|Tue Jan 8 2013 11:16:46|
Surprising Things that Sell Well on eBay
By: Julia Wilkinson
|Ever been surprised by an item that sold well on eBay, when you thought it was a dud? Today's guest poster, Gloria McClain, has. (Many of you in the selling community know Gloria as "Glorsstore"; her eBay listings can be found here; her email is email@example.com). What sold that surprised you, or what anomalies have you witnessed on eBay or other sites? Post a comment and tell us!|
While cleaning out grandma's house, don't just look in the attic for things to sell online. If grandma was a true stockpiler and loved to save everything, you just might find treasures in what you usually think of as trash. There's gold in them thar...toilet paper rolls?
Yes, empty toilet paper rolls - the cardboard that's left when the toilet paper has met its demise. A lot of 160 recently sold for $53 on eBay.
Another surprise item is men's used Hawaiian shirts... The larger the shirt, the more anxious bidders. Brand names such as Tommy Bahama and Jimmy Buffet/Margaritaville do especially well.
Poodle Skirts Hop Off the Shelves
One of my best-sellers for the past 10 years never ceases to amaze: 50s retro poodle skirts. Every October, think sock hops and Halloween. I have to close down my listings since I can't keep up with the orders. (Since my skirts are custom-made, I can't make them in advance.)
Broken Electrical Items
Have an old electrical item that you just can't get to work? Try listing it on eBay! There is someone, somewhere, who's handy that can either get it to work, or will use the parts to fix another item. A good example is a non-working camera. Caution: be sure to mention within the item specifics and description that the item does not work, or is for parts only.
Gems in the Junk Drawer
Do a search for 'junk drawer' on eBay, and you'll find there are currently 2,661 listings that include those exact words in the title. Do a search for recently closed listings and you'll see that several that include jewelry findings and parts have recently gone for four figures.
Not every item does well on the Internet, and as they say in commercials, “Past performance is no guarantee of future results.”
Which items have you found sell surprisingly well? Post a comment here!
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