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25 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Sell on eBay, From Pine Cones to Dentures

November 16, 2015
by I Am THAT Lady
Contributor
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Are you getting ready for a yard sale? Maybe just trying to declutter?

Before you throw out the “useless” stuff kicking around your home, you might want to check this list!

I did some research for you and found some surprising things that you can sell on eBay.  I took pictures of already sold listings, so you can see what kind of money people are getting for their items. I came up with some fun things!

1. Empty Boxes

What?! Yes, that’s right, empty boxes will sell on eBay, depending on what the boxes are for.

Usually higher-end product boxes sell well.

A specific example could be empty American Girl Doll Boxes. Don’t believe me? Here is a specific listing where the box sold for $30.00!

These boxes sell for good money because the dolls are frequently archived, and people who purchase used dolls for their children (due to the expense) like to give their children the “new doll” experience by putting it in a genuine American Girl Doll box.

If you choose to buy a brand-new doll (approximately $125 dollars) you can earn back some of the money you spent.

Also try looking up shoe boxes, iPhone boxes, etc.

empty boxes

2. Cords

Old phone chargers (even your ANCIENT ones), power cords to video game systems, computers, USB cords and camera cords will often sell.

They may not sell for a ton of money, but every little bit counts. If you were planning to throw them out anyway, why not earn a few bucks?

Because these items are small, they are often easy to ship. Here is an example of a Playstation 3 Charging cord that sold for $4.00 (and some change). That’s four bucks you might have just thrown out!

chords3. Instruction Manuals

Nowadays, you can find most instruction manuals online.

However, vintage manuals or even just older manuals may not be online. These can often be sold for some money.

If you no longer even have that item the manual corresponds to, why not make some money off it?

instruction manual4. Installation CDs/Drivers

If you have an older computer, printer or copier, it is possible that the drivers you need to install haven’t been put on the web.

Sell these old discs on eBay for some cash. If your printer dies, before tossing out the instructions/CD ROMs, check whether they have any value on eBay.

installation driver

5. K-Cups

Do you have a Keurig at home? Or maybe your Keurig died and you’re choosing not to replace it?

Sometimes we may fall into the trap of buying in bulk when it comes to certain items. Often this is the best way to get a good deal with K-Cups.

Unfortunately if your machine dies or you simply don’t like the flavored coffee, you’re stuck with all these K-Cups you can’t use. Sell these partial boxes on eBay. You may not be able to completely recoup what you spent, but anything is better than nothing.

Be sure to display the expiration dates and explain that the boxes are not complete. Be prepared to answer questions as to why the boxes are opened.

k cups

6. My Coke Codes Rewards

Continuing the trend of items that don’t necessarily sell for much… people sell huge baggies of the My Coke Rewards caps and codes. If your family members are big soda drinkers, but you don’t want to use the codes, why not sell them on eBay?

This is another instance where you could potentially offer free shipping. Skip it altogether and manually type the codes into a message to the buyer.

my coke rewards

7. Boxtops for Education

Surprisingly enough, you can frequently find bundles of boxtops on eBay. Some schools offer competitions and prizes to classes that collect the most, so parents are looking for cheap ways to get these codes.

It’s wonderful if you choose to donate these codes to one of your local schools, but if you find yourself just throwing them out, stop. Maybe you’d be more tempted to clip them if you could earn some cash for it.

box tops8. Gift Cards

Have you ever gotten a gift card to a restaurant or store you don’t particularly like? Maybe a relative gave you a gift card to some place that isn’t local. What do you do?

You could re-gift the card to someone else. Or you can sell it on eBay.

This also works with PARTIAL gift cards. If you only have a few dollars left, for example, people will still purchase them. They often do not sell for the full value, but this is a way to keep those cards from sitting around and gathering dust.

People purchase used gift cards for many reasons. Perhaps they can like saving a few bucks on the value of the card. Maybe they want to give that card to someone, but don’t have a way to get a card from that store. They may live in another country.

You can offer free shipping on this if you want to email the buyer the code and PIN. Keep in mind you need to be exact in terms of how much is on the card. Sometimes the buyer might also want the physical card.

gift cards

9. Remotes

When your television breaks and you replace it, the remote may still work. Rather than tossing it out with the TV, see if they have any value on eBay.

For every TV that dies, there may be someone out there who broke their remote. Check out these TV remotes for sale.

It helps if you know the specific model TV the remote goes to. Be sure to specify the condition and whether or not you include batteries.

remote control

10. Broken Electronics/Appliances

You can sell broken cellphones, laptops, video game systems, blenders and other items on eBay for quite a bit of money.

All you need to do is be clear the item is NOT working and is intended for parts only. If you are particularly skilled, you can even dismantle items, such as vacuums, and sell the parts individually.

When selling devices for parts, consider your safety, identity and personal information. If you sell an item for parts, you are taking the risk that someone can fix that item. If you used the device for banking, purchasing items online or anything like that, you may not want to sell the item in its entirety.

broken appliances

11. Craft Supplies

Thrift stores often throw out crafting supplies. However, you can find people looking online for vintage patterns, modern patterns, knitting needles, thread, buttons and much more.

Yarn and material can be particularly popular because they are fairly unique and can be difficult to match if you can’t find the exact lot number. Before you toss out that lace and other sewing supplies, take a peek at the listing on eBay.

craft supplies

12. Discontinued Products  

Chances are when an item is discontinued, someone out there is still using it or looking for the parts.

