I’m an eBay expert – how to make hundreds selling unwanted household items when you’re short on cash

HOUSEHOLDS looking for ways to make extra money after Christmas can earn hundreds by selling old household items.

The festive season is an opportunity to catch up with old friends and family, but it can also be expensive.

You could make hundreds out of old household items


You could make hundreds out of old household itemsCredit: Alamy

Luckily, there are a few ways to make some extra dough in January.

Whether it’s cutting down on your drinking by participating in Dry January or packing up your clothes for the year on sale.

And you can also make a few pounds by selling common household items.

New research by Opinium, commissioned by eBay, found that from Boxing Day to January payday, Britons had an average of £5.26 in disposable income per day.

But it also revealed that the average household believes they could make £477 by selling items they no longer need.

Now Emma Grant, Head of Pre-Loved on eBay, has revealed the 12 items that will sell the most and add hundreds to your bank balance.

It’s part of eBay’s ReSELLution campaign to get people to sell unused items and make money too.

Emma said: “At eBay, our mission is to help you save money but also keep items moving and ultimately support your lifestyle as we kick off a new year.”

The 12 items that sell the most in January are:

  1. Bike – £284
  2. Tablet – £171
  3. Video game console – £158
  4. Smartwatch – £124
  5. Table tennis table – £120
  6. Vacuum cleaner – £86
  7. Hair dryer – £70
  8. Car seat – £65
  9. Coffee pod and capsule coffee maker – £60
  10. Air bed – £40
  11. Christmas Tree – £38
  12. Juicer – £36

How else can you make money from unwanted items?

Aside from listing the right types of items, there are things you can do to ensure that an item is more likely to sell on eBay as well.

Emma has previously told The Sun about some.

Keywords are… keys

When buyers search eBay, the site automatically filters listing titles. So if you get your keywords right, your article is more likely to be discovered.

That means making sure your brand and product terminology is on point.

“Take the time to get your keywords right and bidders will come,” Emma said.

be picture perfect

Emma said a listing with no photo is unlikely to attract many bids, so make sure to include a snap.

If you take a photo, make sure it’s in natural light against a neutral background.

And be honest about any scratches or aesthetic damage to the item.

Be realistic about pricing

eBay has recommended prices for products, so it pays to follow them to increase your chances of a sale.

Emma advised, “Try searching for similar items on eBay to make sure you’re getting the right price and always ask yourself, ‘Would I pay that price for this item?'”

It’s all in the timing

It’s worth thinking about when selling your item.

For example, if it’s a winter coat, list it in the fall or early winter to stay ahead of the competition.

Or, if it’s workout gear, consider listing it in the new year when all resolutions are yet to be broken.

Emma said, “By listing products that are trending and back in fashion, you can easily make some extra cash by cleaning out last season’s looks.”

Do you have a money problem that needs clarification? Email money-sm@news.co.uk

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