I surprised myself when I found the Panasonic Electronic Pencil Sharpener niche. I was just strolling through a thrift store when I saw an item that was not out of the ordinary. I have passed over it many times before. For some reason this time was different. I had a nagging voice in my head that said: “If you check it, money will come.” I made that last part up, but I still felt the urge to check the eBay completed listings. When I did, I was surprised to find out that these were in high demand! All the listings were sold, and they sold for a decent amount of money. I thought back to all of the electronic pencil sharpeners I have passed up and wondered how many were Panasonic.
In case you were unfamiliar with the pencil sharpener industry, let me fill you in. Panasonic is the top of the line brand when it comes to these things. The leading businesses who need electronic pencil sharpeners only look for Panasonic because of the perfect sharpness of the pencil that it can produce. They say that Panasonic takes sharpening to another level (not kidding). Panasonic uses thick plastic which makes them stronger and more durable throughout the years. Many sketch artists say that they will only use this brand because of the sharp stainless steel blade.
So how much are these worth? Since I now know how popular these are, I have found quite a few. You can usually get them for $1 – $4, and they can sell for as much as $60! Here are some completed listings:
Make sure you don’t overlook the old Panasonic Pencil Sharpeners because they can go for even more money than the new one’s today! You should be able to find these at thrift stores, garage sales, or even marked down to clearance at some office supply stores! The lesson I have learned from this is never to assume that an item is worthless. If you have a feeling, look it up!