The 6 Categories of Items That Sell Best Online, According to eBay

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Anticipating what will make you money on eBay is a tricky art to perfect. A rare Funko Pop! can net $6000, while the Princess Diana Beanie Baby you've been holding onto since the 1990s might be worthless. One way to know what eBay buyers are after is to look at the site's best-selling categories. According to eBay sales data, these are the top six categories for making big bucks:

  1. Collectible cards: Worth up to $400,000
  1. Comic books: Worth up to $3.2 million
  1. Watches: Worth up to $535,500
  1. Designer handbags: Worth up to $88,000
  1. Luxury cars: Worth up to $500,000
  1. LEGOs: Worth up to $10,000

Collectible cards are some of the most valuable items on the site, with 500 cards earning sellers $10,000 or more since September 2018. In February 2019, a 1997 Michael Jordan basketball card sold for $350,100, and that same month, an autographed 2000 Tom Brady football card sold for $400,100.

When sifting through your old card collection, look out for other lost treasures from your childhood. There's a high demand for comic books on eBay: In 2014, Superman's inaugural comic Action Comics #1 sold for a record-breaking $3.2 million. And if you have rare LEGO sets around the house, they could be worth upwards of $10,000.

Second-hand luxury items are also worth a small fortune on eBay. A watch is purchased every 5 seconds on the website, and some are auctioned off for over half a million dollars. Handbags from designer brands are also sought after, with one Hermes Birkin bag selling for $88,000 in 2017. Of course limited-edition, luxury cars are valuable, but owners might not know they can find enthusiastic buyers on eBay. In 2018, a 2017 Lamborghini Aventador LP750-4 SuperVeloce was purchased from there for $499,900.

The categories above represent eBay's top moneymakers, but these are just a few examples of old items that can earn you extra cash. If you have an old VHS collection at home, here are the most valuable tapes to look for.

This Innovative Cutting Board Takes the Mess Out of Meal Prep

There's no way any of these ingredients will end up on the floor.
There's no way any of these ingredients will end up on the floor.
TidyBoard, Kickstarter

Transferring food from the cutting board to the bowl—or scraps to the compost bin—can get a little messy, especially if you’re dealing with something that has a tendency to roll off the board, spill juice everywhere, or both (looking at you, cherry tomatoes).

The TidyBoard, available on Kickstarter, is a cutting board with attached containers that you can sweep your ingredients right into, taking the mess out of meal prep and saving you some counter space in the process. The board itself is 15 inches by 20 inches, and the container that fits in its empty slot is 14 inches long, 5.75 inches wide, and more than 4 inches deep. Two smaller containers fit inside the large one, making it easy to separate your ingredients.

Though the 4-pound board hangs off the edge of your counter, good old-fashioned physics will keep it from tipping off—as long as whatever you’re piling into the containers doesn’t exceed 9 pounds. It also comes with a second set of containers that work as strainers, so you can position the TidyBoard over the edge of your sink and drain excess water or juice from your ingredients as you go.

You can store food in the smaller containers, which have matching lids; and since they’re all made of BPA-free silicone, feel free to pop them in the microwave. (Remove the small stopper on top of the lid first for a built-in steaming hole.)

tidyboard storage containers
They also come in gray, if teal isn't your thing.
TidyBoard

Not only does the bamboo-made TidyBoard repel bacteria, it also won’t dull your knives or let strong odors seep into it. In short, it’s an opportunity to make cutting, cleaning, storing, and eating all easier, neater, and more efficient. Prices start at $79, and it’s expected to ship by October 2020—you can find out more details and order yours on Kickstarter.

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Eau de Space: Former NASA Scientist’s New Perfume Smells Out of This World

One small scent for man.
One small scent for man.
Eau de Space, Kickstarter

Soon, you’ll be able to spritz yourself with perfume that smells like a mixture of gunpowder, seared steak, raspberries, rum, and burned cookies. It’s not Chanel No. 5, but it is the closest you can get to smelling outer space without boarding a rocket.

According to NPR, a new Kickstarter campaign is now producing Eau de Space, a fragrance that NASA developed in 2008 to help astronauts acclimate their noses to the scent of space during training. It was created by Steve Pearce, chemist and founder of Omega Ingredients, a company that produces natural flavors for the food and beverage industry. CNN reports that Pearce concocted his formula based on firsthand descriptions from astronauts, many of whom have agreed that there’s something smoky or burned about outer space's aroma.

NASA has kept the fragrance under wraps for the last 12 years, but Eau de Space product manager Matt Richmond and his team were able to get their hands on it “through sheer determination, grit, a lot of luck, and a couple of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests,” according to the Kickstarter page. They’re ready to share it with the public—and it’s for a good cause, too. Each $29 pledge covers two 4-ounce bottles of Eau de Space: one for you to use as you please, and another to be shipped to a school with a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) program.

If you’re eager to support the next generation of space explorers but not keen on smelling like a charred grill yourself, you can donate $15 to the campaign, and the Eau de Space team will ship a bottle to a school without sending one to you. Orders are expected to ship by October 2020, and you can place yours here.

[h/t NPR]