You can make money flipping most things if people are willing to pay for it. But you don’t want to waste your time trying to flip something people don’t want. Or worse, flip something to find out it’s only worth a few bucks.
So, what items should you flip that’ll be worth your time?
If you’re not sure, keep reading, because in this article I’m going to show you the 25 best things to flip for quick and easy cash. These are the same strategies I used to bring in hundreds of dollars in extra money.
So, if you’re looking to make some extra money by finding cheap items and selling them for a profit, you’ll love these tips, strategies, and techniques.
Let’s get started!
Best Items to Resell for Profit
1. Records and Record Players
Vinyl records were nearly dead a few years ago because digital music was much easier for recording and playback purposes. However, thanks to several purists, music listeners now know that records sound much better than digital music. Additionally, there is this undeniably cool feeling about playing retro records on a turntable.
Depending on their availability in the market, vinyl records can sell for between $250 and $500 (autographed records sell for a lot more). On the other hand, record players sell for much less, unless of course, you have a limited or foreign edition.
Before you start pawning your vinyl records at your local thrift shop, try to research your own online. In some cases, records are bought for pennies at the local thrift stores while they would have sold for a lot more on the internet.
2. Wooden Furniture
Well designed wooden furniture will remain very usable even when its finish looks all disheveled after all those years. Since it is still usable, you can quickly restore wooden furniture with some wood stain and sandpaper. In some cases, you might need a fresh coat of paint to make it look brand new.
Secondhand furniture sellers typically recommend flipping the item for 20% off the piece’s original retail price. However, some experts suggest that on platforms like eBay, Craigslist, and Etsy, a lower price will automatically speed up sales and move inventory quickly.
Are you in a hurry, or do you wish to make the most of your antique furniture?
3. Strollers and Baby Items
Parents who have two children often reuse most of their first baby’s items and strollers for the second child. Umbrella strollers, joggers, doubles, singles, and many more items come in handy the second time around.
However, both children outgrow these items, and they either end up in storage or in the dumpster.
If you have any baby items and strollers lying around that are in great shape, all you need to do is give them a nice wash and sell them online to new parents. To decide on a price, you should try browsing through similar models on Craigslist or eBay. If there are multiple alternatives for your stroller, we would suggest attracting buyers by setting a lower price.
On the other hand, some baby items and strollers may belong to a higher end of products or may even be very hard to find in local stores. If this is the case, then you can use the same e-commerce platforms to demand top dollar.
4. Retro and Vintage Clothing
Some clothes never seem to go out of styles, such as a little black dress or a nice pair of jeans. Other clothing items go in and out of style and often experience a sudden resurgence in demand. The main reason for the increase in demand is because the style hasn’t been sold for years.
When you own a nice evening gown from the ’60s or a tweed blazer from the ’40s, it might be worth restoring and selling it online. Similarly, ephemera garments can also be flipped for excellent profit margins. For example, a T-shirt that was manufactured for a specific band tour or clothing item was used for a popular film.
Best Things to Flip on eBay
5. Mobile Phone & Accessories
We live in a world where technologies are rapidly evolving while consumers are looking to keep up to date. This is why mobile phones and their accessories are one of the top-selling products on eBay. According to statistics, items under mobile phones and accessories have listed an average of 666 times. Also, iPhone and Samsung products are the most popular categories to be linked to.
It’s not uncommon for a mobile phone in good condition to sell for up to $1,000. If your mobile phone accessories hold the brand Apple, Otterbox, Mybat, Storm Buy, or Spigen, you should definitely sell them at a premium price. In other cases, it would be a good idea to refer to similar product listings before deciding on a price.
6. Video Games
Video game consoles and video games are among the best selling items on eBay. You could either choose to sell recently released games at a lower price on classic titles or retro consoles at a higher price.
As per eBay’s video game listings, 118 items are sold for an average price ranging from $4.99 to $88. This means the average price one can expect by flipping video games is approximately $25. Previously, Final Fantasy 2 and Super Ninja Boy for SNES had sold for $2,000 each, whereas Donkey Kong 3 for NES was bought for $5,350.
To give you an example of what the market is like for retro games, and Asian release of Super Mario Bros had been listed on eBay with an asking price of a whopping $25,000!
7. Home and Garden Products
Used home and garden products qualify as one of the best selling categories on eBay because of their demand from consumers. So much so that some items, including plant pots, cushions, lamps, and old wall prints, are quickly snagged off by homeowners.
In 2018, a vendor listed a couple of used sets of bed sheets that were made from premium Egyptian cotton. Their products managed to become the top-selling item in their category, but they were among the 40,000 units that managed to generate over half a million dollars in eBay sales.
