Matthew loves finding and sharing creative ways to make money on the side.
One Person's Junk Is Another Person's Treasure
Reselling items on eBay is a really good way to make some extra cash on the side. All you need is an eBay seller account (which is super easy to sign up for) and a Paypal account (which is just as easy)!
What many people do not know is that you can sell some really strange things on eBay that most people would never think of selling or even buying! These five items actually sell for a really substantial profit! I'm not saying you are going to get rich quickly or even be able to quit your day job by becoming an eBay seller, but you can definitely try to sell these five weird items to make some extra cash on the side!
1. Plastic Bottle Caps
I know you must think that this sounds so ridiculous. Who in their right mind would want to purchase a bunch of bottle caps from soda and pop bottles, milk jugs, and even water bottles? The truth is crafters and school teachers are nuts about them!
Crafters use them in a variety of creations, as do school teachers looking for cheap supplies for art projects for their students. They can buy the plastic caps in bulk for a reasonable amount of money, choose what size and color caps they want (colors like red, green, and silver are popular among buyers), and never have to worry about saving them up for long periods of time on their own!
2. Old Technology
Do you have an attic, garage or basement with old VHS and cassette players just sitting there waiting to go to the dump? What about that vintage IBM computer and word processor you will never use again? Well, they actually fetch top dollar on eBay! Why would someone want an old, outdated piece of technology they don't make anymore? There are a couple of reasons.
One reason is that people are just not willing to upgrade to new formats like DVD, Blu-Ray, and CD. This is especially common with the baby boomer generation. Some people are quite frugal and refuse to give up on something they have invested their time and money on for so long. Many still have huge collections of VHS tapes and still listen to all their favorite music on cassette and record players!
Another reason people love to buy these items is for their nostalgic value. There are a lot of shows on T.V. and streaming sites like Netflix that take place in a time long forgotten (like the 1980s). This brings back old memories, and people want to grab this stuff up because it reminds them of being young! Admit it; you had a favorite mixed tape you made yourself, too, right?
Want some extra cash? Sell this stuff on eBay and cash in. They don't even have to be in working order. Many people buy broken ones just for replacement parts!
3. Ancient Media
So, if people are looking for all these ancient forms of technology like VCRs, cassette decks, and old computers, it is no surprise that the forms of media they play are in high demand too!
Whether it's hipsters trying to recreate a favorite mixed tape or movie producers and film students trying to recreate a vintage look for their film project, people are seeking out all of the media platforms like blank cassette tapes, VHS tapes, floppy disks, and laser disks so they can create their own new memories using the vintage equipment. They also bring pretty good money on eBay if they are unopened in the original package.
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4. Aluminum Can Pull Tabs
Plastic bottle caps aren't the only thing that's hot on eBay. The aluminum pull tabs from beverage cans are highly sought after by crafters as well. They can be used for a variety of projects but are quite often used to create original upcycled earrings. Next time you are ready to toss that empty can of pop, take the pull tab off and set it aside for another opportunity to make a little side cash. It may take a while to save up enough of them to sell, but you can spread the word on Facebook sale groups, sites like Craigslist, or even to friends and family.
5. Empty Toilet Paper and Paper Towel Rolls
Another great item to save up and resell on eBay is the empty toilet paper rolls and paper towel rolls that would normally just be tossed in the recycling. Crafters, teachers, and artists love these, and they hardly weigh anything, so they are really inexpensive to ship.
Who would have guessed you could make money by going to the bathroom? As with all of the items crafters are seeking, these may take time to accumulate, so spread the word!
Reselling is a great hobby, but there are actually people out there that make big bucks off of eBay! There is no guarantee that any item you post will actually sell or sell at the price you are asking. There are a lot of things to remember if you plan on getting into the business, and there are fees involved in selling items on eBay, so make sure you do your research.
Seller costs also include shipping products like boxes, tape, and bubble wrap. Make sure when you list an item that you include the cost of shipping supplies in your price and research how much the postal service is going to charge you to ship that item to whoever buys it. Things like the shape of the package and the weight of the package are going to affect the cost of shipping, so always do your research and weigh the item before you post it.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
Penny Leigh Sebring from Fort Collins on June 11, 2019:
Apologies to the Ebayers. too busy using my toilet paper rolls as inexpensive pet toys to sell them online. I may start saving those bottle caps though. Great article, and a good way to reduce waste!
Alexander James Guckenberger from Maryland, United States of America on December 27, 2017:
I am sure I will. I love Ebay, so I may just do that and see what i can find! Thanks for the great article!
Matthew Hotaling (author) from Missouri on December 27, 2017:
Do a search on ebay for items sold and you will be surprised!
Alexander James Guckenberger from Maryland, United States of America on December 26, 2017:
I may try the bottle cap idea. :)