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7 Consistently Profitable eBay Markets You Can Rely On

2011 June 28
by Jay

There are some categories on eBay that are consistently popular and I would like to share this list with you. You can rely on these categories to stay profitable on eBay no matter the season or year.

Baby Stuff1. Baby Stuff

Baby stuff is a very profitable eBay market. From toys to strollers and feeding equipment, you’ll always have customers who are coming online to look for baby stuff due to the huge costs associated with raising a baby. Because of this most parents are buying online to find bargains and save some money.

Hot Tip: Don’t be afraid to source second hand or sample grade baby clothing. Because babies are messy, parents need to have as much cheap clothing to change them into after they’ve spilled food on themselves or played in the mud.

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2. Health & Beauty

The health and beauty category is so big, you can find thousands and thousands of smaller niches within. Stuff like weight loss supplements, anti-aging cream, vitamins, dental care, hair care, makeup, perfumes, moisturizers, eye creams, hair removal kits, razors, manicure kits, and a lot more.

Just like all the other categories, it would help more to sell something that interests you or something you have had experience with. For example, if you’ve had success with a particular hair removal device then it would make a lot of sense to sell these since you can relate to your audience and also give them a few tips along the way. This would also look great in your eBay About Me page.

Hot Tip: While brand-name items are top sellers in Health and beauty, be careful of Chinese suppliers who offer these items very cheaply – they are likely to be fake and eBay cracks down very hard on
anyone selling these.

To safeguard yourself, you can join a sourcing directory like Salehoo (review), who only accept verified suppliers with genuine products.

3. Clothing

Clothing can be a fun category to deal with as there are lots of diverse niches available such as ballet clothing, plus sized wedding gowns, novelty underwear, comfort shoes etc. The best thing about clothing is that it’s also easy to sell and ship and everybody needs to have clothing.

Selling Tip: Always give your buyers as much information as possible in your eBay listings, especially about the size of the item. Buyers want to make sure that the item will fit them comfortably – a factor that causes a lot of uncertainty among shoppers.

4. CDs and DVDs

Did you know that eBay sells over 1 million CDs and DVDs and each month? However, for every one million sold, there are around 2 million listed. Yeah that’s right,  you guessed it, this is one of those very competitive markets.

The trick to being successful selling CDs and DVDs on eBay is to find a niche – instead of doing the usual mainstream movies and TV series’, or music albums, try finding a new niche market like exercise DVD’s, classic films or learning languages.

5. Games & Gaming Systems

Lots of gaming enthusiasts sell their games and gaming systems on eBay. Most games will buy at least one game and play it for 8 hours straight for a couple of weeks then they’ll want something else to play. So they’ll usually end up selling their games and buying new ones. This means that there will always be lots of players on the hunt for new entertainment.

6. Collectibles

eBay is undoubtedly the most popular place in the world to buy and sell collectibles items. Collectibles can range from war medals and insignia, baseball cards, antique lamps clocks and other items, posters, ’50’s memorabilia, rare albums, comics and branded items such as Coca-cola and a lot more.

Sourcing tip: Visit yard and estate sales for arbitrage items which can be bought very cheaply and sold on eBay to make a tidy profit.

7. Electronics

Electronics are probably the most competitive items sold on eBay yet they’re very profitable especially when it comes to stuff like iPods and cell phones.

To really make a profit in this market, you will need to buy in bulk and sell in big volumes. Consider supplementing your product range with accessories such as ipod skins, extra cords or hands free kits for cell phones.

Keep in mind that the markets mentioned here are only reliably profitable when they are properly executed. Because they are highly profitable, they are amongst the most competitive  so when selling them you must stand out from your competitors. Great keywords, item descriptions and flawless customer service can go a long way.

However, you can also use other tactics to help you soar above your competitors. You can sign up for Online Selling Tactics’ free case studies and selling tips to see some of the tactics sellers are using in today’s market.

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