Commonly, home decor items such as sofas, coffee tables, and lighting have an average selling price of around $55. Of course, specialty items such as Dirt Devil vacuum cleaners and high-end gas-powered generators should be listed at a higher price.
8. Computers and Tablets
Both computers and tablets are necessary at the office and at home to help users get their work done faster. For this reason, used tablets and computers are experiencing an improvement in sales compared to new product releases. In this category, computer printers, laptops, and scanners are among the top-selling items on eBay.
The average selling price for computers and tablets is $135 but products such as Asus, Kocaso, Ghia, Samsung, and Apple have a higher resale value. In terms of demand, Apple iPads tend to sell the quickest and a used Pro 3rd Generation (256 GB) was also famously sold within 30 days for an average price of $799.
Best Things to Flip on Amazon
Have you been putting off selling your huge pile of books because you’re worried people prefer their Kindle or iPad versions instead? Well, reconsider because paperback books are popular today as they were a decade ago, if not more.
Books have sold on Amazon for 1,000% of their original retail price. The reason is that these books are scarce or because the book you’re selling is a collector’s edition. Of course, this wouldn’t really apply to books that are readily available on Kindle and other platforms.
For this reason, you will be more successful if you set a lower price and advertise a big box clearance sale.
10. Baby Items
Baby items deserve another mention because as long as we are procreating, people are going to need baby items. Another great reason this category is profitable is that babies quickly outgrow their belongings. Therefore baby items are barely used so you can sell them as like-new items.
Baby items are already quite inexpensive, durable, and lightweight, making them easy to transport or restore until they look brand new. Again, take a look at price ranges of similar baby items on Amazon before deciding on a price.
Also, you could sell large quantities of baby items to make a higher profit.
11. Clothing, Shoes & Jewelry
Workout clothing, also known as activewear, is one of the hottest selling items on Amazon. But you have to choose the perfect time to sell your used yoga pants. For instance, people tend to exercise during summer months or right after the New Year because of a resolution.
Similarly, precious jewelry, jewels, and gems are also consistently in hot demand. Your profit margin here could even reach a staggering 50%. All you need to do is learn how to take advantage of long-tail keywords, and you will begin driving interested audiences directly to your used wearable items and accessories.
12. Electronic Items and Accessories
Another great category of used items to flip on Amazon are electronic items since people love staying up to date on techy gadgets at a budget-friendly price. What’s in it for you is that there are thousands of categories and subsets to market your items, and each of these can be sold via Amazon’s lower commission fee of 8% as opposed to 15% for other things.
To make the most of used electronic items and accessories, you need to read up on the different methods of appealing to potential consumers, focusing on brand names or prices.
Best Things to Flip on Craigslist
Most consumers don’t wish to face the hassle of shipping large bikes, which is why Craigslist is the best place to sell used bicycles. All you need to do is give your bike a gentle wash and then check to see whether their shifters and brakes are working.
A growing number of people are switching to bicycles during the Covid-19 lockdown, and for this reason, you don’t necessarily have to worry about demand. Instead, you’d be better off giving some thought to what pricing strategy you are going to use. For instance, a specialized mountain bike with a retail price of $4000 can easily be flipped for $1500 – even after 3 years of use.
Flipping furniture is another very effective strategy to earn money on Craigslist, and some genuinely designed pieces of furniture can really outlive modern masterpieces. With minimal elbow grease, you can make these pieces of furniture look brand new. All you need is some repainting, re-staining, and re-varnishing.
The more effort you put into renewing your old piece of furniture, the higher your price. Additionally, the amount you pitch can also depend on factors such as heaviness and craftsmanship.
15. Yard Equipment
Electric and gas yard tools and equipment are trendy selling items on Craigslist because they are either too heavy or too big to be sold on any other platform. Also, most yard equipment just lies around your garage and comes in handy once in a blue moon. For this reason, you should try running these tools just to make sure they still work.
Once you start flipping yard equipment on Craigslist, you’ll find that flowerpots and other similar items can quickly be sold for as high as $200. However, electronic items can be sold for a higher price considering they were higher-end models when they were brand new.
Appliances are another popular category on Craigslist, mainly because of the sheer variety of items in demand. Plus, if you upgrade your fridge, dryer or washer, you shouldn’t just throw the old ones away. You’ll be surprised to find that people also flip broken appliances for low prices and let’s be honest, something is better than nothing.
If you fix these appliances before selling them, you can quickly charge a price that is higher than its resale value in the market. Alternatively, you could also pitch a lower price than the price of a brand new appliance in the same category.
Cars are an EXTREMELY popular category on Craigslist since these listings are absolutely free. Most other car e-commerce websites such as Autotrader and Cars.com charge variable listing fees since you are using their advertising channel. Craigslist, on the other hand, charges absolutely nothing.
