When you want to make money fast, one of the best things you can do is sell items people are actively looking for. Whether you’re decluttering your house and want to make a little extra cash selling items on Mercari or building up a reselling business flipping items you find at thrift stores and yard sales, listing products that are in demand is key to making money!
But how do you know what to sell to make money on online marketplaces like Mercari? In this post, I’ll share the best things to sell on Mercari so you can start listing, selling, and earning!
One of the best things to sell on Mercari is clothing! Everyone needs it, but not everyone wants to pay full price or have to go to a store searching for what they need. In fact, there are many successful resellers who only sell clothing and make a lot of money doing it!
You can sell all types of clothing, or you can specialize in certain styles or categories like men’s, women’s, vintage, etc.
What kind of clothing sells best on Mercari?
One of the most popular categories in clothing is athletic and athleisure apparel. Brands like Nike, Lululemon, Under Armour, and Athleta are just a few examples of popular athletic brands that sell pretty well on Mercari. In addition, outdoorsy brands kind of fit in this so brands that are sold at places like REI like Patagonia, and North Face can also sell well.
Plus-size clothing is another more niche category that can do well on Mercari! It can be tough for plus shoppers to find stylish, high-quality clothes in larger sizes, especially at affordable prices. Some popular brands for plus sized clothing are Lane Bryant and Torrid.
When it comes to women’s clothing, there are so many styles, brands, etc. that you can make a good profit from. It’s all about knowing what’s trending or in high demand. Some of my favorite brands to pick up are classics like Levi’s, J.Crew, . Additionally, vintage styles like 70’s boho chic or 90’s grunge are popular, but trends are always changing and who knows what’ll be next! You can also specialize in certain items like dresses, jeans, or designer items.
Don’t forget about men’s clothing! Because a lot of people think of women when it comes to clothing, men’s clothing can get overlooked. But there’s a ton of opportunity there! Jeans, brand name button up shirts, jackets and more are good sellers in the men’s clothing category. Plus, in my own experience, men are less likely to return items for fit issues, so that’s a bonus.
Some of my favorite brands to sell are Levi’s, Lucky Brand, Wrangler, Nike, and Patagonia.
Selling shoes on Mercari is a great way to make money! It’s at the top of my personal list of best items to sell on Mercari. Why? I find that they’re easy to photograph and list (no measurements!). In addition, people generally know their size, so there aren’t a ton of returns, and shoes can be pretty pricey, so people are looking for a good deal.
What kind of shoes sell best on Mercari?
The best shoe brands vary based on many factors, but popular sellers are Vans, Nike, Converse, Adidas, and New Balance. Of course, there are plenty of other brands that sell well. Also, keep an eye out for specialty shoes like minimalist/barefoot shoes or shoes for certain activities.
Bags & Purses
When out shopping for inventory, don’t skip over the bags and purses! Many people are willing to invest in high quality purses because it’s something they use daily and they can bring you a good profit. Plus, since purses aren’t size based, anyone can buy any purse.
What kind of bags and purses sell well on Mercari?
If you’re looking to make extra money on bags, I would look out for pieces that feel like good quality. Popular brands of purses and bags are Kate Spade, Coach, loungefly, Michael Kors, and Lululemon.
While electronics can be a highly competitive category, it can still be profitable as long as you know what to look for, how to test electronics, and can get them at a good listing price. Below I’ll go over some of the best selling items in the electronics category on Mercari.
Video games & consoles
When it comes to selling video games and consoles, it’s not just the newest, most popular items that are selling! Of course, the latest technology is going to sell well, but you can also make good money selling old models and discontinued games or consoles.
Some of the most in-demand gaming products include popular consoles like the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X, as well as popular games like Call of Duty and Mario Kart. But definitely don’t overlook older or rarer games and consoles which also sell for a lot of money to collectors.
Brands like Apple AirPods, Bose, and Sony are some of the most popular to sell on Mercari with tons of potential buyers looking for these headphones. Of course, you’ll get more if you all the necessary accessories like chargers or cords.
Almost everyone has a cell phone and with new models coming out basically every year, there’s always a hot market for used cell phones. Selling cell phones can be tricky due to different carriers and models, but if you know what you’re doing, it can be super profitable! In fact, there are sellers on Mercari that only sell phones. It’s their speciality and they know everything about it, so they can get good deals, make simple repairs, check for any issues, and sell them for top dollar. The most in-demand brands include Apple, Samsung, and Google.
Computers are expensive! Anytime you sell one, it can be a pretty big payday so it’s a great thing to be on the lookout for. The issue with selling computers is that it can be hard to source them consistently, for a good price and in good condition. But if you know what you’re doing and you’re good at negotiations, it’s definitely a lucrative niche to be in on Mercari.
One of the things that is still rising in popularity is smart watches and fitness watches. From FitBit to Apple Watches, there’s a big market for these on Mercari. One advantage of selling smart watches is that they’re usually not carrier specific so anyone can buy them and connect them to their phones.
