Easy to Find – Money Maker

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The Sony Walkman – this brings back good memories. Walking down the street, listening to the latest MC Hammer cassette tape. I thought I was cool! I remember when I bought my first Sony Walkman. It was the latest and greatest technology, and I could either listen to FM radio or whatever tape I could carry. When I was done listening to the first side I simply flipped it over to side B. Technology sure has advanced since then, but the Sony Walkman is still in high demand!

Sure there are “newer” digital versions of a Sony Walkman that allow you to play MP3’s, but those are not the ones that sell well on eBay. The vintage Sony Walkman (from the 80’s) is what’s HOT! There are a few reasons why people want these beautiful electronics again, and it may not be why you’d think. I have sold many of these on eBay before, and just out of curiosity, I asked the buyer why they wanted an old Sony Walkman. Here is what they said:

1. Battery Life: A couple of buyers stated that they only wanted it for the FM radio and that the Sony Walkman has the best battery life.

2. Collectors: I had some buyer tell me that they are just a fan of older technology, and they wanted to add it to their collection.

3. Party: One other buyer told me that they are going to an 80’s party and wanted it as an accessory.

I’m sure there are other reasons why people want these, but whatever the reason is, I am happy to sell it to them! Let us take a look at some completed listings:

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As you can see, the Vintage Sony Walkman is worth some real money! So where do you find these? The answer is, EVERYWHERE! A lot of people don’t understand the value of the Walkman, so they sell them for $1 at garage sales or $2 at thrift stores. Even some people on eBay will do a buy it now for under $5.

Make sure you are paying attention to the model of the Walkman, and utilize the Completed Listings feature. Not all Walkman’s are worth the same amount, and of course, the older, the better. Try to stay away from any cassette Walkman’s that have a digital display. Those are too new. Lastly, make sure it works. You may have to buy a cassette tape from Goodwill for $.50, but it will be worth it. The last thing you want is to have an angry buyer!

f you are wanting more tips and tricks, you can get my ebook, “The Keys to a Successful eBay Business” HERE

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It’s time for your 2017 eBay resolutions!

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It’s 2017, and I’m expecting this year to be one the best years of my life!  Just like everyone else, I have made my new year resolutions, and more importantly, I’ve made a plan to achieve my goals.

So, how can your new year resolutions help you make money on eBay? Take a good look at your list. Your resolutions may fall under one of the top three: weight loss, get organized and pay off debt. With that said, there’s a good chance that your resolution is different – and that’s okay! It’s okay because the more unique your resolution is, the more you can utilize that to your advantage on eBay! Since most people lose interest in their resolutions after February, we need to find eBay inventory asap!

Let us look at the top three resolutions.

Weight Loss:

This – by far – is the top New Year resolution every year. People buy gym memberships, weight watchers, work out DVD’s, bikes, and more. Finding weight loss inventory is an easy one for us! Goodwill and other thrift stores are filled with everything from food scales to workout clothes. Some top items to look for maybe – Healthy Cookbooks, Exercise Clothes, Body Scales, Food Scales, Yoga Mats, and Work Out DVDs. Let’s
take a look at a few completed listings:

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Getting Organized:

This resolution is also easy to shop for. When I think of getting organized, I think of storage. People like to declutter their home this time of year, so we need to be there to help them. Things to look for at Goodwill or Thrift Stores are Any collapsable bins, Anything labeled as an organizer (e.g. Christmas paper organizer or Shoe organizer), or Wire Baskets. Let’s take a look at a couple completed listings.

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Pay off Debt:

The third most popular resolution is to pay off debt and save money. There are several inventory items we can look for to help others pay off debt. Look for – Unique Coupon Organizers, Popular ‘Pay off Debt’ Books, and others! This type of category is very broad and is the kind of item that you just see in the store, and you know it will be a good seller! Let’s take a look at a completed listing.

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This is just the tip of the iceberg. As you dive deeper into each niche, you will uncover different types of items to look for! Again, take a look at your new year resolutions and see what things can help you make money! I am honestly hoping that you all have the best 2017 possible! Lets all double our eBay profits this year!

