I am often asked how to sell kids clothes on ebay so here is my guide.
1. DECIDE WHETHER YOU ARE SELLING TO GET RID OF STUFF (DO STEPS 5, 6 AND 8)
OR SELLING TO MAKE CASH (FOLLOW ALL STEPS)
2. Sort your kids clothes by size (2-3, 3-4 years etc) and season (summer / winter)
3. Freshly Launder, Stain treat and Iron them nicely
4. Sort into
- items you would sell individually (eg ...designer stuff, winter coat, summer dress)
- Items to sell as outfits / sets (eg ... 4 pairs of age 10-11 girls jeans, a matching skirt and jacket set)
- and Items to sell as a bundle (everything else)
4. Count the items (30/40 items is the optimum size bundle for a BIN of £100) and decide on a minimum and maximum price you would expect to pay for them if you were buying them (eg average £1-1.50 and item x 30 items = Start Price of £30 and BIN of £45). You can make the minimum price your start price and the maximum price you BIN price if you wish. If you do not want to have a start price you can of course put your bundle on for 99p and pay for a reserve (the min reserve is £50) if you do not want a reserve you must be aware that you could end up letting 30 items go for under a quid ! - not a great way to make money you will not cover your listing fees. I think it pays to be bold and ask for what you want, it will also make your listing stand out from the crowd.
5. Photograph the clothes in outfits, two or three items per photo, close ups of any pretty details, logos, tags etc - try and make the clothes fill the frame, photograph patterned items against a plain background (laminate floor works well) and plain items against a pattered background - photograph dresses and designer gear on hangers not the floor.
4. Use Auctiva to create a professional listing with 16 photos (for free) and schedule (for free) the auction to start / finish on a weekend 8-9pm
5. Create a great Title - most people search by title so always include GENDER AGE BRANDS CONDITION to get noticed ie Stunning Girls Monsoon Dress age 10-12, Bundle Boys Summer Clothes age 2-3 VGC ...
- Hot Tip USE CAPITAL LETTERS to make your title stand out
- Hot Tip if your item is new with tags you might want to say GIFT in the title ie 'BNWT Next BOYS babygrow age 3-6m NEW BABY GIFT'
- Hot tip - if you have a lot of a popular brand give a % of how much is Next ie: '80%Next' in the title
6. Description - ALWAYS BE HONEST ... Most people will want to know TYPE, BRAND, SIZE, SPECIAL FEATURES and CONDITION (ESPECIALLY DAMAGE).... ie. Button down collar Next Shirt age 8 VGC, Gap Jeans age 7 button adjustable waist worn at the knees.
7. Some people will also want to know measurements so if you really want to do to town eg for individual designer items include waist, inside leg, chest, armpit to wrist etc as appropriate. Otherwise just wait for buyers to ask questions
8. If you are using Auctiva ALWAYS go into revise item in ebay to fill in the item specifics to make sure that your item appears on search engines. This is really important otherwise your listing will simply get lost among the thousands of others.
9. Fold and Pack carefully and wait for the bids to come in - offer collection on bundles if you do not want to post otherwise
You can calculate UK post to cover p&p and your time at £5 per hour as follows
One item of clothing - £2-£3 depending on size
One Outfit - Two to Five Garments - £3.50- £5
Bundle - Five plus garments £5 + £1 per extra large item (jeans not socks etc) up to max £15/£20
GOOD LUCK - RECYCLING CLOTHES IS GOOD FOR THE ENVIRONMENT AS WELL AS YOUR POCKET !!!
NB. It is very hard to make money on 2nd hand baby clothes ! Your best bet is to combine the clothes with a baby bath, carrycot or what ever you do not need anymore and create a starter kit or grandmas bundle.