Now is a Great Time to Sell Your Unused Home Gym Equipment
In partnership with eBay
Hands up, if you’ve ever bought a piece of exercise equipment, (it could be something relatively inexpensive like some resistance bands or a set of dumb bells, or more expensive like a treadmill), only to have it laying forgotten somewhere in your garage or home, collecting dust or being used as a place to store the clean laundry! Uh huh! We thought as much!
What you might not realise, is that now is a great time to sell your unused gym equipment. Whilst we’d usually recommend the end of December through to the first two weeks of January as the best time to put your second hand exercise equipment up for sale to capitalise on the countless New Year’s fitness resolutions, the unique events of this year has created an increased demand for at-home gym equipment…right now! As restrictions earlier this year across Australia saw gyms closing, and outdoor fitness classes being put on hold, exercise equipment flew off the shelves as people prepared to continue their exercise routines at home, or even begin a new one to help get them through the mental load of being stuck at home.
In this changing climate, where some gyms are still closed, or people are not yet comfortable enough to use them, there is still a high demand for home equipment. People either can’t find what they are looking for in store on online because of limited stock, or they are unwilling to wait the extended delivery time for them to arrive, so they are turning to eBay to find second-hand items to keep them going. So, if you have been considering having a clear out of items you know in your heart of hearts you’ll never use again, now is the time to dust it off and make back some of the money you initially spent on it.
When it comes to selling your second-hand things, we personally recommend eBay, for a few reasons, besides the obvious ones we’ve been through before such as ease of use, etc.
- Firstly, it gives you access to the largest possible audience of buyers who are genuinely interested and searching the database for your specific item.
- Secondly, compared to other online selling sites, we find very few time-wasters on eBay. We believe this is due to the function that allows buyers and sellers to rate the transactions with one another. No one wants a bad rating, right?
- Thirdly, eBay offers sellers more privacy. People don’t have access to any of your personal information, or a photograph of you!
- eBay offers you a secure way to collect payment – which may not be an option when selling via social media sites. Once you’ve sold your item, securely package it (any box/package is fine as long as it’s secure), book your pick-up for a time that suits you on MyeBay, and leave it at the front door for a courier to come collect it when it’s ready. You can read more about this simple and cost-effective process here.
Tips for Selling Your Home Gym Equipment on eBay
First and foremost, blow the dust off it and give it a good clean! People want to know that the items they are buying have been well locked after. It’s especially true during this pandemic that people are even more concerned than usual about cleanliness, so take the time to give it a good clean and ensure it has been sanitised before you take photographs to list it. Not preparing it properly will instantly reduce the amount of money someone will be willing to spend on it, so it’ll be time well-spent!
You don’t need a top of the range camera or photographic experience to take good photographs of your item, but it will pay to put some time and thought into them. We recommend reading our guide on How to Take Photographs to Improve How Much You make from Your eBay Listing.
eBay offers sellers the choice of setting a price or letting the item go to auction. If you decide to go down the auction route, the day and time you start your auction can have an impact on how many bidders you attract. This short article here explains why, and is worth reading if you want to maximise your earning potential!
Lastly, always, always write an honest but positive description of your item. Including any cosmetic damage, broken or missing parts, etc. People are often forgiving of second-hand items being less than perfect, as long as they have this information from the outset. For more tips on how to write the description read Four Mistakes to Avoid When Selling Your Preloved Things Online.
Ready to sell your second-hand fitness gear? Head to eBay here – for an easy, stress-free way to sell online.