The struggle was REAL when I first started selling online. I lost alot of money. However, I learned from my mistakes, so do not get discouraged. You can sell stuff on the internet (legally) and make $1000 or more in a short amount of time. Aim higher because it is possible to make some cold hard cash! Why $1000? I believe you should have at least $1000 put away in case of an emergency. This money should be separate from your regular savings account. You can use it to pay off outstanding debts or emergencies without having to dip into your savings.
The first time I made money online was when I sold a pair of vintage 70’s style knee-high boots. I remember getting so excited and running home from school to pack and ship the boots to the new owner. To say I was ecstatic would be an understatement. The year was 2006 and I had heard of many people making hundreds of thousands of dollars off a website called eBay. So I dived right in and created my first listing. I sold a few things after that but I did not take it as seriously as I should have. -Homework and school took up alot of my time. At the time eBay was a very popular place to sell your stuff. I have no doubt that I would have made six figures (had I taken it more seriously). But, I digress.
Ok, so I’ve rambled enough. Let’s get right to it. I have compiled a list of stuff that you can easily sell online to make money fast. eBay is not the only place you can list and sell items. You can sell through Amazon, local classifieds etc. Check out local Facebook groups in your area because you can list and sell items there as well.
I made a list of the types of items that are most likely to sell in a shorter amount of time. I will also give you a few tips on how to avoid the mistakes I have made in the past, so you can start selling and making money!
Got a camera you are not using? List it! I had an old camera lying around that I really wasn’t using. It was just sitting in a drawer collecting dust. Canon, Sony, Panasonic etc. are good brands that sell well even second hand. DSLRs sell for a higher price. Do not hesitate to list your little point and shoot!
2. Camera Lens/Lenses
Go ahead and sell your old camera lenses. Be as transparent as possible when it comes to the condition of the lens. Make sure to list any issues that the camera lens might have. If you notice that your lens has dust or has a scuffle or scratch, do not forget to mention it in your listing. I recently sold two camera lenses with no issue for a few hundred dollars.
3. Old cell phones ( yes flip phones too )
Believe you me, there are people still buying flip phones on eBay. Yup, you heard that right. People are still buying old phones and FLIP PHONES! Nokia is one of the more popular brands to sell on there. If you have any old cell phones around, you should list them and see if you can sell them! I’m suspecting that street pharmaceutical dealers or other kinds of people who need to remain untraceable still use flip phones…It’s not your job to judge. But, I digress.
4. Brand Name Handbag
Make sure that any handbags you sell are the real thing. There are so many fake brand name purses out there. The people who buy designer handbags know how to spot a fake. Ebay and Amazon also have policies against selling counterfeit items. Brand names like Coach, Michael Kors, Kate Spade, Chanel, Ted Baker etc. sell really well online.
5. Brand Name Coats
Once the colder weather hits, peacoats are big sellers. The best time to list your coats is during the fall. Brand names such as Guess, Bebe, J.Crew, Marc Jacobs, Burberry etc. Sell your gently used brand name coats and list them in the fall. My rule of thumb for myself is: If I have not worn an item of clothing in one year, I either donate it, or sell it online.
6. Moto jackets
Vintage leather jackets sell very well. Regular leather jackets are also popular. I found the Zara brand sells very quickly. Zara is very trendy with online fashion bloggers and fashion forward girls in general.
7. Computer software
Video or photo editing software is another hot item that sells well. You can sell your Adobe light room, Windows. Photoshop CD ROM. Yup, people still buy software that is in CD ROM format.
8. Vintage Clothing
People love quality vintage clothing. Make sure that any vintage clothes you list are in good condition. What types of vintage items should you sell? 50’s style skirts, 70’s style coats with faux/real fur collars, 90’s Tommy Hilfiger puffer coats to name a few.
Lululemon is one of the most popular brands when it comes to athleisure. If you have a pair of Lulu leggings, a scarf, sweatshirt, headband etc. Just sell it if you don’t need it or use it anymore. Aritzia is another brand that sells really well. Make sure that everything you sell is good quality and wearable!
Tips for Selling Better on eBay :
Research the prices
What price should you list your items on eBay or Amazon? Do your research and see what other sellers are selling. You don’t want to overprice or under price your stuff. Snoop around and find what prices the other sellers have set for the same item you are selling.
Estimate your shipping properly.
As a newbie, I used to underestimate the shipping and used to sell at a loss. You don’t want that because you will lose money! It is better to overestimate the shipping by a few dollars than to sell and lose money.
Always pay for tracking and require a signature.
There are some very dishonest buyers on eBay. The new eBay buyer protection program, has made things worse for sellers. Buyers are abusing the eBay Buyer Protection Program. Dishonest buyers know that eBay is more likely to side with them if they open a dispute for any reason. Some people will receive and sign for the package, then claim that they did not receive it or it was different than described! eBay then turns around and does a charge-back on you! It’s a pain, so if you feel your spidey senses tingling when dealing with a potential buyer, just cancel the transaction. Do not ship the item. The times when I have gotten scammed by buyers, was when I ignored my intuition!
Go with your gut instinct.
If a buyer seems to be asking you endless questions, or they seem a bit shady, – DO NOT ship to them! Simply refund the purchase (if they have paid for the item) and keep it moving. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with a seller asking you questions about a listing. However, I find that buyers who ask a ton of questions before purchasing tend to be the worst. They are more likely to file and open a dispute, -even try to abuse the buyer protection program through false claims. Do not risk it. Refund them their money and let them go on about their way.
Mention ANY issues with the item in your listing.
Does the item you are selling have a scratch, tear, stain, scuff? Make sure that you mention it in the description. Be as transparent as possible.
Make sure that the item you are selling is clean.
Wash any clothing that you are selling. Clean and dust other items you have listed and store them in a clean place. This is just common sense. But then again, like they say: You would be surprised how uncommon common sense is.
So there you have it. The 9 ways you can make $1000 or more on eBay by selling the things you can find lying around in your house. You are not limited to how you can make money on the internet. There are so many ways you can make some extra cash online. Do not limit yourself to just the items I have listed in this post. Remember, the only limits that you place are on yourself. There are so many people making a ton of money online. Heck, -some people even do it on a full time basis.
Get organized and sell stuff that you do not use or need. Offloading stuff on eBay and yard sales can help you to declutter your home. That’s an unbeatable bonus if you ask me.
What are you waiting for! Say no to being a pack rat. See what you can find around the house to list and sell!
Have you sold anything online? What items have you found sell the best?
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