Selling on eBay is not a get rich quick scheme, and comes with its own set of frustrations, but it is a great way to make some extra money. Having sold on the platform for the past five years, I have identified a few categories that seem to do consistently well, and I target those items.
One doesn’t have to actively source items to sell to make a good bit of money, however. Most people already have items around their house that will bring in a fair amount when sold on eBay.
It is definitely worth remembering that there are multiple fees associated with selling on eBay. When selling at a fixed rate, factor those fees into your price. When selling in auction, careful research of previously sold items is important when determining your terms.
I have listed 7 great categories below that have been consistently good to me when looking for things to sell on eBay.
Kitchen Items Stay Hot
People are serious about their kitchen equipment and will pay top money for top kitchen items, even used ones! Le Creuset and Dansk retain their value very well, and have a great secondary market. Many people look to eBay to save some money on these items, but still have the understanding that they will come at a price.
Appliances such as specialty coffee grinders and blenders also do very well. Blendtec and Vitamix blenders have a very high re-sale value. That Kitchen Aid stand mixer that you had to own, but never use? You’ll get a good portion of your money spent back on eBay.
This makes purchasing high quality kitchen appliances a great investment in more ways than one. You’re both getting a quality product that will last, and you can sell it for a great percentage of what you paid when you’re ready for an upgrade.
Do Children’s Clothes Sell on eBay?
Most children’s clothes will not sell, no matter how hard you try. If they do, it’s not worth the time photographing, listing and shipping, plus eBay fees. Knowing which things to sell on eBay in this hugely saturated category is key for making money.
Deciding what to sell isn’t hard. Hanna Andersson and Mini Boden have both proven to hold on to their value better than brands like Children’s Place and Old Navy. These items have a much higher initial purchase price and are produced in smaller quantities, making them harder to find used and more elusive to eBayers.
Smocked children’s clothing is another category that has done very well for the past several years. Even the more mass produced and less well known smocked goods brands sell.
Put away your Disney Black Diamond VHS collection, and focus on the more obscure titles.
1990s skateboarding and surfing videos are making a comeback. Wrestling fans will take any glorious match in any format they can.
Remember those obscure movies you watched at church, or the made for TV special that you loved so much you had your parents get a real copy? Nostalgia Sells. People want for their kids to experience the same things they did, and they will pay good money to do so.
Board Games are One of the Top Things to Sell on eBay
Target runs great board game deals every Christmas. Specials often include Candy Land, Monopoly, and other big name games at a reduced priced. Play these or throw them in the garbage, you’ll waste your time and energy on eBay.
There are many board games, however, that will sell for big bucks. Even Scrabble can net you some cash…if you have the right version.
Again, games from child hood are big sellers. If you’re holding on to some of your favorites, it may be worth looking into how much they’re currently selling for on eBay. Sometimes the price is good enough to let go of something that you don’t play with anyways.
Disney Parks Items (The Ones That Make It Home)
The folks at Disney strictly employee marketing geniuses who know how to make people want what they have. There are a number of Disney Parks merchandise categories that can sell for even more than the item was originally purchased for!
Mugs, stuffed animals, park exclusive clothing and toys are all some of my favorite things to sell on eBay. Like with anything, the more popular the character and more of them there are, the less likely the secondary market will be willing to pay a premium price.
If you are one of those freak parents who actually makes sure that your kids keep up with their things, and you know you have all of the pieces to some park exclusive play sets, look them up.
See what they are currently selling for. You can then make the best determination on whether Princess should be able to keep her toy that she doesn’t even play with or enjoy, or you can pocket a quick $50. The money made can be spent on them, of course.
I’m not a monster.
The Electronics Market is Saturated, But Some Sell
When I became something like an adult, my mother gave me a box of items she’d been storing from my childhood. Included in the items were an alarm clock, cassette boombox, and Walkman. I wish I had kept them.
1980s/1990s electronics are great sellers and one of my favorite things to sell on eBay. Any 17 year old’s Instagram account can help you understand which vintage electronics are hot today.
Of course, you may have more recent purchases sitting around that you no longer use or need. The Sony DVD/VCR combo with record function will net $50-100. Fitness bands that are no longer being used make for quick cash. Remote controls are a more unexpected big seller in the electronics category, especially for remote control for obscure electronics.
Someone, Somewhere, Is Still Spending a Lot of Money on Mugs
I don’t know about you, but if I found out that the mug from which I drank my coffee each day was worth $50-100 I would proooooobably sell it immediately. Because why the hell should a mug cost that much?
Starbucks and Disney mugs are collected by many and you won’t believe how much auctions can go for these items on ebay.
A recent (as of May 12, 2017) eBay auction for a new Starbucks mug from Seville, Spain sold for $1,125 (plus $11 because this cheap ass can’t ship your $1k mug for free). Disney Parks, specifically in the Disney category, mugs do well. These items are highly coveted and collected and traded and talked about in online communities.
Don’t Be a Chump
Research. Research. Research. It does not take long!
Look at completed listings and find out what your item recently sold for in order to determine a fair price for you and your buyer (or just you if they want to pay $1,125 for a mug).
Some buyers (who are often sellers) prey on new users to make pricing mistakes so they can snatch something up at a steal. While no one can force you to follow through with the sale if you make a mistake, it’s in very bad form not to and can get you kicked off of the site .