What Sells: Men’s Clothing

Like children’s clothing, menswear often resells online for less than retail. The exceptions are designer brands and some vintage items. To maximize your return, focus on selling men’s professional and business casual attire.

Choose your garments carefully: suits, sweaters, designer jeans and coats will usually sell for more than shorts, t-shirts and dress shirts. If asked to sell these latter items, consider offering them as a lot. Make sure each item in the lot is the same size and style, and, when feasible, the same brand.

Research Resources

For the latest in men’s fashion, look through the pages of GQ and Maximmagazines as well as People — designers monitor celebrity fashion trends closely for ideas about what to add to their own lines. Also, visit the websites of the top designer brands listed above.

For more broadly available brands, it is best to search eBay to learn what’s being offered for sale online, how items are bundled and marketed, and what’s selling.

Inspect clothing carefully for these signs of wear and tear:
  • Stains and spots
  • Rips and tears
  • Dirty or torn hems on pants
  • Snags in delicate fabrics
  • Moth holes in wool
  • Weak seams, loose threads
  • Missing buttons
  • Stuck or broken zippers
  • Odors
  • Alterations
  • Torn, faded or missing labels

Also, don’t forget to check the pockets of jackets and trousers.

Storage and Shipping

Keep clothing in a well-ventilated room, away from children, pets, moisture, smoke and cooking odors. Never place clothing in direct sunlight or next to heating vents or air conditioners, since temperature/humidity changes can cause damage. Shirts and slacks should be cleaned and pressed and left on hangers prior to shipment.

Place the item in a plastic bag and place the bag in either a bubble wrap envelope or a box, depending upon the number of clothing items being shipped, for transit to the buyer.

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