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Make money from your old toilet roll

Got a pile of old toilet roll tubes building in the corner of the bathroom? People are actually paying good money for those...

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Normally the sight of a finished toilet roll would fill you with absolute despair (and rage for whoever was supposed to buy the next batch). But what if reaching the end of the loo roll was a sign of cash to come?

Believe it or not, your laziness towards getting rid of those cardboard tubes could be about to pay off big time.

Savvy eBay sellers have been taking to the auction site to flog their cardboard loo roll tubes in bulk and earning a surprisingly decent amount of cash in exchange.

So just how many people are selling the stuff, and more importantly, what are people are actually paying for them?

Whether you're addicted to buying stuff off eBay or consider yourself a selling pro, we've got the tips to up your eBay game!

How much can you get for empty toilet rolls?

selling toilet roll tubes on ebay

Bizarre as it may seem, buyers are more than keen to snap up the cardboard. Whether it's for arts and crafts, gardening, making bird feeders or furry pets, they have many uses.

While we've seen one bold seller flogging a box of 800 tubes for an impressive £48.00 plus £22.00 P&P (we're not even joking), other - slightly more realistic - sellers are cashing in around 10p per tube.

Ok, so you're not going to become a millionaire this way, but for something you're likely to be collecting anyway, that's not too bad a deal!

All you have to do is take a quick photo, post the listing on eBay and take them to the post office when they sell - easy!

If you want to reach a wider audience, you could try selling them on Facebook selling groups and Gumtree too.

Tips for selling toilet roll tubes

tips for selling toilet roll tubes

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Here are a few tips to ensure you're getting the most out of this money making trick:

  1. Don’t just sell a few at a time - It's a good idea to collect as many as you can over a few months and sell them in bulk. A listing definitely looks better when there’s a mountain of the stuff on offer rather than just a few, and people seem more keen to part with cash for larger quantities.
  2. Offer free (or mega-cheap) P&P - Asking for £22 P&P is setting yourself up for failure. While you are selling a full box, the tubes are light as a feather. Ask around your local shops for decent (free) cardboard boxes to send them in - and do it neatly! Neater-looking collections go for a higher figure. Try to add postage costs into your asking price so you can offer it for free - this will look way more appealing to buyers. 
  3. Make it a team effort - Since everyone will be contributing in their own 'special' way to producing the empty loo roll tubes, why not make the whole thing a combined effort? Get everyone to chip in a few quid, buy the toilet paper in bulk (look out for supermarket deals, but sites like have 36-packs for as little as £5.40) then use the money you make from eBaying the tubes to pay for the next round of bulk toilet paper. You'll be practically self-sustainable! 
  4. Ask for donations - Your neighbours will be tossing these tubes out every day, so ask them if they’ll kindly donate to your entrepreneurial efforts to help get your numbers up.
Want to hear some more weird money-making ideas you can try at university? We've got loads in episode four of No More Beans, our podcast all about saving money while you study!

Find out how to make cash from your old textbooks, your old mobile phone and all those CDs, DVDs and games you don't use anymore.



I buy them for my two gerbils. They chew through 2-4 a day and love it! They sometimes sleep in the rolls, eat the rolls in the morning and then sleep in a new one that I give them.


I buy them for my hamster! She loves cardboard tubes more than any toy I’ve ever bought her and we can’t get through loo roll quick enough between my boyfriend and I haha!

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