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What items sell best on eBay?

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The best selling items on eBay are usually the latest versions of popular electronics, such as iPads, MacBooks, video game consoles and Go Pros. While rare items, such as signed memorabilia and Earth metals, also sell easily, electronics are much more abundant and continue to sell daily.

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eBay is an e-commerce company that lets users and companies list and sell items to other users over the Internet. Users create an account and bid on items for a specific period of time, and the highest bidder at the end of the bidding period pays the amount of money they bid and has the item shipped to them. The system can be thought of as a type of online auctioning of goods. eBay Inc. makes its money by charging a small amount for people to sell items on the website.

There is an incredibly large inventory of items on eBay ranging from electronics to car parts to clothes and virtually anything that can be legally sold. Most of the inventory includes previously-owned items that the sellers do not want to throw away, but instead want to see if anyone will buy the item from them. That being said, there are also companies that sell brand new items on eBay and collectors that pass around rare objects. For instance, there was a rare Honus Wagner baseball card that was priced at over $1 million in 2000.

While some rare items sell for extremely large amounts of money on the website, the most popular items sold are up-to-date electronics. On a day to day basis, electronics make up the bulk of items that get posted and sold on the website, which makes working electronics the items that have the best chance of being sold.

New items such as cellophane-wrapped CDs or merchandise with a tag still attached sell better than used products, according to Jenny for MoneySavingExpert.com. Also, items from well-known brands such as Samsung, Apple or Black & Decker move more quickly than products without a recognizable name attached. Items listed with a popular keyword in the title also sell well, as they are likely to come up in a variety of searches. Finally, rare commodities and things that are no longer available such as toys, records or out-of-print books also sell well on eBay.

Other electronics that sell the best on eBay include Smart TVs, amplifiers and GPS navigation systems. Other in-demand items, according to eBay's official site, include suits, handbags, backpacks, shoes and wedding dresses made by popular designers and brands. Collectible toys such as RC cars, American Girl dolls, Lego sets, Playmobil sets, action figures and trading cards are among the top selling items. EBay offers extensive product selling guides designed to help sellers maximize their profits.

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