How to Make Money on eBay Selling Used Shoes

By Techwalla Contributor

Designer shoes are great sellers on eBay, even when gently worn. Learn how to make money on eBay selling shoes you can find at thrift stores, garage sales, consignment stores or your own closet.

Step 1

Focus on expensive name brands. If the shoes were expensive new, odds are they will hold their value on eBay. Look for brands including Brighton, Ferragamo, Cole Haan, Dansko, Born, Merrell, Keen and Nike Shox.

Step 2

Larger sizes and wide widths are the best sellers in both men's and women's shoes. Men's shoes sizes 12 and up do well. Women's sizes 9 and up are great, too.

Step 3

Items found in thrift stores or at garage sales are in less than perfect condition. You need to spend some time to clean up the shoes for a better presentation in your photos.

Step 4

After you have found a pair of shoes that you might list on eBay, examine the sole. Is there enough sole left for another person to get much wear out of the shoe? If there are holes in the sole or inside the shoe, don't bother trying to sell it.

Step 5

If the shoe is a lace-up style, check to see if the laces need to be replaced. If so, you may want to splurge and spend $2 on a new pair of laces. Broken or missing laces in the photo of an eBay item may turn off a buyer. Think about your item from a buyer's perspective.

Step 6

Examine the shoes for scratches, stains or other imperfections. On leather shoes, a coat of shoe polish can do wonders. If you plan to sell a lot of shoes, invest in shoe polish in several colors to keep on hand for touch ups. Black magic marker does well on children's black patent leather shoes.

Step 7

Some athletic canvas or fabric shoes can be washed in the washing machine. Just use your best judgment. Most fabric kids' shoes or sneakers such as Keds, Nikes and Chuck Taylors can be tossed in the washer and come out looking almost new.

Step 8

Make sure your photos are clear and provide several views including the bottom of the sole.

Step 9

Write a complete description. Include the size, gender, condition, color and other details. Many sellers also provide measurements of the length and width of the sole.

Tips & Warnings

  • Good photos are essential to making a sale on eBay.