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Make money from your old toilet roll

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Got a pile of old loo roll tubes building in the corner of the bathroom? Some people are making good money selling toilet paper rolls online...

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Usually, 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. Some 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 toilet paper tubes and, more importantly, what are people actually paying for them?

Also addicted to buying stuff on eBay? We've got plenty of tips to help you find some bargains.

How much money can you make from empty toilet rolls?

screenshot of toilet roll tubes for sale on ebay

Looking to sell your empty toilet paper roll? Bizarre as it may seem, buyers are more than keen to snap up these tubes of cardboard. Whether it's for arts and crafts, gardening, making bird feeders or to use as toys for furry pets, they have many uses.

While we once saw a bold seller flogging a box of 800 tubes for an impressive £48.00 plus £22.00 P&P (we're not even joking), it's perhaps unlikely you'd make quite this much. However, we do see some people on eBay trying to sell empty loo rolls for up to 10p each.

While you're not necessarily going to become a millionaire this way, making any money for something you're likely to be collecting anyway, and would otherwise throw in the recycling bin, is definitely worth it. In fact, toilet roll tubes are some of the best things to recycle for cash.

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. Simple as that!

And, if you want to reach a wider audience, you could try selling them on Facebook Marketplace and Gumtree too.

Old loo roll tubes are just some of many things you can make money from selling online (including your old clothes!).

Tips for selling toilet roll tubes

toilet roll with a smiley face

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Here are some top tips to make more money selling toilet roll tubes:

  1. Sell multiple loo roll tubes in bulk – Collect as many as you can over a few months and sell lots in one package. A listing looks much more appealing when there's a mountain of them on offer rather than just a few, and people seem keener to part with cash for larger quantities.
  2. Offer free (or very cheap) post and packaging – Asking for £22 P&P is setting yourself up for failure. Ask around your local shops for decent (free) cardboard boxes to send them in, and pack them neatly. Neater-looking collections go for a higher value. Try to add postage costs into your asking price so you can offer it for free – this will look much more tempting to buyers.
  3. Collect empty toilet roll tubes as a household – 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 and buy the toilet paper in bulk (look out for supermarket deals, but sites like have 36-packs for around £8 at the time of writing). Then, use the money you make from eBaying the tubes to go towards the next bulk order of toilet paper.
  4. Ask for toilet roll tubes from others – 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.

Find out how to also make cash from the old CDs, DVDs and games you don't use anymore.

Katie Paterson

WRITTEN BY Katie Paterson

Katie Paterson is an accomplished writer from Glasgow. She studied English Literature at the University of Strathclyde, then went on to do a Research Masters in Literature at the University of Amsterdam. As Lead Editor for Save the Student, Katie has covered topics from career tips to ways to make money go further as a student.
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