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The Top Ten Products to Sell on Ebay in 2017

As an eBay seller since 2005, we have some collective wisdom under our belts! We've shared some advice here. Hope it helps.


Where to Find Merchandise and Things to Sell on Ebay to Make a Profit!

Ebay is the perfect place to make money online, but not everyone knows where to find products to sell on Ebay. There's no magic secret to finding these sources! You can find them right here, listed on this page.

We already know that finding a source for your inventory on eBay is probably the toughtest part of selling. Customer service, shipping, creating a listing, even HTML are all CAKE next to the difficult task of sourcing. Naturally, other eBay sellers are not willing to give up their hard-earned sources, so what do you do? Read below and discover where to find things to sell on Ebay. It might be right under your nose right now.


Find Ebay Inventory from Manufacturers

Go directly to the manufacturer to find stuff to sell on Ebay

1.Ebay sellers should aim directly at the top, by targeting manufacturers. The closer you get to the manufacturer, the cheaper you will get your products, and the more profit you will make! This is impossible with a large company, like say Microsoft. To attain this goal, you'll have to travel up the chain by reaching wholesalers first. Eventually, a manufacturer's contact information will slip through to you. It could be as easy as peeling off the label and seeing the wholesaler's source, or they could leave a packing slip in the box. Or, you could contact them yourself. This is tough, and sometimes a long-shot, but it does happen! You may know a small local company already that wouldn't mind selling their products to you for a good price.

The eBay Stigma

Unfortunately, eBay sellers have a bad wrap. You may have to be a little creative with explaining what you do if you talk to sourcers. Instead of saying "hey, I sell on Ebay!," refer them to your personal website and tell them about how you sell what you do and your expertise in your field.


Locate Wholesalers for Stuff to Sell on Ebay

Work with genuine wholesalers to find low priced merchandise to resell on Ebay

2.Buying wholesale is tricky. Wholesalers, naturally, are purchasing large amounts of product from the manufacturers, then reselling smaller amounts to businesses. There are plenty of wholesalers, but few who will advertise themselves much. The wholesalers who DO advertise, remember, everyone else will have access to them as well.


There are many lists of wholesalers online, and on eBay. These wholesale list "providers" know there are thousands of sellers dying to get there hands on a good list of contacts for wholesalers and maufacturers. Don't fall for any tricks...you'll see several ebooks for sale claiming that they have wholesale lists. These are often scams or counterfeiters. If the list were so good, why would they want to sell it? And if it is that readily available for everyone to use, how good can it be?


Find Liquidators and Sell Low Priced Merchandise on Ebay

Find stuff to sell on Ebay through liquidation sources

3.Liquidators are an excellent source of inventory, however, you won't find a constant source of the same product in most cases. Liquidators typically receive damaged items, returned items, or items that bombed in the market they were being sold in. Some liquidators, however, do sell completely brand new items. Like anything else, this will require research online to find the best site. Take a look at the list below for some liquidators, or use a search engine to find hundreds of online liquidators.


Finding Products to Sell on Auction - Then Resell It

Find good deals on auctions ending cheap - then flip it!

4.eBay is one of the best places to find products to resell. Whether a seller listed the item incorrectly or the item is ending at 4 am on a Friday, you can find a great deal. The strategy is to know HOW to buy. You may come across an inexperienced seller with a "0" feedback. Other buyers may not want to bid on this seller's risky items. Here's your chance to swoop in and get a deal!

You'll need to search all possibilities for the products you are looking for...misspellings, items ending at an odd time, awful pictures, items listed in the wrong category...and you WILL find deals. This can require a lot of patience on your part, but can be the most rewarding as well.