Granted, flipping cars can be a massive headache when compared to other items on this list, but it’s a great way to get the quotes to start rolling in. Of course, there isn’t one definitive method of pricing your used cars, but you can always use the saved listing fee to make your car look brand new.
Best Things to Flip on Facebook Marketplace
18. Event Tickets
The Facebook Marketplace has a great new algorithm that can work really well for event tickets. This algorithm is designed to increase the number of potential attendees of the event by increasing the number of people who can discover and purchase your tickets.
Additionally, the Facebook Marketplace has made it easier for event-goers to purchase tickets online since they wouldn’t even have to leave Facebook for the transaction. Some experts say that this particular benefit has increased the price elasticity of ticket consumers, and therefore, you could sell tickets for a handsome mark-up. Of course, a prerequisite for this would be if the event had a decent demand.
19. Sporting and Workout Equipment
Brand-new sporting and workout equipment is quite expensive, and as long as your used equipment is in great shape without deterioration, tears, rips, and wear, you can quickly flip them for a profit. You see, most people start off on sports or work outlook for cheap goods to buy on Facebook Marketplace and aren’t going to be brand conscious for their new hobby.
The price you’re planning on pitching on Facebook Marketplace should be in the sweet spot between a new product and other similar used products. Of course, it should go without saying that unpleasant smells and any signs of sweat will be a definite deal-breaker.
20. Garden and Outdoor Furniture
Garden and outdoor furniture are more prone to form signs of environmental damage as opposed to indoor furniture. For this reason, most homeowners look for cheaper alternatives that are neither too fancy nor too bleak to shatter the overall outdoor or garden ambiance you have going on.
Using the Facebook Marketplace, you can efficiently market your old patio or garden furniture for a small income because people aren’t willing to pay too much for them. Of course, you could touch-up these pieces of furniture wherever their paint may have chipped off or use rust remover if some items have turned reddish-brown over the years.
21. Kids’ Toys
If your children have outgrown their toys and are trying to de-clutter your home, Facebook Marketplace is probably the best place to list them. This platform has no listing fee for starters, which makes it a better option than dedicated toy resale websites.
Additionally, if these toys are durable and in excellent shape, you can also post attractive pictures of these items to capture more attention. Unless you’re selling highly elaborate toys such as a premium dollhouse, you cannot ask for a premium price for kids’ toys. Alternatively, you can sell toys as bundle items with a mark-up on each toy in the bundle.
Best Things to Flip at Thrift Stores
22. Designer Brands
Thrift store selling doesn’t always profit because many people visit these online stores because they are cheap. However, it is quite possible to make a profit if you have brand name garments or accessories such as Gucci, Michael Kors, Calvin Klien, DVF, or Coach.
Some people also auction-off these brand name items looking to maximize their profits. However, if you don’t wish to auction these items, you could also combine some of the same branded items such as winter wear, summer clothes, or maternity clothes and sell them at a higher profit than lower-end items. Of course, a bundle of the same items is more likely to capture attention than just one designer shirt.
In our experience, collectibles tend to sell the fastest, and this could include anything fans may be looking for on the internet, such as American Girl Dolls, Furrybones, Funko Pop! And Beanie Babies.
Also, during the Covid-19 crisis, collectibles and sports memorabilia had set a record high demand since collectors and investors were looking for worthy assets to invest in. For instance, a scarce Pokémon card had sold online for a massive $100,000!
If you have any collectibles that you are planning on selling, you should first get a valuation from an expert. Who knows, you could probably be on the verge of making a huge profit if collectors are ready to invest in your belongings.
24. Board Games
Some board games are also considered to be collectibles, and they also tend to sell very quickly online. For instance, The Office Trivia Game was initially sold on eBay for around $20. Now, however, it has a fixed selling price of $70, and people are actually willing to spend top dollar to get their hands on these games.
Another great example is the Star Wars Monopoly Board Game. The standard Monopoly game was fun, but if you have this Star Wars 40th Anniversary Collector’s Edition, you will be making a massive profit online.
Clothing items that still have their tags are proof that these items were never used and hence can attract more potential consumers than evidently used pieces of clothing. Platforms such as Poshmark, SidelineSwap, Amazon, eBay, and Craigslist are great options to flip items for easy cash.
If you have clothing items lying around which, perhaps, you received as a gift and were too skinny or too large for your liking, you can always give them to someone who could make use of them for a small profit. For instance, a shirt that still has a tag of $50 can be sold for a $50 profit if you use your cards right.
Final Thoughts on Best Things to Flip
I just showed you 25 of the best things you can flip to make some extra money. Now, I’d like to hear from you.
Which of the 25 on this list will you try to flip? Or, are there other good items that can be flip that weren’t listed?
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