Selling Medicine Cabinet Items on eBay and Amazon

Many eBay and Amazon sellers have made thousands of dollars selling things that are generally found in the average home’s medicine cabinet. There are several reasons why a fairly common over the counter medication will suddenly spike in price and make arbitrage possible.


One reason is just geography. Several clients who sell in this category have told me their largest customers are outside the USA. Other customers are from very rural areas with limitations for shopping. Still others are disabled or simply too busy to go from store to store and would rather pay a higher price to have their medicine delivered to their home.


There are lots of other reasons, ranging from discontinued medications, to a change in packaging or formula, to a company stopping production for an ingredient change, or even the unavailability of one ingredient, or even the plant that manufacturers the product has a problem, or is being moved.


The one reason you need to watch for and stay away from is a recall situation. If a company issues a recall for a specific run of medicine, or even all of it, do NOT try to resell that item. First, it is illegal and against the rules on ALL marketplaces and second, it’s just the wrong thing to do.


If you are unsure why something is selling or curious, like me, the easiest way to get information is to Google for a news site with the story or call the company 800 numbers and ask. If it is a recall, you will be warned and if it’s a temporary situation, you’ll be in the know as to how long you have to make money on this product.


One other thing to beware of in this category is to watch the expiration dates. With Amazon, the products must be 90 days out at least from their expiration date to be allowed on site. EBay simply requires them to be sold before they expire.


Now, would you like some examples? Here’s a bonus but beware, these are things that HAVE been profitable, I can’t predict the future!


  • Excedrin Migraine
  • Benefiber Powder
  • Bayer AM
  • Bayer Heart
  • Pepcid
  • HeadOn



Do you have stories about your sales? Please share below!


This guest post is by Kat Simpson. Kat is a trusted eCommerce author, speaker, educator, and entrepreneur. Kat Simpson has been a successful eCommerce merchant for over 10 years; is an eBay Education Specialist and Gold Level PowerSeller, as well as a successful Amazon merchant. Currently Kat is the co-host of popular weekly eCommerce Podcast FBARadio.


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