Finding Products to Sell on Ebay from Outlet Stores

Buy them out of season and resell for a quick return

5.One of your best bets to find some high quality retail items is to buy out of season. You'll see huge markdowns at the end of every season, sometimes 90%, sometimes 40%. Hitting retail stores may be a good idea, but even better sources are outlets and discount stores. These places already have discounted prices anyway, and the discounts are often steeper at the end of season sales. Either sell these items quick for an easy, speedy, profitable turn-around, or hold on to them for 6 months until they come back in season. You'll get top dollar, and you'll have some items that are no longer available to the public, even at full price!

Some often highly marked-down items are jeans, suntan lotion, scarves, winter jackets, holiday items, bathing suits, beach bags and outdoor toys.


Find Things to Sell on Ebay by Searching Craigslist & Newspapers

Search classified ads for things to resell on auction sites

7.You'll find plenty of people desperate to sell some stuff on Craigs List, The Want Ads, or in your local newspaper. Often times these people will be relatively close, and have some great items! One of the other pros to this method is that the price is always negotiable. You can always offer less than what they are asking.

You can also try posting on Craiglist or in the newspaper yourself, with a request to buy items. You can negotiate the terms, and you're sure to get some items this way.

Crafters & Artists

8. Selling original artwork and crafts on Ebay can be lucrative if you can approach the idea from a unique standpoint. Just like any other online store, your Ebay store should be stocked with focused, unique items that people want to see. This means that in this instance, your store will have to become a destination. If you have connections with local artists or crafters, try selling their work on consignment on Ebay.

Do be certain to place items on either buy it now only or auctions with a starting bid that is sure to please both the artist and the store owner.


Browse Local Thrift Stores for Quality Products to Sell on Ebay

Find things to resell at thrift shops

9.It's not unusual to find excellent items at a local thrift store, or even a Salvation Army store. Hardcover books, new clothing, and new toys are often donated to these places to resell. Look for big brand names, and you are sure to make a profit if the item is priced right. This same tactic can be applied to Yard Sales and Garage Sales. Just be sure to check all of the items for damage! The good thing about buying from some of these places is that you're supporting a charity or a small business, so you can feel good about that.

How often do you buy on Ebay? - Answer the poll below!

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Finding Yard Sales & Garage Sale Gems to Sell on Ebay

Scour local yard sales for quality merchandise to sell on Ebay

10.Yard sales and garage sales offer the good and the bad. The worst stuff on the planet buries some of the best finds and great deals. To make the best of your yard sale voyages, check the local newspaper for yard sales and start early to avoid the crowds (and competition). Also, consider shopping in the more affluent neighborhoods (no offense, it's just common sense!), especially moving sales. The items can be better quality and sell for more. When it's time to get rid of things or move it, sometimes people are willing to get rid of their items cheap rather than lug it around. Church sales also usually have better quality items donated to them.

Your Ebay Inventory Base: Where You Can Find More Stuff!

Find more things to sell on Ebay, and add up what you have...

Using these sources of inventory in combination can give you a huge inventory base. Whether you'd like to supplement your income or work full-time, the amount of work you put into eBay determines your pay. Some other difficult tasks for your eBay business are marketing, customer service, design, listing, and shipping. Once you get the hang of it, it becomes second-nature. Try it out on a small-scale, selling items around your house that you no longer want. This should give you a little taste of what eBay is like. Don't get discouraged! The worst thing you can do is quit. Never give up, and your business WILL flourish!

So where else can you find more stuff to sell on Ebay? Try local established artists for a permanent source of one-of-a-kind inventory (you'll be the only one with that inventory!), other auction websites for cheap deals (like ioffer), and search the internet for what people want. And most of all, sell what you know! By sticking to a niche that you are knowledgeable about, you'll always be able to properly describe your items and know where to find more of it.

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Where Do You Get Your Stuff to Sell on Ebay? - Tell us where you you've found some of your best items, or ask a question!

mallonmadison on August 09, 2018:

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Dana on May 13, 2015:

Www. Coconutbaycodmetics.com has been dropshipping for free for 10 years and has an excellent reputation.

