Over the years, I've heard a lot of funny things from online sellers just starting out.
"I can't find anything to sell."
"I don't have enough money to get started with selling online."
"Selling stuff takes too much time."
See, I don't 'have' to sell on eBay anymore. My income from everything else,including selling on Amazon, means I don't have to rely on eBay as much as I did years ago. But eBay was how I got my start working for myself.
So every now and then, I like to re-test how possible it is to make some seriously quick cash with eBay.
And I did just that. By selling my used shorts. I had to.
See, depending on what industry report you read, there is "$X,000 worth of unwanted, resellable used goods in every home."
(Yes, thousands of dollars. I can't prove it, but that's probably pretty accurate.)
So let's get to the used shorts part.
I had 4 pairs of size 40 waist cargo shorts lying around (I dropped weight so I'm a 38 now). I bought them new from Kohls about 3 years ago, for about $19 each. (They were on sale).
2 months ago, I laid them out flat the best I could - on the floor - and took about 4 photos. Then I made a very basic eBay listing (view it here). Because I didn't know what they were worth, I started an auction at $.01 and offered free shipping.
Seven days later, they sold to the highest bidder for $53, which is pretty remarkable. Why? They were all missing the cargo-style belts that came with them, and the brand is a middle-tier one that most folks don't even know about. But somewhere there are fans of these shorts who were trying to outbid each other.
My net take, after shipping and eBay/Paypal fees was about $35. Not bad for 10 minutes worth of work - for an item that I may have otherwise just thrown away or donated.
Now, expand your mind a little on this.
Do you have multiples of similar items you don't wear any more, all of the same size? E.g., summer sandals? Dress shirts? Neck ties? Dress shoes? (Click on each link and note the green prices are what they actually sold for - in used condition!)
Do you have a friend who no longer needs her maternity clothing?
And now that you've tapped your relatives and friends, what about finding similar lots at yard sales? 'Tis the season!
I call it the FTM method
Find stuff. Try selling it on eBay. And if it works, Multiply your efforts.
So the above examples partially define "What's eBay good for?" for sellers.
Simply put, I sell stuff on eBay that I can't sell on Amazon. You should too:
- Used clothes (not just vintage)
- High-end fashion and clothes
- One of a kind items
- Anything you're restricted from selling on Amazon
The point? If you want to start selling online (or grow your current revenue streams), there really is no excuse. The money is everywhere, you just have to look for it.
And before you buy stuff to resell - always, always check the completed listings on eBay to see how much similar brands/items have sold for (the actual selling prices will be in green font)
Other resources for figuring out "what can I easily find to sell on eBay?":
(I receive no compensation by referring you to those experts!)
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