How to Buy and Sell Used Jeans to Make Money
Make Money Selling Jeans
It almost seems unreal, at first, but there are many people who love to buy pre-owned, pre-worn jeans. The great part about this is that it gives ingenious people a chance to make good money buying designer jeans cheaply and reselling the jeans online and offline for a profit.
There are many ways you can sell the jeans you buy. You can test out online auctions or you can create your own online store. You can also set up a stand at local flea markets or set up a brick-and-mortar store. If your home is in a good location, you can even have jean yard sales on the weekends.
What Jean Brands to Buy to Sell
Levi's are my best selling jeans. My second best sellers are Hollisters. What you will want to do is find in fashion designer jeans - True Religion, Fox, Delia, Pacsun, Gap, Diesel, etc.
Avoid jeans that retail for under $30. Cheaper jeans sell at low prices and they tend to sit for a long time. They are best sold in bulk as craft material.
Where to Find Cheap Jeans to Resell
Many people will spend their weekends visiting yard sales and auctions, buying jeans one by one or in bulk. When buying used jeans at yard sales, always make sure you know how much the jeans are worth retail, check the jeans for sale for any defects or excessive wearing, and get the jeans for a low price - no more than $3 a pair.
A great place to find designer jeans is at Goodwill. Visit your local Goodwill shops. Find out what days they get in new shipments. Be prepared to spend roughly 1 to 2 hours each shipment day searching through clothing bins. I have found many designer jeans while searching through the Goodwill bins. My teenage kids also join in and keep me up to date on the latest jean trends. When choosing the jeans, search for holes and stains. Check the hem bottoms. DOn't buy anything that has been altered or hemmed up. Make sure the legs are no frayed.
To Ebay or Not to Ebay
People have a lot of opinions about Ebay. Due to my personal experiences, I would recommend staying away from Ebay because of its buyer's protection policy where, if a buyer decides to make a false claim against the seller, the buyer gets his or her money back and, depending on the claim made, is able to keep the item you sent. I have had people claim that the package was empty, that the item wasn't the same as listed, and that the item was damaged. When I was able to get the buyer to return the item, I would get a different item, such as a ripped up article of clothing, instead of what I had originally sent to them. Ebay was once a decent place to sell, but I feel as though it has become the home of scammers in recent years. If you decide to try your luck with Ebay, please be aware of the scams some buyers use.
Selling By Website
An alternative to selling through Ebay is to sell the used jeans through your own website. There are many free and cheap websites that will let you set up a website to sell your used jeans. Many of these hosts provide super easy templates you can use to set up your online shop. Some places to check out include:
Selling from a Store
If you live in an urban area, look into setting up a brick-and-mortar shop. Find and sell only the best in jeans at prices that are half the cost of retail. Buying used, designer jeans can be a big store front money maker if you choose the right location and attract the type of buyers that are fashionable and Earth conscious.
Selling at Flea Markets and Yard Sales
Flea markets and yard sales have been my biggest profit makers. For $10 to $25 a day, I can set up a 10-foot table and sell my name brand jeans. Living in a high traffic area, my home is also a great place to hold family yard sales. The trick is to lay out the jeans nicely so that people can see them. I prefer to fold my jeans for sale and use a sticker to label brand and size. Men's and women's jeans are separated. The jeans are clean and people can inspect them before purchase.