Kiwisoutback (author) from Massachusetts on October 27, 2013:

@anonymous: You have to really watch things closely to make sure profits stay high. There's a lot of competition to deal with.

Peggy Hazelwood from Desert Southwest, U.S.A. on August 06, 2013:

What good information. I haven't had good luck selling lately on eBay. So much darned competition!

anonymous on July 23, 2013:

I am still selling on ebay and expanding....it is tricky- buyers always seem to want to screw you down price-wise, so you have to give and take a little to ensure you profit overall..

Kiwisoutback (author) from Massachusetts on May 10, 2013:

@anonymous: For certain items that fall into lower price ranges they may not charge anything at all, unless I'm mistaken. Or, it could have been that there was a listing sale at the moment.

Kiwisoutback (author) from Massachusetts on May 10, 2013:

@HonoluluMom: Sorry, I think that was deleted at some point. There's a new number 8 on the list.

Kiwisoutback (author) from Massachusetts on May 10, 2013:

@Ladymoss111: Yes, it's a similar arrangement and you can feature any product or search term in an Ebay module.

Kiwisoutback (author) from Massachusetts on May 09, 2013:

@Cynthia Haltom: Site traffic has fallen for Ebay, but for many items it's still the best place to sell them. Smaller, higher priced items especially and collectibles.

Kiwisoutback (author) from Massachusetts on May 09, 2013:

@ConvenientCalendar: It is time consuming. The new mobile app Ebay offers make it a little less time consuming, and the templates they offer can cut down on listing time.

GarethAWD on May 06, 2013:

Some great information here. eBay isn't as good as it use to be, but still worth looking at.

ConvenientCalendar on April 30, 2013:

It takes a lot of time to sell on Ebay!

Cynthia Haltom from Diamondhead on April 18, 2013:

I rarely sell on e-bay any more.

BigRedDomino on March 07, 2013:

@OhMe: I will definately come back to study...once I am established enough to sell what I already have stocked up! I'm looking forward to the day when I get to say to myself "Crickey! I'm all out of stuff to sell!"

Resident-Nerd on March 04, 2013:

Great information. Thank you.

BestForTheMoneyz on February 26, 2013:

I have actually been looking into Selling stuff on Ebay lately and this is some splendid information. Thanks for sharing.

anonymous on February 26, 2013:

@anonymous: I agree. eBays charges are out of hand, I can't even afford to buy boxes to ship my items. Ugh...

CristianStan on February 23, 2013:

This lens was really informational. Now I know what to look for in the discount stores so I can sell back

mattwebber on February 20, 2013:

Interesting product list. I was selling on eBay for a very long time, but it was few years ago. Now I'm not that up to date with all the new stuff that is going on there. But I was thinking about returning there.

anonymous on February 18, 2013:

I've tried with ebay and I found it doesnt work for me sold one item on there thats all!

bdguth07 on February 13, 2013:

great lens, I really enjoyed reading it and learned a lot!

anonymous on February 12, 2013:

Very nice tips!

OMGacademy on February 05, 2013:

that sounds awesome!

anonymous on January 21, 2013:

ebay pulse is no longer available. i am a powerseller on ebay and most things mentioned here are hard to do.

The only way i make money is from charity shops and car boot sales, most dropshipping and wholesale sites charge more tan you can sell the item for. droppshipping is not a good idea as buyers want items within 24 hours or will leave you low ratings. ebay is a very hard place to sell and i am now trying to make money online without having to sell anything. the time i have put into ebay i earn around 5 gbp a hour. which is poor. i put the same time into internet marketing and i will be earning more in a year or so.

anonymous on January 06, 2013:

@Kiwisoutback: A car boot sale is where a group of people fill up their car boots or vans with whatever they have to sell and gather at a designated car park early in the morning usually on a weekend to sell their wares. I'm pretty sure there are fees involved and the shopping centre involved will likely be able to fill you in with more information. I have never participated in one.

anonymous on January 05, 2013:

@Kiwisoutback: In the UK they call the trunk a boot. And the hood is a bonnet. I'm guessing it is people selling items from the trunk of their car. Alomost like a small yard sale.

