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The Best Print-on-Demand Products to Sell on eBay

The Best Print-on-Demand Products to Sell on eBay
Sarah Reilly

By Sarah Reilly

8 min read

Unlocking the secret to ecommerce success is all about tapping into market demand. In this blog post, we’ll guide you through some bestselling print-on-demand products for eBay to get you there. 

From embroidered apparel to custom pet products, these product categories have proven popular and profitable. 

Keep reading to explore a mix of tried-and-true and more unique products you can customize to position yourself for success on one of the world’s largest online marketplaces.

The top 9 POD product categories apt for eBay

No bones about it; below, we cover 9 print-on-demand product categories that align perfectly with eBay’s audience. If you’re interested in how to make money on eBay, focusing on these can set the stage for impressive sales.

1. Tech accessories

Let’s start with some data: roughly 16B mobile phones and 286M PCs were shipped globally last year alone. That’s a massive market!

While purchasing new devices is a costly (and less frequent) investment, accessories give your everyday gadgets a new feel without breaking the bank. Why not take advantage of this major market and offer customized protective gear and accouterments?

In our tech accessories category, you’ll find phone cases, laptop sleeves, mouse pads, and earphone cases. These are all great options for customization that would be perfect for selling on eBay due to the platform’s tech-savvy audience. 

A top seller recently? Gaming mouse pads. Not only are they larger than standard mouse pads, offering a more generous canvas for intricate and expansive designs, but they’re also built to enhance the gaming experience. Plus, a rise in home gaming setups has increased demand for personalized gaming accessories.

2. Hoodies and sweatshirts

In most people’s wardrobes, hoodies and sweatshirts are casual wear staples. With the rise of remote work and loungewear trends, the demand for comfortable clothing has soared.

Why is this category particularly suited for eBay? The platform has a diverse age demographic, and both younger and older generations appreciate the versatility and comfort of hoodies and sweatshirts.

With a wide range of designs, colors, and materials, you’re sure to find the perfect hoodie or sweatshirt to sell on eBay. Printful offers various customization options, from embroidered logos to full-print designs, ensuring that you can cater to customers’ different tastes and preferences.

A notable standout is Printful’s all-over print custom hoodies and sweatshirts. These allow for vibrant, seam-to-seam designs, so you can offer truly unique apparel pieces that resonate with those looking for standout casual wear.

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3. Wall art

Another popular choice for selling on eBay is custom paper posters, canvas prints, and metal prints. Printful’s wall art options come in various sizes, and you can choose to frame the paper or canvas prints as part of your offering.

Learn more: Your Ultimate Guide to Canvas vs. Metal Prints

Before designing, make sure to check out the competition for each product because the difference in search results is enormous:

  • 1.6M+ results for paper posters

  • 1.1M+ results for canvas prints

  • 10K+ results for metal prints

Eyeing the metal prints market? Printful’s Glossy Metal Print can turn any design into a modern and truly vibrant piece of art. Its durable aluminum surface and glossy finish sets this product apart from others you might see on eBay.

By choosing a product with less competition, it’s easier to stand out and build a solid customer base—especially when focusing on designs that no one else is offering. Depending on your niche, you can create specialty wall art with original graphics, artwork, movie quotes, or inspirational sayings. 

4. Embroidered apparel

In the world of fashion, the embroidery trend remains evergreen, reflecting both tradition and luxe detailing. As a result, embroidered apparel remains a customer favorite, combining the practicality and premium feel of a durable design. 

From hats and shirts to jackets and tote bags, Printful offers a diverse selection of products ripe for custom embroidery

If you’re looking to add a touch of sophistication to your eBay offering, embroidered options are where it’s at. With their tactile and high-quality feel, original embroidered products appeal to eBay’s discerning shoppers who value both aesthetics and durability in their purchases.

A top pick in this category? Embroidered polo shirts. They merge casual with classy and are a popular choice for individuals and businesses seeking a touch of professionalism in their attire.

5. Eco-friendly products

It’s no secret that sustainability has become increasingly important for shoppers. In fact, one-third of consumers are willing to pay more for sustainable products. The appeal of eco-friendly items stems not just from an environmental consciousness but also from the growing demand for quality and longevity.

With this in mind, our catalog boasts a dedicated eco-friendly section. From staples like t-shirts, jackets, and bags to more specialty items like aprons, scrunchies, and swimwear, Printful enables you to sell products that cater to sustainably-minded shoppers.

Why include eco-friendly items in your eBay offering? The platform has seen an uptick in environmentally-conscious buyers who are actively looking for sustainable alternatives. By offering eco-friendly options, you can tap into this growing segment, distinguishing your store from competitors.

