Author Topic: What items have you recently resold online to create extra income?  (Read 3029 times)

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I just sold (for the third time in my reselling career) a copy of the out-of-print children's book Jethro and Joel Were a Troll by Bill Peet. I picked it up for a dollar at a thrift shop. A grand total of $8.32 profit will be transferred from my Amazon seller account to a money market fund in an investment account. Early next year I'll use it and similar bounties to buy more index funds.

What do you resell? What are your favorite sources?

P.S. Do you guys follow any reselling blogs? https://garbagefinds.com/ out of Montreal is my absolute favorite. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzdy2fCmQ_d9TC5u_Ba1-8A/ Resale Rabbit's videos are pretty entertaining.

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Re: What items have you recently resold online to create extra income?
« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2016, 09:17:41 AM »
I recently sold a lunchbox that my SIL gave me last christmas. The thing was originally $40! I got $30.42 off of it on Amazon. Currently trying to see if I can resell the 2 sets of $30 false eyelashes my MIL gave me. I don't wear false eyelashes. Would much rather have $60 to put towards bills or savings. The holidays are coming up so I'm sure we'll get a whole new bunch of crap that we can sell.

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Re: What items have you recently resold online to create extra income?
« Reply #2 on: November 03, 2016, 09:21:59 AM »
Following. Has anyone tried the new Facebook Marketplace that was recently added to the app? I'm considering that, having had zero luck on Craigslist, Amazon, Ebay. (Once in a blue moon something I have listed on half.com will sell; so far that's the only place I've seen any success.)

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Re: What items have you recently resold online to create extra income?
« Reply #3 on: November 03, 2016, 09:25:49 AM »
I've used the App "LetGo" with some limited success.  I sold an old washer & dryer, an exercise bike, and some other small items.

I also bought my nearly-new golf clubs on there a while back for $70.

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Re: What items have you recently resold online to create extra income?
« Reply #4 on: November 04, 2016, 11:34:40 AM »
I routinely sell on eBay as my side hustle.  I have made about $5000 so far this year.  I sell clothes, toys, old electronics, back issue magazines - all kinds of stuff I find at thrift and yard sales.

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Re: What items have you recently resold online to create extra income?
« Reply #5 on: November 06, 2016, 02:54:48 AM »
Resold tools from my house renovations; got what I had into them, so that was nice!

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Re: What items have you recently resold online to create extra income?
« Reply #6 on: May 18, 2017, 09:14:31 PM »
Is it a faux pas to resurrect this thread?  I've been on an ebay bender lately. 

The best one so far:

Just sold two Williams Sonoma silicone spatulas, new in package.  We must have gotten them as wedding gifts.  Since I never used them in over a decade, I figured I could part with them.  Got $31 plus shipping.  I think that's more than they cost new.

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Re: What items have you recently resold online to create extra income?
« Reply #7 on: May 18, 2017, 09:44:01 PM »
Following. Has anyone tried the new Facebook Marketplace that was recently added to the app? I'm considering that, having had zero luck on Craigslist, Amazon, Ebay. (Once in a blue moon something I have listed on half.com will sell; so far that's the only place I've seen any success.)

I'm on it and have listed a few items - there's definitely not as much interest. Even with CL there's no much interest. I really just have to resort to Ebay and Amazon to sell stuff. Most people on CL and FB Marketplace will either low-ball or wait for some ridiculous offer like "FREE" before they reach out to you.


As far as stuff I've sold: sold a pair of Stance socks that I got as a Christmas gift and were way too big. Probably $15 after shipping and fees. It's crazy how much of my net goes to shipping costs and Ebay and Amazon commissions - looking at all my combined sales since the beginning of the year, I'd say roughly 40%+ of my net sales has gone to shipping and commissions. Shipping is insane these days too - it's so expensive shipping larger/bulkier items these days compared to before. You really have to focus on finding/selling smaller higher-value items that will fit in a mailer envelope, Priority mail padded envelope, or small box at largest, otherwise it's not worth it. Take for example a used fuzzy logic rice cooker I put on Ebay. Listed at $48 free shipping and *very low* interest. Someone messaged me saying he'd buy it after I confirm the model number, so I checked and figured I'd check wait and estimate shipping while I'm at it: Shipping ended up being around $25 to New Jersey - the total weight was probably around 7lbs and not in a super bulky box either. At that point I changed the listing to local pickup only lol.
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Re: What items have you recently resold online to create extra income?
« Reply #8 on: May 19, 2017, 06:42:55 AM »
Shipping is insane these days too - it's so expensive shipping larger/bulkier items these days compared to before. You really have to focus on finding/selling smaller higher-value items that will fit in a mailer envelope, Priority mail padded envelope, or small box at largest, otherwise it's not worth it.

