What if I were to tell you that in just one week you could be swimming in cash?
That you could live beyond your wildest dreams and live that #yachtlife you’ve been dreaming of?
What if all you needed to know to see that cash flying in were the best things to sell on eBay and then some tips for selling?
Okay, I’m sorry… eBay isn’t going to make you rich overnight, but it can be a decent side hustle for some.
I just started like that because years ago I honestly thought about selling on eBay after continuing to read about the earning potential advertised as some breakthrough online business option, written like what I wrote above.
Sure, it can be for some. I have one reader who shared her eBay selling tips with me… don’t worry I’ll pass them along to you too… and she brought in just under $85,000 of eBay income in 2018 – that was working just 15-20 per week!
With stories like that, it’s hard to ignore the eBay appeal.
It seems like you can sell anything on eBay… anything. People are even selling mystery boxes on eBay, meaning the seller has no clue what they’re buying. If you’ve ever bought (or sold) one of these, I’d love to hear about it.
But what if you’re interested in eBay but aren’t going the super weird route? What then are the best things to sell on eBay to make extra money?
M$M tip: If you want even more articles about selling on eBay and flipping goods as a side hustle, here are some great reads:
- How to Make $2,000 per Month Selling Items From Garage Sales
- This Man Made $42,929 as a Professional Flipper in a Year!
Vintage and antique items
This stuff sells well because collectors are willing to pay a high price for quality vintage and antique items, and as even stuff from our childhood gets harder to find, this market will probably continue to offer some of the best things to sell on eBay.
You can find vintage and antique things at auctions, garage sales, thrift stores, even your parent’s basement… we see you Mom and Dad with a box of toys from the 80’s sitting under the Christmas decorations.
To make the most money you’ll need to keep your cost down (buy smart!) and be willing to do a little research on the items so you know how to list them properly.
Here are some popular vintage and antique items to sell on eBay:
- Toys, including your old G.I. Joe, Strawberry Shortcake, and Smurf stuff
- WW2 and military items
- Letterman jackets
- Concert t-shirts, must be able to authenticate
- Records and record players
To profit from selling video games on eBay, you’ll need to either sell games that are old enough to have gained some kind of cult following, think NES and Atari, or games for current systems, like Nintendo Switch or PlayStation 4.
Brand new equipment can be really expensive if you’re buying for kids or trying to take up a sport as an adult… there might come a time when you find yourself wanting to play golf, for example. That means that sports equipment is probably always going to be one of the best things to sell on eBay.
The trick is finding things that are still in good condition – no rips, tears, or deterioration. Garage sales and thrift stores are great places to find these things, and you can sell lots if you have, for example, all the ice hockey gear an 11-year-old would need for his peewee league.
Here are some popular sports equipment to sell on eBay:
- Baseball equipment: bats, helmets, gloves, hitting machines, etc.
- Basketball: balls, jerseys, wall-mount systems, shoes, etc.
- Cycling: road racing bikes, mountain bikes, hybrids, etc.
- Golf: clubs, bags, shoes, etc.
- Camping: tents, water filtration systems, backpacks, and sleeping bags.
- Exercise gear: treadmills, free weights, trampolines, elliptical machines, etc.
eBay can be a great way to connect sellers with clothing items that they can’t find anywhere else. Vintage clothes and designer items, especially women’s ones, are some of the best things to sell on eBay if you really know how to authenticate and market your goods, but even on-trend clothing is going to be a good seller.
To find clothes that will sell, I’ve read that it will pay to keep up on what’s trending on Instagram, in fashion magazines, and to just pay attention to what’s currently selling. You know I had to research all of that… I can barely dress myself, much less know how to find decent women’s items to sell on eBay. This is also a good place to say, sell what you know.
To source clothes, try thrift stores, garage sales, and even what’s in your own closet. If you’re able to find something with a tag, it’s more likely to turn a profit.
As I was researching this article, I came across a number of “eBay how-to” sites that gave conflicting information about selling electronics. Some said this is where the money is, and others said to stay away from it because of the potential for scammers buying the item, claiming it’s defective, eBay usually siding with them, and then returning the product with missing parts that make it un-resellable.
I don’t know how often that happens, and electronics remain one of the more popular things to sell, including:
- Anything Apple
- Bose products
- Video games and systems
If it came between my wife and me to win at eBay, I guarantee that it would be her, and her big sellers would probably be home goods… I’m told that’s what all of this boujee stuff around our house is called.
