16 Jan 19
The Scottish Sun
ONE man’s junk really is another man’s treasure – as we reveal you can earn up to £800 if you flog your clutter online.
Bloggers and experts have revealed the most valuable rubbish you can sell, including things you’d normally throw away such as empty perfume bottles and knackered old shoes.
Bloggers, including Kirsty Holden (top left), Julian House (top right), Emma Drew (bottom left) and Jane Berry (bottom right) have come up with unlikely items that sell well on auction websites
The unlikeliest items could make you a tidy profit, according to savvy sellers, so it’s usually worth listing your unwanted junk for sale online.
Some bloggers and re-sale websites say you could make up to £160 per item depending on what it is.
They’ve come up with a list of 13 common household bits of junk that are worth selling online to make some extra cash.
From broken kettles and really worn out shoes to old towels and empty perfume bottles, together these items could net you nearly £800.
Worn out shoes – Up to £14
These very worn-out pair of shoes recently sold on eBay for £14 after 10 bids
You might not think anyone would want your old shoes that you’ve worn so much they’ve got holes in the soles and dirty insoles.
But there really is a market for everything and well-worn shoes do well quite well on eBay.
One pair of well-worn ladies’ shoes that look like they belong in the bin recently sold for £14 after 10 bids.
[boxout headline=”‘I make £10 for every pair of shoes I sell'” featured-image=”3755995″ intro=”BLOGGER Kirsty Holden says she often flogs her old shoes online, even when they’re really worn out.”]Kirsty, 32, who blogs at themoneysavingmum.com, said she was amazed at how many people wanted to buy her old shoes on eBay.
The mum-of-two, of east Yorkshire, explained: “Because of foot fetishes!
“People like it, people want it, if you are just going to bin why not let them have them if you are just going to bin them.
“It’s not massive amounts but when you want rid of your £3 Primark pumps and it brings in at least £10 plus postage, a profit is a profit.
“Some go for far more than that.
“Taking photos for eBay with feet actually in the shoes end up selling sooner than those just pictured on the floor.
“Cabin Crew shoes are popular too.”
Old digital camera – Around £80
Gone are the days where a compact digital camera is essential for a holiday as our phones have better image quality these days.
If you still have yours lying around in a drawer, try flogging it online.
Matthew Moreton, managing director at tech recycling website compareandrecyle.co.uk, says an old Canon Ixus camera sells for £80 on average.
Old games consoles – Up to £160
Experts from Paperclip.co, a marketplace allowing users to buy, sell, swap second-hand goods, said that you can sell on old games consoles for more than you might think.
A Playstation 1 recently sold for £160 on the website, while a Sega Mega Drive was flogged for £120.
Tennis rackets – Around £25
Experts from eBay said that old tennis rackets are one of the most popular items to be listed for sale on the auction website.
They added that the average tennis racket sells for £24.92.
A recent eBay survey found that 57 per cent of parents feel motivated to de-clutter in the weeks after Christmas.
Old dinner sets – Up to £80
Blogger Jane Berry is selling this Royal Doulton dinner set for £80
Got a full dinner set lurking in a cupboard that you never use? You could sell it on for more than you think.
They’re especially valuable if the dishes have been made by an established brand, such as Portmeirion or Royal Doulton.
[boxout headline=”‘I’ve sold my old china for as much as £80′” featured-image=”3755996″ intro=”BLOGGER Jane Berry said she has made extra cash by selling her old dinner sets that were just gathering dust.”]Jane, who blogs at shoestringcottage.com, said: “Many people have far more kitchen implements and dinner china than they could ever use.”
The 55-year-old, of Colchester, Essex, added: “Brands such as Portmeirion and Denby are particularly in demand.
“If they are old they might also be considered vintage and could even be collectable.
“I made £20 selling these three Portmeirion side plates on eBay that were sitting unused in a cupboard.
“I am also looking to sell a vintage Royal Doulton dinner set and anticipate getting around £80 for that.”[/boxout]
Go Pro – Around £70
There’s less need for Go Pros these days now that phones have better quality cameras and have water and shock resistance.
Experts at Compare and Recycle say that the average Go Pro sells for £70 so flogging your old one could earn you some instant extra cash.
LEGO sets – Around £25.83
Experts from eBay said that LEGO sets are some of the most popular toys listed for sale on the auction website.
They sell for £25.83 on average.
But some rare sets could be worth up to £8,000 – do you have one gathering dust in your attic?
Empty perfume bottles – Up to £46
These empty perfume bottles sold for £46 on eBay after 15 bids
You might not expect your empty perfume bottles to be worth much, but surprisingly there is a market for them.
The average price for them is about £3 to £8 but some designer bottles can fetch higher prices, particularly if they’re in the original box.
The Sun saw that an empty Tom Ford perfume bottle recently sold for £46 after 15 bids on eBay.
[boxout headline=”‘I sell empty beauty products for profit'” featured-image=”3755997″ intro=”BLOGGER Emma Drew says selling used beauty products can earn you some easy cash.”]Emma, who blogs at emmadrew.info, said: “I sell empty beauty products.