Be sure to try eBay before you toss the item in your yard sale. For example, Coconut M&M’s are selling for CRAZY prices on eBay right now!

coconut m&m'sThis is also a great way to unload old toys. Sometimes people don’t start collecting a certain toy line or their kids aren’t interested until after the item is discontinued.

In some cases, even items with damaged or missing pieces can still be sold on eBay. Just make sure you’re honest.

13. Large Pine Cones

Seriously, 10 large pine cones can get you $6. The best thing about this is if you live in the country, near woods or have pine trees on your property, they’re free! Pine cones are fairly lightweight, which makes them cheap to ship.

Think about other things you may have around your property or area such as real fall leaves which have been pressed/dried. Anyone can do that!

pinecones

14. Used Clothes

Did you realize you can sell your used clothes on eBay?

Keep in mind that this might not earn you big bucks, but it can often earn you more than you would make at a yard sale. Obviously, better name brands sell for more money.

However, common items in great condition sell very well. For example, standard black dress pants may have a good market because many people need them but don’t want to or can’t afford the prices in the store. Children’s clothing tends to sell exceptionally well on eBay.

used clothes

15. Used Toilet Paper Rolls

You probably think I’m joking. I’m totally serious.

Empty toilet paper rolls will sell on eBay because they make great craft supplies for kids. They may not sell for a ton of money… but what else were you planning to do with them?

toilet paper rolls

16. Perfume and Makeup Samples

Whether someone has a favorite product or is looking to try something new, perfume and makeup samples can do well on eBay.

Just be clear with the name and age of the product. How often do you get free samples that you have no intention of using, so you just toss them out?

 

perfume samples

17. Junk

Seriously. Items with the words “junk drawer” are plentiful on eBay.  

Remember the saying, “One person’s trash is another person’s treasure”? Before you dump that junk drawer in the garbage, see if anyone will snag it online.

This can also work for items you may not recognize. Simply include the word “junk” or “miscellaneous” in the listing title.

junk

18. Dentures

Yes, that’s right. Dentures can (and do) sell on eBay.

So if you come across some dentures, maybe you should consider listing them. If you don’t have the dentures themselves, denture supplies like cases and cleaners will also sell.

dentures

19. Empty Perfume Bottles

These are huge hits with crafters, people planning weddings and much more. Often, empty perfume bottles can sell for good cash.

What a great idea for something you’d otherwise just toss! Think about other containers you might be able to sell, too.

empty perfume bottles

20. Vintage Women’s Panties

Panties, as well as other vintage clothing items, can be hot sellers on eBay. You might be surprised how frequently these items are bought and sold.

Before you take all of those old clothes to the thrift store, be sure to check eBay.

vintage panties

21. Magazines  

Current or vintage magazines can sell incredibly well depending on the publication, condition, featured articles and other factors. Even “normal” or “boring” magazines will sell to crafters or collectors.

Be sure to list any specifics in terms of the name, date, volume/issue number and condition. This information will help someone seeking one specific issue. Also, some CATALOGS will sell — check out these American Girl Doll catalogs.

vintage magazines

22. Empty Egg Cartons

Say what? Yes, empty egg cartons will sell on eBay.

Why exactly? They can be used for a variety of things such as crafts or for people who sell eggs.

Because they are lightweight and can easily stack inside one another, they’re fairly easy to ship.

empty egg cartons

23. Old Computer Software

Before you toss out all those old computer games and other CD ROMs from your old devices, take a peek at eBay. It can be very hard to find some of these old CD ROMs and programs. You don’t want to risk losing out on some easy cash!

As an added bonus, even if you no longer have the disc, empty CD and DVD cases can also be sold on eBay.

software

24. Pig-Themed Items

Are you tired of spending lots of money trying to complete your perfect kitchen theme? Chances are other people feel the same way.

Before you give away all those pig-(or rooster-, or cow-, or horse-, or well, you get the idea) themed items, take a peek on eBay and see what they’re going for.

Consider selling a “lot” of themed items rather than individual ones. You’d be surprised what’s selling.

pig items

25. Old Coffee Mugs

If you’re anything like me, coffee mugs seem to just pile up. Go on a trip, get a mug. Friends give you mugs because you drink coffee. Someone sees a coffee mug with your name on it.

You get the idea. Old coffee mugs can be sold on eBay because somewhere someone might be looking for the one you have. People often like to replace their favorite items if they break or wear out. Your mug doesn’t necessarily need to be a collectible.

Some of the most popular coffee mugs to discover are old Starbucks mugs. Next time you are walking around your thrift store, check out the mug section.

old coffee mugs

These are just some of the more unique items you can sell on eBay. Before you get rid of all those dust collectors, make sure you aren’t losing out one some extra cash.

Keep in mind that some of the items on this list may or may not be approved to be sold on eBay. Make sure to double-check the rules on eBay before you list.

Your Turn: Which of these surprised you the most? The dentures one caught me pretty off guard!

This post was originally published at I Am That Lady, where Lauren Greutman writes about getting out of $40,000 in debt by learning how to meal plan. She now teaches others how to meal plan and enjoy life on a budget.

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by I Am THAT Lady
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