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I’m an eBay expert – how to make hundreds from selling unwanted household items if you’re strapped for cash

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

The festive period is a chance to catch up with old friends and family but can be expensive too.

You could make hundreds from old household items


You could make hundreds from old household itemsCredit: Alamy

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

Whether it be slashing your alcohol intake by taking part in dry January or bagging your clothes for the year in the sales.

And you can make a few quid from selling up common household items too.

New research by Opinium commissioned by eBay has found Brits have on average £5.26 of disposable income each day from Boxing Day through to January pay day.

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But it also found the average household believes it could make £477 by selling items it no longer needs.

Now, Emma Grant, head of pre-loved at eBay, has revealed the 12 items that can sell for the most and add hundreds to your bank balance.

It comes as part of eBay’s ReSELLution campaign to get people selling up unused items and making money too.

Emma said: “At eBay we’re on a mission to help you save money, but also keep items in circulation and ultimately support your lifestyle as we kick off a new year.”

The 12 items that sell for the most in January are:

  1. Bicycle – £284
  2. Tablet – £171
  3. Video Games Console – £158
  4. Smart Watch – £124
  5. Ping Pong Table – £120
  6. Vacuum Cleaner – £86
  7. Hair Dryer – £70
  8. Car seat – £65
  9. Pod and Capsule Coffee Machine – £60
  10. Air bed – £40
  11. Christmas Tree – £38
  12. Juicer – £36

How else can you make money from unwanted items?

Beyond listing the right kinds of items, there are things you can do to ensure an item is more likely to sell on eBay too.

Emma previously told The Sun about a few.

Keywords are…key

When buyers search on eBay, the website automatically filters the listing titles, so by getting your keywords right, your item is more likely to get spotted.

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 without a photo is not likely to attract many bids so make sure to include a snap.

When you do 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 with pricing

eBay has pricing recommendations for products so it’s worth following them to increase the likelihood of a sale.

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

It’s all in the timing

It’s worth thinking about when you’re selling your item.

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

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

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

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Do you have a money problem that needs sorting? Get in touch by emailing [email protected]

In other news, one woman has revealed how she made hundreds by selling her Christmas presents on eBay.

Plus, the website is selling refurbished Peloton bikes with £350 off.

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