good luck...just look around and you will find things to sell.

  6. Personal Finance Student Says:

    Thanks everyone! We have mainly sold my husband's old toys; he kept them remarkably clean and in tact even kept them in the original packaging! The Transformer and GI Joes have sold well, but once those are gone I wasn't sure what else there would be. I'm not too interested in actively looking for things to resell; I just don't have the time, but y'all have inspired me...I'm sure I have more things around the house I could sell. I'll have to look, research and see.

    Thanks!

  7. disneysteve Says:

    I sell anything that isn't nailed down.

    Seriously, I haven't been active on ebay recently, but I've sold anything and everything from collectibles (both new and old) to yard sale purchases to my daughter's old toys and clothes to no longer needed computer equipment to gift cards we didn't want.

    I agree with gamecock about outlet stores and clearance racks. Especially after the Christmas season, you can often pick up good quality stuff for 75-90% off original price. I used to hit the Hallmark stores and buy the limited edition ornaments for 75% off and hold them until the following fall to resell them. I also used to buy a ton of stuff at the Lenox outlet, where items often sold for as little as 10-15% of original price. An item that retailed for $150 might have been $25 at the outlet. I could resell it for $50 on ebay, double my money and the buyer still saved $100 over retail so it was good for both of us.

  8. Personal Finance Student Says:

    Thanks disneysteve and gamecock, I have never thought to think of clearance racks in those terms. I only looked for my sizes, now I may rethink that if I find really good deals...

  9. gamecock43 Says:

    One more trick: EBay has a community forum- just like savings advice does. It has thousands of people who discuss changes to eBays policies..to giving advice regarding a problem buyer...to identifying a trinket that you want to sell.
    It is at the top right hand corner of the screen "community" next to "my ebay" icon. If you are not sure of the items value, or you come across something you just don't know enough about to list...those people know the answer.

  10. Personal Finance Student Says:

    Thanks gamecock! I have never noticed that feature. I guess that tells you how often I've listed something. Smile

  11. Amy Says:

    The oddest items I have sold on eBay were the soft, drawstring protective bags that come with nice purses and shoes. $12 each!

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