After having sold more than 50 different items on eBay, I would like to share my experiences. Certain items are in high demand whereas certain items are not.
Here is a list of items, according to my experiences, that are in high demand:
- College textbooks: When a book buyback occurs at your college, you may or may not get good prices for selling your books; or you may not get an offer at all for certain books. If you are not offered a good price, try eBay. I have even sold old editions for decent prices.
- Smartphones: I sold four iPhones over eBay. They are in extremely high demand. As long as you sell a used smartphone in working condition, take clear photos, clean up the phone, restore the phone to factory settings, and write a good description you will come to notice that these phones hold their value. You may get several hundred dollars for one phone.
- Designer clothing/accessories: I sold a used Louis Vuitton iPhone case for a friend for hundreds of dollars. These things keep their value so keep this in mind while purchasing and selling them. If you have the money, do not feel too guilty about treating yourself to them. I personally wouldn’t purchase an item such as the above, but again they have great resale values.
- Tickets for Sporting Events/Concerts: I once sold concert tickets for a friend on eBay. Odds are your return will be close to what you originally paid for them.
- Collectibles: I sold a few Fast and Furious toy cars for what I paid for them. I also sold a set of old figurines for my mother and made a decent profit.
- Pok©mon cards: I sold my Pok©mon card set for $70. This is nowhere near what my parents paid for them when I was a kit but it’s a nice chunk of cash. I let my parents keep the cash on this sale (haha).
Here is a list of items, according to my experiences, that may not sell for a good price on eBay:
- Baseball or Basketball cards: I have a ton of old baseball and basketball cards from the early and mid-1990s. I have attempted to sell at least one-hundred individual cards and one set. I’ve individually sold some in-demand cards here and there for $5 each. But with fees, the hassle was not really worth it. I sold a 1997 Topps baseball box set, but only made $17 after the sale. I regret selling it. Unless you have super-rare cards in excellent condition (many buyers prefer them to be graded), reconsider selling these things.
- Regular cellphones (non-smartphones): I sold three phones that weren’t smartphones. I made an average of $30 per sale. Since it is not worth purchasing insurance on a non-smartphone, do yourself a favor and keep these phones as back-ups. Cell phones are so likely to break these days.
Here are items, according to my experiences, where I have had mixed results:
- Car parts: I had mixed results selling car parts. I sold an Alpine Head Unit for 65% of what I paid for it new so that was a plus. However, I also sold a set of brand new performance spark plug wires, that retailed for $50, for only $12.
- Video games: I had mixed results selling video games. I once sold a nearly new video game for 85% of what I paid for it new. However, I once sold six used Xbox 360 games for only $25. I would rather have waited for one of those promotional events at an electronic store that gives you double the amount of store credit for trade-ins during the event. I probably would’ve received at least $50 in store credit.
I hope this list serves as useful guidance for eBay sellers. My experiences may not hold true for everyone, but I think that many people will generally agree with me on the majority of items.