Why trashed shoes sell on eBay
Extra goodies when you sell smelly shoes on eBay
In summer I pretty much live in Primark pumps, which cost around £3-£5. Being Primark shoes and summer, the shoes didn't last very long and would break quite easily, about a pair a month. They would always end up in the bin because they couldn't be given to charity.
I decided to give selling them a try. My first few pairs went for around £6, which I was thrilled with – they were just going to go into the bin. Then one weekend something amazing happened. I sold two pairs of old, broken and smelly Primark pumps. One pair for £22 and the other for £12.
As if that wasn't good enough (and trust me, it was!), someone e-mailed me asking for a link to my Amazon wishlist. I quickly removed my last name from my list and about 3 days later a Wii game arrived! The person hadn't even bid on any of my shoes and I've never done anything in return.
I have seen people get some other great financial benefits from selling their smelly shoes on eBay. If you are open minded about this then is can be a real boost to your income. I have been asked to provide extra foot photos and videos for large sums of money.
How to sell your smelly shoes on eBay
Your listing needs to state that you will clean the shoes to both eBay's and the manufacturer's guidelines. Don't include anything like “e-mail me if you don't want me to clean the shoes”. You don't have to clean the shoes when sending them out, you just need to say that you will.
Do not use the word “fetish” in your listing, or anything relating to it.
Do not mention that they were your favourite shoes. Perhaps you could mention that you wore them during summer, or in a job where you were on your feet every day, etc.
Refrain from using the word “request” in your listing. Ask buyers to e-mail if they have any questions.
Other tips to sell smelly shoes on eBay
Protect yourself. Don't allow sellers to pick up the shoes from you. If you're going to have a wish list then remove your surname and make sure items aren't just from marketplace sellers – they can't be sent to wishlist addresses so the buyer will want to know your address for sending the gifts.
If you don't want to send fully body photos of yourself wearing the shoes then explain this to buyers. It is easier than having them e-mail you every single day. They are quite understanding.
Keep e-mails between eBay's messaging system.
If your shoes are broken or smelly – THAT'S FINE! You cannot mention that the shoes are smelly, but you can ask buyers to email you with any questions. Be sure to show any problems with the shoes in your photos.
When posting your sold shoes, put them in a ziplock bag, bubble wrap and then the packaging of your choice. Package them discreetly.
Make your auctions private – this is easy to do at the listing stage. Only leave feedback for your buyers if they're happy for you to do so – some may request that you don't leave them feedback, despite the auction being private.
Offer international postage. About 80% of the shoes I've sold have seen posted internationally, with America being the favourite, closely followed by France. If you're doing this then make sure you're charging the correct postage.
Pro tip: Be sure to check out my 17 tried and tested tips for selling on eBay.
Don't be disheartened if your shoes don't sell. More and more people are listing their smelly shoes on eBay so the market is tougher. Decide whether you want to relist them at a later stage or just get rid of them.
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Where to buy shoes from
If you don't have any trashed shoes just laying around, you might want to consider buying shoes to sell on.
If you want to stay online then Amazon have a wide range of affordable shoes available. Charity shops and car boot sales are also great places to pick up second-hand shoes.
Someone has told me that they have a deal with their local charity shop where the charity shop saves them all the shoes that are too gross to sell, in exchange for a donation made to the store.
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