If you are wanting more tips and tricks, you can get my ebook, “The Keys to a Successful eBay Business” HERE

Want an easy sale? List some Hair Curlers!

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I’ll never forget the first time I was shopping at Goodwill and found a pair of the blue Remington Tight Curl Curlers. If it wasn’t for the TalkBoy sitting right next to these money makers, I probably would have walked right past them.  At the time, selling items from Goodwill was completely new to me.  In order to find out whether or not I could make money – I had to check the completed listings on the eBay mobile app.  My mouth almost dropped when I saw that those same curlers were selling for over $50 used. Goodwill was selling them for only $2, so I knew it was a home run.  But why?

The Remington Tight Curl Curlers are not the only set that will bring you in the big bucks. Let’s take a look at a few that have recently sold, and pay attention to the titles of each of these completed listings. You will see a theme. Every listing makes reference to Pageants. These old and used hair curlers provide the perfect curl for the toddler and tiara type of shows. It doesn’t matter that they are used, if it helps win the competition, then the parents will fish out the dough.  Take a look at a few of the sold listings below:

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This is an excellent time to point out the value to checking every “eye-catching” item at thrift stores. You truly never know what an item is worth to someone else! Using this type of thinking has to lead me to some crazy finds in my day. Here is a list of my most interesting finds:

  1. A box of tampons: YepI bought for less than a dollar and made over $60.
  2. Three bottles of cleaner: It was to be used in a machine that was discontinued. (Bought for less than a dollar per bottle and make over $30 each.)
  3. Water damaged ink: I found several boxes of old ink that were heavily water damaged for less than $3 each. I sold most of them for $30 and some for over $50. It turns out that they were solid ink bars and the water did no damage.
  4. Old Coke rugby shirt: This shirt had several holes and looked like it was worn in an actual rugby game. Bought it for $4 and sold it for $150.
  5. Electronic Face Shocker: That’s not the real name, but it does a good job describing what it does. It’s called a face exerciser. I found it in a zip lock bag for .50 cents and sold it for $70.

I really could go on and on, but the point I’m trying to make is that you can’t judge a book by its cover. It may not look like much to you, but someone else may be willing to pay big bucks for it! What is your craziest find?  Share in the comments below.

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Sometimes holding on to a product is more profitable!

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When selling on eBay, my official motto is to “Flip an item as fast as possible,” but in some cases, it may pay to be patient.  You may have an item that is easy to find right now, but it could be seasonal.  When the supply dries out, the profit should go up, right?  That’s not true in all cases, but if you do your research, you could walk away with much more money!

5a97fece-b691-404e-a39d-2ebeb92e9601-2878-0000030833421e07_tmpLet us take a look at a recent purchase I made.  Not too long ago, I was walking through a store with my wife when I found a huge lot of FrankenBerry cereal on clearance for $1.  This typically is a Halloween item, but since the holiday was over, the store seemed to think that the demand would go down.  I pulled out my handy smartphone and checked the completed listings on eBay.  I wasn’t that thrilled with the results so I kept on walking.  Then it hit me – clearance items usually mean that the stock will be gone soon.  So, the true FrankenBerry fans will be out of luck, and with supply & demand, I’d more than likely be able to make a profit.  Instead of listening to my instinct, I pulled up one of my new favorite apps, Terapeak.  I was able to see that I was right; a few months after Halloween, each box spiked to between $5.50 – $9 a box. So, against my wife’s wishes, I bought all 120 boxes for $1 each (at Target)

It’s not like these are selling like crazy on eBay, so I had to develop a strategy to sell these before August 2017 (that’s when they expire). Here is what I found:

  • They are selling better in the United Kingdom than in the United States, so I decided to add UK visibility to my listing.
  • The current average sale price right now is $5.99 with $16.50 shipping to the UK, so I decided to sell them now for that amount. According to USPS, it will only cost $12.50 to ship the box there – that will leave me a profit of $5.37 per box.
  • According to Terapeak, this number will grow throughout the year, so even if I only make $5.37 per box, I will have made a $644 profit on FrankenBerry cereal.
  • I am using more sources than eBay to sell this product (Amazon).
  • If all else fails, I have a lot of FrankenBerry to eat.

