Shoes, shoes, shoes… My house is starting to look like a shoe store lately, and that is because I found one of my new favorite niches. It’s funny that I like to sell shoes because I only own a couple pairs myself, but its something about the ease of listing a pair of shoes and the quick sale that makes it all worth it. There are only two places I go to find good enough prices to make good money on shoes, and they are Goodwill and DSW.
I have talked about selling shoes before, but it seems as if DSW has become my new favorite place to source for eBay inventory. I really know nothing about shoes, but I do know a couple of brands that sell really well. First lets talk about DSW. DSW has a HUGE selection of clearance shoes, and most DSW’s carry my favorite brand to sell, Coach. When I first started to shop there, I had to have Amy come with me since I was clueless. After awhile, you start to recognize the designer box that the shoes are sitting in, and you can quickly determine if it is a good deal or not. DSW uses a color system to mark down their shoes, and I only go for the color that represents 70% off or more. Sometimes I get really lucky and find Coach shoes for 80% off. The good thing about DSW is that they clearance down their shoes often, and I really like that they are organized by size. In the shoe world, size does matter. For some reason the really small sized shoes, and the really big sized shoes sell better than the average size shoe. They are harder to find which makes them worth more. At DSW I only look for Coach shoes, but as I continue to understand the shoe niche, I will branch out.
At Goodwill its a different story. Since all of the shoes are used (for the most part), I look for the shoes that are clean and in the best condition. Again, I look for the odd size, but I always buy Doc Martens no matter what. They clean up well and sell really quick. I also look for steel toed boots, ballerina slippers, and Ice Skates. They all sell really well. It’s important to clean off the shoes before you list them. You want them looking as good as possible; water and a wash cloth will do the trick.
For shipping, I use the USPS Shoebox found HERE, unless I can fit the shoes into a smaller box. This just makes it too easy to ship your shoes, and of course I pass along the shipping cost to the buyer. Shoes can be heavy, and in most cases a USPS Flat Rate box can beat the USPS shoebox price, so if you can fit your shoes in a medium flat rate box, then you may be better off.
It’s worth giving the shoe business a try, and if you don’t have a DSW near you, don’t worry. Goodwill has plenty of shoes to get you started!