Get Rich Selling Used Hockey Equipment on Tradyo!

Three Youth Boys Hockey Players Pose in Dressing Room in their equipment

Cool Minor Hockey Players!

OK. You may not ‘get rich’, but you can clean out the attic and make a few dollars doing it!

Hey hockey parents! Do you have a pile of used equipment in the basement? In the garage? Help out teammates and hockey players across Canada by listing those items on Tradyo!

Did you know that according to a 2013 CBC article, placing one child in hockey for a year can set you back $300-500 sign-up fees for a regular league and up to $15,000 a year for AAA leagues. I bet you knew that.

Add, equipment, travel costs for practices and tournaments (often out of town and include hotel stays), tournament fees, etc. and you could probably buy a nice trip for the entire family every year instead.

In addition, as sporting equipment becomes safer, lighter, and faster, it is also becoming more expensive.   So, the trend toward buying and selling used equipment continues to grow along with the prices.

Tradyo has some tips for Hockey Parents and Players who want to sell used equipment:

Pricing: It is fairly easy to determine the value of your equipment. Most retail locations that sell used equipment tend to use a 40-60% of “new” value when pricing items. It is fairly safe to use that formula. You can also search for similar items on Tradyo to get an idea where to price your item. Take into consideration that wear-and-tear will impact your selling price.

Keywords: Use two or three specific keywords in your title. Think about the words you used to search for similar items. When it comes to hockey equipment: brand, size, and condition are particularly important to people looking at your listings.

Description: Your description contains more detail about the item you are selling. You should include the age of the item, dimensions (if applicable), how often or how long the item was used. Short-forms can be used if you are running out of space. Here are a few examples:

  • NIB: new in box
  • NWT: new with tags
  • NBW: never been worn

There are some standard measures of condition as well. We recommend choosing from: excellent, good, fair, and poor.

Photo: “A picture is worth a thousand words”. Since Tradyo is a visual trading space, we know that people shop with their eyes. Here are some tips to make sure that your photo shows off your item’s “best side”:

  • Use a solid, contrasting background. The easiest way to do this is to lay a bed sheet on the floor with your item on top. You can use an empty wall as a backdrop as well. Most importantly, don’t take a picture with clutter in the background. Your item will get lost.
  • Cover all the angles. Take a few pictures from different sides. Turn the item over and shoot it from the back.
  • Use natural, indirect light: Direct light can cause all sorts of shadows and may not show your item “in its best light”. Take pictures in a bright room but not in direct sunlight. Big items may look great if you take a photo outside on a sunny day (think hockey nets).
  • CLEAN THE ITEM: Use some elbow grease and make sure your item is clean before you take pictures. If you are selling apparel that needs to be dry-cleaned or washed, make sure that happens. Be sure skates have clean blades and uppers have had scuffmarks buffed out as much as possible.

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