With the holidays nearing fast, you might be looking for some extra cash to buy those gifts for friends and family and maybe even your co-workers. Here are a few ideas for things to list on eBay. Of course, these tips don’t only apply to the holiday season. It just happens to be that time of year while I write this post.
What Can You Get Rid of?
First, look around your house or apartment. What are some items that you notice that you may not need or want anymore? What are some things you haven’t used for awhile? While looking around your place at first, try to find small items since these will be easier and cheaper to ship than larger items. Think video games, DVDs or Blu-rays, knick knacks, iPods, Texas Instruments calculators, watches, board games, video game systems, small electronics and so on. You get the idea.
Use eBay’s Completed Listings
When you find a few items that you want to get rid of, go to eBay and search for the same or similar items. Check the completed listings to see if the item has sold recently. If it hasn’t sold recently, then it might not be worth it to post the item because it could be an item no one is looking to buy. It might be better to keep it rather than waste time and money by paying for listing fees for an item that no one wants.
If the item does have recent sales, but it didn’t go for a lot of money, it might not be worth it to post. For example, I usually avoid puttng up items for $10 or less. This is because you will need to pay the initial listing fees, completed listing fees, shipping fees, and Paypal fees. eBay will take their cut in your sale, so if it goes for $10 or less, you might only get about $5 or $6 after you pay for shipping (and maybe even paying for a shipping container).
So, when I am looking for some unwanted things to get rid of, I usually look for things that I can list for about $20 or more. At $20, even after the fees, it is usually worth it by spending the time and effort to package and ship it.
Here are some tips to listing some of the items I have mentioned above.
Unfortunately, DVDs don’t sell like they used to, especially used DVDs. Used DVDs could go for less than $2 online! That sounds crazy since places like Best Buy still price them new for about $20. The resale value of DVDs has plummeted ever since affordable online services like Netflix have become common.
I think my entire DVD collection is probably available on Netflix. And I don’t even know the last time I watched a movie on DVD.
And, listing your used DVDs for $1.95 each isn’t going to bring you much money, especially for the amount of time and effort you will spend. Instead, look at your DVD collection and see if you can lump a group of movies by genre into categories and put a bunch of them together for more money.
For example, lets says you are a horror movie aficionado and you have built up your horror movie DVD collection over the years. You can grab all of your horror movies, lump them into a group and package them as a horror movie lot. Be sure to include the titles and how many movies the buyer will get. If you have 25 horror movies to include in a horror movie lot, you could probably sell them for $30 – $35. You can stuff them into a Priority Mail shipping box and it could bring you some extra cash.
Texas Instruments Calculators
Everyone seems to have an old TI-84 Plus (or similar model) calculator laying around, either from high school or your kid’s high school class. Those usually go for $40 – $100, depending on the model. Plus, they are easy and cheap to ship.
People are always looking to buy iPods online. Pretty much any model of iPod is good, as long as it works. Obviously, older models are worth less than the newer models.
Video Game Consoles
If you haven’t used your Wii, XBox 360 or PS3 in a long time and want to get rid of it, eBay would be the best site to list it. Be sure to delete any personal info that might be stored on the console.
Also, check completed listings to see the range your model is currently selling. If you are just getting rid of the console alone with a controller, it will sell. However, if you are able to include extras such as a 2nd controller, 4 or 5 games, etc., you will get more money for it. People like buying the systems, but if they get games and items with the system so they can hook it up and start playing as soon as the package arrives without needing to make a trip to Game Stop to buy extras, you can get more money.
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I hope these ideas help you find some unwanted things to get rid of for extra cash. If these tips helped or you liked this article, please share it on Twitter, Google+ and Facebook.