Kiwigirl from Franklin on January 01, 2013:

@Kiwisoutback: It's kind of like a garage sale, but a smaller version, they have them in car parks or parks in general, it's a good way to move some of your items that clutter up your house. Often uses as fund raising event, it's best to have 10 or so people selling their stuff all at once.

Ladymoss111 on December 31, 2012:

I have a question, there are some lenses here promoting item from Ebay. My question is; are they promoting their own products or does Squidoo pay us to commission when you promote and sell Ebay item? I donât know if I am clear enough, what I am trying to find out if Ebay has similar arrangement with Squidoo, like Amazon?

Kiwisoutback (author) from Massachusetts on December 20, 2012:

@rooshoo: It can quickly consume your living space, so think before you leap when expanding your ebay or amazon biz.

Kiwisoutback (author) from Massachusetts on December 20, 2012:

@sasta10 lm: What is a car boot sale? I'm interested to hear.

Kiwisoutback (author) from Massachusetts on December 20, 2012:

@Rankography: Thanks for the blessing!

Kiwisoutback (author) from Massachusetts on December 18, 2012:

@OhMe: Thanks! There's a lot to learn, much of which can be applied to other online ventures. It's worth the experience.

Nancy Tate Hellams from Pendleton, SC on December 06, 2012:

Thank you for all this great information on eBay. I need to come back here and really study because I know very little about it. Great page.

les777 on November 27, 2012:

My best source has been buying wholesale lots on EBay.

sasta10 lm on November 13, 2012:

Great lens with some very useful information. I buy stuff on Craigslist and then sell it on eBay. It's a great way to make money.

sasta10 lm on November 13, 2012:

I get 90% of my stuffs from car boot sale. Best time for car booting is during summer time. During winter it's a bit quiet because of bad weather so I source products from wholesaler. Best thing to sell during Christmas is toys, Christmas lighting and decorations. Thanks for sharing this great lens.

RockyMountain on November 11, 2012:

Thanks for the tips, I do best buying from store closeouts, and overstock sales. Some stuff will sit around a while though...

Rankography on October 31, 2012:

Great lens, unique and useful. Blessed

sasta10 lm on October 28, 2012:

Great lens and list of some great place to find stuff to sell on ebay. I sell on eBay regularly and I buy most of the items from my local car boot sales. Every Sunday I get up at 5am and head down to my local car boot sales, it's fun and exciting specially on a summer day. Thanks for sharing this valuable information.

rooshoo on October 27, 2012:

Interesting lens. I used to sell stuff on Amazon. But it got to be so much work, never thought of going to a liquidator. I like the thought of building an inventory for ebay selling, but I don't have enough space.

Unchain3dAuthor on October 23, 2012:

Awesome Lens! I just sold my first Item on Ebay recently...You can bet that I will be using this useful information to help guide me in a direction for success! Thank you very much. It's Lenses like this that really make Squidoo as great as it is!

anonymous on October 21, 2012:

This is a great article! I have a store called King of the Nile and we're expanding our products- you've given me a lot of great resources and info to be able to do that more effectively!

Elizabeth Sheppard from Bowling Green, Kentucky on October 20, 2012:

Thanks for the great tips!

anonymous on October 10, 2012:

Brilliant page packed with great advice I have recently started selling on eBay, I sell a variety of things including our latest which is kids 7" netbooks with Internet etc I can beat any other sellers price on eBay I have put a lot of time and effort in to this and I hope it pays of for a brighter future. Search my eBay shop familybusiness121 if you don't see an ad for netbooks keep checking each day they are such a great gift for kids

frugalfinance lm on October 09, 2012:

I really enjoyed this lens, it's interesting to see what sells best on eBay! Can't say I'm surprised it's mainly 'techy' items!

