How to make money by selling your unwanted items on ebay!

Do you have a lot of unwanted clothes or items in your home? Are you saving for something special or paying off debt? Then why not start selling your stuff on eBay!

I have been selling on eBay for years but I would say the last 12 months have been the best for me. I have sold more clothes on there then any where else and it’s easy to do.. if you know what you are doing.

If you are thinking of selling on eBay for the first time or are after some tips then keep reading as I share some tips and ticks that I have learned along the way.

What can I sale?

You can pretty much sale anything on eBay! I mainly sale clothes, kids toys, electronics and household items. Check out good house keeping website which shows you all the different items you can sale on eBay.

I sell a lot of clothes and they sale well.

How much shall I sell it for?

Research the item your selling, especially if it’s branded. Type into eBay the brand and item your selling and find out what has sold recently. That way you can find out a price.

Brand new items will always sell for more and 2nd hand for less. But depending on the condition you can make decent money.

If you have bought items to sell for profit then it’s very important you research your item to find out the correct price.

Not only can you under price your item you can also overprice it and that means it is less likely to sell.

For me, clothes sized UK 14 and over sale really well especially jeans and tops.

Auction or buy it now?

On eBay you can sell your items in two different styles.

Auction, where buyers will bid on your item or buy it now where you set a price and people can buy it straight away.

For me, low priced items sell better on auction especially if they gain a lot of interest. And branded items do well on buy it now.

Again do your research, find out how your item has sold before on eBay and this will help you decide.

I sale a lot of my 2nd hand clothes through auction, sometimes they can sale for £1 and other times a lot more. I put a shirt on a starting bid of 99p last week and the final auction was over £10 because it generated a lot of intrest.

What do I write in the description?

Your description of the item your selling is very important. It can be the difference between your item selling and not selling. It needs to be full of all the details of the item your selling.

When I sale clothes I try to include as many measurements as I can, leg length, sleeve length etc as you do find people will ask questions. I also include brand names as this is very important.

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You also need to include details about the condition and any damage. Any marks on the item you need to mention!

I once sold an item that had the smallest stain and it got sent back and I had to issue a refund. So I now take the time to check the items and write anything I see.

So take the time to write a detailed description of the item your selling.

How do I work out the postage?

Sending an item on eBay means you need to send the item yourself. It’s important to find out the cost of your postage as you can either overcharge or undercharge on it.

I send all my ebay items through Royal Mail and for me they are the best.

Due to the pandemic I have been using Royal Mail click and drop service, it’s brilliant if you sale clothes or any items you can put through a letter box.

To use this service you do need:

  • Printer (to print postage label)
  • Scales (I use kitchen scales for my clothes)
  • Paper

All you need to use this service is weigh your items in packaging and fill out the easy form on their site. I also use this service to determine how much I need to charge.

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You can either post your items into your local postbox or drop it off to your local post office. Either way it works really well.

If you are selling items that require a tracking service you can still weigh and print the label off at home but you do need to take it to your post office to get the tracking number.

Another great feature of this service is you can get your parcels collected for 72p! We had a lot of Christmas presents to send off and our local post office was closed so we used this. For us it worked really well.

You can also use the “print postage label” option on ebay!

What should I send my items in?

If you are sending clothes I use some grey large letter bags that I buy off Amazon. (Check out this link) I find these to be the best ones they are durable.

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They are also good for cuddly toys, games and books. If you are selling toys or big items then you do need boxes you can get these from your local supermarkets for free!

You will also need some good quality cello tape and packing tape to make sure your packaging stay together.

How do I take the best pictures?

It’s not only the description of the item that is going to help you sell it, it’s also the pictures. You need to make sure that your pictures are clear and have good lighting.

Take a picture of your item against a plain background (I use my bedroom door or living room wall). We all remember the lady who made headline news years ago for taking a picture of a item for ebay, next to a mirror which showed she had no clothes on!

This is one of my items! Its in natural light on a plain background!

So make sure you are only taking pictures of your item and nothing else!

Don’t take a picture of your item screwed up on a bed or even worse the floor!

I use my Iphone to take my pictures and for me they work well.

When you take pictures of your items you want to include:

  • Front and back image of item (especially if its clothes)
  • Picture of any labels
  • Picture of zips/ buttons
  • Picture of any damage/marks

I find the more images you have the better my items sale for!

What should my title say?

