The Goodwill is one of my favorite places to buy inventory for eBay. It is a place that is filled with mystery, but I never leave empty handed. Rewind just a few years back. I started looking at Goodwill for inventory in 2005. I would walk in, and about an hour later I would walk out empty handed. I could not find anything that I thought customers would want to buy on eBay. The reality of it was, I just didn’t know what I was looking for. eBay customers will buy ANYTHING! Today, I try to visit two Goodwill’s a day for ten minutes each, and I leave with a cart full of items. What’s different now? After trial and error, I know what will sell for a good profit.
Let me tell you one of my favorite Goodwill finds. One day, not to long ago, I was taking a lap around the GW (thats what I call Goodwill). I was walking down the wood aisle, when I accidentally kicked a large bubble gum machine that was on the floor. Practicing good Karma, I bent down to pick it up. As I bent down I looked on the bottom shelf, and right there, staring me right in the face was one box of O.B. Ultra Tampons. To the normal consumer, this is a gross, old, dirty (but sealed) box of tampons at GW? My heart started to pump fast, and my hands started to sweat. This item was on my “have to find” list! I knew that this $.99 box of tampons would sell for $50 on eBay.
Why would someone pay $50 for an old box of tampons? Because it is O.B. Ultra Tampons, and they were discontinued about a year ago. Women that used these in the past fell in love, and they have to have them. Like I said, “People will buy ANYTHING”. Here is a screen shot of a recently ended auction: