eBay Niche Product – Company Logo Clothing and Giveaways
by: Skip McGrath
I got this idea from one of my customers who lives in Silicon Valley.
Over the years going to trade shows, parties and events she found she had a
collection of T-shirts, polo shirts, hats, pens and other things with
company logos on them. They were mostly from companies such as IBM, Apple,
Oracle, and Netscape and so on. One day she was cleaning out her closet and
decided since she never wore them she would put them on eBay.
I also looked for other high-priced t-shirts and logo goods. You don’t
have to live in silicon valley. I saw T-shirts selling from insurance
companies, airlines, railroads, trucking companies, movies, drug companies
and almost every type of company you could think of. Not all of them
commanded prices over $40 or $50, but lots of them were selling in the $10
to $25 range. When you consider that most people get them for free, or that
you can buy them at a thrift shop for under $1.00, that is a pretty good
There is a large chain of used clothing stores located around the US
called Value Village in the West and Midwest and Savers in the East. You can
find a store locator here. The last time I was there I found three concert
T-shirts, two from ZZ Top and one from an Elton John concert. I sold the
Elton John T-Shirt for $49 and the ZZ Top T-shirts went for $27 and $23.
They cost me 50-cents each. That is a pretty good markup. I also found an
eBay Live T-Shirt from New Orleans that I hadn’t worn. I put in on eBay and
it sold for the BIN price of $29 the first day. I think I paid $9.99 for it.
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