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You can make money in so many different ways these days, and yes, you heard us right – that includes empty boxes. With the rise in popularity of influencers and bloggers, we’re also seeing an increasing demand to sell old boxes for tech and designer goods online. This is our simple guide on how you can sell the empty boxes you have lying around at home and earn some cash!
High fashion designer labels like Michael Kors, Gucci, and Prada, and even high street ones like Pandora and Glossier, all give away free branded boxes and bags when you make a purchase with them. Instead of throwing these into the recycling bin, list them online as there are plenty of people out there who are more than happy to pay to take them off your hands.
In this age of high designer awareness, designer anything is of value – even the box and bag. Influencer culture has played a big part in this – huge numbers of people are looking to influence and sell online, and there’s a lot of competition. Because of this, aspiring influencers can be looking to demonstrate on social media how they’re living a luxury lifestyle, when in reality this is not always the case. However, it does mean that any boxes, bags, and packaging you have from lying around can earn you a bit of cash.
Unfortunately, it’s not a guaranteed market out there so it does vary. But, designer bags will often sell for somewhere between £15 and £20, although designer boxes will often go for closer to £40! Even Glossier pouches, which come free with every purchase, can be sold for a few pounds.
Nowadays when you buy a fancy toy it’s not just the product that matters. The packaging has become just as important, and part of the whole in itself. But this trend actually means there are some great ways for you to make cash out of your old tech boxes. A lot of people will either buy gifts secondhand and want to be able to present the gift nicely in the appropriate box. Or, people may be reselling something and in this case most products will have more value if they come in the original box. So if the seller doesn’t have their original box – they can take to the internet and purchase another.
How much you can make from an empty tech box obviously depends on how much demand there is for it. The more recent the model – the more the box will likely sell for. But as a ballpark figure, an iPhone box for a model released in the past few years, will usually sell for around a tenner.
There are loads of places you can sell online – just always make sure you check any fees in advance so you don’t have any nasty surprises down the line.
The MoneyMagpie Marketplace is an easy place to get set up and start selling online. Whatever you may have, as long as it’s legal to sell it in the UK, you can sell it here.
A popular site for reselling goods. For each item you want to list you’ll need to upload photos, add descriptions, and decide on shipping options. You can list up to 20 items a month for free, but afterwards, it costs 35p for each listing, and once you make a sale, eBay takes a 10% cut of the final selling price.
In recent years lots more people are using Facebook for buying and selling. There’s a lot of groups set up for specific areas as well, making it easier to buy and sell within your local community. Which also means you don’t have to worry about delivery costs either! There are no fees or charges for selling on Facebook, but there’s also no formal seller protection like you have with other selling sites.
Allows sellers to list items with photos and descriptions, tagged to a certain location for free. With Facebook groups and marketplace, the network isn’t involved in payment or delivery of items at all. It’s down to the buyer and seller to make these arrangements independently between them.
This is another online ad and community website where you can post selling ads. In most cases you’re allowed to post your ad for free, although depending on the item you’re selling – sometimes you will be charged.
There is virtually no limitation to what you can sell and make money from online. Here are a few other ideas for you to sell instead of throwing out!
You can make money out of any cardboard box you own, no matter where it’s from, with Sadlers. Simply send them the details of what you have and they’ll get back to you with an offer. If you decide to accept it, they’ll organise a collection and will pay you the same day they receive your stock.
Although this won’t make you rich, the average empty perfume bottle will sell between £5 and £8, so it’s a fair bit of income if you have a few empty bottles lying around – better than them ending up in the bin anyway. Plus, extravagant bottles can go for even more so it’s worth keeping any that look a bit unusual.
Often you’ll need a few to sell as a bundle as they don’t really sell as single items. It can take a while to build up a collection so bear in mind that you’ll need somewhere to store them before you can sell. But they are another good way to earn money from stuff that would have otherwise ended up in the bin.
Again, you’ll want to sell these in bundles. Usually you’ll need upwards of 50 to sell in one bundle, so again, you’ll need to take into account where you’ll be able to store them in the meantime.
MusicMagpie – no affiliation with us! – is an easy place to sell your old tech online. Tell them what you have, and you’ll get an instant quote from them. You can send it off for free, and you’ll get paid the same day they receive your stuff.
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