Thanks to TeraPeak, in this case, I have the knowledge that my product will probably sell for more in a few months, but since I have so many boxes, I think I am going to start selling them now. If you have never used TeraPeak before, I suggest you at least check it out.

Have you ever had an item that you sat on for awhile to make more money later on? If so, what was it and was it worth it?  Lastly, please subscribe to this blog for more updates :).

Cracking the Costco Code

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When buying inventory for your eBay business, there are many places you can go. With that said, I still have a few favorite places. They are (in order) Goodwill, Target, and Costco (or Sam’s Club). When I first started finding eBay inventory at big box stores, I was afraid to go to Costco. Yeah, the free food samples were great, but it would take so much time to try and find an item that would make me some money on eBay.

That was until I understood the Costco “code.” That’s right, Costco has a code, and until you figure it out; you may spend countless hours roaming the aisles. Before I tell you the “code,” I want to give credit where credit is due. I didn’t figure this one out on my own, but I did find an article online that opened my eyes. The article is by Len Rapoport and the title is “Secret Codes Will Save You Money at Costco.” I will put the link at the bottom of this post.

Understanding the Costco code is easy. It’s all about quickly looking at the price tag and making a quick decision on the item is on clearance, closeout, or full price. There are a few indicators that give this away. You are going to be looking for three things:

1. A price ending in $.99
2. A price ending in $.97
3. An odd price ending in $.79
4. An asterisk in the corner of the tag.

So what do these prices and symbol mean?  Well, let me break it down.

  • The items that end in $.99 are full price and although they may still be a good deal, more than likely they will not make you any money on eBay.
  • The items that end in $.97 may be a great deal. These are the things that were full price but didn’t sell well, so the store has to clear them out fast.
  • The price tags that have the * in the corner indicates that this may be a great item to buy! It is an item that is not going to be reordered and could be marked down. Even if it is not marked down, think about how you could list the item as “hard to find” when they are out of stock. I recently did this with Cherry Almond Crunch cereal. The price was not marked down, but I was able to save it until it was a hard to find the product. I sold this item on Amazon, and I doubled my money.
  •  The items that of odd prices like $.79 could be ideal for eBay. They are the products that Costco got a special price on, and now they are passing it on to you!
    Remember to do you research first before you buy an item. Even though itself marked down does not mean it is a money maker, but I hope this cuts down on your time spent while searching for eBay inventory at Costco.

Again, I can not take credit for cracking this code. It was Len Rapoport’s article that inspired me, and if you would like to read it, you can find it HERE.

The eBay Customer Experience

 

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Take a moment and think about a time when you had a great customer experience in a store.  How did it make you feel?  Did it make you want to buy the item from that sales person?  Of course, we have all had these types of experiences, but we have also had the opposite.  One bad experience at a restaurant can make a person never eat there again.  Customers feel the same way when it comes to eBay.  They are looking for the great customer experience that they would get from a big box store.  Some may have been burned in the past and are giving eBay one more chance, and it’s up to you to change their negative perception, and it all starts with your customer service.

According to eBay, 45% of eBay customers would buy from the same seller again if they had a good customer experience.  That’s a significant number, so how can we WOW the customer?  Below are a few ideas that I currently use to get my repeat customers:

