Clothing is one of the most popular items you can sell on eBay. Every day, ordinary people earn extra money by buying and selling the best selling clothing brands on eBay. When I started selling online on eBay in 2009, money was flying. I was shopping for inventory every day at my favorite consignment store. A pair of Lucky jeans with worn cuffs would sell for $60 or more. The competition has become fierce ever since.
Start with a brand you are already familiar with. Let’s take American Eagle as an example. You have a great pair of her skinny jeans that is now a size too small and you decide to sell them. First, do your research. Go to eBay and type in American Eagle Skinny Jeans Size 6 and then refine your search by showing only full listings.
The items that appear in green (for the price) are those that have been sold. Items listed in red were not sold. Ignore items that didn’t sell. Usually those are too expensive. Focus on items similar to yours that have sold. Take note of the condition. Is there visible wear? Any defect? Worn cuffs? Also, keep an eye out for keywords that successful sellers included in their title and description.
If you sell jeans, you need to know what style they are. Are they boot cut or skinny? Low rise or high waist? Familiarize yourself with clothing terms like high rise and inseam. You also need to learn how to describe the wash of jeans. Light or dark? Some brands will have the wash written on the care label, as well as a date code that shows the season and year the jeans were made. Not sure what the codes mean? Look at those. There are some buyers who are very specific about what items they are buying. Do your research in advance.
Take quality photos on your smartphone
You don’t need to shell out hundreds of dollars for an expensive digital camera. Just use your phone to take the photos. Edit the photos with the Edit function of your phone. I use my Apple iPhone to take ultra flattering photos. I can post directly to eBay right from my phone.
Find the best jeans to sell on eBay
Men’s jeans that are high-end brands can make you a lot of money. Women’s jeans will sell but the profit margin is slightly lower. Men are less likely to return jeans. You can and will make money selling jeans, but expect crazy looks and rolling eyes when you tell your friends about your plan. Ignore them. I started selling jeans on eBay in 2009 and have sold thousands of pairs of jeans, shorts and skirts. Look for these top brands:
Diesel: jeans for men and women, mainly made in Italy. Authenticate with photos. The jeans sell for between $10 and $210 on eBay. There are many fake diesels on the market. A pair of New With Tags (abbreviated NWT on eBay) SAFADO style in Dirty New Age (dark wash, slim straight) recently sold for $210 on eBay. Those are men’s jeans. Originals vs. Fake Diesel Jeans: Original jeans are made from higher quality material. You can feel the difference. Diesel was started in 1978 by Renzo Rossi. The most popular men’s styles are Zathan, a slim-fitting bootcut jean, and Thanz, a slim-fitting, straight-leg pant. Women’s styles include Liv, a lower-rise straight leg, Matic, a low-rise skinny jean, and Low sky, which has a straighter leg cut and lower rise.
True Religion – Sells for $15 to $300 on eBay, depending on style and condition. True Religion was founded in 2002 in California. It is considered High-End Denim. There are many imitations on the market, so add photo details and close-ups to authenticate the jeans. The best selling style online is Super T. True Religion brands are known for their oversized white stitching. The jeans are made in the USA unlike many other popular brands.
Hudson – Founded by Los Angeles native, surfer, yogi, and cyclist Peter Kim in 2002. Look for the Union Jack label and V-button pocket (triangular back pocket). Hudson jeans symbolize a proud spirit of defiance. These sell for anywhere from $10.49 to $85 on eBay, depending on condition and style. If you can find jeans that are NWT (New With Tags), always get a clear photo of the tags to increase the selling price.
Paige – First launched in February 2005 in high-end retail stores, founded by Paige Adams-Geller, who is the only female founder in denim history. These are high-end jeans in styles like the Skyline Skinny and the Avalon Hidden Hills Bootcut. There are even amazing skinny maternity jeans with built-in panels for women to look fabulous during pregnancy. My favorite Paige style is the Skyline Skinny in Carson.
BKE – Buckle-made jeans for men and women $20 to $250 on eBay
Vintage Levi’s – A pair of Levi’s from the 1890s sold for over $36,000 on eBay. The jeans came from a mine in the Rand Mining District in CA’s Mojave Desert. The seller uploaded the listing with data to authenticate the origin of the jeans, including explaining candle wax drippings from the miner’s light. Levi’s usually sell for $15 more.
Abercrombie & Fitch, Hollister, American Eagle: Not considered high-end, but these brands are popular. My favorite brand is American Eagle, especially AE Artist jeans. American Eagle clothing is well made and sells well. Certain styles that have been discontinued like Real Flare are still in demand. If you can find quality items and get them at great prices, you will make money on eBay.