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Thursday, January 7, 2016

Patagonia Sells Well on eBay

I had heard that the Patagonia brand of clothing sells well on eBay, especially in men's clothing. But never had a chance to personally sell any items of this brand until this week. I was in a thrift store last week sourcing for potential items to sell on eBay. I happened upon a men's Patagonia Synchilla fleece vest. It was in perfect condition. I was so excited I had to resist the urge to shout for joy! I was with a friend and ran right over and showed her. She doesn't sell on eBay so she wasn't quite as excited about this find as I was.

I took it home, washed it, as I always do for all of the clothes I sell on eBay, and listed it. The prices for this same Patagonia vest were running between $18.00 and $35. I listed it for $32.00 with shipping included. It sold 2 days later! Now because I included free shipping, I will lose some of that, and including the eBay/Paypal fees and the cost of my original $2.00 I paid for it, I will still make a profit of $18.00. Not bad and an easy sell.

Some of you may be wondering if I could have sold it for more. I am sure that I could have, BUT that would mean it would be sitting around in my eBay closet for a lot longer. I already don't have much extra room in that closet. And within a few months, the warmer weather will be here and it may not have sold till next fall if I priced it too high. So I am happy with the money I earned on this Patagonia vest, and the fact that my bank account will be a bit fatter this week.

What do you think? Would you have priced this item higher even if it meant sitting on it and hoping for a buyer?

7 comments:

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  2. I love Patagonia. Since they run a bit small vs. other brands (goodbye Patagonia medium fleece i.e. my sausage suit), I would probably poach this XL and keep it for myself. I wear a large normally, and the medium only fit well back in my pre-kids days. :)

    That's a great return on a quick sale!

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    1. Dollar Flipper,

      I do find it hard to decide whether to keep an item or sell it sometimes when I find something that fits me and that I love. Ah the trials and tribulations of being a thrifty shopper vs. an eBay seller! Love your sausage suit comment!

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  4. You don't say what you paid for it. That is always a big factor for me when pricing items for resale...

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    1. Theresa,

      I did say I paid $2.00 for it at the bottom of the second paragraph but it was buried so maybe hard to notice? It was a fantastic find at that price.

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