The Secrets of Selling Your Baby Stuff on Ebay

Want to make money selling your kids’ castoffs on ebay? Find out how in this guest post from ebay power seller and consultant Suzanne Wells. You can find Suzanne online at her site Ebay Selling Coach.

More and more moms are jumping on the eBay bandwagon to make a little (or a lot) of money from home. Moms and eBay are a great combination because moms have a continuous stream of items to sell as their children outgrow clothing, shoes, toys, sports equipment, books, and other educational products. Many moms make hundreds of dollars selling “stuff” on eBay each month. You don’t have to buy a kit, take a class, or have a business license to get started. You are probably thinking, “What do I already have that I can sell right now for fast cash?” Lots of things! (Check the links for more in depth articles on individual items.)

Clothes, Clothes, Clothes!
There is a huge market for children’s clothing on eBay. High end brands like Gymboree, Janie & Jack, and Boden are good sellers. Anything that was expensive when you bought it and is still in good condition will hold its value. on the other hand, many moms buy their kids’ play clothes on eBay. Why pay full price for something brand new when the child is only going to climb around the playground or finger paint? You can sell your children’s play clothes in a lot on eBay and recover some of your original cost. Click here for a podcast with detailed information about selling children’s clothing on eBay.

Baby Crib Sets and Accessories
If you are finished with your crib bedding, sell it as a set on eBay! You can include the sheets, comforter, bumper pads, diaper stacker, mobile, wall hangings, and any accessories. First time moms are looking for inexpensive ways to set up their nurseries. I sold my children’s Beatrix Potter set on eBay and got about 75% of the price I paid for it new, ten years after I bought it!

Your Own Clothes
If you are a new stay at home mom, and have temporarily left your career to stay home to raise a family, consider selling some of your own items that you won’t need. Business suits, career apparel, briefcases, purses, costume jewelry, shoes, and anything else that you haven’t used in a while. Remember the rule, “if you haven’t worn it in a year, you probably won’t wear it again?” Take a look in your own closet and see what you can part with. Maternity clothes are good sellers, too.

Sports Equipment and Apparel
Items like football pads and helmets, skates, gymnastics leotards, dance apparel, recital costumes, dance shoes, horseback riding accessories, and Under Armor are good sellers. Times are tough and moms are looking for ways to cut corners, so they often buy these items used on eBay. Musical instruments are also great sellers for the same reason.

Computer and Video Games
Computer and video games such as Playstation, Wii, XBox, Gameboy, and CD ROM games are great sellers. You can get more money for these on eBay than you can at play and trade type stores – and you get cash rather than just store credit. Keep the boxes and covers – you will get more when you resell them. You can also sell these in a lot or a batch for quick and easy money. Video games are lightweight and easy to photograph and ship.

You will get the most for electronic toys, just be sure they work properly and all of the parts are included. Some of the best to sell are Leapfrog, V-Tech, V-Smile, and Fisher Price learning toys and games. Another profitable category is action figures. Click here to read more about making money selling toys on eBay.

Halloween costumes
Your child wore it once, and who knows where it is now! Some kids love to play dress up and Halloween costumes are great sellers on eBay any time of year. Good sellers are princess costumes, super heroes, professions (such as fireman, police officer, etc), anything Disney, and animals. Click here for more information on selling Halloween costumes.

How to Sell Your Items on ebay
If you are brand new to eBay and have never sold anything before, watch the eBay Seller Audio Tour. This video will walk you through all the steps. eBay is easy and user friendly – millions of people sell on eBay every day and you can, too.

Next, you will need to know how to price your items. You will not become a millionaire selling your children’s gently used items on eBay, but eBay selling is a convenient way to make some money from home using resources you already have. Just list your items when you have time at your convenience. You’ll need to do some research to know what to charge for your items – you don’t want to price them too high or they won’t sell, but you don’t want to give them away either. Click here for step by step instructions on how to price your eBay items to sell.

Finally, you need to know how to charge for shipping. This is really easy when you know what to do! The buyer pays the shipping fee, but you will need to calculate the cost first. Click here for step by step instructions on how to charge for shipping on your eBay items.

For more tips on what to sell and how to use eBay, download my free book, “Stay at home Mom’s Guide to Successful eBay Selling.”

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