With millions of Australians stuck in lockdown, now could be the ideal time to raid the wardrobe and toy chest and make a quick buck.
According to eBay, Australians made on average $4,292 selling pre-loved goods online during the 2020 lockdowns, while one in 10 made a whopping $10,000.
Toys and fashion are currently among the most popular pre-loved items.
“With parts of the country stuck at home over the past week, eBay has seen an uptick in Aussies listing their pre-loved items to get a little more cash in their pocket and clear out their closet or garage,” eBay Australia head of communications Sophie Onikul said.
Currently, Australians are taking to the site to offload trading cards, fashion and games.
eBay analysis found that 99 trading cards are sold every hour on the platform, with one seller making $27,000 through the sale of a first edition Charizard Holo Pokemon card.
At the same time, six video game consoles have sold every hour since the most recent lockdown began. One seller made more than $2,000 by offloading their old SEGA console and games.
Beanie Babies are also in high demand, with one Valentino Nose Beanie Baby selling for $6,223.
“Rare, well-preserved toys from the 1990s are worth a mint in 2021,” said TheToyZone’s John Cole in June.
If you’re feeling the force, a LEGO Star Wars Chrome Gold C-3PO Australian Version (2007) recently sold for $5,096 on eBay.
And if you have some Cabbage Patch Kids laying around, it’s worth noting that a Collector’s Club Edition (2020) recently sold for $613.
Fashionistas looking for post-lockdown looks are also picking up items on eBay, with shoppers buying at least two pre-loved women’s fashion items every minute.
Zimmerman dresses are going for $187 on average.
When it comes to offloading your unwanted items, eBay has four top tips.
Make it look good
“Include at least three good photos with good lighting and try to photograph it against a solid white backdrop,” eBay said.
Time it right
If you list your item between 7pm and 9pm at night, you’re off to a good start - that’s when most people are online and you’ll get the most clicks.
Make it accurate
“Try to describe the item as if there were no pictures, highlighting any quirks or imperfections.”
Get the kids involved
They’re their toys - why not get them to help out?
“You’re stuck inside so why not get the kids involved by giving them a cardboard box and asking them to sort through their old toys to see what they no longer want? It’s a great way to clear out the cupboards while teaching them about money in the process.”