Yes.  True.  I just sold something & used ebay's calculator to see what shipping would be.  It said $7.20, which is what I charged when I listed it. 

When I went to mail it, it wound up costing over $12 (on an item I sold for $10). 

From now on, I'm going to stick to things under 1 lb or else use the USPS web site to calculate shipping before I list.

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Re: What items have you recently resold online to create extra income?
« Reply #9 on: May 19, 2017, 04:56:20 PM »
Shipping is insane these days too - it's so expensive shipping larger/bulkier items these days compared to before. You really have to focus on finding/selling smaller higher-value items that will fit in a mailer envelope, Priority mail padded envelope, or small box at largest, otherwise it's not worth it.

Yes.  True.  I just sold something & used ebay's calculator to see what shipping would be.  It said $7.20, which is what I charged when I listed it. 

When I went to mail it, it wound up costing over $12 (on an item I sold for $10). 

From now on, I'm going to stick to things under 1 lb or else use the USPS web site to calculate shipping before I list.

I offer free shipping on all eBay items and price the shipping into the cost of the item.  Also, I only do Buy It Now listings and base my price on similar sold items from a search on eBay.  Free shipping catches the buyer's eye, and eBay rewards (e.g. no listing fees, priority search listings, etc) seller offerings like free shipping, return policies (i.e. accepting returns within 14-days), and 1 business day handling times.

I sold an old pair of New Balance running shoes and a used t-shirt recently.  I've also sold failed hard drives (listed as not working, for parts only), furniture parts that I no longer need (e.g. legs of a couch or chair I was going to discard), etc.  Anything goes on eBay and you'd be surprised how quickly the most trivial stuff sells.  Most of the trivial/useless stuff I've sold has been motivated by my curiosity of "will this sell?", and it ALWAYS does.

One of the BEST places to find items to sell on eBay are Goodwill Outlet Stores.  These stores contain large, blue bins of unsorted goods that are brought out in 30min intervals.  People wait for the bins to be aligned in a row and then converge to sort through them (mostly in a cordial and methodical way).  I've found some incredible books that were $.50 (e.g. 1st edition Mark Twain Huck Finn in excellent condition, autographed Annie Liebovitz in mint condition, etc).  I found an Atari t-shirt for $1.50 that I turned around and sold for $40.  The sorting takes some patience, and you'll need to have some understanding of the value of things they offer (have your cell phone on hand for reference) but you're guaranteed to find some gems in the bins.

Here's some more info on these outlet stores... http://www.gwoutletstorelocator.com

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Re: What items have you recently resold online to create extra income?
« Reply #10 on: May 19, 2017, 07:03:45 PM »
Everything I don't want has gotten listed on ebay along with random stuff I find.  I found a treadmill in the garbage that the neighbors had recently with the hopes of flipping it on craigslist.  It was broke so I parted it out... have made close to what I would have selling it whole from selling the motor and control panel.
Following. Has anyone tried the new Facebook Marketplace that was recently added to the app? I'm considering that, having had zero luck on Craigslist, Amazon, Ebay. (Once in a blue moon something I have listed on half.com will sell; so far that's the only place I've seen any success.)
We sold our treadmill through the facebook marketplace after a couple weeks of no attention on craigslist.
Shipping is insane these days too - it's so expensive shipping larger/bulkier items these days compared to before. You really have to focus on finding/selling smaller higher-value items that will fit in a mailer envelope, Priority mail padded envelope, or small box at largest, otherwise it's not worth it.

Yes.  True.  I just sold something & used ebay's calculator to see what shipping would be.  It said $7.20, which is what I charged when I listed it. 

When I went to mail it, it wound up costing over $12 (on an item I sold for $10). 

From now on, I'm going to stick to things under 1 lb or else use the USPS web site to calculate shipping before I list.

I offer free shipping on all eBay items and price the shipping into the cost of the item.  Also, I only do Buy It Now listings and base my price on similar sold items from a search on eBay.  Free shipping catches the buyer's eye, and eBay rewards (e.g. no listing fees, priority search listings, etc) seller offerings like free shipping, return policies (i.e. accepting returns within 14-days), and 1 business day handling times.
I offer free shipping on smaller/lighter items because USPS First Class is the same regardless of location.

I use calculated on larger/heavier items because shipping in the Midwest is 1/2 the cost of it going to California.  If I can pass that savings along to a buyer and sell the item quicker I consider it a win.