Best Things To Sell on eBay, Buying and Selling to Make Money

Some of the Easiest Things to Sell on eBay

While we were putting together our latest video, it stuck me about how some of the easiest things to sell on eBay are those that are useful and/or necessary to the buyer. When I first began on eBay, pretty much anything would sell since internet marketing (and eBay) was still in its infancy.

Demand was higher than the supply at the time, and of course today it’s just the opposite (with the exception of truly rare items). I still love offering scarce items. But, it’s called “scarce” and “rare” for a reason – I don’t stumble across one-of-a-kind pieces every day.

The things I do seem to find more often include everyday, “useful” stuff.

As I mention in the video, I happened upon an estate sale that was organized by the family of someone who had evidently been a hoarder. There were a lot of happy dealers at that sale, including me.

I noticed that a lot of people were walking right by a lot of glucose test strips – the strips that people use to test their blood sugar. These things can be expensive, and if someone needs one box, they’re going to need a bunch of them. I bought the entire lot for next to nothing, and within a couple of days of having listed them, someone bought them for $240.

The buyer saved some money; I made some money. Everyone is happy.

I love buying new old stock. I don’t even have to know what something is (necessarily). If I see something still in its blister pack and it has a $40 price tag on it and I get it for $2, I’m a happy guy. You don’t have to only check eBay to see what something is going for; you can also check on Amazon to see what a similar item is selling for.

So, just think about that when you’re out and about. I’m not saying to bypass the antiques or jewelry, but keep your mind open to useful items that the average person is looking for. Some of easiest things to sell on eBay are often right in front of us and being ignored by other buyers.

 

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New Video As Promised! Results from Selling at Live Auction

Pottery Lot Sold at Jenkins AuctionOk guys and gals… I just uploaded a new video over at YouTube (my username or channel or whatever you call it at YouTube is “JohnsYardSaleFinds” for lack of any better ideas).

This video shows how we loaded up for a live country auction (as opposed to the virtual eBay auctions) up here in northern New England.

We happened upon Blakely Jenkins who, along with his partner in the auction business Kirby Parker run a weekly auction in St. Johnsbury, VT (Jenkins Auction Service).

In the video, we show EXACTLY how we lot things out – and you’ll see Blake’s reaction to our layout.

We then show you the results of some of the items that we mentioned by name, along with the entire take at the end of the night.

If you are going to be taking things over to a live auction, I can’t tell you how incredibly important it is to really take the time to lot out your items so that they are easy to display and easy to handle.

Think of how it is if you go to a flea market, yard sale or auction – isn’t it easier and more efficient for you to look at an item if it’s clean and laid out as though the seller really cares about it?

Well, it goes a long way in auctions.

Attend any country type of auction – especially if it’s the type of auction that caters to a number of consigners. Notice how a large majority of people just jam the stuff into boxes – dusty, dirty, and overall just ugly looking lots – and it almost says, “This is nothing but junk” to me. I want potential buyers to see my stuff – whether it’s “junk” or not – and say, “Hey, this guy cares about this stuff… must be worth something.”

You’ll see more what I mean in the video. Have a look here…

One other thing – there are so many ways to sell stuff. As you can see from this video, eBay is definitely not the only way. Neither is Craigslist. Don’t forget about Amazon! You can learn a LOT about this from Skip McGrath, who has been at this at least as long as I have.

Check Out Skip McGrath’s Best-Selling eBook, “The Virtual Peddler” by Clicking Here Now!

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A Unique Way To Use eBay For Self Promotion

Crystal Pumps by an eBayer named Crystal HeelsWe were just addressing how to find the best things to sell on eBay, and while we were doing some research, we came across the wildest thing! And I thought, “Wow! What a great concept!” One of those, “Why didn’t I think of that!?”

Let me explain. I was working on an outline for someone, to show them the step by step ways a user can find out “what’s hot” on eBay. So, while going through the sequence of steps myself, I decided to take a look at what was trending on eBay today. The amazing pair of women’s designer shoes that you see here in the screen shot caught my eye.

I finished up my notes, and quickly came back to these shoes and this seller. The seller goes by the eBay name of  MyCrystalHeels.

At the time of this writing, MyCrystalHeels was offering a pair of designer shoes that were customized with “Custom Strassed Swarovski Crystals.”

While I was writing this post, more than 1,700 people had looked at the auction, and the shoes were being offered at $4,995.00.

Now, they may or may not sell – time will tell – but one thing we noticed in the auction was that the seller had a line in the description that offered services for customizing one’s own shoes. All the interested party needs to do is get in touch with the seller for a quote.

So, in this case, let’s say for just a moment that the shoes don’t sell. BUT, what if that brought the seller so much off-eBay business that he or she doesn’t need to ever try selling another shoe on eBay? Take a look at THIS screen shot: The seller, MyCrystalHeels is offering her (or his) services to customer YOUR OWN shoes.

Notice that Crystal Heels is saying that if you want YOUR shoes customized, merely get in touch for a quote!

Now, I think that this is absolutely brilliant.

This shows a way to use eBay to reach out to a target market in a way that isn’t ordinarily done.

I’ve never done it. But you can bet it’s got me thinking!

And hopefully it has YOU thinking as well.

PS: You might want to also have a look at this book, which can help you find the best things to sell on eBay:

Simply Click Here =>How and Where to Locate the Merchandise to Sell on eBay

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Sell Vintage Stuff From Thrift Stores on Ebay

Some of the best things to sell on eBay come from thrift shops!

What are the Best Things to Sell on eBay?

If you’ve been reading my blog or watching any of my YouTube videos for any time now, you’ll notice that I definitely find my share of vintage stuff to sell. I can tell you that even though I find a lot of my inventory from yard sales, which is really a lot of fun, I also buy from individuals selling on Craigslist.

Also, I find some really good stuff at Thrift Stores. And, if you saw my post the other day, you’ll note that we had just arrived in Florida for the winter. The next day we drove around the area to get a feel for the lay of the land, and happened upon a Church Thrift Store.

Even though we weren’t out to go buying since we were really still unpacking and stocking up on some groceries, we couldn’t resist going into the store.

I’m glad we did. Kathy, who has a thing for cufflinks (ahem… if you read one of our first posts, you’ll see why! Here’s the original post about Kath’s experience with cufflinks => Click Here for the “Cufflink Post.”), saw that there was a small case of men’s jewelry behind the counter.

While I went through the clothes (and found a cool vintage Red Cross Wool Coat that I’ll write about later) and books, Kath made a beeline to the men’s jewelry.

A pair of blue and green enameled cufflinks caught her eye, and she put them in the pile of stuff we decided to buy. It turns out that these are Christian Dior sterling cufflinks, and we brought them home and processed them to sell on eBay. Kath found these Christian Dior Cufflinks at a Thrift Store

Now the fun part… We cannot yet tell you what they sell for – if they sell at all!

Next week or so, I’ll put together a post showing all the stuff we bought at that Thrift Store – our first stop since arriving here in Florida – and will share our results with you!

In the meantime, please believe me when I tell you that there is definitely a method for shopping for the best things to sell on eBay. We don’t just walk into a place and grab every vintage piece of jewelry and clothing that we find. If you do that, I can assure you that you’ll be ending up with a TON of smelly stuff that you’ll wind up donating to another Thrift Store.

It takes patience and perseverance! If you would like a little help with this, may I recommend you grab a copy of one or more of the different guides available. There are a bunch on Amazon – just see the small number of guides I found below! (Click the image, and you’ll go to the search results I saw on Amazon.)