What kind of stuff do you buy or sell on ebay?

United States
February 18, 2007 3:00am CST
I like to buy baby formula & coupons for formula & diapers on ebay when I can find good deals. I also will buy some baby clothes & maternity clothes & a few other odds & ends, I love finding good deals and saving money whenever I can. I also sell some stuff on there occasionally, like when I get the Sunday paper & have tons of coupons that I won't use or get formula coupons for brands that I dont use like Similac & Good Start (My daughter is on Enfamil) & Huggies diaper coupons, my daughter can only use pampers. I like being able to pass the savings on to someone who can use them as opposed to throwing them away, I feel like its throwing money away. Am I strange or do other people feel like this too? I also sell some clothes & stuff, if they are in like new condition and stuff, and if I go shopping & find a good deal that I can't use sometimes I will go ahead & buy the stuff & put it on ebay to pass the savings along. What about you? Do you use ebay? What do you buy or sell?
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• Canada
19 Feb 07
I once sell perfumes on Ebay and Playmate pictures. It work well for me. I don't sell stuff anymore because the fees are too high for me.
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• United States
19 Feb 07
the fees are becoming a bit rediculous, I racked up $50 in fees in 1 month, at first I didn't realize how high they were & didn't make enough off of the items to cover the listing fees & shipping, I hate having to charge more for an item to cover the fees, but if you don't youll go broke. I like to give the best deal possible.
• United States
19 Feb 07
thanks for the tip :)
• United States
18 Feb 07
I love to sell on ebay. I am mostly into 1950 and 1960 Kitchen collectables. Tupperware, Fabric. I love to go to garage sales and auctions and pick up things that I know my customers will love. If I can make a little on the side and pass on the savings I do. I am a bargain hunter at heart. I buy things that are unique and interesting or things I have sold before. I have bought a few things and have not had but one bad experience. I have sold clothing, dishes, needlework books and tapestry kits. Vintage valentines, game parts fabric, yarn you name it. I even sold a car for my boss. It is so addicting. I do love it and would love to hear more about what you and other mylot members buy and sell on ebay. It is my passion. It is something in life I do for myself. Something that gives me pleasure. One of the best gifts I received for my birthday last year was an Ebay gift certificate from my brother and his girlfriend. He drew my name for Christmas so you can guess what I asked him for.
@loved1 (5338)
• United States
18 Feb 07
What a coincidence! My brother gave me an ebay gift certificate for my birthday too! I thought it was a really great idea.
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• United States
19 Feb 07
that sounds like a great idea, lol, I wish someone would get me one, lol, ofcoarse it would be spent on my kids, probably formula, lol.
@Michele21 (3097)
• United States
21 Feb 07
I sell my kids clothes on Ebay and usually buy them on there also, you can get great deals on them!! I also buy my own jeans...that is pretty much it =) Oh I just bought a pinata on Ebay...my daughters b-day is this weekend and I couldn't find a Barbie 12 Dancing Princess one here in my town so I spend way too much buying one on Ebay...but she was really excited!!
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• United States
21 Feb 07
happy birthday to your daughter! :) Its always worth spending more to make our kids happy :)
@krebstar5 (1267)
• United States
19 Feb 07
The better question here might be "What don't I buy on ebay." I've bought everything from hard to find cds, to clothes, and even bento making supplies. Really, anything that I cannot find locally is something I might look for on ebay. Ebay is also a place I go to to buy used video games. A lot of places sell used games, but it makes me crazy how they will pay a person $15 for a game they turn around and sell for $30. This way, I feel a little better about buying directly from the person...assuming their feedback is good. I have yet to sell anything on ebay out of fear that I will pay for the auction and then no one will buy my stuff. 9 times out of 10 I'll just end up either giving my stuff away or donating it to charity. However, seeing that so many people use ebay to earn some extra cash, I might have to get over my fear and try to make some money for myself.
