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How To Buy and Sell Hair Online & 11 Salons or Wig Companies That Buy

Best Selling Categories on Ebay

Top-level categories on eBay.
Top-level categories on eBay.

These are 12 of the most popular categories and subcategories on Ebay:

  • Consumer electronics
  • Health and Beauty
  • Home and Garden
  • Computers and Tablets
  • Crafts
  • Clothing, Shoes & Accessories
  • Automotive
  • Sporting goods
  • Jewelry & Watches
  • Collectables
  • Pet Supplies
  • Baby

The main takeaway from this list is that almost anything can be sold on Ebay.

Within each top-level category are many subcategories, and within those are individual products. Some of the products in popular categories will sell very well, some will sell rarely or never. 

Here is a page on ebay where they list every category and subcategory if you are interested.

Don’t get too married to a category unless you are an expert in a certain type of product and therefore better than most at identifying deals.

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Can you sell hair for money? If it’s over 6 inches, you can sell hair on HairSellon!

How much can you sell hair for? Generally the longer and thicker your hair is, the more you can sell it for. Check out the famous hair calculator to find out your hair selling price.

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Tips for Selling Your Hair Locally

This is a little bit more time-consuming and requires a bit leg work but it’s doable. You need to find people in your local area who buy hair or pay for your hair either cut or attached to your head. For example, many hair salons have their own hairstyle models. You could become one.

Usually, you are paid a small payment as well as a free hair cut. Simply check with your local hair salons to see if any of them is looking for a hairstyle model. You can also check the newspaper ads, Craigslist and Yellow pages listing for that.

Now, if you are not in it for the money or perhaps can’t find anyone to sell your hair to, you can donate your hair to a cancer or children organizations such as LocksOfLove that makes wigs for cancer patients.

You don’t get any money out of this deal, but you make a cancer patient’s life a little happier along with your own life.

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It’ll be easier to sell your hair if you provide good photos and clear descriptions.

Here are a few suggestions as to what details to include:

  • The length of hair you are selling
  • The colour of your hair
  • The texture of your hair, whether it is thick, curly, straight, etc.
  • How often you wash and style your hair
  • What you generally use to style your hair, such as styling products, blow dryers, or curling irons
  • Whether you smoke or drink alcohol
  • How healthy your diet is
  • Don’t be afraid to promote your hair for how good it is, you need to make people want to buy your hair, but be honest.

Actually Selling My Hair on eBay

First, I considered the fact that there are sites dedicated solely to the listing of hair for sale – sort of eBay or Craigslist specifically for hair. But these sites charge you money to list your hair, and since this isn’t likely to be something I do very often, I felt that the no-cost initial listing of eBay was the best bet.

I found this guide called “Selling Hair Facts” written and posted by Karen Shelton on a message board on HairBoutique.com. It’s quite comprehensive, and she won my heart by starting the post off with an explanation of my favorite O’Henry short story, “The Gift of the Magi.”

One of the things Karen Shelton’s post addressed was the risk of not getting paid for your hair, with some services. This is the reason I decided to use eBay and take only PayPal as payment, since PayPal offers some protection for sellers that you would not get by accepting a personal check or money order.

Another thing Shelton’s article pointed out was that hair with a “natural wave” in it might actually garner some real attention and cash, so I went for it.

I took several pictures of the ponytail of hair itself, next to a ruler (to demonstrate the length), one in indirect sunlight and one with the camera flash, to give a good idea of the color.

One thing that I also had was a picture (that didn’t show my face) of how the hair had looked on my head, immediately before I cut it. It was a coincidence that I even had the photo, but it worked out well – I think people buying hair want to see it in its natural environment.

With these pictures, I wrote up a detailed description of my hair, its length, its color, and all the attributes that I listed about (undyed, no chemicals, etc.) and put it up on eBay with the title “11″ Ponytail of Honey Blonde Curly/Wavy Human Hair” and an opening bid of just $0.99.

