Top 10 items to sell on eBay for extra Christmas cash

Kalila Sangster
·3 min read
Ebaying 10 of top-selling items likely to be gathering dust in the loft could earn Brits up to £1,311 before fees, according to a study. Photo: Getty
Ebaying 10 of top-selling items likely to be gathering dust in the loft could earn Brits up to £1,311 before fees, according to a study. Photo: Getty

Selling your unwanted items on online marketplaces such as eBay (EBAY) can be a great way of making some extra cash before Christmas.

Ebaying 10 of top-selling items likely to be gathering dust in the loft could earn Brits up to £1,311 ($1,741) before fees, according to study by budgeting fintech Thinkmoney.

Top of the list is an Apple (AAPL) Macintosh computer from 1980, which could be sold for an average price of £330.

Selling your vintage turntable for parts could make an average of £219, which is three times the price of buying a brand-new record player.

A first generation iPhone could be sold without its box for £150, while a retro Singer sewing machine could go for £137.

A Nintendo (NTDOY) Wii could make £97 on eBay, even without the controllers or games.

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Some Royal Doulton ceramic figures are worth big bucks and could make an average of £80 on eBay.

An original Pepsi (PEP) or Coke (KO) crate could be worth selling in the run-up to Christmas as they can go for £70 each on eBay.

A vintage Roberts radio could be sold for an average of £67.

The 10th best-selling item of those analysed is a first edition print of a Harry Potter book. Selling the first edition languishing on your bookshelf could earn you £65.

The experts at Thinkmoney share their top tips for successfully selling items on eBay:

  • There are thousands of new listing each day, so make sure your description is accurate and you place it in the right categorise to optimise the chances of a sale. Remember to always mention brand names, product names and colours and details, too.

  • Make the most of free listings as eBay lets you list 20 items for sale for free each month. Try to sell 20 items then save your next 20 for the next month. Remember that list fees are different to sold fees, which is where eBay charge you a percentage for a sold item which is never free.

  • Take flattering photos of your imagery — position them in natural bright lighting with no distraction in the background.

  • List your item for 10 days — the longest an auction can run for on eBay — to give your item the best possible chance of selling. Schedule your listings so that they end in the evening when people are not at work, or on a Sunday night when people are most likely to be browsing.

  • Ensure that you’re honest about the condition of your item as if the buyer is unhappy, they can request a refund so you could actually end up losing money. Make sure to answer any questions possible buyers ask via private message.

  • Check that you’re charging the correct amount for postage and remember to include the material cost to wrap the item — such as parcel bags, bubble wrap or paper.

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