What to sell on eBay, The eBay Hot 25 Sellers

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The HOT 25 EBAY SELLERS

Here are 25 items that sell briskly on eBay and are commonly found at garage sales, swap meets, flea markets, and thrift shops such as Goodwill and Salvation Army. This list will help solve the big question, "What to sell on ebay?". The “Ceiling Purchase Price” is the highest price you should pay for the item in its respective category unless you are absolutely sure that it is worth significantly more then the “Average Sale Price.” The Average Sale Price is the average selling price normally found on eBay for products in a particular category. Items listed in the “Brands that fetch premiums” and are in good to excellent condition, brought up to 3 to 10 times the Average Sale Price. Be sure to use the recommended “Ad Power Words” in your ad, titles and copy.

CLOTHING

1.  Corporate Marked Polo Shirts

Ceiling Purchase Price: $3.00

Average Sale Price:     $6.00

What to look for: Polo-style short sleeved shirts with corporate logo embroideries and slogans. Shirt must be free of stains, holes and odors, and have all buttons. The newer the shirt looks, the better. You may find brand new shirts from out of business companies or leftovers from tradeshows. These finds will bring you high prices.

Brands that fetch premiums: Apple Computer, Yahoo, IBM, Microsoft, any movie studio logos, Ford, General Motors, ESPN, NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX.

Ad Power Words: like new, clean, barely worn, premium, executive polo, executive sport, corporate golf, corporate fashion, exclusive.


2.  Corporate Marked Jackets/Parkas

Ceiling Purchase Price: $4.50

Average Sale Price:     $12.00

What to look for: Light jacket or parkas with corporate logo embroideries and slogans. Coats must be free of stains, holes and odors. Buttons and zippers should be intact. The newer the jacket looks, the better. You may find brand new jackets from out of business companies or leftovers from tradeshows. These finds will bring you high prices.

Brands that fetch premiums: Apple Computer, Yahoo, IBM, Microsoft, any movie studio logos, Ford, General Motors, ESPN, NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX.

Ad Power Words: like new, clean, barely worn, premium, executive wear, executive sport, corporate golf, corporate fashion, exclusive.


3. Women’s Business Attire

Ceiling Purchase Price: $4.50

Average Sale Price:     $12.00

What to look for: Professional clothing for women such as suits, pants, and blouses. Acquire only the newest looking clothing. Avoid items with stains, odors and tears. Be on the look out for items that fit current retro fashion trends such as 80’s style tops and blazers with shoulder pads.

Brands that fetch premiums: Donna Karen (DKNY), Anne Klien, Jones New York, Armani, Calvin Klein, Chanel, GUCCI.

Ad Power Words: gently worn, like new, immaculate, clean, barely worn, premium, executive, corporate, corporate fashion, tailored, fashionable, elegant, fabulous, professional.


4. Women’s Evening Wear

Ceiling Purchase Price: $4.50

Average Sale Price:     $12.00

What to look for: Fashionable evening clothing for women such as dresses, skirts, pants, blouses, and coats. Acquire only the newest looking clothing. Avoid items with stains, odors, and tears. Be on the look out for items that fit current retro fashion trends.

Brands that fetch premiums: Donna Karen (DKNY), Anne Klien, Jones New York, Armani, Calvin Klein, Chanel, GUCCI.

Ad Power Words: gently worn, like new, immaculate, clean, barely worn, awesome, sexy, stylish, hot, chic, elegant, fabulous, stunning, head-turning.


5. Jeans Women’s Vintage 70’s/80’s Jordache

Ceiling Purchase Price: $5.99

Average Sale Price:     $12.00

What to look for: Jordache jeans from the late 70’s to early 80’s. Avoid items with stains, odors, holes and tears. Be on the look out for jeans with the “Horse Head” label as these will bring premium prices to your auction. Jordache has recently produced new versions of these vintage jeans so be careful not to confuse the two.

Brands that fetch premiums: Red Horse Head label.

Ad Power Words: gently worn, like new, immaculate, clean, barely worn, vintage, awesome, hot, unique, retro, rare.


6. Men’s Levi’s 501

Ceiling Purchase Price: $12.99

Average Sale Price:     $24.00

What to look for: Levi’s 501 button fly jeans. Blue denim color is most popular.