Why 99 cents? Because it was an experiment, first and foremost. More than making money off it, I wanted to see how high it might go. There were a few bids in the first few days – getting the price up into the teens. I was pretty pleased with that – it seemed like it was at least going to be worth my while to have listed it, considering the hair itself was something I “got for free.” That’s the nice thing about selling your hair – it’s almost 100% pure profit!

There were a few people who had put the listing on their “watch list,” and for the next few days, nothing happened. Then suddenly, as my listing neared its end, the bids began to shoot up dramatically (nothing out of the ordinary for an online auction!).

The winning bid when it closed was $166.50! From that, $5.13 went to PayPal fees, and $5.34 for shipping via eBay’s partnership with the US Postal Service. So for my trouble of keeping the ponytail, photographing it, listing it, and shipping it (maybe two hours of work, tops?), I got a cool $156.03.

Wig Companies Are Looking For Healthy Hair

By healthy hair, this means your hair should be thick “virgin” hair, usually from 10 inches or even longer than 10 inches.

It’s healthy hair like these that fetch the big bucks when it comes to selling your hair.

If your hair has been thoroughly bleached, dyed, permed or always subjected to hair dryers, hot irons, hair straighteners, you won’t be an ideal candidate for wig companies that want to buy hair.

So, if you want to pursue this in future, perhaps it’s time to start taking better care of your hair for a while, before thinking of selling.

Click this to see companies that pay you to go on dates (yes, really!)

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The following are more details on how to sell your hair and 11 wig companies that actually buy hair.

Examples of Products We’ve Sold Profitably On Ebay

The reality is that just about any item can make sense to sell on eBay if you get it at the right price. With that much opportunity it can be difficult to know what to look for, so in this section I’ll provide a few example sales we’ve made in the past.   

Macklemore Thrift store jacket

One of my all-time favorite ebay flips was a fur jacket I bought from a thrift store.

This was at the peak of popularity for Macklemore’s Thrift Shop song, so I bought the fur jacket and sold it on ebay as a Macklemore costume.

I put it up as an auction, and it ended up selling for $112.50 – earning me a $75.96 profit in the process!

You can read more about that flip here.

Red Bull Cola

One of my first successful retail arbitrage finds ever was Red Bull Cola at Big Lots.

I was able to buy these at $0.50 a can and sell them in 10 can lots on ebay for $24.99. For every 10 cans I sold, I earned ~$8 profit.

Note: I found these thanks to a lead I got from a

Note: I found these thanks to a lead I got from a blog I was reading. While it seems small looking back, it was a pretty big deal for me at the time because it showed me that it was possible to actually make money doing this stuff. I’m a big fan of leads because of the time it can save you and the confidence it can give new sellers. If you haven’t checked out our Arbitrage Finds list yet, you should do that now.

Other eBay Sales…

Amazon is where we do most of our selling, but we’ve sold a lot on eBay over the years.

For example, here is a post where I share details on selling Packers monopoly, hair curlers, ugly sweaters, regular sweaters, and special-edition Lay’s potato chips.

We haven’t documented much of our ebay activity in recent years, but that is something we could do more of if there is interest.

Top selling items on eBay: Webretailer data

Webretailer has published interesting insights that help sellers discover which items are selling the most on eBay across key product-focused categories to chart overall sales trends. The data comes from the eBay data analytics tool ShelfTrend.

The analyzed categories mainly include mass-produced products that are sold new and at a fixed price. Categories where one-of-a-kind items are sold (e.g. Antiques & Collectibles) and media categories (e.g. Books & Music) have been excluded.

#1 eBay category: Baby

The most popular Baby product categories on eBay:

  • Toys for Baby → Developmental Baby Toys (top selling brands: unbranded and Fisher-Price)
  • Toys for Baby → Plush Baby Toys
  • Baby Safety & Health → Baby Monitors.

#2 eBay category: Business & Industrial

The most popular Business & Industrial product categories on eBay:

  • Healthcare, Lab & Dental → Disposable Face Masks (mostly unbranded)
  • Material Handing → Other Envelopes & Mailers
  • Material Handing → Shipping & Moving Boxes.

