How To Sell Trainers & Shoes For Big Money On eBay!

selling shoes on ebay

Ever since my reselling journey started I have always loved flipping shoes. They can be a very nice addition to that 60-day selling total on eBay! Throughout this post I will try to outline some of the things to look for, I will also cover the following:

  • What brands to look for (including my top 3 right now)
  • What markings and numbers can help you on the shoe
  • What conditions to avoid and look for
  • How to package and ship
  • How to spot fakes!
  • Wrap up and time for you to get started

Hopefully this guide can help you if you are out sourcing or maybe just having a clear out of your own. Either way don’t dismiss “old and tatty” shoes or trainers. Chances are if they are a quality brand then they will clean up well and sell for a nice profit.

I always keep an eye out but there are some brands that I especially like to buy. Lets dive in to this post and hopefully you can take something from it and start to sell some shoes of your own!

A quick couple of shout outs before we begin. I would like to thank the UK Reselling Group on Facebook, a massive wealth of knowledge here and without this group I would not be selling half of the things I sell today. Another shout out is to a chap who goes by the name of Joe Pennies – you can check out his YouTube channel here. I highly recommend subscribing in if reselling is your thing. He has been a huge influence especially in the world of trainers!

What Brands of Trainers / Shoes To Look For?

Most charity shops and car boot sales will have an abundance of crap shoe brands that are not worth picking up. But more often than not they will have brands that are worth a second look.

Here are my personal favourite brands that I always look out for and have previously sold.

  • Converse
  • Nike
  • Adidas
  • Loake
  • Asics
  • Vans
  • Ugg

Probably nothing really surprising on that list really is there? But most of these are actually quite common depending on where you source. I hardly source anywhere outside of my main village and I pick up at least 4 or 5 pairs from this list of brands each month. Not much I know but later I will show you one pair from this brand that sold for £120 – used!

You can obviously do a completed listing search on eBay and you will get a load more ideas of brands that sell well.

Remember to select the following filters if you are doing a completed listings search:

  1. Condition: Used
  2. Buying Format: Buy It Now (Higher prices)
  3. Price Range: Over £20
  4. Show Only: Sold

This will give you plenty of results. Change the search term from “trainers” to “shoes, women’s shoes, men’s shoes,” and see what different results it throws up. Then add the filters I have suggested above.

Out of the brand list above my personal top 3 are Adidas, Nike and Converse. I have had loads of pairs of these 3 brands and they ALL sell well all year round.

My biggest trainer sale to date was a pair of Hadaway Foamposite Nike Basketball boots. They were in amazing condition and I paid £10 for them. There were no listings on eBay at the time but I knew from researching on other sites that these were rare. About 3 weeks after listings I made the sale of £120 and the buyer paid straight away and was very happy with his purchase. Not a bad return at all….

Hardaway Foamposites Nike

The great thing about Nike and Adidas is that they usually have an ID number under the tongue or inside the shoe. You can simply type “Brand + ID number” into Google and you will find the exact design and name of the shoe. This helps when listing and researching.

People will often pay a premium for “dead” stock (designs that are no longer made) – again, this is a reason I like these brands in particular as they have collectors that want these designs.

Below are two Adidas sales from dead stock designs.

The green Gazelles went for around £40 and the Roms sold for £71 (best offer price)

green adidas gazelles

dead stock adidas roms

These were both under a fiver each so just these 3 sales alone brought me in over £200 for under £20 investment.

What Markings And Numbers Can Help You?

As I mentioned above, the top trainer brands will have ID numbers inside the shoe. Often under the tongue on the label.

Nike for example have a design ID number on the label of the shoe. Below is an example.

So if I was to type into Google “NIKE 651545-017” you would get the results on the shoe.

(5 Points to anyone who can tell me the name of the shoe above then….. using the number – let me know in the comments section!!)

This will give you the name of the shoe which is again useful for pricing and listing yours.

Other brands such as Adidas also have a similar number system.

Some shoes the markings are on the inside. More formal shoes such as Loake for example have the makings inside on the sides. This is usually where the size is located too as is the style of shoe.