She knows what looks good, where to find it, and really she’s amazing and I can’t believe she puts up with me every day.
Sorry, back to the best things to sell on eBay. Popular things in this category are going to be:
- Small appliances: coffee makers, waffle makers, pasta makers, water purification systems, etc.
- Vintage appliances
- Home Decor: frames, area rugs, lamps, decorative bowls (the heck?), framed prints, etc.
Okay, so this isn’t one of the best things to sell on eBay in terms of profits, but it’s probably where I would go… leaving the decorative bowls to Coral. If you are a car person, someone who doesn’t mind doing some of your own work, you may have already had some used parts and accessories to sell on eBay.
The trick with selling auto parts on eBay is going to be the same with everything else – know what you’re selling. For example, if you’re obsessive about Yukon, you might be familiar with a lot of the parts you could sell, what people want, know where to find them, etc.
Top sellers in auto parts are:
- Exterior parts: steel bumpers, upgraded or replacement grills, and side mirrors.
- Wheels and tires, and suspension parts.
- Lighting products: headlights, tail lights, fog lights, etc.
Also, if you’re into vintage cars, eBay can be a pretty cool place to offload some stuff you’ve been collecting or a place to use your knowledge and experience to make some cash. Remember, collectors will go a long way, via the world wide web, to have the things they want or need.
For vintage car parts, here are some of the best things to sell on eBay:
- Parts that are not being manufactured anymore, or were never produced by an aftermarket supplier.
- NOS (new old stock)
- Vintage performance parts
Selling on eBay, some tips for success
Now, if you’re really interested in selling on eBay as a potential online business, here are some tips from eBay sellers in my M$M Facebook Community – we’d love for you to join us if you aren’t already in the group!
From Miranda Schultz of The Plus Life:
1.) Invest on a postage scale. They're super cheap and necessary.
2.) Take advantage of the free boxes/shipping supplies through USPS. You can order online in bulk.
3.) Start by selling things you already own to learn the process of listing/selling/shipping before you start investing in inventory.
4.) Get connected with the reseller community online. There's a huge number of resellers on Instagram, and even Youtube, who sell on eBay, Poshmark and other platforms full time. I follow several people who make six figures reselling. Many resellers buy inventory at thrift stores, garage sales, etc. and also find clearance deals at stores to flip which is called retail arbitrage.
From Melissa Stephenson of Flea Market Flipper, the reader I mentioned who made nearly $85,000 in eBay sales last year:
We make our money with eBay on large items because most people will only list them for local pickup. But shipping is not as hard as most people think. We will ship just about anything… One tip we tell people is to not mess with the $5 profit items. Your time is worth way more!
From Katie Coop Christopherson:
For a brand new seller on eBay, five to ten low priced items is a good way to get some quick ratings. I think my first several eBay sales were all $10 or less. My standards changed as I figured out what I was doing.
From Heidi Looney:
I’ve found larger profits on the large items that will actually ship (not just local pickup) and newer print books. The biggest margins though? Plus size men and women’s clothing. As both a buyer of and a seller of, the pickings are slim (no pun intended). It is very hard to find secondhand (or new w/o tags) plus size items in good condition. If it’s new, I can sometimes double what I paid for it. If it’s used, I get at least 75% of my purchase price back.
From Jorge Mata’s Money Luchador post “I Made $1,000 In A Week By Selling On eBay. Here’s How You Can Too”:
My most profitable item was some WWE wrestling memorabilia that was just sitting in my closet. My 2nd best items were video games, followed by other sports equipment like shoes and shirts.
I happen to know quite a bit about how these sell from spending time researching them and being an avid buyer of all of these items. I understand the market because I am part of the market. If your thing is interior decorating and you have a bunch of wall decor you want to get rid of, sell that. If you have old or broken technology, you can sell it for parts.
I once sold a pair of broken Beats headphones for $35 and listed it as “for parts.” It was junk to me but someone was willing to buy it.
From Shawn Morrison of Saginaw Social Media:
I used to go to all of the local big box stores. Then I'd get a basket, go to the clearance area, open my eBay app and check to see what’s selling and for how much. Take off $5-7 for shipping on most items. Fill the basket, making a tally for how much the whole basket costs, then ask a manager for a discount on the whole basket. Usually, they are glad to see it gone and give a better price when you take a lot.
My most profitable items were mosquito traps/baits from Home Depot
And, if it's not a great deal, walk away there are plenty other deals out there.
Also, carry cash, always. Deals come up sometimes and you have to have the cash right then and there are you'll lose the deal.