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Ever wondered about what to sell on eBay? Or which are the best selling items on eBay? If you have some unwanted gifts or used items in good condition lying around, you might be able to make a few dollars.
Here is a roundup of the best sellers on eBay.
1. Everything iPhone
The shopping giant is tight-lipped when it comes to the bestselling categories, but there is data available regarding eBay best sellers on an item-by-item basis.
In 2018, the most popular item on eBay was a screen replacement for the iPhone 7 (it seems iPhone users would prefer to repair old tech and save money rather than pay for a new model). The replacement screen shifted almost 100,000 units at an average price of $17.95.
Indeed, any product linked to iPhones is popular. A silicon case for the iPhone 6, 6S, and 7 sold 55,000 units, a tempered glass screen protector for the same models saw 65,000 sales, and an in-car iPhone holder shifted 28,000 units.
Even a luxury leather case for the newer iPhone X was sold more than 20,000 times.
If you have any iPhone gear lying around, especially for iPhone models that are a couple of years old, you will be able to sell it in a flash.
2. Video Games
It should come as no surprise to learn that video games and video game consoles are also some of the best-selling items on eBay.
The market is huge. Whether you want to sell the latest AAA titles at a lower price than the high street stores or you have a back collection of retro consoles and classic titles that you want to get rid of, you will always be able to find a buyer.
And if you’re lucky enough to own a rare title, you might be able to earn megabucks. In the past, we’ve seen Super Ninja Boy and Final Fantasy 2 on the SNES each sell for $2,000, while Donkey Kong 3 on the NES sold for $5,350. The most expensive title was the Asian release of Super Mario Bros on the NES. The seller listed it for $25,000.
Video games also tick a few key boxes from the seller’s perspective: They are lightweight (for cheap shipping), they are well-understood by buyers (meaning fewer returns), and they have solid profit margins.
3. Beauty Products
Beauty products are a popular gift on birthdays and at Christmas. Perfume, makeup, hair straighteners, skin cleansing packs, hair dryers… you know the sort of thing we’re talking about.
Coincidentally, beauty items are also some of the best-selling items on eBay. It suggests a lot of people are receiving unwanted presents!
In June 2018, nine of the top 15 most-bought items on eBay fell into the beauty category. They included a Moroccan oil treatment kit, 200ml of bio-oil, a makeup mirror, and men’s razor blades. The combined sales revenue of the nine items exceeded $5 million.
4. Fitness Trackers
Just because you list an item on eBay, it doesn’t mean that someone is going to buy it. If you want to increase your chances of getting a sale, you should try and offer items with a high sell-through rate.
The category with the highest sell-through rate is (bizarrely) diabetic test strips. 87 percent of all the tests listed on eBay are bought by users.
However, not too many people will have unused diabetic test strips lying around their homes, so we suggest you turn your attention to the category with the second highest sell-through rate—fitness trackers. They have a sell-through rate of 82 percent. If someone buys you an unwanted or duplicate gadget, don’t waste any time in listing it on the platform.
For the record, in third place are Apple laptops (81 percent) and fourth is video game consoles (80 percent).
Also, people selling bikes on eBay: When you state “Never crashed this bike” I know you almost certainly have, very seriously.
— Retep Retals (@retalsp) September 6, 2018
Sticking with the fitness theme (of sorts), bicycles are also one of eBay’s best-selling items. On average, users in the U.S. search for bikes on eBay once every minute.
Bicycles tend to hold their value well, making them a great product to re-sell. And if you’re competent with a screwdriver and spanner, you can even buy run-down bikes at your local second-hand shop, give them a facelift, and sell them on eBay for a tidy profit.
The sweet spot for selling bikes is around $400; if you want to sell high-end performance units, you might not see as much success.
6. Home and Garden
While the most sold single items on eBay are all linked to Apple in some way, products in the home and garden category give Apple a good run for its money.
They are also one of the best things to sell on eBay from an accessibility standpoint. Everyone can find an old wall print, lamp, cushion, or plant pot that they no longer want.
In 2018, the top-selling item in the category was a set of Egyptian bed sheets. With 40,000 units sold, it netted the seller almost half a million dollars in revenue.
Also popular were waterproof LED light strips (20,000), a gas-powered generator for outdoor use (20,000), and a Dirt Devil vacuum cleaner (5,000).
7. The Most-Searched for Items
It stands to reason that the most-searched-for items on eBay are also some of the best-selling. The popular items tend to follow trends; sunglasses are more popular in summer, everyone wants big boots in winter, and so on.
Luckily, eBay provides data about the most-searched-for items at any given time. As 2018 drew to a close, the most common searches were for Yellies and Baby Shark merchandise. And, as if to prove what we’ve already told you, Apple AirPods, the Sony PlayStation Classic, and the Nintendo 3DS all made the top 10.
So, if you’re ever stuck for some cash, head to eBay’s trending page and see if you’ve got any unwanted items that match the most popular searches.
Things to Avoid on eBay
Conversely, there are some things you should never try and sell on eBay. The items with the worst sell-through rates are diamond rings (three percent), adult t-shirts (three percent), posters (four percent), and bridesmaid dresses (four percent).
And remember, the best-selling items aren’t always the most sensible items for you to sell. Competition is higher, and profit margins are smaller.