So, the first question we have to ask ourselves is, what the heck are hardgoods?! Well, for our purposes here, hardgoods are any non-clothing items that can be sold on eBay. Backpacks, appliances, electronics, cookware, books, games, collectibles, and what have you. While clothing is a great way for people to start out with (since there's so much of it) it's worth noting that anyone who makes a lot of money reselling on eBay either switches predominantly to hardgoods or lists clothing in extremely high volumes (often with hired help). While it's not practical for most people to source only one or the other, we hate to see people limit themselves to clothing and miss out on all the hardgoods profits. If anyone sources their goods mainly from thrift stores and encourages sticking to one type of item (shoes for example) you can rest assured that they are leaving tons of money on the table. Choosing to stick with only one item is super great if you're lazy however as it assures that you can simply stagnate instead to learning and growing. Assuming that you're interested in kicking butt and taking names, let's continue!
Clothing vs. Hardgoods
As much as we love diversification, clothing holds many general advantages over hardgoods
Remember that sales are biased bases on the area you source in and the items you gravitate toward
Finding Profitable Hardgoods
Notes: Vintage stereo receivers go for a pretty penny and this one is the cream of the crop. If we had been able to fully test it (or have it gone through at a shop) we would have priced it in the $1200 range. As is, it sold in 3 days. Although we did have to endure a ton of bull crap offers within that time.
Notes: Genuine leather from Coach? A no brainer. Finding items like this is pretty much picking up money off the ground.
Notes: High quality laptop and sidebags are always worth going through. If you're in a hurry, avoid the huge mass of generic black leather (or faux leather) bags and only check the canvas or brown leather bags.
Notes: This item we actually pulled straight out of the dumpster at our storage unit. It was as simple as seeing it, looking it up, and grabbing it. We just had to deal with an extremely ornery buyer who thought that "ask seller for a shipping quote" meant free shipping.
Notes: To be honest, I expected this to sell faster and for more money. It sat around for almost a year before we discounted it and it sold. In hindsight, I would source dishes if they only sell at this price point. They are too time consuming and expensive to ship.
Notes: This item we didn't have to put any effort into finding. I got it as a high-school graduation present and held on to it for sentiment's sake for a couple years too long. Although we didn't directly source it, there are a significant number of people who make a living sourcing only phones, iPods, and similar items from their local craigslists/classifieds. Electronics typically sell for a very predictable amount and so you can know extremely accurately the amount of profit you can get from each purchase.
Notes: Real leather planners, binders, calendars, etc sell very well. The type of people who insist on carrying them also seem to be the kind of people who get stuck on a specific brand. Check out the inserts from this same brand that we also found and sold (keep scrolling).
Notes: Whether you find them at thrift store or in classifieds, cameras can be a great flip. Just be sure to test them thoroughly! This one was Kristie's so we were sure that it was fully functional and it good condition.
Notes: Never hear of it...looked it up....saw they were expensive...listed it and sold it 12 hours later.
Notes: If you're the special brand of weirdo that will only use a certain brand of planner, your are very limited to the refills/inserts that you can use. One they are discontinued you are faced with either making your own copies (ghetto/thrifty) or buying refills on eBay (good for sellers, expensive for you). These took a couple of weeks to sell.
Notes: Once you know the look and feel of high quality leather, you will never want for bag and purses to sell.
Notes: Vintage curling irons and other cosmetic tools sell extremely well. The stranger (more unique) the better.
Notes: We're still not sure what this is. We sourced it from eBay while looking through penny auctions ending soon. Once we got it, we used the "Sell Similar" function from the listing we bought it from (as it already had all the details filled in) took better pictures, and put in on a BIN.
Notes: If you've ever had to purchase a knee brace (or an ankle brace, surgical boot, elbow brace, etc) from the hospital then you'll understand whey there is such a demand for lightly used products. Insanely expensive to buy new, used knee braces typically sell quickly for us.
Notes: Many small retain companies has price alerts on eBay which give them a notification when specific items within a certain price range are listed. Such was the case here and these sold to a brick & motor retailer within 5 minutes of being listed.
Notes: Like many quality hardgoods, we had to pay up for these. We bought them from a local church sale but were happy to fork over the $30 as we know they would sell well and fast.
Notes: In case you're unaware, eBay actually has a function in their search which allows you to scan barcodes and see the items for sale. For some reason, copies of LOST on DVD were way more expensive that blue-ray copies so we picked this up and they sold just before Christmas.
Notes: Strange vintage backpack? Sounds like money to us.
Notes: a VCRs, tuners, receiver, and similar items are big sellers for us. The great thing is, you don't actually have to know anything about any of them! You simply type the model number into eBay and sell if it sells well. If it does, you can simply list it by using the "Sell Similar" function on a sold listing that already has all the specs put in!
Notes: This is another one that we sourced off of eBay. We knew that it would be a slow sale so we put in on a BIN and sent it to storage to wait. If you are content to play the waiting game, you can win auctions for items that are very valuable but have low demand that were foolishly put on auction by their seller.