#3 eBay category: Cameras & Photo

The most popular Cameras & Photo categories on eBay:

  • Lighting & Studio → Lighting Kits (mostly unbranded and white label brands)
  • Camera Drones → Camera Drones
  • Camcorders → Camcorders.

#4 eBay category: Cell Phones, Smart Watches & Accessories

The most popular Cell Phones, Smart Watches & Accessories categories on eBay:

  • Cell Phones & Smartphones → Cell Phones & Smartphones (top brands: Apple, Samsung)
  • Cell Phone Accessories → Cases, Covers & Skins
  • Cell Phone Accessories → Headsets.

#5 eBay category: Consumer Electronics

The most popular Electronics categories on eBay:

  • Portable Audio & Headphones → Headphones (top brands: Beats by Dr. Dre, Skullcandy)
  • TV, Video & Home Audio → Media Streamers
  • Surveillance & Smart Home Electronics → Security Cameras.

#6 eBay category: Clothing, Shoes & Accessories

The most popular Clothing, Shoes & Accessories categories on eBay:

  • Men → T-Shirts (top brands: Gildan, Hanes, unbranded)
  • Men → Socks
  • Men → Hats.

#7 eBay category: Health & Beauty

The most popular Health & Beauty categories on eBay:

  • Fragrances → Men’s Fragrances (top brands: Calvin Klein, Versace, Nautica)
  • Vitamins & Lifestyle Supplements → Vitamins & Minerals
  • Vitamins & Lifestyle Supplements → Weight Loss Supplements.

#8 eBay category: Home & Garden

The most popular Home & Garden categories on eBay:

  • Tools & Workshop Equipment → Power Tool Batteries (top brands: DeWalt, Milwaukee)
  • Home Improvement → Space Heaters
  • Lamps, Lighting & Ceiling Fans → String Lights, Fairy Lights.

#9 eBay category: Jewelry & Watches

The most popular Jewelry & Watches categories on eBay:

  • Watches, Parts & Accessories → Wristwatches (top brands: Citizen, Bulova, Frédérique Constant)
  • Watches, Parts & Accessories → Wristwatch Bands
  • Fashion Jewelry → Necklaces & Pendants.

#10 eBay category: Musical Instruments & Gear

The most popular Musical Instruments & Gear categories on eBay:

  • Pro Audio Equipment → Microphones & Wireless Systems (top brands: HyperX, Blue Microphones)
  • Guitars & Basses → Strings
  • Guitars & Basses → Electric Guitars.

#11 eBay category: Pet Supplies

The most popular Pet Supplies categories on eBay:

  • Fish & Aquariums → Live Plants
  • Reptile Supplies → Reptile Supplies
  • Fish & Aquariums → Live Invertebrates.

#12 eBay category: Sporting Goods

The most popular Sporting Goods categories on eBay:

  • Hunting → Gun Parts → Pistols (top brands: Glock, private label brands from eBay sellers)
  • Hunting → Magazine
  • Hunting → Red Dot & Laser Scopes.

#13 eBay category: Toys & Hobbies

The most popular Toys & Hobbies categories on eBay:

  • Collectible Card Games → Individual Cards
  • Collectible Card Games → Sealed Booster Packs
  • Action Figures → TV, Movie & Video Games.

The top brands include Academy, Bandai and Nintendo.

#14 eBay category: Travel

The most popular Travel categories on eBay were:

  • Luggage → Luggage (top brands: Samsonite, High Sierra, American Tourister)
  • Lodging → Lodging
  • Travel Accessories → Other Travel Accessories.

#15 eBay category: Video Games & Consoles

The most popular Video Games & Consoles categories on eBay:

  • Video Games → Video Games (top brands: Nintendo, Sega)
  • Video Games Accessories → Controllers & Attachments
  • Video Game Accessories → Video Games Merchandise.

Comparison of top-selling eBay categories

The summary below presents the data for the top 100 listings in each subcategory, including average sales per listing and price range. It shows how the categories analyzed above compare against each other.

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