5 Things You Need to Know to Make Money Buying & Selling Clothes on eBay

Secondhand shopping for vintage clothes, shoes and accessories is definitely one of my favourite things to do. I have been an eBay devotee for 6 years with majority of my 100+ transactions being the buying and selling of clothes and accessories. These are the 5 things as a buyer and seller I think everyone should know to enhance their eBay experience.

Buying on eBay

1. Buy off season

Sure, secondhand is cheaper, but you get an much better deal if you buy out of season. By this, I mean things like coats and snow gear should be bought in summer, and vice versa for surfboards and summer dresses in winter. I have bought cashmere coats in the middle of summer, with myself being the only bidder. Definitely requires foresight, but if you are buying classic items, it’s a good thing to keep in mind.

2. Know your favourite brands

The pitfall of online shopping is that there is no fitting room. It’s a wild guess at the best of times, especially when it comes to things like pants and suits. You can minimize ill fitting purchases if you know what size you are in your favourite brands. Go to the physical store and figure out what size you are, as fashion houses tend to use the same measurements for their range. By knowing which brand’s sizing is for you, you can best avoid disappointment

3. Setup a favourites search

Save yourself time and setup a favourites search on eBay. You can have eBay email you auction items that fit your criteria. For example, if you have figured out your favourite brand and size in tip 2, make a favourite search and let eBay do the work for you. You can know about new items straight away and place your bid asap, or better yet, snap it up quickly if there’s a Buy it Now option.

4. Search in description

Unfortunately, not everyone can spell, nor can they put crucial item information on the title of their auction. The size, brand, material (eg leather), colour, etc are all essential information on which you’ll be basing your search query. You can improve your search results by ticking the “Include title and description” box which appears below the search button in eBay. This searches the item description for your keywords, ensuring you don’t miss out on auctions which have the features you are looking for.

5. Ask questions

Don’t be afraid to ask questions or request additional photos. Sellers can inadvertently leave out details which could greatly influenced your purchase decision. When buying shoes, it’s good to ask for a photo of the sole, so you can see how much wear it has had.

Selling on eBay

1. Importance of photos and gallery picture

Make sure you take good photos and enough of them to give the buyer a good idea of colour and condition of your item. Have a look at how fashion magazines photograph clothes and shoes when they are not on a model, and you can imitate this to look more professional.

It’s definitely worth inserting a gallery picture for your listing as well, which means that a photo of your item shows up in the search listing. People are fundamentally lazy so if they have to go an extra click to view your item, you can lose a big chunk of potential buyers.

2. Descriptions and measurements

Keep your description simple, in point form. It’s a good idea to include measurements, not only because it’s handy for the buyer, but it saves your from having to answer lots of questions during the auction period! Make sure you insert the brand name (if it’s a branded item), material it’s made from and any faults. For unique, quirky items you can put in a styling tip, but this is up to you.

3. It’s all about timing

Try to have your auction end in the evening, when people are more likely to be in a position to be able to bid on your item. I like to try to time my auctions to end on Sunday evenings, to maximize the number of last minute bidding.

4. Auction end date

You should also remember the seasonality rule when selling, and save things to auction off in the correct season. I have actually seen a secondhand foam surfboard go for a higher price than new on eBay, in the week leading up to summer school holidays.

5. Leave feedback

Part of being a good ebayer is to leave feedback. It’s encouraged to thank good buyers and hopefully get on their favourite sellers list. It’ll encourage them to leave a positive feedback for your as well.

Buying & Selling in the New Millennium – The eBay Opportunity – The Latest Home-Income Bonanza!


So what is eBay? It’s the biggest online trading community on the web. It’s one big 24 hour auction site. And the playing field is equal, that’s what I like. Many individuals, maybe even your neighbours, are making money week in week out with their own cyber auctions.

You can buy and sell on eBay … some smart operators go as far as buying their products from other online auctions sites and then start selling them on eBay. (Or if you are a local bargain hunter, try finding products to sell from garage sales or from the classifieds in your area.)

Worldwide eBay is huge! Over two million auctions a day. Now that’s serious stuff. And although big business has now begun to show a presence on eBay, a good proportion of items being sold are from individuals. Great news.

Most developed countries throughout the world have their own eBay site. In Australia, the website URL is simply: ebay.com.au

Go to the eBay site and have a look around if you haven’t already had a look. It’s fascinating stuff watching people bid … seeing people make money and for all we know they’re in bed soundly asleep. And that’s the beauty of it. People can bid seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

While you’re at eBay’s site take their tour. It’s an audio version and they take you through the whole works on what eBay’s about, how to register, all the rules and stuff, and how to do an auction.

Looks easy enough, but there are many ways you can do to improve your auction. In future issues we’ll look at a few tips and tricks to improve your chances of success.

Sourcing Products To Sell

If you’re looking for some bargains to buy, you can find them here on eBay. My wife has been doing some buying lately for her pre-loved clothing shop and I can tell you she’s picked up some bargains. So don’t just think about selling on this site. If you have a flea market stall, or maybe you are buying and selling from the classifieds in your local paper … well eBay can be a good place to source your products.

More Than Just Collectables

And it’s not just antiques and collectables that people are buying and selling. Basically all types of stuff are being offered. There are 1600 categories to choose from, selling stuff like: computers, books, old magazines (The war years fetch top dollar I’m told.), jewellery, toys, stamps, coins, and just about everything in-between.

So take the eBay tour and see for yourself. This’ll give you a good idea what it’s all about. Next issue we’ll have a look at the details. And we’ll also look at a powerful system that some smart infopreneurs are using to sell their ebooks. Until then, have a browse and have some fun. There’s money to be made in auctions.

Buying an Auction Software – Make Your Online Auctions Easier to Manage

The popularity of auction sites like eBay has grown steadily such that some people now sell in the and use their profits as their main source of income. Unlike casual sellers or buyers on the site, these individuals constantly list, sell or pack products for the website. If you a serious eBay user just like them, then you can benefit a lot from using an auction software to help you organize your online auction store activities.

Picking the right software

Before making any purchase, buyers like yourself should assess online auction business activities to see what needs help or what needs to be improved. This is to make sure that the software that you will purchase is exactly what you need.

You may need either one of these two types (among many other types of auction software):

Market Analysis Programs – These applications provide an overall portrait of shopping and pricing behavior. It alerts you when your competitors are slashing rates for similar products, for example.

Auction Marketing Programs – There are also programs that help sellers like you advertise and market products. One program even allows sellers to post all the items they are selling on one page. This makes it easier for buyers to view all products, and provides you an easier way to quickly update your inventory.

Tips when buying an auction software

Aside from discovering what your business needs, there are other things to consider before purchasing an auction software:

1. Assess your computer’s capabilities, operating system, memory etc. to make sure that it can run the software you are buying.

2. Make a test run of a program using its trial version. The auction software trial version usually last for 30 days (sometimes less). This is ample time for you to assess its pro’s and con’s.