Casually selling my old clothes on Ebay: fool's game, or viable option?
October 3, 2013 1:05 PM Subscribe
I'm cleaning out my closet, and I've got a small number (~30pcs) of garments and shoes that seem of saleable quality. Do I have any chance of getting these things sold on Ebay without inordinate amounts of hassle and time? Or is the used-clothes auction business strictly for high-volume, full-time pros? If anybody's done this, I'd love to hear about your experience.
posted by Bardolph to shopping (17 answers total) 26 users marked this as a favorite
The things in question are all attractive, in excellent condition, and from decent mall-level brands (e.g., Ann Taylor, Clark's, etc.-- original cost was probably $50-$80 per item). And I'm not looking to make a fortune or wring every last bit of value from them, just make maybe $10-$15 apiece so I can feel justified in getting rid of the stuff and stop kidding myself that I will someday magically begin to fit into/like it.
Obviously there's a healthy trade in old clothes on Ebay, but I'm wondering just how accessible that market is to a casual seller. With no seller ratings on my record, and with no access to economies of scale in listing/ packaging/ shipping, does the cost-benefit ratio still work out favorably, or is this likely to be a huge time suck with very little payoff? Any anecdata would be much appreciated!