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9 People Who Should Sell Their Stuff on eBay
AuctionWeb, better known now as eBay, has been around for 20 years. Practically everyone you encounter has heard of eBay and knows what it is. There is quite the misconception out there that eBay is just an online flea market that’s just full of junk. While there certainly is quite a bit of junk on eBay, there are still many listings that are brand new and never opened or handmade and one-of-a-kind. Whether you have a piece of junk or a gem in your hands, see if any of these descriptions below fit you and give it a try as a hobby or maybe even a part-time or full-time job. After all, don’t you want a piece of the $17.9 billion (eBay’s revenue in 2014)?
Parents. Our children are constantly outgrowing everything – their clothes, shoes, toys, books, and so much more. If you are a stay-at-home parent and wish to make some part-time income, this is a great way to do so while taking care of your little ones. It might not (but can) amount to a full-time salary, but it can make you enough to pay for your monthly groceries and gas bill. Taking your children with you to the post office can be a fun morning trip or even a lesson on how postal delivery works.
Small Business Owners. Perhaps you have a small brick-and-mortar gift shop or another type of retail store where your inventory is outgrowing your space? Or maybe you used to have a store and now all your inventory is in storage or, worse, taking over your home basement or garage? Many of us small business owners find ourselves buying more than we need or have the space just to qualify for the bulk-pricing. How can you not when it can be half the price to buy 1,000 instead of 100, right? There are plenty of people wanting the same stuff in smaller quantities and are looking to eBay to purchase them. Shopping bags, take-out containers, straws, practically anything you keep in your store can be listed and sold on eBay.
Retired Folks. For those of you who are retired but would like to make some pocket change for your personal interests and entertainment, this is a good place to “work” without having to punch a time clock or request vacation time to see your grandchildren. The chances are you’re downsizing or have downsized recently and need to get rid of things that you no longer need. You probably have more time now to take inventory of what you have, take great pictures, and create your listings. If you have the time but don’t think you have the know-how, then grab an eBay for Dummies book or take a class at a community college near you. If you know how to check email or comment on pictures of your grandchildren on Facebook, you too can sell on eBay.
Crafters. Ever thought of turning your hobby into a part-time or even a full-time job? While etsy has gotten a lot of attention with their handcrafted items for sale, eBay is a solid place to showcase some of your handmade items or turn your hobby into a cash cow. From quilts to dolls to paintings, there is a market for almost any type of crafter. Craft fairs are slowing down anyways, so why not sell your crafts online? Not only do you save money on table fees and minimize the chances of ruining your crafts (think rain or shine events or dusty roadside shows), but you can sell your crafts on your preferred time, sell as few or as many as you want, and probably get better prices for them.
Techies. If you are the type who needs to have the latest smart phone, smart watch, tablet, what-have-you, then this is definitely the place for you to get rid of your perfectly good old ones. These items are extremely popular, and they are easy to ship. How many people do you know who need a quick replacement for their phone that they broke or accidentally dropped in the toilet? Yeah, I thought so.
Fashionistas. Those who like to follow the latest trends or, better yet, set the trends themselves can sell last season’s clothes and accessories on eBay. Especially nowadays, trends aren’t changing as fast as they did prior to the economic downturn. Women’s and men’s clothing, either new or in great condition, sells very well on eBay. Skinny jeans, leather jackets, dresses all do well on eBay at the right price.
Clearance Shoppers. This is the person who is completely opposite of the aforementioned fashionista. This is the person who can’t pass up on a great deal on last season’s clothes and accessories. This may also be the person who has a secret stock closet at home where you can find 110 deodorant sticks, 79 toothbrushes, and 235 rolls of toilet paper. If you got these items at really great deals or maybe even close to nothing, sell some of it on eBay. No one human being can possible go through these quantities in a given year or even 5. Speaking of toilet paper, you can even save the brown paper rolls once you are done with the paper and sell the rolls on eBay. Don’t believe me? There are more than two dozens of sellers on eBay with toilet paper rolls listed.
Collectors. Did you collect beanie babies or old Hess trucks? Maybe your kids did and they are now out of the house and won’t even miss some of these things that are taking over your attic? If you collected things that might be of great value now, dust them off and put them on eBay. The chances are there are people out there still collecting some of these things.
Old Souls. There is a huge market for vintage or collector’s items on eBay. Records, old typewriters, cameras, you name it (pay close attention to the walls at Cracker Barrel next time you’re in there for Momma’s Pancake Breakfast). If it is old and dusty and in good condition, there is someone willing to pay (sometimes big bucks) for your junk in the trunk. Even if it is not in pristine condition, try listing it and see what happens. The chances are someone is looking for a specific part that’s attached to your junk.