Jill is a full-time online reseller. She has been selling on eBay since 2019.
What Kinds of Products Are Easy to Resell on eBay?
I've been selling on eBay since 2019. After reselling for three years, I've learned a lot about what sells and what doesn't. Here are five simple items that are easy to resell at a profit.
Hats are such an easy thing to sell. Remember—photos and descriptions matter. Hats are one of the easiest and quickest things to photograph. Make sure you get photos from all angles and be sure to highlight any imperfections. I sell both new and pre-owned hats. For me, golf hats sell very well. If you have any hats that are vintage or hard to find, those may sell well for you, too.
"Remember—when selling on any platform, photos and descriptions matter!"
I sell pre-owned shirts every single day in my store. I sell new shirts as well, but my main money-makers are pre-owned shirts. Again, golf apparel is a great seller for me. I love selling golf polo shirts. The brand definitely matters, but logos are also important. If you have any golf polo shirts from specific country clubs or golf courses, they just might sell like hotcakes. I think a lot of people just enjoy collecting shirts from various places. I sell mainly men's shirts because I know the brands better than women's. If you are more knowledgeable about women's shirts, you should start there.
Shorts are another favorite of mine. The types of shorts that I sell vary. I sell a lot of golf shorts, and running shorts are very popular as well. I also sell a good amount of swim trunks. Who would have thought that "used" swim trunks would be something that anyone would think of purchasing? Certain brands sell all the time. It always boils down to brand and condition. Make sure that you are selling quality items. If you try to sell an old pair of shorts from Old Navy, you will most likely never make the sale.
Shoes can make you a really great profit. Again, I sell mostly pre-owned shoes. One issue with shoes is that they take up a lot of space. So, while you are waiting for them to sell, make sure you have the extra space to store them. Another thing that you will notice is that they take more time to prep. You may have to throw clothing in the washing machine or steam it if it is extra wrinkled. That doesn't take much effort. With pre-owned shoes, you will have to put in a little elbow grease. Resellers like to call this "cleaning profit into the product." You may have to wipe down the bottoms, change out the laces, or give them a little shine. The profits can be great though, so the extra work is definitely worth it in my opinion.
"I don't use the term 'used' when referring to clothing that is not new. I always use the term 'pre-owned.' I think it sounds better!"
The last thing I sell a lot of is Jackets. This is more of a broad category because for me it includes pullovers, heavy coats, windbreakers, etc. Jackets sell year-round—not just during the colder season. Remember—just because it is warm where you are doesn't mean it's warm elsewhere in the world. I love finding really cool golf pullovers. They sell well just like the golf polo shirts. If you have something that is older, limited edition, or from a specific year, it may be easier to sell. There is a buyer out there for almost everything; you just may need to be a little more patient with these types of items.
Quality and Brand-Name Matter
Keep in mind that regardless of what you choose to sell, you need to make sure that they are quality items. They need to be free from stains, holes, and smells. Unless you are selling a vintage item, stay away from holes.
If there are any imperfections with your items and you still think they will sell, then you need to be honest with your buyers. Don't try to hide any imperfections. Make sure you photograph everything and put it in the description. Trying to deceive your buyers will only end up losing you money and earning you negative feedback.
Remember—buy low and sell high! I hope this helps you get some ideas for getting started in your reselling journey. Happy selling!
© 2021 Jill Sams