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• United States
19 Feb 07
I have bought quite a bit too, I am a bargain hunter, I just can't help it, lol, I can not stand to pay full retail price for something when I don't have to, 9 times out of 10 retail is ridiculous. I had a fear of selling too at first, but I bit the bullet & it has worked out well so far *knock on wood* Good Luck, Happy Ebaying!
@greengal (4288)
• United States
19 Feb 07
Hi lilttownmommie, I would like to tell you to be careful when you buy baby formula and other products on eBay, the reason, eBay has been found to be a place for shop lifters to sell their products. I saw it on CNBC just a while ago and have even started a discussion on it. These shop lifters sell the products for less than the manufacturing cost, so we the buyers think it is a very good deal. So just a warning for the next time you buy. You mentioned baby formula, which was one of the items mentioned on the list in the report. These products are stolen in bulk and then sold on eBay. Its called eFencing. I myself have used eBay to buy a lot of stuff like CDs, books and other electronic items. I was shocked to see something like this happens on eBay. I'm gonna be on the lookout as well. Good day!
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• United States
19 Feb 07
thanks for the info, I had no idea, I know that I had been finding excellent deals on formula, but the lots that I buy are 1-2 cans, I have seen whole cases for pretty cheap, but I don't have the space to buy in bulk like that.
@rndistgg (109)
• United States
19 Feb 07
I used to sell anything and everything on ebay. I would go and clean my house picking out stuff I didn't want taking up space and put it all aside and go through it to see what was ebay worthy or garage sale worthy. I've sold pez dispensers, britney spears memerobelia(sp?), chuck e cheese tickets, clothes, hair products, make up, and all kinds of other nick nacks and anything else that I could get a buck for. I'm not that in depth anymore with ebay. Little things I'll just chunck in my garage sale pile and not worry about going through all the trouble to list it on ebay when I'm only getting 50 cents for it. Now I sell mainly clothes or I'll go through my hair and make up products since I am bad about buying tons and never opening it. I rarely buy stuff but I look to buy quite a bit. I usually buy dvd's or clothes/jewelry/shoes/perfume...stuff like that.
• United States
19 Feb 07
I cleaned out our closets about 2 weeks ago & had a ton of clothes to put on ebay, it was time consuming & I racked up a ton of fees, but in the end I think it was worth it because I was able to declutter some, pass on like new clothing to someone else who could use it, and made a little money in which I turned around & spent on formula for my daughter (& got great deals on it too)
• United States
18 Feb 07
I LOVE ebay. I am addcited! :) I buy my kids clohtes on there a lot. A lot of things they wear are off ebay. I can always find great deals in ebay. I also buy my husband's Levis on ebay since I can get new or gently used Levis for about 1/2 price a lot of times. I, too, sell on ebay. Clothing my kids have outgrown or things I find at stores on clearance. It's so easy to make some money on ebay. i found a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse phone (toy) on sell right after Christmas for $2.00 and I sold it on ebay for $25.00! LOL
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• United States
18 Feb 07
wow, that was a major profit lol
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• United States
18 Feb 07
What I buy on ebay: Books sometimes, cell phone accessories, shoes (Skechers!). What I sell: I have a store that sells only temporary tattoos for children and adults. My username (have to plug it while I'm here) is Temptatts4u. I've had the store since December 2001.
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• United States
18 Feb 07
congrats on having a successful store & thanks for your response
@villageanne (8579)
• United States
18 Feb 07
I have purchased many things on ebay. We travel alot and enjoy listening to books on CD. I purchase alot of them at ebay. I also purchase my Grandkids clothes. I purchased a new columbia 3 in 1 parka with liner. It had the tags still on it. I got this 250 dollar parka for 30 bucks and that included postage. I am a bargain shopper. I have never sold anything on ebay. I tend to give our stuff away to family or the local thrift store.
