Sell smelly shoes on eBay

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I accidentally stumbled upon selling your old (smelly and trashed) shoes on eBay, but I knew as soon as I read about it, I had to try it out. It turned out to be extremely lucrative for me. Here is my handy guide to helping you to sell smelly shoes on eBay.

Why trashed shoes sell on eBay

Let's be straight about this from the beginning – if you are going to place your worn, smelly shoes on eBay, chances are that two kinds of people will be looking at your listings – those with foot fetishes and those who want to see if they can sell their smelly shoes on eBay.
You may get e-mails asking if you can send full-length photos of you wearing the shoes and you may get e-mails asking if they can buy your ped egg shavings (this happened!).
If you want to sell your smelly old shoes then deal with it.
I've never had an e-mail so bad that I've had to report it to eBay and I've never felt that my safety was compromised. I either politely decline any requests or I ignore the e-mail.

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.

Real examples

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 well worn heels

How to sell your smelly shoes on eBay

eBay have some very strict guidelines about listing worn shoes. If you listing gets pulled then your policy compliance will lower, which ultimately means that eBay may place a listing limit on your account and when free eBay listing weekends come up you won't be eligible to list for free.
Therefore I strongly suggest that you start up a new eBay account just for selling shoes. I've only had my listings taken down once, but eBay didn't even have the courtesy to e-mail me and tell me, the listings just vanished. So here are some rules to help you list your smelly shoes on eBay:
Include as many photos as you want – you can now add 12 photos for free. If you're showing photos of the shoes worn then photos must be below the knee only.

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.

There's no way I want to sell smelly shoes on eBay

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