These McQueen Loakes I sold had the name inside as with the size and width which was identified with a letter.

mens mcqueen loake

What Conditions To Avoid And Look For?

Condition is really important when it comes to selling used shoes on eBay. Dirt does not matter – that can be cleaned but any holes or tears in the canvas etc should be avoided all together. You want to sell a wearable shoe that your customers can appreciate so make sure they are in good condition.

As I mentioned don’t be put off if they are not clean. I have picked up some really bad looking pairs of shoes and especially football boots over the last few months but with a bit of elbow crease and some Cif they come up great!

how to clean trainers

WARNING: DO NOT CLEAN THE CANVAS OR COLOURED SECTIONS OF THE SHOES WITH CIF. IT WILL STRIP THE COLOUR. ONLY USE IT FOR THE RUBBER RIMS. (Side of sole)

(When using Cif take it easy on your hands it can burn a bit – use gloves if you’ve got them….)

Some pairs, like Converse etc also do really well after a low temp wash in the washing machine.

These converse below were in a really bad state (dirt) when I bought them. They were only on sale for a £1. But after a few minutes with a cloth and some Cif the rubber rims on these came up like new!

converse all stars sold

Other than that, good old soapy water and a cloth will do the trick with most.

How To Package And Ship

People have their own preferences with this but I will tell you how I pack my used sold trainers. (New usually have a box so we wont go into that).

All I do is wrap the shoes in bubble wrap then put them into a poly mailer.

Do yourself a favour and invest in a bundle of 12 x 16 poly mailers from eBay and pop them into your packaging supplies. You will use them. You can grab a pack of 20 or so for under a fiver usually.

I like to keep my packaging simple but effective. You may remember I also recommended these poly mailers in the How To Sell Ties For Profit post.

How To Spot Fakes

Its becoming increasingly harder now to spot fakes as the “fake market” is getting so damn good at the copies. I recently won a pair of Adidas Yeezy Boost 350’s at a local auction near me. I thought i had hit the jackpot as the I won the lot for £22. These retail for hundreds and there were pairs on eBay going for around the £450 mark.

They were brand new in a box with tags and everything. They had the Adidas logo and everything looked 100% genuine.

adidas yeezy boost 350 fake

But something about them seemed too good to be true, and I was unfortunately right. The letters SPLY-350 were the wrong way around and should mirror the other way. So – lesson learned.

I always say act with caution. Most of the time you will be ok but every now and again you may get caught out.

There are plenty of YouTube videos explaining how to spot fakes etc but be warned it is becoming increasingly more difficult to spot them!

This is why I tend to stick with a handful of brands that I am familiar with. As I get more confident I will take a few more risks on some other brands.

Often though it tends to come down to a few things like the stitching seems lower quality, the label is not present with the ID number or maybe the colour doesn’t seem right.

The trouble is in order to check you need a pair of the real deal shoes to compare, you won’t have this luxury of course. You just have to go with your gut instinct and as you become more familiar with them over time you will have an eye for the fakes.

Now Its Over To You!

So there we have it, this is my blog post guide about selling used trainers and shoes on eBay. The 3 main things to take away from this is quality, research and margins.

Essentially the same 3 points you should make when buying anything to sell for profit.

Quality: Don’t buy trainers or shoes if they are falling apart, goes without saying really but the last thing you want is unhappy customers. The odd scuff here and there is ok and as a rule of thumb if the tread on the soles is ok then you should be good to go. Dirt can always be cleaned remember no matter bad it looks.

Research: If you are in doubt as to whether they will sell or not or whether its even worth your time check the completed listings on eBay. Use as much information as you have like the colour, ID numbers, brands, sizes etc when doing your search. Within a few seconds you will be able to see if they are worth your while or not. Then once you have sold a few brands you will start to pick up pairs without even looking on eBay.

