Selling used clothes on eBay can be an enjoyable and profitable experience or it can be dreadful and stressful all depending on the strategy you choose to pursue going forward. In the following overview I will briefly explain the steps that I consider to be the most important to check off before you begin to sell used clothing on eBay.
The first thing you want to do before even considering selling used clothing on eBay is to do the research. Take time to jot down clothing name brands and then do a few searchs in eBay to gauge the market for the clothing brands that you wrote down. Once you’ve determined which name brands sell well on eBay start to look at what styles, colors, and sizes sell the best for each brand. Now that you have a general idea of what sells and what doesn’t you can start to determine how you can get a supply for these items.
The best place to find used clothing to sell on eBay will be at thrift stores such as your local Goodwill or Salvation Army. Be sure to overlook all clothing for stains, rips, or any other alterations before purchasing. Once purchasing the items the next step will be to clean and wash them. After washing it is highly considered to ironing your clothing to remove the wrinkles. This can be done relatively quickly using a steam iron. After washing and removing any visible wrinkles you are now ready to take pictures!
If you have an iPhone or other smart phone that can download the eBay app you can upload photographs directly from on phone to eBay, if not you will have to use a camera and upload the photographs to your computer and then upload them to eBay. Before taking photographs make sure you a good location to photograph. A well lit area works best. Now lay out your clothing item, making sure to stretch the item out to reduce the visiability of wrinkles, on a flat surface void of any background distractions, and take the photographs. Be sure to take at least three photographs, one to capture the entire item, one close up to capture detail, and another to show the shirt tags (size, name brand). Alternatively to using a flat surface such as your table or floor you can put your clothing item on a hanger and place the hanger on a nail in the wall or over a door.
Finally, you’ve finished the most difficult steps in a successful attempt at selling used clothing on eBay. Next you have to write the description of your product with the clothing measurements. Clothing for men can typically be limited to taking a tape measure and measuring from armpit to armpit for the first measurement and from neck collar to the bottom of the shirt for the length and second measurement. Clothing for women can be measured the same way except it’s to best to double the armpit to armpit measurement and call this the bust size. Make sure to weigh your clothing using a weight scale (USPS sells certified scales on their website) and select the cheapest shipping option available for you and your potential buyers.
Selling used clothing on eBay isn’t difficult if you do the research before hand. In addition, selling used clothing on eBay can you provide you with a little extra money to spend if done correctly. If you follow these steps that I have suggested it will be provide with a great foundation in which to get started. Throughout your selling experience you will likely pick up more helpful tips and insights to continue to improve your selling experience. My final suggestion is to not give up and remain patient. Good luck!