Having been in the wholesale liquidation industry for the last few years, I’m asked questions all the time about higher end name brand clothing shelf pulls- as far as where to locate Macys liquidation apparel. It seems as though the overwhelming majority of individuals who ask about this clothing are doing so because they want to resell items on eBay.
To those who ask, I provide direct department store contacts within the guide I wrote, The Liquidators Guide. Not only do I share contact information for Macy’s direct, but I also provide several wholesale liquidators who sell this clothing in small, affordable lots. Not everyone has the cash to purchase multiple pallets of clothing when getting started, therefore, buying from a wholesale liquidator can prove to be invaluable.
I always make a few recommendations to those who are planning on starting an eBay business reselling clothing, including:
Buy in quantity – The more shelf pull clothing you buy at any one time will provide (1) a quantity discount per piece; and (2) lower freight costs for your purchase.
Buy used clothing – Yes, I said it…used clothing! In addition to the NWT (new with tags) shelf pull clothing, mix in [to eBay auctions] used apparel sourced from yard and garage sales you attend within your local area. You can also find high end name brand clothing at thrift stores, at great pricing.
Take quality photos – Maybe it’s time to ditch that 3 year old camera and pickup a 12-14 mega-pixel camera from Best Buy? You can get a very nice point and shoot digital camera within the $99-$149 price range. In addition to using a good quality camera, make sure to have plenty of bright light directly on the clothing item you are photographing for eBay.
Take exact clothing measurements – It’s not enough to offer the manufacturers size for each clothing item you list on eBay, as general sizes from each manufacturer can vary. Search online for information relating to accurately measuring each type of clothing piece and then list measurements in each auction. Well described merchandise will lower, or stop, refund rates.
Rejuvenate wrinkled clothing – Nobody will submit a bid on your eBay auction if you don’t take the time to remove wrinkles from each clothing item. You can accomplish this in a couple of ways: (1) use an upright professional clothing steamer (Google it); or (2) some clothing items can be tossed in the clothes dryer for a few minutes to remove light wrinkling.
Include a coupon with each purchase – Provide each of your eBay customers with a discount off of their next purchase auction purchase. This is a great way to build repeat business.