The title of the item you are selling should include key words such as:

  • Brand
  • Style (knee length dress, flared skirt etc)
  • Colour
  • Size
  • Condition
  • Occasion (Summer, winter, party, prom etc)

You have 80 characters so make sure you use them. But, you don’t need to put words like pretty or beautiful as people don’t search this.

Instead of having Pretty, nice dress size 12 as a title I would change this too Karen Millen Coral Knee Length Brand New Dress Size UK 12 (this is one of my items I am currently selling)

I have included the brand, style, condition and size of the dress.

Having a good title will help your items be seen and sale.

When should I sale my items?

Every 2 weeks (usually) ebay runs a £1 Max seller fees offer on a weekend. This means when you sale your item you will only pay a maximum fee off £1! This is great for high priced items!

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But, I would recommend starting your listings on a weekend and end on a Sunday night. This works really well for auctions. All my auction listings end on a Sunday night at 7pm, this seems to be when people do most of their online shopping.

It also means that you get paid the same time every week (if your buyers pay on time)

What fees do I need to pay?

Unfortunately, using ebay to sell your items you do have to pay seller fees.

Every month you are able to list 1,000 items for free before you pay any ‘listing fees’ (Check out this link to fund out more)

When you sale your item, ebay will take 10% of the final transaction value (this includes postage). So if you sale a item for £20 you will pay £2.

But like I mentioned before if you list your items during ebays max £1 seller fees you wont be charged much. If you sale an item for £100 that you listed during this weekend you will only pay £1 instead of £10! So it is well worth keeping an eye out for this.

Ebay have recently changed their payments for sellers. You can decide how and when you get paid. I have changed mine to be paid every Tuesday into my bank account rather then paypal.

(I haven’t used this method for very long so if I have to pay any more fees I will share it on my Instagram)

You can still receive your money through PayPal but you do have to pay fees which are 2.9% of payment received plus 30% transaction fees. (For more info click here)

So you do need to take this into account when you sale your items!

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I hope that this post has helped you understand a bit more about selling on ebay!

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How making 5 easy swaps can save you a lot of money

Are you struggling to save some extra money? Well keep reading because in this blog post I share 5 easy things that you can swap to save you some extra money. I have tried these swaps out myself and I can honestly say it has saved me loads of money!

Coffee Shop – Homemade coffee:

On your way to work do you buy a coffee? Or on your break do you pop to the shop to get a hot drink?

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Well it may only be on average £3 per coffee but if you work 5 days a week that is £15, and in a month that £60 being spent on just a coffee. That is an huge amount of money to waste on just coffee.

I used to buy a Costa coffee every morning on my way to work, but now I take a flask which has saved me an awful lot of money.

Taking an extra 10 minutes on a morning to make and pack a coffee has saved me £720 a year!

Meal deals – packed lunches:

This is similar to taking a coffee to work, I used to spend a lot of money on food for work. Sometimes I could spend £10 a day on meal deals from shops and other unhealthy snacks. Not only was this bad for my health but my bank balance was suffering as well.

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I now meal prep once or twice a week depending on the shifts I am doing, this has saved me so much money. I can spend £20 on food which will last me well over a week as obosed to spending £10 a day!

Meal prepping has saved me on average £160 a month which works out to be £1,920 saved on food!

Gym – Home:

On average people spend £40 a month on a gym membership which £480 a year! Most of the time people do not visit the gym and waste this money each year.

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But you can workout from home to stay in shape. I used to visit the gym many years ago but it was too expensive for me.

On Youtube there are hundreds if not thousands of work out videos that you can do at home.

However, if you are someone who enjoys the Gym, and its your hobby then still go. Being on a budget doesn’t mean you cannot enjoy doing the things you like, just find ways to save money!

Hairdressers – Box dyes:

I am a natural blonde but I do need a helping hand, I used to spend on average £50 a month on getting my hair which is £600 a year!

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When I started to budget I decided to go to box dyes, I know that some box dyes get a bad rep but for me the Garnier Baby Blonde hair dye (not sponsored) has been really good for my hair. Not only has it saved me money it has also made my hair be in the best condition.

I now spend £10 every two months on a box dye which has saved me a lot of money.

Branded clothes – Own brand/ charity shops:

I was never one for buying branded clothes but I did used to spend a lot of money on clothes from New look, Debenhams etc.