“Perfume bottles, empty make up (like MAC where you can return six empty items to get a free lipstick), Lush pots (where you can return five to get a free face mask), perfume boxes and all sorts sell.
“Even empty Yankee candle jars can be sold.”[/boxout]
Old records – Around £17.25
Have some old vinyl records lying about? They’re sought after on eBay, according to experts at the auction website.
They sell for £17.25 each on average, so it may be worth flogging them online.
Old phones – Around £142
When you get a new upgrade on a phone, you may be guilty of leaving the old one in a drawer, never to see the light of day again.
But there are lots of websites that will recycle your old gadgets like Compare and Recycle and Music Magpie and pay you for them quickly, according to Anders Nilsson at myvouchercodes.co.uk.
He estimates you can get up to £142 for an old iPhone 6 – and you could earn even more if you get the handset unlocked to all networks.
Broken kettles – Up to £20
You might not think anyone would want your broken appliances, but there is a market for them on re-selling websites, according to one blogger.
Julian House, the founder of myfavouritevouchercodes.co.uk, said these will be snapped up online.
Some kettles can be sold for parts for up to £20, he says, especially if they were good quality devices when they did work.
[boxout headline=”‘You can sell broken electronics, old towels and empty perfume bottles'” featured-image=”3755998″ intro=”JULIAN, 46, of Bath, says there really is a market for all kinds of junk on re-selling websites.”]He said: “From December 23 up to January 3, there were over 1,900 used auction listings for “empty perfume bottles” on Ebay.
“Some went for as much as £30, but more typically for a few pounds here and there.
“It’s a similar story with towels and bedding too.
“While not everyone would think to buy towels and bedding second hand, there really is demand from people who want high quality stuff at second hand prices.”
He added: “Other items you may have cluttering up your home that are selling used on Ebay include board games, old cables, iPhone chargers, ethernet cables and even faulty electrical items.
“Don’t just bin your clutter.”
Old towels – Up to £21.50
These used J by Jasper Conran towels sold for £21.50 on eBay after six bids
Yes, there’s even a market for your used towels too.
According to Julian House, second-hand towels will sell on eBay, especially if they are high quality
Well-known brands such as White Stuff or John Lewis are particularly in demand.
Julian said that from December 21 to January 3, over 590 used auctions for “towels,” and more than 100 for “bed linen,” completed successfully – meaning that the product sold.
One J by Jasper Conran set of five bath towels sold for £21.50 on eBay after six bids, despite being used.
Old comics – Up to £155
Comic books are always sought after by collectors and some are rarer than others – and are even worth millions.
But even if you haven’t got a rare copy hidden in the attic or under your bed, you could still flog them for a few pounds online – particularly if you’ve built up a stash.
A collection of 376 DC Comics from the 1990s through to the present day recently sold on eBay for £155 after 35 bids.
So it’s worth checking your old childhood bedroom in case they are still some copies lurking around.
[boxout headline=”How to sell on eBay” intro=”HERE is all you need to know about selling on eBay:”]How do I sell on eBay?
To sell something on eBay, you first have to make a listing so other people using the site can see what you have on offer.
To do that, you must create an account with eBay and once you have done that, you are free to make a listing.
In your listing you can add up to 12 pictures of your item and give a description of what is exactly on offer.
You can also opt for a reserve price for your item so that if you don’t get any bids that are high enough, you don’t have to sell the item.
While you make your listing, you also set the amount of time you would like your item to be on sale for.
At the end of the sale, whichever fellow user has bid the highest has to buy the product and once they pay you must send it to them.
You can list 20 items free of charge per month. After that, it costs 35p to list each item on eBay.
The auction website giant will also take 10 per cent of the sale including postage and packaging, so make sure you factor this in when you set your auction price.
How does PayPal work?
PayPal is the way most people spend and receive money on eBay and is an instant way of sending cash to each other.
Once you set up an account, it is linked to your credit card or bank account and is mainly used for online purchases.
Receiving money into your PayPal account means that you have to pay certain fees.
The fee for each transaction is 3.4 per cent plus 20p of the amount you receive from your selling price.
However, if it is a highly priced item you are selling, the fee reduces as the price goes up. To check out fees, log on to the PayPal fees calculator.
How to avoid being caught out by fraudsters
When selling goods, first check the online site’s instructions for how you should post the item. This is because if there is a dispute, you will need to have followed this sending process to the letter.
Be familiar with the Seller Protection Scheme of whatever payment service, such as PayPal, that you are using. This means you will know what protections are there when you sell.
Avoid issuing a refund for a return before the item is back with you, although this is not possible in all cases.
Communicate any difficulties to your resale site and payment service provider at the earliest opportunity. It should work with you to find a resolution to the problem.
It is always best to keep as much documentation as possible in the event a buyer tries something shifty. Things such as tracking details and receipts will help make a compelling case if fraud occurs – and payment service providers should display due diligence in examining the evidence.
It is especially worth being suspicious of buyers who are trying to pay using things such as PayPal’s Friends and Family service, which may not be covered by normal seller protection schemes.
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