Peter Badham from England on October 08, 2012:

@Kiwisoutback: However the good news is that it is on page 2 of google.co.uk when searching for 'unique ebay products' (it definitely was amazon before though)

Peter Badham from England on October 08, 2012:

@Kiwisoutback: not there anymore I'm afraid, It was on google.co.uk

Kiwisoutback (author) from Massachusetts on October 08, 2012:

@peterb6001: Thanks! I'm not seeing that on my browser, but I'll take it.

Peter Badham from England on October 03, 2012:

Great lens, actually came across this on the second page of google for search for 'unique amazon products'. Thought you'd like to know.

anonymous on September 18, 2012:

I buy from ebay and sell them on local shopping websites

indigomoth from New Zealand on September 14, 2012:

Some really inspiring information here, thank you!

anonymous on September 07, 2012:

Some great-sounding ideas here! They're useful especially for those eBay sellers, who only start selling on eBay. Everyone can learn something new from this article.

Uprofit on September 06, 2012:

What a great list, local auctions has been a good hunting ground for me.

JaskeMann on September 05, 2012:

Excellent lens, I have already used some of these techniques but I learned a few new one in this post. Thanks

HonoluluMom on September 04, 2012:

What happened to number 8? Just wondering. Thanks for the great information. I just sold my very first thing on ebay last week. So I'm still a baby when it comes to this stuff.

Paula7928 on September 04, 2012:

Great lens! I like to buy things to resell on ebay at recycling centers.

Liz Samuelson from South Florida on September 03, 2012:

Great article and very informative. I have an ebay store called liz samuelson's good old days and I am always looking for tips and ways to improve the store and the business as a whole.

brettw777 on August 22, 2012:

I used to get all of my items from thrift stores but not anymore. I agree with your #4 above the most. One of the very best places is to get items from other Ebay sellers. I sell full time and do this regularly in my niche. It is actually quite easy after a little learning. I have a lens about that very subject. Good article!

Cara on August 19, 2012:

I've never sold on ebay, but with the amount of "stuff" lying about my house perhaps I should try it.

Paula7928 on August 11, 2012:

Great lens! I am always looking for more ideas of what to sell online.

jseven lm on August 08, 2012:

I'm more of an Amazon seller as Ebay was never too profitable for me. Good that you do well, though!

fakyol on August 03, 2012:

have been very helpful. congratulations

MoneySavingEnth on August 02, 2012:

I just use whatever has been sitting around my house too long. Kids' videogames seem to do well.

TamarWrites on July 19, 2012:

I sold stuff on EBay for ten years, until the fees and the wacky buyers made it unpleasant. I found most of my items at yard sales. I learned what to look for an became an expert in certain niches. it was a great ride while it lasted!

Jan 1980 on July 19, 2012:

Very useful lens for us who own ebay account and who buy there.Thank you very much.

Melissa Miotke from Arizona on July 16, 2012:

Really helpful tips. I've been trying to figure out something to sell on ebay for awhile. Thanks!

ifeelgod lm on July 05, 2012:

i hit the yard sales on saturday. Good stuff goes on friday but cheap stuff after 1pm on Saturday

chas65 on June 30, 2012:

The larger cities seem to have much better things at Salvation Army and Goodwill stores, especially the brand name items.

cstrouse lm on June 02, 2012:

I only sell off stuff I don't need anymore. I've had a hard time making any profits when trying to sell other items on eBay. I don't see how people are doing it as their mainline business.

anonymous on June 01, 2012:

Great lens!

I myself find it very hard to find reliable wholesalers for ebay. I know its not impossible to make a living on ebay, but, I think we can all agree, it's hard to find steady suppliers.