If you’re wondering where to start, eco-friendly tote bags are a great product to spotlight. They’re not only a practical alternative to plastic bags but also serve as a stylish accessory—a favorite among green shoppers. Plus, they adapt to different niches and designs, making them a natural addition to any product collection.

6. Custom bedding

Getting optimal rest is essential, and the right bedding can make all the difference. As more people invest in buffing up their boudoirs for maximum comfort, the market for custom bedding has seen substantial growth. 

Not convinced? Just check the stats. The global home bedding market size was valued at over $95B last year and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.6% by 2030. That’s a major piece of the home decor pie. 

Printful offers a curated selection of bedding items, including blankets, throws, pillows, and pillowcases, all customizable to suit varied tastes. Selling these items on eBay is a smart move since buyers on the platform often seek unique and personalized home decor items to elevate their bedrooms or living spaces.

The Embroidered Premium Sherpa Blanket is a great pick from this category. Made from high-quality materials, it features a plush fleece material on one side and soft sherpa fabric on the other, making it exceptionally warm and snug. With the addition of your custom embroidery design, it’s the perfect piece to add a touch of personality and warmth to any bedding. 

7. Pet products

Most of us consider our furry friends more than just companions—they’re family. So it makes sense that the pet industry continues to grow, set to surge from $320B in 2023 to almost $500B by 2030. Catering to pet lovers offers a prime opportunity, especially when considering the emotional connection many have with their pets.

Luckily, Printful’s catalog includes customizable pet products like bowls and bandanas, as well as other items that are great as personalized gifts for pet lovers. Offering these custom finds on eBay allows you to tap into a community of pet enthusiasts always on the lookout for unique items for their four-legged pals.

In fact, eBay is the perfect platform for this category since its diverse user base includes a significant number of pet owners who frequently search for distinctive products to pamper their pets. Plus, many of these items are dropshipping products with a high-profit margin that offer potential profit margins of 60–70%.

A standout in this category? Custom all-over print pet bandanas. With a blend of functionality and fashion, your customers’ pets are sure to stand out on walks or in social media photoshoots.

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8. Personalized games

The allure of board games and puzzles has transcended generations, and in an era of digital dominance, their charm has seen a resurgence. Personalization adds a unique spin to these classic pastimes, creating memorable experiences for families and friends alike.

There’s an engaging lineup in this category, including classic board games or memory games that can be personalized with names or characters, and customizable puzzles that’ll bring personal photos or designs to life. Selling these on eBay taps into a nostalgia-driven market where users seek exclusive and memorable game nights.

Since the platform is frequented by families, hobbyists, and gift shoppers all in search of unique entertainment items and personalized gifts, it’s the perfect place to showcase these products.

A highlight from this category is Printful’s custom Jigsaw Puzzle. Transforming personal memories into interactive fun, it’s a top choice for shoppers looking for a mix of quirkiness and sentimentality.

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9. Drinkware

Last but not least, it’s an oldie but a goodie: personalized drinkware. In an age of fleeting trends, the appeal of customized cups and mugs remains timeless. Serving as daily essentials, these items intertwine utility with personal flair, making them perennially popular.

Printful’s drinkware range is expansive, featuring everything from water bottles and tumblers to mugs and the more elegant glassware, all ready for customization. 

These products are perfect for eBay, as users often seek distinctive and tailored products for personal use or as thoughtful gifts. The platform caters to a broad audience, from office-goers looking for unique coffee mugs to fitness enthusiasts wanting bespoke water bottles.

Stainless Steel Tumbler takes the spotlight in this category. With its sleek design and thermal properties, it not only makes a style statement but also ensures your drinks remain at the desired temperature—fashion and function. With your unique design, it’d be a real winner for eBay shoppers.

Seizing success on eBay

Venturing into the dynamic world of eBay with a focus on personalizing trending products can only serve to amplify your ecommerce success. Expanding your selection beyond commonly offered items like custom t-shirts or custom stickers opens up a wide range of interesting possibilities and immense potential waiting to be tapped. 

The key is to offer quality, personalized products that captivate shoppers’ attention. As the market grows and diversifies, aligning with time-honored favorites like drinkware, along with emerging categories like personalized games, can be your winning formula.

Take the leap, curate products that mirror your consumers’ evolving needs, and watch your eBay dropshipping venture thrive.

 

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By Sarah Reilly on Jan 16, 2024

Sarah Reilly

Sarah is a Senior Content Writer at Printful with experience in editing, translation, and teaching. She holds a Ph.D. in International Relations and is passionate about language.

Sarah is a Senior Content Writer at Printful with experience in editing, translation, and teaching. She holds a Ph.D. in International Relations and is passionate about language.