Never know what to look out for in car boot sales? This guide tells you all you need to know to up your game on eBay and scour car boots effectively.
It's also worth mentioning that having your smartphone on you is a good idea as you can search eBay for completed listings whilst shopping to see whether you will make a profit or not.
So, what to buy at boot sales to sell on eBay:
If you have any gamer friends or loved ones then they're definitely worth bringing along! Things to keep an eye out for are unique games that seem out of the ordinary, gaming sets like Sims or old US games that are quite old. As always, check for the same item on eBay in the sold section to see whether they're worth purchasing and what prices you should be aiming for. Old consoles are also worth keeping an eye out for!
It's possible to pick clothes up for as little as 20p or 50p at car boot sales. It's a good idea to look out for anything brand new and with the label still attached, especially size 18+. If you're lucky, you can find brands such as Bonmarche, Next, Dorothy Perkins and even Topshop!
A little tip if you have a big profit margin immediately, is to add international bidding to your auctions. They'll hopefully skyrocket! Alongside clothes, Irregular Choice and Clarks shoes are worth looking out for.
For Lego, you have to know which sellers are most promising. Most families know the value of Lego and won't necessarily offer you a good deal. It's the “house clearance” sellers that may be selling Lego by the bag full and they are who you should look out for. This is the same case when buying from Facebook groups.
Always ask (and if possible double check) if sets are complete though as if pieces are missing, this could seriously reduce the price you can ask for on eBay.
Makeup and cosmetics:
Anything that is new or has a high retail price is worth looking out for. Brands like MAC, Philosophy, Benefit, Lush, Nails Inc and OPI are good examples of what to look out for too.
Note however that it won't sell for as high if the products are fake so identify some key trademarks of fake products before setting out. You don't want to waste your time or money even if it's only £1!
Wallpaper – look for a brand such as Laura Ashley, or something still sealed that looks kitcshy.
Warhammer models – rare but they are possible to find!
Ink cartridges – if they're genuine and around the 50p-£1 mark then they'll often sell for a lot more on eBay.
Badge it makers – you can often make £10+ profit from them if you manage to pick them up for around 50p-£2
- Haggle, but be reasonable. If you're happy with a price then just pay up!
- Check items carefully – don't get so excited at finding a cheap item that you grab it straight away, make sure it's intact!
- Keep your buying ‘float' separate from your normal spending money.