If you can find a reliable drop shipper (from the u.s, of course!) I think you could have a good thing going on.

anonymous on May 29, 2012:

I go to yard sales, flea markets places like that. I love the hunt! I have always been told to collect what you love, that way if it doesn't sell, you don't have a bunch of stuff you hate looking at sitting around.

anonymous on May 22, 2012:

I have a question, when I was selling some hemp bracelets on Ebay they said taht there where no charges. What happened? Did they stop charging for posting and everything? Or are they hiding it?

robertjgriggs lm on April 30, 2012:

Some great tips there. Your definitely correct in saying that sourcing items is the most difficult task yet the most rewarding if you get it right.

jennycalender on April 26, 2012:

Craigslist, yep - good tip :) You can find a lot there to turn around and resell!

jonaam on April 18, 2012:

All perfect places to find resellable treasures for Ebay.

I have found some great items from the Goodwill and a local high end thrift store.

You must frequent these places often, their merchandise changes daily.

Good Luck.

JimDickens on April 09, 2012:

Our favorite place is the Goodwill Stores. The one we go to has very good books and we have even found one or two with the author's signature in them

anonymous on April 05, 2012:

Don't be afraid to bargain or make offers. People have garage sales to get rid of their stuff. Make reasonable offers and be fair.

Use the "cash in hand" technique. If you find something for $20, and think it is overpriced, you can approach the seller with $10 in your hand and say, "Hi, I am interested in that item over there. I only have $10 left, would you take that?" Seeing the cash, the seller usually takes it. The idea is to be reasonable. This technique usually works best later in the day when sellers are ready to close down their sales.

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anonymous on April 05, 2012:

Plan ahead. Read local print newspapers and online editions, and Craig's List for garage sale announcements. Start your search early in the week because garage sales usually begin on Fridays and last through the weekend. You can find a lot of items quickly if you go to specific neighborhood sales instead of going to sales all across town.

entertainmentev on April 05, 2012:

I've never sold on email but, I've been wanting to try. Valuable information!

ThingsForLife on April 04, 2012:

Great lens. Thanks.

anonymous on April 01, 2012:

Happy April Fool's Day

awesomedealz4u on March 26, 2012:

Nice lens.... lots of good info!

dividi on March 24, 2012:

Thanks for these valuable informations!

tt1998 on March 15, 2012:

Thanks for the information about product sourcing. Good stuff.

AnalogJunkie on February 08, 2012:

Great list of resources! Thanks for sharing it.

debi12345 on January 28, 2012:

thank you !!.I'm selling on eBay and this information really help.

romance-network on January 10, 2012:

i wonder if they are still profitable in 2012

jasonh1407 on December 16, 2011:

thank you for the info. I'm new to selling on eBay this should help.

Laraine Sims from Lake Country, B.C. on December 10, 2011:

Very timely information for me. I have a number of things I would like to sell. One is a beautiful, new, handmade quilt .. my problem is what to ask for it? Blessings.

tnsurge on November 20, 2011:

Excellent information

DesignZeal on November 03, 2011:

It seems that there's a whole science to eBay selling and this lens covers some of the most important parts... incredible amount of useful information, yet again!

camunsif on July 16, 2011:

great lens, this information is good for me as a ebay seller

Donnette Davis from South Africa on July 16, 2011:

I did set up an EBAY account but never used it... this lens has some terrific info, thank you.

wayne_luvinlife on July 07, 2011:

Will defininately come back and spend some more time!

ValarieMiller on July 04, 2011:

I find my best items to sell on eBay on the clearance shelves at Target. Toys specifically.

Cookii_queen on June 22, 2011:

Wonderful read. Im thinking of selling on Ebay so great tips!

Jennifer Einstein from New York City on May 27, 2011:

This doesn't name any products to sell on ebay. Maybe you should change the title of your lens.

itsmuzza2011 on May 03, 2011:

fantastic lens and very helpful i hope people take notice and try a few things out to make a living selling unwanted things they have , many thanks

intricate on February 02, 2011:

Thank you for this great resource.

Natalie W Schorr on January 25, 2010:

Super excellent information; exceedingly well organized. Thank you!!!

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