Did you know eBay still has 179 billion active buyers? And some of those buyers are into some pretty…interesting items.
Wondering if anything laying around your home is worth anything? Find out how you can earn some extra cash even when you’re stuck with a limited budget. Here are 13 strange things to sell on eBay that’ll net you a nice profit.
1. Toilet Paper Rolls and Paper Towel Rolls
Not only are they recyclable, but they can also make you quite a bit of cash! It turns out that cardboard tubes are quite popular for arts and crafts. As they say, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure!
As long as the rolls are clean, they’ll usually fetch about 10-50 cents each. Make sure to collect and then sell them in bulk. This both saves on shipping costs and makes the package more appealing for buyers. But make sure to ship them in a way that will avoid them getting crushed!
2. Empty Makeup Containers
When you use up all the makeup in the tin, don’t throw it away! Vintage containers are one of those things to sell on eBay that’ll fetch you a pretty penny.
But by far the most valuable makeup containers are empty M.A.C. containers. Why? M.A.C. cosmetics has a rewards program where six empty makeup containers can be exchanged for one of their lipsticks (which are worth $16).
Bundles of M.A.C. containers can go for anywhere from $5 to $40. Of course, you’re free to send them in to redeem your free lipstick instead!
3. Empty Egg Cartons
Instead of recycling your empty egg cartons, why not sell them for extra cash? Like toilet paper tubes, these are used for arts and crafts projects.
But that’s not the only reason empty egg cartons are popular. Backyard chicken coops are increasing in popularity, and people need a location where they can put their own chickens’ eggs. A stack can sell anywhere between $10 to $20.
If you’ve seen Extreme Couponing, you know how much people value their coupons. There are plenty of people out there looking for extras of coupons that hold great value. Who knew your mailbox could act as a cash delivery system?
Coupons for higher end stores can sell for $5 to $10. Examples of big-ticket coupons include money off at Pottery Barn, Macy’s, and Target. Also consider selling the “store cash” given out by Kohl’s or Old Navy, which can fetch much more than a traditional coupon.
5. Old Computer Software
Just because you stopped using it years ago doesn’t mean this software can’t sell for some spare cash. Pull out some of your spare CD’s and see if you happen to still have anything of value.
Happen to have an old copy of Microsoft Word? That can net you $15 to $30. An Adobe Photoshop 6 CD recently netted the owner $40.
6. License Plates
Is your old license plate worth some cash? If you happen to have a license plate that contains a name, a word, or even someone’s initials, it might be worth something. Sometimes, even licenses that have the name of car makers (think “BMW” or “FORD”) can fetch a decent price.
We’re not talking about small pocket change, here. These plates can fetch thousands. To learn more about what types of plates make good money, check out this helpful link.
7. Box Tops for Education
I’m sure you’ve seen those little magenta rectangles on your products. But they’re not only valuable for schools. Because they’re exchangeable for a variety of needed school products, they sell pretty well online.
There’s plenty of people out there that would love to buy up your box tops instead of collecting them on their own. They can sell as high as $24 for a pack of 100.
8. Wine Corks and Bottles
Again, these items are used for arts and crafts projects. For bottles, you’ll have to clean off the labels as well as sort them by color (blue versus green). You can sell them for about $1 each.
Corks are easier to collect but go for less money. A collection of 100 sells for around $15. What a great return on your self-care investment!
9. Pine Cones
This is one of the stranger ones, but with the new rustic decoration trend, it makes quite a bit of sense. Additionally, they’re another item popular for arts and crafts. Try selling them around Christmas time.
The bigger it is, the less you need to make some good money — gigantic pine cones fetch a price of $5-$10. But make sure that you’re collecting them legally. A ticket is going to cost you a lot more than these pine cones are worth!
10. Old Magazines and Catalogs
Find a better way to get rid of those old magazines. Of course, vintage copies of big magazines like LIFE can go for a good amount of money. But regular magazines can sell pretty well, too.
Some magazines may even sell for full price. Even the common magazines can sell for $1-2 each. And those collectible editions based on your favorite movies will sell for even more.
11. Remote Controls
Selling your TV? Save the remote!
Think of all the times you’ve misplaced your remote. Some people solve this problem by buying a second one. Or maybe they lost their remote during a move.
And it’s not just television remotes: you can sell projector remotes, too. Remotes will fetch $10-$20.
12. Discontinued Items
This isn’t just referring to the obvious, limited edition items. Even mundane items will sell for decent prices if they aren’t being made anymore.
Think of a bankrupt or renamed company. You can sell their “historic memorabilia” for a decent price. Think mousepads, pens, and T-shirts netting you $10-$20 each.
If you happen to have discontinued limited edition items, all the better! Certs and Altoids Sours will fetch a good price for people who crave things they can’t have. So think of that next time Lays or Mountain Dew unleashes their next temporary flavor.
13. Pre-Owned Underwear
Yeah…We aren’t going to say much about this one.
There’s actually some normal people that will buy clean, pre-owned underwear for cheap. Especially higher end brands like Victoria’s Secret.
If you’re a woman looking to sell yours, you can also sell them to individuals with a more…nefarious purpose for a decent amount of money. Just try not to think about it too much.
Your Own List of Things to Sell on eBay!
Now that you have your list of things to sell on eBay, you’re ready to get out there and start your own eBay store! Are you looking for other ways to make some extra cash? Here are some quick and easy side gigs to make some extra money every week.