Buying and Selling on eBay – What’s Out There?

Most of my posts are aimed at experienced eBay and Amazon sellers, but today’s post is a guest post from Scott Kaplan. Scott sells sports memorabilia and his article is just s short review about what’s selling on eBay for the occasional new reader who finds this blog.  You can learn more about Scott at the end of the article.

Buying and Selling on eBay – What’s Out There?

It’s the go-to site to find just about anything and has been called ‘the world’s biggest garage sale.’ Whether you’re a buyer or a seller, eBay offers a fantastic platform for both.

Not every seller on eBay is an individual selling his or her ‘old stuff.’ Many of the stores on eBay are well-known, brick-and-mortar businesses that sell brand new items. Many of the stores have generous discounts, free shipping, great return policies and even guarantees.

Clothing and Accessories

If you have children, you know how fast they outgrow their cute – and pricy – little outfits. Sometimes, they have only worn the item a handful of times and are still in great shape.

Some eBay sellers offer ‘lots’ of clothing. Lots can be anything from two or three designer pieces to 40 gently used items from Old Navy.

New or used, you can find almost anything:

  • Baby items
  • Men’s and women’s clothing and accessories
  • Handbags
  • Shoes

Not all the clothing on eBay is secondhand, however. Those brick-and-mortar businesses are everywhere, and so are the great deals. You can even find authentic designer duds – including Gucci, Betsy Johnson, Ralph Lauren and more.





Sports Memorabilia

If you’re a sports nut, eBay is a haven for sports memorabilia. Football, baseball, basketball, hockey, tennis – you name it. If it’s a sport, there is memorabilia out there for you.

  • Trading cards
  • Autographed baseballs and footballs
  • Autographed jerseys
  • Vintage items
  • Signed photos

The most important thing to look for when buying sports memorabilia of any kind on eBay is a certificate of authenticity, or COA for short. The big names to look for are GAI, PSA/DNA, Steiner, JSA, Upper Deck and Topps.

Game-used baseballs or signed football memorabilia can be a great addition to an existing collection or a great ‘starter’ piece to begin a new collection.

Sports memorabilia also makes a great gift. An authentic jersey or baseball signed by an all-time favorite player is a unique gift for the person that has everything. They will cherish and display their gift proudly – and think of you every time they look at it.

A recent item sold on eBay:   

This is a sketch from Andrew Luck, one of the most talked-about NFL rookies – and Peyton Manning’s replacement. It’s a great example of the type of one-of-a-kind sports memorabilia items that can be found on eBay.


If you’re an avid reader, eBay can easily become your personal discount bookstore. This is especially useful if you’re like me – you like turning actual pages, read books more than once and are notorious at the library for always returning them late.

If you have a favorite author, and who doesn’t, you’re really in business. You can find everything from the entire Twilight or Hunger Games series to a stack of Stephen King novels.

Obscure Parts

We have all found ourselves in a situation where something we need on a regular basis calls it quits. Sometimes it needs replacing, but sometimes all it takes to be up and running again is a simple, inexpensive part. This is where the internet can be your best friend.

For example, I recently found myself with a leaking carpet cleaner. Brand new, they are $200 and up. Yes, it was an older machine, but other than the leaking tank, it worked great.

I headed over to eBay. Not only did I find the tank, but I found a better one with a better design – and at around $35, I saved a ton of money.

Selling on eBay – A Few Tips

Spending money can be fun, but making money is even better. If you’re interested in selling items on eBay, there are a few things to consider before you dive in:

  • High-quality, high-resolution pictures are essential
  • Know what your item is worth – many people will try to ‘lowball’ on best offers
  • Full disclosure is important – be honest and point out any flaws
  • Be friendly and professional
  • Wait until payment clears to ship, then ship promptly

New items pop up on eBay by the hour. You never know what you might run across. You can bid on items in hopes of getting a great deal or use the ‘buy it now’ option when available, which is great when you don’t want to wait for an auction to end.

About the Author

Scott Kaplan is a passionate sports fan who grew up where sports are a big part of life – New York. Not only is he a big fan, but he is also a collector of sports memorabilia and can always appreciate a great deal and a great signed jersey, whether it’s from a rookie or a Hall-of-Famer. Read more about Scott and his tips for buying sports memorabilia at


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