One of the top questions as an Amazon Consultant I am asked is “Do toys sell all year round on Amazon? Basically, the answer is a big yes they do. I mean children have birthdays, Christenings, Dedications, Well done in exams, and also believe it or not people just like to buy their children a toy, just because they love them. So yes toys do sell all year round on Amazon.
As one would guess we get to see a growing trend as we approach Q4 and this peaks in and around December, and you will then see the large spike start to trial off the end of December and start of January.
But did you know you can make a very nice profit selling used / secondhand toys – these are often called collectable on Amazon. Over the years I have been selling on Amazon and eBay I love to source used toys as they are often very cheap and often free of charge. They are in plentiful supply, and parents and grandparents welcome you with open arms as you are helping them declutter their homes and make room for new toys and games.
Again having done this for over 15 years I have found this sourcing and reselling can be done throughout the year, but there does seem to be a trend early December and just after the Christmas period. I have put this down to parents clearing out before Christmas to make room for the new toys to come into the home and the after Christmas spike is people getting rid of old toys and even some brand new items that were not a hit or a duplicate present was bought.
So where do you find these used toys?
Well, in fact, they are all around you. After you have decluttered your own home you can –
- Ask family and friends if they have unwanted toys and games in their home, of course, you offer to buy them, but very often you find people just hand them to you.
- Put up postcards in local shops and community boards
- Run adverts in CraigsList, GumTree, FaceBook Buy and Sell Groups, Community Papers, Church Magazine, Flyers through letterboxes and of course word of mouth.
- Estate Sales, Garage Sales, Carboot Sales (UK), Church Sales, Jumble Sales
Now, of course, the items you sell on Amazon need to be in very good condition and no pieces missing. Due to the format of buying using games, you will have games with pieces missing. Now you can either just through them away, or you can keep them and hope to have another game soon that is missing a part but you can mix and match the parts to finish up with a complete game.
But what I will often do is to break down the game and sell the bits on eBay and you can make a nice little side income selling parts of games. If you do not believe me pop along to eBay and do a search for Monopoly spare parts. You will be amazed.
So what are you waiting for, look around your home find all those toys and board games that are no longer being used and those of them that are in good condition list on Amazon, and then watch the profits start to come in.
Andrew Milburn has been selling on eBay and Amazon for many years
and is now helping many others from around the world learn the
freedom of selling on Amazon and eBay can bring. Andrew is currently
working with Jim Cockrum and Skip Mcgrath as an Amazon Consultant and eBay Consultant and offers coaching through their coaching programs. For further information please fill out the box to the left.