  1. Be Available: Customers have questions, and they expect that they are answered promptly.  What is a timely manner you ask?  10 minutes.  10 minutes is all it takes for your customer to ask a question, start looking at other like items on eBay and buy something else.  You can’t be available 24/7, but you can be available 15/7.  During your waking hours, I recommend that you carry a smartphone around with you at all times.  Download the eBay mobile app, and when a customer asks a question, you will be notified immediately.  It’s not like you will be answering questions all day long, and if you are, then there is a problem with your listing description.
  2. Show Gratitude:  We all know that customers have options, so when they buy an item from you, be thankful.  You can show that you are grateful in many ways, and I’ve mentioned several of them before.  Just to reiterate a few – You can set up an auto email to be sent to the customer as soon as the payment clears.  Your note should express how happy you are that they bought from you, and make sure you say, “Thank You.”  Secondly, you should send a thank you note in your package.  It’s cheap, fast, and has a huge impact!  Lastly, you can also add something fun in the package that they might not expect.  For example, you can send a small fun sized pack of skittles (they don’t melt) to show how thankful you are.  All of these make a huge difference and can set you apart from the rest of the sellers on eBay.
  3. Follow-Up: Following up with the customer can be one of the best ways to make sure they are a repeat buyer.  Wait a week after the sale and contact them through eBay messages.  All you need to do is let them know that you want to make sure that everything went well with their purchase, and invite them to take a look at your other items.  That’s it!  It’s simple, but asking them to take a look at your other items is a “Call To Action,” and prompts the customer to do something that they might not have done.

These three tips work for me.  They bring in more repeat business because the customer knows the level of service I am willing to provide to keep them as a customer.  They probably have never experienced this level of customer service from an eBay seller before, and they add me to their favorite seller list.  I even get thank you messages all the time!  Are you already doing this?  If so, how do your customers react?

Holiday Success and The Brass Belt Buckle

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I must say, I enjoyed my vacation very much, but I’m glad to be back! Even when I’m not eBaying and “taking a break”, I still feel the itch to look something up and see if I can make money. This drives my wife crazy, and it’s something I really need to work on. We all need to turn eBay off in our minds once in a while. With that said, this time of year is our time to shine as eBay entrepreneurs. If you played your cards right, orders should have been flowing in and your PayPal account should be growing!

I took three different approaches this Holiday season, and it really paid off!

1. One Hot Product: This year I decided to focus most of my efforts on finding one hot item. This needed to be something that was niche enough that I wasn’t bombarded with competition, but popular enough to make several sales a day. I also needed to make sure that I had an inventory source that could keep up with the demand. This year I really hit a home run! Somedays I was shipping out 30 boxes of this particular item! My strategy was to price low enough to encourage shoppers to buy from me, but high enough to average out $10 per item. I’m still making sales on this product, so I’m not going to share what it is just yet, but once the sales are dead I’ll let you know. This will help you with next year sales and finding niche items in general.

2. SaleHoo: This is the first Holiday Season that I used SaleHoo as a inventory source, and I couldn’t be happier. About 20% of my sales came from inventory that I got by using SaleHoo. About half of them were drop shipping items, and then the other half were wholesale items that I bought beforehand. I initially was nervous about buying wholesale items in bulk, but the risk paid off. Most of my wholesale items were bought from one merchant that sold gag gifts and party supplies. Who would have thought that the rattlesnake egg prank, can nuts prank, fake loto tickets, and various other gags were popular to give as Holiday gifts. If you haven’t checked out SaleHoo yet, Cick HERE! You won’t be disappointed.

3. Thrift Store: Although getting eBay inventory from online retailers is much easier than sourcing at Thrift Stores, there still is something really exciting about finding home-run items at a Goodwill! This is something that I love to do, and most of the time, you can find an item that pays out much more than those at a retail store. I have told many stories of different items I’ve found and how they have brought me in a lot of cash, but one item that took me by surprise was in a box that I found over my break. I was driving by a Goodwill and decided to stop in. I gave myself 2o minutes tops, then I was going to leave. The very first aisle I go down had a box of old brass belt buckles. This is something that I know nothing about, but it still pulled my interest enough for me to check eBay’s competed listings. I was blown away when I found out that most of the items in the box were going for $30 or more! These are definitely on my radar now!

It’s important to remember that the Holiday Shopping Season actually extends into January, so keep going! Many people will be receiving eBay gift cards as a present, and will be looking for you to sell them your item.