12 Items That Sell on eBay, Craigslist, and Facebook Marketplace

As cases of COVID-19 spread across the country in the spring, Bob Moulton decided to limit walk-in sales at his store, National Pawn. While pawnshops were deemed necessary in North Carolina and could continue to operate, Moulton didn’t want to endanger the health of his 19 locations’ customers or employees.

He didn’t want to lay off any staff, so he had employees begin selling products for sale on sites like Facebook Marketplace. Customers were then given the option of picking up their purchases at the curb.

Moulton says, “We actually found it to be really good.” “The amount of disposable income that our customers had astounded me.”

Three websites stand out when it comes to selling online: eBay, Craigslist, and Facebook Marketplace. Although eBay is best known for its online auctions, the latter two are used for local classified advertising. People can now sell almost anything for a set price on any of the pages.

“eBay has always acted as a barometer for what’s going on and offline,” says Sam Bright, vice president, and general manager of eBay North America’s verticals. “It’s in demand on our marketplace if it’s in demand in real life.” According to Bright, sales of home and garden, technology, apparel, and fitness have all increased on the web in recent months.

Both companies and individuals may benefit from online selling. Continue reading for tips from expert sellers as well as information on which categories seem to be selling best right now on sites like eBay, Craigslist, and Facebook Marketplace.

Tips for Selling Online

Rose Winquest, a resident of Grand Rapids, Michigan, sells full-time on Facebook Marketplace. She buys goods at a discount for resale and receives castaway pieces from relatives. She says her favorite place to sell is Facebook Marketplace because it makes it simple to sell items that cater to a wide range of interests. “I enjoy interacting with people from all walks of life,” Winquest says.

Winquest suggests that people sell products at or below half the going rate in the store to make fast sales. It is also preferable to sell on a first-come, first-served basis. “Keeping things for people is dangerous because many people would back out if given the opportunity,” she warns.

According to Deb Liu, founder of Facebook Marketplace, when making listings, take plenty of photos and include keywords that will help your products be found quickly in searches. Instead of defining an object as a table, be more precise and include the type of wood or use a more specific word like a coffee table.

“If your products serve the same reason,” Liu advises, “price them separately.” “Buyers aren’t going to buy a sofa and a basketball at the same time.” Only bundle items that are likely to sell together, such as a collection of clothes or toys.

When selling things, consider doing so in a public location such as a police station, church, or gas station, says Lowell, Michigan seller Maria Chichester. Chichester has been selling on Craigslist for ten years but recently discovered Facebook Marketplace, which she says has become a new favorite.

“There are so many scams and fake sales posts on Craigslist that it’s difficult for people to tell whether the posts are legit,” she says. She does, however, continue to list products for sale on both platforms, claiming that it is a simple and free way to meet a large number of potential buyers.

Chichester includes all relevant information in her listings, including any flaws. She also makes a note of whether or not her price is firm. She tries to answer questions and make payment plans via email rather than in person once someone shows an interest. This helps weed out “tire kickers,” or people who come to look at an object but aren’t serious about buying it.

Meanwhile, online trading sites are attempting to streamline the process. “Selling on eBay is easy, and we’ve taken measures to make it even simpler in light of the new standard,” Bright says. The number of free listings offered to eBay sellers has been increased to 200, and the site’s seller community forum now features trending products.

Twelve (12) Items to Sell on eBay, Craigslist, and Facebook Marketplace

Local sales are the focus of Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace, while eBay products are often delivered to customers. While some pieces, such as designer clothing, sell better on niche sites like online consignment shops, the following seem to sell well on these three.

  • Laptops.
  • Televisions.
  • Home goods.
  • Pet supplies.
  • Baby items.
  • Yard tools.
  • Outdoor recreation items.
  • Video games.
  • Furniture.
  • Jewelry.
  • Collectibles.
  • Vehicles.

Laptops

Laptops have become a hot commodity this fall, as people continue to work from home, and many schools promote remote learning. “At the start of the pandemic, we had over 1,000 laptops as a group,” Moulton says. “At the moment, we don’t have any.”

Be sure to remove all confidential or sensitive information from any laptop or electronic device before selling it.

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Televisions

Televisions are another thing that National Pawn can’t hold in stock, according to Moulton. They sold quickly on the internet, and his company is now looking for more products to satisfy consumer demand. He says, “We’re paying a lot of money for things we can sell quickly.”

Home Goods

In recent months, home products such as small appliances have become increasingly common among online shoppers. On eBay, sales of bread machines increased by 800 percent year over year, while sales of fire pits and chimneys increased by 240 percent. “Bidets also had a moment,” he says, with sales up 220 percent from the same time last year.

Pet Supplies

Winquest’s consumers have shown a strong interest in pet care products. She says, “I think that people adore their pets and are able to spend a lot of money on them.”

Baby Items

People are frequently searching for a bargain on baby gear because children develop so fast, according to Chichester. “Larger baby products that still have a lot of life, such as cribs, strollers, and toys, sell quickly because consumers don’t want to pay full price for these items,” she says.

Yard Tools

People are paying more attention to home maintenance as they spend more time at home. “Yard tools sold very well when people are working at home,” Moulton says.

Outdoor Recreation Items

People also seem to be spending more time outdoors, where the risk of COVID-19 tends to be lower, according to Chichester, who says that kayaks and Power Wheels vehicles for children are in high demand.

Video Games

Video games and video game systems are being snatched up by those looking for indoor entertainment. According to Moulton, these have been another hot online seller.

Furniture

“It’s easy to sell furniture,” Winquest says. Others are searching for older items that can be refurbished and resold, while others are purchasing to upgrade their décor.

Parents could also be on the lookout for reasonably priced products that can be used by students who will be studying at home during the fall semester. From July to August of this year, interest in desks on Facebook Marketplace doubled, according to Liu.

Jewelry

Moulton was taken aback by how easily jewelry was sold on the internet. “Jewelry is something of a luxury object bought on impulse,” he says. That didn’t stop people from treating themselves to new items when shopping from the comfort of their own homes.

Collectibles

According to eBay sales results, people might also be spending more on their hobbies. This year, consumers’ interest in collectibles such as baseball and basketball cards, musical instruments, and collectible card games has increased.

Vehicles

People may be turning to eBay, Craigslist, or Facebook Marketplace to search for a wider range of cars, trucks, and vans as some used car lots run out of inventory. “Vehicles and boats sell well because customers can avoid dealer fees,” says Chichester.

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On Facebook Marketplace, recreational vehicles are very common. “Each month since March, there have been more than 25,000 new RV/camper listings in the United States,” Liu says. Airstreams, she adds, are a common option among American buyers.

Almost anything can be sold on the internet, but these 12 categories seem to be the most common right now. If you don’t want to deal with selling products yourself, Moulton points out that many pawnshops are currently experiencing low inventory and will be willing to take items off your hands for the right price.