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• United States
18 Feb 07
I can't see myself not being a bargain shopper, its a waste of money to buy things at full price when you dont have too, lol. In the past year I know for sure that I have only purchased 2 items of clothing at full price & that was because they were special, its 2 little matching sun dresses for my daughters, 1 is for my unborn daughter to wear home from the hospital when she is born, the other is for my daughter to wear when I have their 1st pictures done together (the baby will be in her's too) & my son has a white polo shirt to wear with khaki dress shorts, but I was able to get his on sale.
• United States
20 Feb 07
I love Ebay as well! I have an ebay store (www.tiesntotes.com) that I do mostly coupons, childrens clothes, and mens Jerry Garcia ties. As for what I buy, it varies..I buy coupons as well, if its something we use around the house. We also buy DVDs, video games, etc. depending on what we are looking for. I'm always looking for clothes in great condition for my son, usually one size higher than what hes wearing, kids are expensive these days!!
• United States
19 Feb 07
I like to buy old video games (like NES, SNES). Its getting harder to find these types of games in stores so i have to buy them online, of course with the new Nintendo Wii out i may not have to by old games on e-bay aging.
• United States
19 Feb 07
I get quite a bit of scrapbooking stuff on ebay. You can get a good amount of stuff for a good price, cheaper than the stores. I also get movies sometimes, the occassional cd. My husband has bought his collector toys from there. I also get clothes. I have only recently started selling things. Right now, I'm starting out with plus sized women's clothes. I have a lot of fabric and patterns laying around and in the next couple of months, I'm going to be making and putting up for sale plus size women's renn garb, for a reasonable price, instead of the horribly expensive stuff that is there usually.
@cutepenguin (6460)
• Canada
19 Feb 07
I haven't bought anything yet on ebay...just too many choices and I take too long to decide what I want. I plan to buy some yarn there. My husband has bought stuff, though. We've sold collector cards and other little things.
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• United States
19 Feb 07
I enjoyed buying art... ebay can be addictive
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• India
19 Feb 07
Mostly electronic items. Sometimes jewellery also.
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• Canada
19 Feb 07
I love ebay, but I find it very addicting, and often have to take month long breaks, hehe. For buying, I usually will buy stationary stuff on there. Like hello kitty things. I also like to buy toys for my birds on there, and scrapbooking supplies. As for selling, for the most part, I have the best luck selling stickers I'll never use in lots of 1000 stickers at a time. I have lots of luck selling used and new cds - new ones if I listened to someone elses copy, and then the one i ordered comes in the mail (free from music canada) so I end up selling it in mint condition. I have also sold shoes and clothes that were barely worren. I've sold some dog figurines as well...some of those figurines will start at 99 cents, and sell for 15 dollars. crazy. as for coupons, I use an organization called freecycle to get rid of coupons I won't use...or I bring them to work and share with my coworkers.
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@fub21a (197)
• Australia
19 Feb 07
I buy alot of sports memoribilia from .au site but with selling I have a store which I sell NBA Jerseys and Soccer tops.
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@DocterDew (902)
• United States
19 Feb 07
I usually use it to buy used electronics. Is what I like about this is the fact that it doesn't matter if it has been used or not because if it works, it works. You can get them cheaper on here as well. I don't sell anything yet, but when I get a bit older I may start to use it.
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18 Feb 07
I generally sell stuff I no longer need. I cleared out the back room cupboard recently and found a lot of clothes that I will no longer wear. They are all good quality so I am listing them onto eBay. I have also sold off CD's and DVD's that I no longer need, and some of my old ornaments that I have no more space for. I do buy as well as sell on eBay and try to find the more unusual items on eBay
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@crazynurse (7511)
• United States
18 Feb 07
I sold for years on ebay and gradually quit. I used to sell my children's clothes (the ones that were still in excellent condition after they outgrew them) I now pretty much just buy on ebay. I live in Kentucky and of course, there are no Duke items in the stores here! (of course, in the section of Kentucky in which I live there are very few Stores!) I buy my husband's Duke items on ebay and have also bought clothes for my teens, books, handbags, perfume, a pool table! (my largest purchase) and much more! I love ebay!