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Now I buy from ASDA, Sainsburys, Tescos, Primark and even charity shops. My first year on a budget I didn’t buy any clothes which was great for saving, but I didn’t feel confident. My clothes didn’t fit properly and I felt awful.

Just because I am on a budget doesn’t mean I cant look nice, and it took me a while to realise this. I now shop at cheaper clothes stores or charity shops and it has been great.

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There are many other things that you can swap out but these 5 easy swaps can make a difference if you are just starting out.

Being on a budget is all about trial and error, you will make mistakes but making your lunches at home, and working out from home will save you so much money.

What have you swapped to save money? Let me know in the comments!

How to keep the romance alive whilst on a budget:

When you are in a relationship it is very tempting to spend a lot of money on dates, gifts, days out and much more. But if your on a budget this can be hard to do.

My boyfriend and I used to spend a ridiculous amount of money on meals out, date nights it was insane. I remember one meal cost us nearly £100 and we were still hungry after!

Now we try our best to keep the cost of our dates down buy doing free days out, finding vouchers or just staying in. We do still treat ourselves for our birthdays or anniversaries but not very often.

In this blog post I will be sharing some of the dates, gift ideas and much more that we do to keep the romance and fun going and not ruining our bank balance.

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Gifts:

I love giving gifts to my boyfriend, I absolutely love spoiling him with gifts. But, now that we are saving for a our first house we have decided to reduce our budget for each other. We used to spend £50-£100 on each other, I know for some people this isn’t a lot. But at the beginning of our relationship we were on low income and struggling.

We now usually spend less then £50 on each other and we have agreed no presents for our anniversary as we usually go away.

I have also changed the type of presents that I buy him, I used to buy a lot of expensive items, but now I do a cheaper gifts which have more meaning. It was my boyfriends birthday in June and I came up with the idea to create a hamper. I decided to create it myself as its more personal.

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This hamper included:

  • Mason jar of sweets (£6)
  • Fluffy blanket (£10)
  • Beer (£5)
  • Pyjamas (£10)
  • homemade ticket to “cinema” (£0)

Total: £30

When I looked online most hampers cost anywhere from £30 -£80 and this one was more personal with a homemade ticket to the “cinema” (I used pinterest to help me create it.)

My boyfriends favourite types of gifts I give him are the more personal ones and sometimes these are cheapest!

Can you bake? Or are you crafty? Create a homemade gift as its cheaper and they will love it even more.

Date nights:

Date nights can be a bit expensive, going out for meals, cinema dates, crazy golf, drinks whatever it is sometimes it can be expensive. My boyfriend and I used to go our for a fancy meal twice a week which adds up.

To reduce the cost of your meals find vouchers, discount codes and use gift cards. This may seem embarrassing but if you are anything like my boyfriend and I, we want to save money. We are both working hard for the same goal and if we can save £20 on a meal we are going to do it.

To make date night /date days cheaper think of different things you can do that are free or cost very little money. My favourite thing to do (weather permitting) is to have a picnic in the sun, I make the food bring our own drinks and it is so romantic. We both use our phones to play background music.

To me our most romantic dates are the simple ones, a nice walk along a beach, park or even where you live. Its great to catch up with your partner and spend some quality time together.

Free days /cheap days out:

I didn’t think that you could have a romantic date for free but you can! As I said above, a walk around your local area, a trip to the beach is great. Bring your own food which will reduce the cost, or don’t and then you will have a completely free day!

I live in Bristol, so I am very lucky there are a lot of beautiful walking paths near me a river down the round so we are always going out and exploring Bristol and getting some exercise as well.

The best tip I have to find free days out is type into google where you live for example “free things to do in Bristol” and this always comes up with a list of suggestions.

Holidays:

There is nothing like going on holiday with the one you love, but it can be pricey. We mainly holiday in the UK and we have had some amazing cheap holidays. I use booking.com which finds the best deals on hotels and bed and breakfast. I have also created an account with them and if you use them a few times you get sent discount codes which has helped us so much. Another great feature of using booking.com is that a lot of the hotels allow you to pay on the day, and free cancellations, this allows you time to book in advance and safe up before your trip.

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Holidaying in the UK has allowed us to explore the country we live in, and save money.

I hope some of these tips will help keep the romance alive in your relationship without you breaking up with your bank balance.

How do you keep the romance alive whilst on a budget?

Let me know in the comments below ☺️