With the thoughts of New Years resolutions about saving money in all of our thoughts, we are all searching for ways to make/save a quick buck. Why take a second job when instead you can clean your house, empty your recycling bin and cash in. You will be surprised to learn how much some of the stuff in your recycling bin is worth!
From books to clothes you can find most anything you want on eBay. But what if you want to sell? There are many ways of making money on eBay that you never, ever would have thought of. Check these things that are selling on eBay.
If you have old cords laying around that you no longer have the other part to then you might put them on eBay. I am actually searching for an Xbox One cord as we speak! You won’t get rich selling cords but people with older electronics especially often need replace cords. Old remotes and even broken electronics will sell for someone needing the parts. Some of these can bring a nice price. Just make sure you clearly specify the item does NOT work if it doesn’t!
Installation CDs & Instruction Manuals
If you have old installation CDs lying around someone might just be looking for that. Instruction manuals on everything from household appliance to cars are being sold every day. People pick things up at yard sales and need instructions. My son is constantly fixing up dirt bikes and ATV’s and we are always on the hunt for old repair manuals.
Codes & Points
If you buy certain brands of foods there is Box Top for Education points on the boxes. Save them and sell them if you aren’t donating them to the local school. Think it’s not worth the time clipping them off and savings them? If I told you lots of Box Tops were selling for over $200.00 would that change your mind? It’s crazy but competitive PTA moms will pay big bucks for them in. Drink Coke but don’t mess with the Coke reward points? Yep someone will buy them too!
Lots of people are looking for all kinds of craft supplies from yarn to vintage patterns. So if your local craft store is having a hot, dirt cheap clearance sale then you might want to pick some things up to resell. Natural crafting items like pine cones and acorns can sell nicely as well for those who don’t live where they are available. Even empty toilet paper rolls can sell for kid’s craft. Add egg cartons into the mix although those may go to a local egg layer instead of for a craft.
Used clothing is another big niche especially if you know what you are looking for. Shop yard sales and thrift stores for name brand high end clothing and then resell them on eBay. Kid’s clothes like Gymboree do quite well. Vintage women’s underwear sell believe it or not.
Cosmetics & More
Samples of all kinds of cosmetics and perfumes sell on eBay all the time. Empty perfume bottles are another big items as crafters love them. As with everything else make sure you clearly describe the item, age and content. You can even sell empty make up containers. Yes, we have seen the sold items!
Magazines Lying Around?
If you have a bunch of old magazines lying around consider listing them on eBay. And every once in a while you hit pay dirt and find something of rare value that goes well. The same thing goes for vintage books.
Are you a coupon clipper or just have some you don’t need after you buy your papers? Then sell them on eBay. Store coupons, like Family Dollar coupon books, do well also
If it’s been discontinued then someone out there wants it. This can include anything from toys to food items.
So start looking around the house, yard and recycling bin, and seeing what you have that can go on eBay. Remember every penny adds up and this is a great way to clean out your house as well. Oh, did we mention JUNK sells? Yep just take a pic and label it junk and you may make a few dollars.
One thing I often buy on Ebay is empty ink cartridges. Why? Because they are worth $2.00 each at Staples.
You can read more about that in our Investing in Ink article.
What do you buy or sell on Ebay? Leave us a comment we would love to know!