You can sell almost anything online, but products in these categories are especially in demand right now. As cases of COVID-19 spread across the nation in the spring, Online selling can be lucrative for both businesses and individuals alike.
To learn more about how to make a profit on sites like eBay, and Facebook Marketplace, keep reading for tips from expert sellers as well as to learn which categories seem to be selling best right now.
Tips for Selling Online
Rose Winquest, a Grand Rapids, Michigan, resident, sells on Facebook Marketplace full time. She buys discounted products for resale and has friends who give her castaway items.
She says Facebook Marketplace is her favourite place to sell because it makes it easy to sell products that appeal to diverse interests. “I love connecting with people of all kinds of backgrounds,” Winquest explains.
6 Items to Sell on eBay, and Facebook Marketplace
Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace are designed for local sales while eBay items are often shipped to buyers. While some items, such as designer clothes, may garner more on niche sites such as online consignment stores, the following seem to move well on these three sites.
With people continuing to work from home and many schools embracing remote learning this fall, laptops have become a hot commodity. “As a company, we had over 1,000 laptops (at the start of the pandemic),” Moulton says. “Now we have got none.”
Before selling any laptop or electronic device, be sure to delete any personal or sensitive material.
Televisions are another item that Moulton says National Pawn cannot keep in stock. They have sold quickly online, and his business is now on the hunt for more items to meet customer demand. “We are paying big money for stuff we can sell quickly,” he says.
4. Video Games
Those looking for entertainment inside are snatching up video games and video game systems. These have been another hot online seller, according to Moulton.
Moulton was surprised to see how quickly jewelry sold online. “Jewelry is more of an impulse luxury item,” he says. However, that didn’t stop people from treating themselves to new pieces while shopping from home.
People may also be spending more on their hobbies, according to eBay sales data. Collectibles such as baseball and basketball cards, musical instruments and collectible card games have all seen an increase in interest from buyers this year.
Some used car lots are running out of inventory so people may be turning to eBay, Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace to browse a larger selection of cars, trucks and vans. “Vehicles and boats also sell well because people are able to avoid dealer fees,” Chichester says.
Recreational vehicles are popular on Facebook Marketplace. “There’s been more than 25,000 new RV/camper listings in the U.S. every month since March,” Liu shares. She adds that Airstreams are a top choice for U.S. shoppers.
Almost anything can be sold online, but these 12 categories seem to be the hot sellers at the moment. If you’d rather not hassle with selling items yourself, Moulton notes many pawnshops have low inventory right now and would be happy to take items off your hands for the right price.