Items like makeup, skincare, and hair care all do really well on Mercari. Think about it, these are products that get used up pretty quickly and anyone looking for a deal can head to Mercari to find one! There are plenty of brands that are higher end that do well, but the lower end, drugstore brands can do well as well especially if you find something discontinued! When sourcing beauty products, make sure to check for expiration dates and any damage to the packaging. And always be honest about usage – selling used makeup or skincare can be a bit tricky, so it’s important to disclose how much product is left.
Home & Kitchen
The home and kitchen categories can be really profitable because there are everyday items that people need, from kitchen gadgets to cookware, and things people simply enjoy like home decor, which changes with different redecorating projects and seasons.
Everyone loves a good kitchen gadget! Some popular kitchen gadgets to sell on Mercari include Instant Pots, air fryers, blenders, and coffee makers like Keurigs and Nespressos. Ninja makes a whole range of products from the Creami (ice cream maker) to their blender, and they are all extremely popular.
Because quality cookware can be pricey, and cookware eventually wares out and needs to be replace, it can be a great category to sell on Mercari! Understanding which brands are profitable and sought after can take a bit of research, but a few to get you started are Saladmaster and Le Creuset.
Since candles only last for a short period, and there are a lot of people who are die hard fans of certain brands of scents, they can be one of the best things to sell on Mercari. Some candle brands to look out for with big followings are Bath & Body Works and Yankee Candle.
Since people are always changing their decor with different seasons and holidays, selling seasonal decor can be really profitable. During the fall, Halloween and Thanksgiving decor can be in high demand, while during the winter holiday season, Christmas decor is always big seller. The thing is, people are donating and selling seasonal decor year round and you can usually source it for really low prices. Then you can list the items a month or two before they come into season to profit!
When we think toys, we often think about children. While there are plenty of kids toys selling on Mercari, it seems to be mostly adult collectible toys that sell for good money on Mercari.
Honestly, who doesn’t love LEGO? Even as an adult, LEGO sets can be just as exciting to build. And if you’ve been to a LEGO store, you know some sets can be hundreds of dollars! These can be great finds, but so can bulk lots of plain old LEGO blocks, if you can get them for a good price.
Until I started reselling and looking into different categories, I never knew that plush or stuffies could sell for good money! When it comes to plush toys, it’s not just new ones that are popular. Vintage, rare and nostalgic stuffed animals can be just as desirable to collectors!
When it comes to kids toys that sell well, it’s usually going to be specialty toys like American Girl dolls, Waldorf Toys, etc. that will sell for a good profit. It does take a little research and experience to gain knowledge on what types of toys sell well on Mercari, but that’s the beauty of reselling: the longer you do it, the more expertise you can collect.
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What are the best clothing brands to sell on Mercari?
The best clothing brands to sell on Mercari are:
- Under Armour
- Free People
- Victoria’s Secret/PINK
- American Eagle
Of course, this is a short list of the most popular brands. There are likely hundreds of brands that will sell well. This is just a sampling of the most well known brands that sell well on Mercari.
Do clothes sell well on Mercari?
Clothes sell extremely well on Mercari! In fact, there are plenty of Mercari sellers who specialize in only selling clothing. The key to selling clothing on Mercari is to understand which styles and brands sell well, and to ensure that you’re only grabbing clothing that is in good condition without any flaws.
How to sell on Mercari fast?
The #1 way to sell on Mercari fast is to make sure that you list items that are in high demand. If you’re selling items people really want and pricing them competitively, you’re going to sell them. Additionally, you and to create listings with good photos of the item and the right keywords so people can find your items.
How does shipping work on Mercari?
When shipping items through Mercari, it’s not too complicated, so don’t let that scare you off. There are several shipping options that include free shipping for your buyers (where you cover it) or where the buyers pay for shipping. Mercari is a great place to list heavy items because the shipping can be more reasonable and you can list items on Mercari local, which allows you to sell items locally (almost like Facebook Marketplace but with delivery!)
Need a little more guidance? Here’s my full guide to Mercari shipping.
How do you get paid on Mercari?
Mercari will hold onto the funds when someone purchases something from you. Once the transaction is complete and both parties have left a rating, they will release your funds into your balance. If they buyer doesn’t leave a rating within 3 business days and there is tracking information that confirm the package has been delivered, Mercari will leave an automatic 5 star rating and release the funds once you leave your rating.
Once you have a balance in your Mercari account you can request a direct deposit into your bank account or use your balance to shop on Mercari. This can all be done in the Mercari app or on the website.
New to selling on Mercari?
Selling on Mercari is a great side hustle, and it’s a pretty easy selling platform to work with. Check out this complete guide to selling on Mercari and this post that compares Ebay vs Poshmark vs Mercari so you can decide which platform is best for you.