Brands that fetch premiums: 501 Levi’s-SZ. (An unused pair of this 1966 version of the 501 recently sold for $806.99.)

Ad Power Words: Levi’s 501 original button fly jeans, as American as apple pie, straight leg fit, gently worn, like new, practically new, immaculate, clean, barely worn, vintage, awesome, hot, unique, classic.


7. Other Jeans Brands: GAP, Wrangler, etc

Ceiling Purchase Price: $3.99

Average Sale Price:     $9.00

What to look for: Denim blue jeans in good to new condition. Button fly jeans tend to bring higher prices.

Brands that fetch premiums: GAP, Old Navy, Wrangler, Dickies, Structure.

Ad Power Words: gently worn, like new, practically new, immaculate, clean, barely worn, vintage, awesome, comfortable, classic, discount, steal.


8. Dress Ties

Ceiling Purchase Price: $0.99

Average Sale Price:     $4.50

(It is not uncommon for someone to bid upwards of $50.00 for a tie that catches their fancy. Also, ties seem to sell better in lots of 3 or more. Be sure not to mix genres though.)

What to look for: Novelty ties with movie, character, or brand themes. Vintage ties from the 40’s, 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. Visit http://www.rustyzipper.com where you can study pictures and brands of desirable vintage ties.

Modern ties must bear brand names and be immaculate to sell. All ties must be free of odor, stains and tears.

Brands that fetch premiums: Dior, Giacomo, Resilio, Brooks Brothers, Kenneth Gordon, Hudson Belk, Arrow, Isaco, Kelly 1, Lucarelli, Henry Christian, Caravaggio. Schreter, Berrington, Camden Court, Kuppenheimer, Custom Shop, J.T.Becket, Robert Talbot, Ketch, Nordstrom, Hugo Boss.

Ad Power Words: gently worn, like new, practically new, immaculate, clean, barely worn, vintage, awesome, unique, classic, impressionable, a wearable conversation piece, professional, executive, mod, retro, bold, stylish, edgy.


9. Dress Bow Ties

Ceiling Purchase Price: $0.99 each

Average Sale Price:     $4.50

What to look for: Vintage ties from the 40’s, 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. Modern ties must bear brand names and be immaculate to sell. All bow ties must be free of odor, stains and tears.

Brands that fetch premiums: Oscar De La Renta, Perry Ellis, Pierre Cardin, Fumagalli’s, Chaps By Ralph Lauren, Stewert Abo New York, Claiborne, Matucci, Christian Dior, Rainbow Collection, Raffinati, Henry Grethal, Lord West, Formal One, Mel Howard, Bill Blass, Lubiam.

Ad Power Words: gently worn, like new, practically new, immaculate, clean, barely worn, vintage, unique, classic, impressionable, elegant, rich, formal.


10. Men’s Vests

Ceiling Purchase Price: $5.99

Average Sale Price:     $10.50

What to look for: Vintage vests with interesting themes, especially brand themes. All vests must be free of odor, stains and tears. Leather, suede, and silk vests in excellent shape will bring higher prices.

Brands that fetch premiums: Club marks such as the Lion’s Club, Any major or courtier brand.

Ad Power Words: gently worn, like new, practically new, immaculate, clean, barely worn, vintage, unique, classic, conversation piece, elegant, formal, artistic.


11. Tuxedos

Ceiling Purchase Price: $16.00

Average Sale Price:     $31.00

What to look for: Because you will pay more money to acquire tuxedos than any other item listed here, you must be highly selective to minimize your risk. Seek name brands only that are in immaculate condition. Avoid tuxedos from rental shops unless they are like new. No stains, odors or tears.

Brands that fetch premiums: Oscar De La Renta, Perry Ellis, Pierre Cardin, Fumagalli’s, Chaps By Ralph Lauren, Stewert Abo New York, Claiborne, Matucci, Christian Dior, Rainbow Collection, Raffinati, Henry Grethal, Lord West, Formal One, Mel Howard, Bill Blass, Lubiam.

Ad Power Words: gently worn, like new, practically new, immaculate, clean, barely worn, vintage, unique, classic, impressionable, elegant, stunning, rich, formal.


