[Updated Aug 2, 2018]
Most profitable things to sell - Finding the profitable things to sell online is one of the biggest challenges online sellers face in 2018. What considered a success on eBay and Amazon can be due to a number of factors. For a more in depth analysis of eBay, you might want to look at the 10 things you can't sell on eBay blog post we just updated!
With that out of the way, let's take a look at what products are the most profitable to sell on eBay and Amazon. This article will go into the best products, but will also try to explain the importance of seasonal products. For example, sunglasses may be a huge seller during the summer, but come winter, then you could see sales fall. In this regard, it can be useful to know what really sells on eBay and Amazon and then make a plan as to what inventory will be sold. And how these items will be marketed.
So without further ado, let's get cracking!
Now you could be forgiven for thinking there’s no market for book readers, thanks to the introduction of e-readers and tablets. But the book community can be a fickle one, and they will stick to the physical product as they just can’t get their head around reading a “virtual book.”
Amazon sees healthy sales in relation to books, and online sellers should be able to pick up wholesale lots of second-hand books for a reasonable price.
Granted, in some instances the profit margin may be small depending on the book in question. But as you get to know what genres sell and what authors are sought after, you will soon find yourself with a healthy sales funnel.
This puts books among the most profitable things to sell online!
Video games can be expensive, and not everyone has the budget to purchase the latest and greatest video games, so they will turn to stores (grade yours for free here) such as eBay and Amazon to try and pick up a bargain.
The good thing about buying and selling video games is that there is a market for everything, even old Amstrad and Amiga games from back in the 80’s and 90’s.
A little research will need to be done as to what games are sought after. Generally if you list a video game for sale at the right price, it’s likely to sell. Online sellers can focus on a specific niche, such as old retro video games, or simply buy and sell current releases.
Sellers can also be on the lookout for rare and limited releases. There are a number of video games that are worth a serious return if bought at the right price. With all that in mind, video games are definitely among the most profitable products to sell on eBay and Amazon.
Like video games, tablets can be expensive, but recently there has been a plethora of models released that cater for those with a lower budget. There is also a big market in reconditioned tablets will sell at a lower retail price.
There are many dropshipping companies and wholesales that can offer a range of different models with different system specifications. There is also a market for retro gaming tablets. A tablet that has been converted to act as video game console to play the games of yesteryear.
A little research can help determine what models have the best reviews. And which offer the best value for money for customers. Online sellers can also look at which models are more child-friendly, as many tablets are bought for children.
Lego bricks remain as popular as ever today, and those with Lego sitting around could be missing out on a huge profit. While there is money to be made from the more modern movie-inspired Lego packs we see today, the real money comes from huge collections of Lego from yesteryear.
Many children back in the day would have buckets of Lego. People today are always looking for retro Lego bricks to add to their collection. If you don’t have any Lego currently, why not reach out on forums and social networks to see if anyone wants to offload their old collection for a price. The occasional easy availability of Lego makes it one of the most profitable things to sell online.
You can then generate a profit by selling Lego in bulk online. You can also buy and sell modern Lego sets, but it’s important to document if any pieces are absent. This will reflect as to how much you sell the set for.
Lego is definitely one of the five most profitable items to sell on ebay and amazon. Give it a try.
It may come as a surprise to some, but bicycles remain a hot ticket item on sites such as eBay and Amazon. There is a large market that you can cover when selling bicycles. Or you may just choose to focus on a specific niche, such as high-end bicycles.
Logistically, you may need to employ the services of a trusted courier when it comes to transporting the goods, but this can all be worth it if you are able to achieve a healthy profit. Buying the bicycles initially can be done in a number of ways.
You may want to buy bicycles that are damaged, repair them and then sell them on. Alternatively, you may just worked with a trusted bicycle wholesaler, who will ship the bicycles on your behalf. Although this is more convenient for the customer, it can minimize the profit margin.
Evidently, any online seller will need to come up with a strategy that suits them best, but with searches averaging at one per minute, you can be sure that if marketed correctly, you will be able to generate a healthy profit.
As a quick bonus, I'd like to point your attention to stuffed animals. These have become particularly popular in 2018, as collectors and enthusiasts are skyrocketing demand. As a result, especially eBay listings are vociferously scanned and products are sold in lightning speed.
A good tip here, is to find suppliers which specialise in animals from movies and tv shows. These regularly fly off the shelves, especially if they are in good condition. Additionally, you will want to keep an eye open for rare and collectible animals. These typically fetch a handsome price, as people speculate on their value increasing over time.
These factors make stuffed animals one of the most profitable products to sell in 2018.
So now you know the five most profitable things to sell on eBay and Amazon. It's time to go beyond and see how we can find more items to sell for a handsome profit.
Perhaps the easiest way to find out what will sell well, is by checking the the Amazon best-sellers list. On Amazon, you can hone in on categories and sub-categories and in each see the best-selling items, updated in real time. These items will most likely also be popular on eBay.
A less obvious source of inspiration for great ideas, are the best sellers lists on Ali Express which will give you a great insight into the best selling un-branded items which you will then be able to sell on for a profit.
If you have thought of these already and are seeking a more professional solution, check out Terapeak! Featuring prominently in our 30 best online selling tools list, Terapeak is a fantastic all-round selling tool which allows you to sift through "Hot Categories". This essentially gives you a birds-eye view over categories and profitable things to sell on eBay and Amazon.
For a great review of Terapeak, check out Andrew Minalto's blog post, Best Products to sell on eBay.
With some clever research an online seller can source more profitable items. There are a number of online resources that allow online sellers to determine what items are selling, and what items aren’t.
Sellers can also take advantage of crazes, as long as they can evaluate how long the trend will last. There is nothing worse than purchasing stock that is deemed as profitable currently, but loses its value over a number of weeks.
Research should always be carried out, never assume that what you’re selling will always sell. For example, if you’re looking to sell books online, then ensure that the books you are purchasing are popular enough to generate a sale.
While this can’t always be done when buying in bulk, having a healthy library of respected authors will ensure that your sales funnel remains intact. I hope that this article has given some clear advice on the most profitable items to sell online.
Now that you know what to sell, you might want to brush up on how to sell profitably on eBay!
Now that we have covered the most profitable items to sell on eBay and Amazon, it's worth taking a look at the most sold and watched products on these two eCommerce giants.
The distinction between profitability and selling power is relevant. It is definitely worth going into in more detail here.
Below you can see the top ten most sold items on eBay today:
You can find a constantly updated list of the most profitable items to sell online here.
Top Tip: eBay has an amazing Newsletter for buyers and sellers. It keeps you updated on the most sold and most watched items on eBay.
Definitely check it out!
To find the most sold items on Amazon check out their 'Best Seller List'. Amazon's list of top sold items varies slightly from eBay's including classics like Adele album's, but also more esoteric products like Cards Against Humanity.
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