4 Tips for Selling Clothes on eBay

Whether you’ve found some great deals at the thrift store or you simply want to clean out your closet to make room for new purchases, selling clothes on eBay can be a great way to put some extra cash in your wallet. Before you start listing clothing items, however, there are a few things you can do to help increase their final value. It may initially take a little extra work on your part, but it can be well worth the payoff.

Here’s what you need to know:


Include the measurements. As any woman who has ever tried on a pair of jeans can tell you, not all clothing sizes are created equally. It’s not enough to merely state that an item is a small, medium, or large. You need to actually take a tape measure and measure the garment. At a minimum, for a shirt you want to let a buyer know what the measurements are from armpit to armpit, the length of the sleeve, and from the back of the neck to the hem. For pants, you want to at least list the measurements for the waist, inseam, and rise.    


Provide an accurate description. Most buyers understand that if you list an item as used or gently worn that it won’t look like it just came off the rack at the department store. If the shirt you are selling has a flaw, however, such as pilling or a stain, let the buyer know. Some sellers also like to use the old adage of describing the item as if there were no pictures. Since the buyer can’t try on the garment, the more you can tell them about it the better the chances that they will want to buy it. Try adding a sentence or two about what the buyer could pair the item with and whether it is casual, suitable for the office or perfect for a night out on the town.


Say it with pictures. There are many tricks to taking good photos, but good lighting is really the key when it comes to capturing the color of the clothing. Natural lighting is best since it won’t make the item appear darker or lighter than it should. If you just can’t capture the true color of the clothing, make sure to inform buyers in your description that the item is darker or lighter than how it appears in the photo. You’ll also want to do your best to make sure the item appears pressed, clean, and nicely arranged in the photo.


Keep the shipping cost down. Some sellers want to maintain appearances by shipping clothing items in boxes, but you can greatly reduce the cost of shipping by using the lightweight paper mailers from the post office, or in some cases the flat rate bubble mailer the USPS provides. Since there is always the possibility that the package could become wet, place the item in plastic before you put it into the mailer. And if you use tissue paper, stick to white so the item won’t become discolored if the tissue paper rubs onto it or gets wet.

This guest post was contributed 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 hosts the popular weekly eCommerce Podcast That Kat Radio and an active Facebook Group ThatKat.


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