As an eBay seller, you may be interested in selling the latest gadgets and gizmos to make your money online. However, the rule on eBay is that the more it costs, the more risky it can be to sell, eliminating lots of profit. Contrary to popular belief, it’s the simple affordable items that can make the most profit. So what are some simple items that you can make a good deal of profit on.
1. Vintage cards and art. Most people on eBay are looking for vintage items and nostalgia to buy. After all, you can’t find these things at the grocery store. Not all vintage items are the same. Due to large shipping costs and the high value of vintage goods, it can become unprofitable. However, items like postcards, stationery and art can be very profitable because they are easy to ship. Many times when scouring thrift stores and garage sales, you can find these items in bulk or for less than a few dollars, which makes them very easy to resell for a profit.
2. Technical Manuals. This type of item is always in demand because, often, people need to fix something but have lost their manuals. Also, most companies stop publishing manuals for out-of-date products. This is where the eBay seller comes in. Making old technical material available can help someone restore an old truck or fix their broken lawn mower rather than buy a new one. What’s good is, the older they are, the higher the value because it’s less likely the manufacturer or another seller, may have it. I’ve seen 30 page manuals go for over $30.
3. Vintage sewing patterns. While most hobby shops are flooded with sewing patterns for craft enthusiasts, a high demand item is the vintage sewing pattern. Why would someone want an old, possibly used pattern when they could buy a modern one? Many people enjoy recreating vintage costumes and styles that just aren’t around any more. Where would you get a ’50s circle skirt, after all? Even theaters and production companies need to recreate time periods and sew their own costumes using these patterns. You can find these patterns for little to nothing at many thrift and garage sales and they are super cheap to ship.
4. Handmade stationery. If you have a knack of art and can whip up art that people would like to buy, you can easily make a business out of selling your handmade stationery. Stationery is unique because unlike plain art, people find stationery, such as greeting cards, notepads and even invitations, quite practical. Also, you may only need a few tools such as your art tools and simple stationery equipment. These items are also lightweight and affordable to ship, cutting large costs.
5. Informational CDs and DVDs. I’ve sold informational CDs for years and they have easily become one of the most profitable items I have sold. People love information which is already a big market in itself. What’s great about putting it on CDs and DVDs is that you can load lots more information on it, which makes it more valuable than a single book. CDs and DVDs cost virtually nothing to ship.