Margins: Its no good paying £10 for a pair only to sell them on for £15 with free postage, this is not worth your time in my view. I aim for at least £10 profit per pair and this is my absolute minimum. Sometimes it may creep lower if its a slow seller so I have to lower the price but usually I get much higher returns. A common return for me is around £15 – £30 profit I would say on average. Again, you can use the completed listings search function on eBay to check your potential profits here.

For those of you unfamiliar with how to do a completed listings search on eBay here is a screen grab of the settings you will need to use. (From the mobile app).

Here I have entered the search term “black converse hi tops”.

Step 1

How to do completed listing search on ebay

Step 2

How to do completed listing search on ebay 2

Step 3

How to do completed listing search on ebay 3

Step 4

How to do completed listing search on ebay 4

Now its your turn! Go out and start flipping used trainers on eBay. I would say even a conservative shoe and trainers flipper could add a nice £200 a month to their income streams. Good Luck!

If you want to join in with other side hustlers like yourself then I have created a free Facebook group. I would love to have you there!

You can join via the banner below! See you on the inside and good luck with the shoe flips!

Side Income Tribe Facebook Group

 

How To Make A £100 A Month In 1 Hour Selling Ties On Ebay

How To Make £100 A Month Selling Ties On eBay!

If you are not selling ties on eBay then I hope after reading this post you will start to!

Ties are a very good way of making an easy £50 – £200 per month. Some sellers will do a lot more, others won’t. I average somewhere in the middle and I am not a big time tie expert or big time tie trader. You may be thinking big deal, but if you are out and about and do a bit of reselling anyway then this is really a no brainer.

What I will show you in this post is:

  • What ties to sell
  • How much to sell them for
  • Where you can get them MEGA CHEAP
  • How to take good pictures of your ties
  • How to pack and ship your ties

Now not every tie is worth selling. In fact you could say that most are not at all worth reselling on eBay.

In this post though I will show you how to find the good ones and the ones to keep your eye out for.

If you do a ‘Completed Listings Search’ on eBay for the ties that have sold you will see that there is a HUGE market for it. People are selling thousands and people are buying thousands.

I narrowed the search to over £20 but lower than £100 – these are SOLD ties.

Here are the results.

Sold Ties On eBay

How to sell ties on ebay

Here I lowered the bottom price to £10 – again these are SOLD ties only.

Ties On eBay

You can see here that there is a nice market for ties. The best part is they are not going away. They will be a fashion accessory for a while yet…..!

Here is a list of brands that sell well and for at least £8 and over, most of which I have personally sold myself too:

  • Hermes
  • Gieves & Hawkes
  • Thomas Pink
  • TM Lewin
  • Disney
  • Van Buck
  • Hugo Boss
  • Charles Trywhitt
  • Duchamp London
  • Paul Smith
  • Turnbull & Asser
  • Armani
  • William Powel
  • Gucci

Note: As with most things you buy to resell condition is everything. Make sure there are no stains or rips in the material. Always go for 100% silk and as a rule of thumb the more vibrant looking the quicker it will sell.

This is a very short list of some of the brands you should look out for. These are also “sensible” brands, meaning if you look in the tie racks, boxes or bins at your local charity shops then you WILL find them.

Hermes are considered the holy grail among tie sellers – be warned though there are a ton of fakes out there. A Hermes tie buyer will know the difference and your account is at risk if you sell fakes.

There are more expensive ties but they are very hard to find. The ones above are fairly common and still fetch a good price.

They are also a great product to sell for the novice eBay seller.

As proof that these brands sell here is a selection of my recent tie sales. I paid no more than £1 for each tie.

recent tie sales on ebay

recent tie sales on ebay 2

recent tie sales on ebay 3

recent tie sales on ebay 4

recent tie sales on ebay 5

recent tie sales on ebay 6

So, Where Can I Get Ties To Resell?

Pop into your local charity shop and you will find a rack (or a box) of ties somewhere in the shop.

Most charity shops I visit usually price their ties between 50p and £2.

As I said earlier, most will be garbage but every now and then you will find a good seller.

Snap up any you find that will sell. Use the list above for a start if you like! But once you have done it for a while you will soon get an eye for the good ones.

