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.