The day-after-Thanksgiving rush to stores is practically becoming an American tradition. Popular department stores like Wal-Mart have an intense preparation before the Christmas sales open after Thanksgiving, and the aisles are packed all day long with shoppers eager to jump on their holiday shopping and get the best deals while doing it.
Online, early-holiday shopping begins around Halloween. Especially on the auction site eBay, people who sell goods on the Internet notice a yearly jump in sales that starts around Halloween and ends a couple weeks before Christmas. It makes perfect sense – people want to make sure the goodies they found for presents online will arrive in time. Leave the “real” aisles packed with people till the last minute, when we remember the people we’ve forgotten, most people will get their start on the Internet.
Because it’s such a great time for selling, a lot of people new to selling on eBay have seized the time-frame to make their debut.
Selling on eBay can be scary, though. There’s all kinds of listing fees and you want to feel pretty confident that your listings will be successful if only to pay off those fees. Basically, you want something popular – something hot.
Lucky for all of us, eBay wants its sellers to do well. After all, if sellers are prospering, so is eBay. They provide a ton of tools that help you decide what will sell the best – if you have the patience for them.
Want an easier out? Here’s the top 3 categories that are likely to be really hot sellers this holiday season. Of course, I’m not a mind-reader and am only expanding on what eBay analysts have stated, but they’re some pretty safe bets.
Hot eBay Clothing Items
We’re going to stay far, far away from the sweatshirts with blinking red Rudolph noses here and speaking of clothes, I’m reminded of a song my daughter just learned to sing where the poor kid is lamenting the gift of underwear their aunt keeps giving them.
Whatever the reason, clothes are always a big seller.
Some tips for selling clothes on eBay:
- Don’t list clothes with stains, holes, or tears. They won’t sell if you mention these flaws, and you’ll have an angry customer if you don’t mention them. Basically, if you wouldn’t put it on your body, don’t ask someone to put it on theirs.
- Be really descriptive. State the size of the clothes, how often they were worn (if they’re used), the brand name (even if it’s not a big-brand label), the color, and anything special about them. If there are any defects, describe them.
- Newer is better! If you have some clothes with tags still on them, these are perfect eBay material. You’ll earn – easily – three times as much on your auction if your clothes have tags.
So what are the best-selling clothes on eBay? Definitely think brand name – Gap, Old Navy, Abercrombie, Victoria’s Secret, Baby Phat, and Jimmy Choo are all huge sellers. If you can hit the double-whammy and have both brand names and tags intact, you can guarantee a high-paying auction.
With or without the tags (though since we’re talking about gift-giving, you need to aim for those tags!), there are some clothes that seem to hit the Christmas list every year. Flare leg jeans, low-rise jeans, and Venezia top the list for pants. In shirts, we get keywords like “sexy” combined with hoodies, cardigans, cashmere, and wool. Faux fur and wool are the hottest materials for outer wear (jackets, coats, hoodies, etc.) and every woman seems to want a pair of Ugg boots.
Another thing to really keep your eye out for is vintage clothing. Not only are these big sellers, but they’re hard to find which drives their price up fast! Look for vintage clothing in silk, lace, velvet, fur, and leather to earn some big eBay bucks.
Hot eBay Computer Items
Is a Christmas shopping list ever complete without something computer-related? Whether it’s the techy-wannabe boyfriend or the geek goddess wife, someone on your list wants stuff for their computers.
So do the people on everyone else’s lists!
Tips for selling computer items on eBay:
- Be very careful with your descriptions. If you don’t know all the specifics on the item you’re selling, go to the manufacturer’s website and look it up. People who buy or want computer parts usually know what they’re looking for, and if your listing doesn’t have the info they need, they will move right along.
- Offer flat shipping with insurance combined. USPS offers flat-rate shipping that’s based on the size of the package, not its weight. This can save you and your customer a ton of money. Combine the shipping rate with insurance to protect you both and make bidders feel more secure buying from you.
Pretty predictably, the very best-selling computer items are actual computers. Apple Power Mac G4 and G5 dominate the list, with Dells stocked with a Pentium 4 or higher tagging a very tight second. The other really big-sellers in the computer category are Western Digital hard drives, USB Flash Memory Drives, ATI Radeon Video Cards, and Dell or Sony LCD/Flat Panel monitors 19 inches and higher.
Hot eBay Electronic Items
Did you luck out and skip the Computer Items on your Christmas list? Chances are that you won’t luck out on this one! Even the most non-techy person wants something electronic, and eBay sellers aim to provide it.
Tips for selling electronics on eBay:
- If it’s not new and still in its package, it better at least look new. Bidders are understandably hesitant of spending money on used electronics, thinking that if it was working you wouldn’t want to sell it.
- Play up how useful an item is. Instead of saying that you have a progressive scan DVD player for sale, tell the bidder why a progressive scan is wonderful. Give them a reason to need your item.
- Just as with computer items, electronics can be very heavy – even if they’re small. Take advantage of USPS flat-rate shipping and combine insurance in the total cost to boost confidence.
Electronics is such a huge topic, what should you be looking to sell? Start with music. Anything music-related will turn a nice profit, especially things like Pioneer or Kenwood CD/MP3 receivers for cars, Rockford Fosgate 2-Channel Amps, Bose Disc Systems, XM Radio, and anything iPod. After music, you can look at visual entertainment in the form of TiVo Series 2 DVR, Panasonic Combo Recorders, Sony Progressive Scan DVD Players, and the Bose Home Theater. GPS devices by DeLorme, Garmin, Magelin and Holux are also predicted to do very, very well.