HOUSEHOLD ITEMS

12. Bar Glasses

Ceiling Purchase Price: $0.69 per piece for glassware. $3.00 for crystal unless you positively identify a valuable piece.

Average Sale Price:     $3.50 per piece for glassware. $9.00 per piece for crystal.

What to look for: Sets of 2 or more. Anything unique or impressionable that catches your eye. Glasses that bear college, fraternity, corporate, brand, or character marks. Martini glasses are currently in demand. Crystal pieces bring significantly higher prices.

Brands that fetch premiums: It will be difficult to identify manufacturers on glass wear as marks are rarely used. Unless you are absolutely sure do not advertise brands. Waterford, Mikasa, Gorham, Royal Doultan, Block, Fostoria, Riedel Ouveture, Royal Danube, Salzburg, Lenox, Faberge, Ritzenhoff.

Ad Power Words: immaculate, clean, pristine, vintage, unique, fun, classic, impressionable, elegant, rich, formal, fine, stunning, exquisite, romantic.


13. Coffee Mugs

Ceiling Purchase Price: $0.69

Average Sale Price:     $4.50

What to look for: Anything unique or impressionable that catches your eye. Glasses that bear college, fraternity, corporate, brand or character marks.

Brands that fetch premiums: Hermes, Fire-King, Anchor Hocking, Avon Cape Cod, Ritzenhoff, Lenox.

Ad Power Words: immaculate, clean, pristine, vintage, unique, fun, classic, impressionable, fine, conversation piece, cozy.


14. Dishware/China Distinct Unique

Ceiling Purchase Price: $0.69 per piece.

Average Sale Price:     $3.50 per piece.

What to look for: Sets of 2 or more. Anything unique or impressionable that catches your eye. Glasses that bear college, fraternity, corporate, brand, or character marks.

Brands that fetch premiums: Mikasa, Lenox, Faberge, Rosenthal, Versace, Spode, Royal Worcester, Philippe Deshoulieres, J.L. Coquet, Lalique, Pickard, Lynn Chase, Ralph Lauren, Raynaud and Marc Blackwell.

Ad Power Words: immaculate, clean, pristine, vintage, unique, fun, classic, impressionable, elegant, rich, formal, fine, stunning, exquisite, romantic.


15. Vintage Rotary Phones

Ceiling Purchase Price: $4.00

Average Sale Price:     $12.50

What to look for: Working rotary dial phones from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. Princess style phones and retro colors are most sought after.  Novelty phones with movie or character themes. Artistic phones with wild shapes and styles. Phones in unique forms such as cars and animals.

Brands that fetch premiums: Stromberg-Carlson, PTT, Leich, Motorola, Bell, Western Electric.

Ad Power Words: retro, art deco, nostalgic, old, vintage, wild, fun, crazy, unique.


SPORTING GOODS

16. Golf Putters

Ceiling Purchase Price: $2.99 (unless antique wood shaft with mfg. markings)

Average Sale Price:     $9.50

What to look for: Golf putters in good condition. Antique putters with wood shaft, manufacturer, and patent markings attract serious collector and very high prices.

Brands that fetch premiums: Ping, Lynx, Zevo, Spalding, Calloway, Slazenger, Taylor Made, Farrar, Mizuno, Bristol, Wilson.

Ad Power Words: awesome, beautiful, professional, pro, champion, shiny, sweet, nice, stylish, character, sleek.


17. 70’s–80’s Vintage Skateboards

Ceiling Purchase Price: $8.00

Average Sale Price:     $21.50

What to look for: Old looking single kick-tail skateboards. You can spot a vintage skateboard in two ways. First, vintage skateboards only have one kick tail (turned up end) as opposed to modern skateboards that have a kick tail on both ends. Next, vintage skateboards from the late 70’s and early 80’s have skid pads and/or slide rails attached to the bottom side.

Brands that fetch premiums: Sims, Powell & Peralta, Santa Cruz, G&S, Kryptonics, Dogtown,|
Z-Flex, Logan, Blackheart, Val Surf, Calflex, Vari-Flex.

Ad Power Words: awesome, vintage, radical, rad, original, old school, nostalgic, rare.
TOYS


18. Piggy Banks

Ceiling Purchase Price: $3.00

Average Sale Price:     $8.50

What to look for: Interesting or unique looking piggy banks. Character piggy banks such as Betty Boop, Miss Piggy, robots, owls, and sports figures. Glass piggy banks are also desirable.