If you come across a brand that you are unsure of but the tie looks great then look it up. I do this all the time and often find new brands when I am out sourcing.

Other good areas to look are car boot sales, jumble sales and even eBay itself.

You can often find people selling bundles of ties for cheap or on auction. Ask for the brands if they have not identified them in the description. Also don’t be afraid to use the ‘Best Offer’ feature and go low if its there!

I have won several lots of ties with very low offers. Then split them down and sell them individually.

How Do I Sell Ties On eBay?

I am assuming you know the basics of eBay selling so I wont go into that. Ties are no different really. The basics are always the same with selling anything on eBay.

  • Good title (be a little descriptive if you can)
  • Good images
  • Good description

You can see from the images of my sold ties above that I try to include as much information as I can in the title.

Take this one for example:

“CHARLES TRYWHITT 100% Silk Purple Design Neck Tie VGC 3.5″ Width VGC Free Post!”

From this title the buyer gets the following information:

  • Brand
  • Material
  • Colour/Design
  • Width
  • Condition
  • Shipping Info

I do this with all my tie listings as a minimum.

Next up is the photos. I take all my pictures using my phone. The cameras on phones now are perfectly fine for eBay pictures.

But I also use a lightbox and a lamp to get the shots just right. These are not expensive. You can pick them up from eBay or Amazon.

Here is a link to a similar model to the one I am using on Amazon now.

It comes with 2 lamps, a lightbox and some different coloured back drops.

You can take a look here

Here is my setup.

My tie Photo Setup For eBay

This simple setup make the ties stand out and gives you the edge when pitched up against the amateur sellers who take no pride in their pictures. Mine are by no means the best but for £30 my setup works and I can get good enough pictures that show off the tie.

Take as many pictures as you can. Try to take pictures of any designer markings, the name and also if you can take a picture of the “100% Silk” label.

I tend to do one with the tie coiled up, another of a close up of the pattern.

The rest is up to you really. Look at good competitors for more examples.

Remember: Do not reinvent the wheel here, this is not tricky stuff.

The pricing is also up to you. I never go really top end, usually just below what is selling right now. I always go with Buy It Now but with a good quality designer brand you should also be ok to go with an auction (if you are feeling brave!)

You don’t really have to include too much more in the main description. I tend to start with the brand again, the size and design and finally a small piece on my guarantees.

Then save this as a template and list all your future ties using this template. This way you only have to change a few details here and there.

How Do I Ship The Ties?

A simple poly mailer will do the job. If like me you are planning on selling several ties a month then get yourself a batch of 9″ x 7″ poly mailers from eBay.

A neatly folded tie fits nicely into one of these and will ship as a large letter costing you just 75p to post 2nd class.

For a full list of postal rates you can visit the Royal Mail site here.

For all my ties in the £10 range this is all I do. Bit of a gamble I know as people could claim an “item not received” but the way I look at it is I have only paid £1 for the tie so I am willing to take that chance.

My customers have been happy so far.

For the higher more expensive sellers I will do a signed recorded delivery.

shipping ties sold on ebay

Its really that simple.

Conclusion And Wrap Up

I hope this post has maybe given you another item to look out for when out and about. Whilst I do not only go out for ties I always look for them when I am out sourcing. A extra 5 minutes in a shop does no harm and maybe next time you can come out with some more profit!

They tick all the boxes for me. They are super easy to ship, they take up no space at all (I have all mine in a large storage box), and they offer a really nice ROI (Return on investment)

Providing you stick to the right ones you really cant go wrong with ties.

Its all about quality brands, quality designs and as long as the price is right you will make a tidy profit.

Once you get to grips selling them you can do like I do and that is bundle up a few here and there and once you have say 10 ties list them all at once.

I can list about 10 ties in about an hour.

As a guide price of a minimum of £10 (£9.99) they will sell for around £100.

Not bad for an hours work.

Scale it however you want to! Good luck.

Let me know in the comments below if you sell ties? What is your best tie sale to date?