Brands that fetch premiums:  Out of business bank or other business logos, Anchor Hocking, Hull, Lefton, Norcrest China, Curver, Goebel.

Ad Power Words: cute, unique, fun, adorable, charming.


19. Hot Wheels Cars

Ceiling Purchase Price: $3.00

Average Sale Price:     $9.15

What to look for: Hot Wheels cars. Most valuable are the “Red Line” cars (wheels have a red line running around the rim) from the 60’s and 70’s. Look at the bottom of the car for copyright dates. Cars in the best condition bring the best price, but some collectors enjoy “restoring” damaged and badly scratched cars, so acquire those too, but at a much lower price than the recommended ceiling purchase price.

Brands that fetch premiums:  Hot Wheels with a red line around the rim of the wheels.

Ad Power Words: Original, vintage, collectable, classic.


VINTAGE OFFICE PRODUCTS

20. Vintage Calculators

Ceiling Purchase Price: $4.00

Average Sale Price:     $12.00

What to look for: Old-looking handheld calculators from the 70’s to early 80’s. Should be in working condition. Collectors are after the first electronic calculators, which you can identify by the red LED (Light Emitting Diode) screen and later green LED. Today’s calculators use a black LCD (Liquid Crystal Display). Also vintage calculators featured an on switch instead of buttons. 

Brands that fetch premiums:  Bowmar, Friden, Walther, Unitrex, Texas Instruments, Hewlet Packard, Rapid Data, Commodore.

Ad Power Words: original, vintage, collectable, classic, early, one-time powerhouse, retired techno marvel.


21. Vintage Staplers

Ceiling Purchase Price: $2.00

Average Sale Price:     $7.10

What to look for: Old-looking office staplers. Lean towards executive styles more then industrial. Wood, leather and vinyl enhancements bring premium prices.

Brands that fetch premiums:  Swingline, Acme, Bates, Craftsman, Bostich, Vanguard, Presto.

Ad Power Words: original, vintage, collectable, classic, executive, stylish, nostalgic.

22. Vintage Pencil Sharpeners

Ceiling Purchase Price: $4.00

Average Sale Price:     $10.21

What to look for: Old metal manual-crank and handheld pencil sharpeners. Theme pencil sharpeners will attract serious collectors.

Brands that fetch premiums:  Boston, Acme, Anco, Apsco, Eatons.

Ad Power Words: original, vintage, collectable, classic, executive, stylish, nostalgic.


23. Briefcases

Ceiling Purchase Price: $6.00

Average Sale Price:     $17.46

What to look for: Leather and hard case briefcases. Avoid cases that have tears or broken hardware that cannot be easily repaired. Look for quality leather or unique designs and features. Doctor and pilot cases are sought after by collectors.

Brands that fetch premiums:  Hartmann, Louis Vuitton, Bellezza, Samsonite, Zero, military marks, doctor’s initials, corporate logos.

Ad Power Words: original, vintage, collectable, classic, executive, stylish.


TOOLS

24. Old Wood Handle Screwdrivers

Ceiling Purchase Price: $0.50

Average Sale Price:     $6.20

What to look for: Old looking screwdrivers with wood handles.

Brands that attract collectors: Patent dates, Yankee Bros. Mfg. Co., Vaughan & Bushnell Mfg. Co., Stanley Tools, The H.D. Smith & Co., Millers Falls Company, Buffum Tool Company.

Ad Power Words: unique, solid wood, sturdy, weathered, vintage, aged, old, worn, charm, character


25. Old Wood Handle Hammers

Ceiling Purchase Price: $1.00

Average Sale Price:     $7.05

What to look for: Old-looking hammers with wood handles. Brass and chisel-back hammer heads with wood handles fetch a premium.

Brands that attract collectors: Patent dates, Vaughan & Bushnell Mfg. Co. Chicago, Ill., Stanley Tools, The H.D. Smith & Co., Millers Falls Company, Buffum Tool Company.

Ad Power Words: unique, solid wood, sturdy, weathered, vintage, aged, old, worn, charm, character.

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