What is up you beautiful people? I know it feels like forever since we’ve posted a video, but yard sale season is almost back in full swing! We have a ton of surprises in store for Season 4 and I know it is going to be a great adventure. I hope you will join us!
As of this writing we are hovering around 4090 subscribers on our Youtube channel. I can’t thank you guys enough for sticking with us!
Since I consider this site a companion site to the Quick and Dirty Youtube channel, I’ll let you in on a little secret–the Yardsale Machine has been sold! We had a lot of good times in that Trailblazer, but I felt that it was time for an upgrade. So get ready, we’ll be riding in a completely different vehicle for Season 4!
One of the side projects that I’ve been working on in my free time is setting up an Amazon store page to showcase some of my most favorite items on Amazon. Hop on over and check it out!
Also, we are still working hard on Tink’s new channel, Quick and Clean. We don’t currently have any videos uploaded yet, but will be rolling out some videos that we’ve been working on in the background so stay tuned for that. Throw her a subscribe if you can!
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Let me know how you like it!
These are seriously great conversation starters. Just the other day I had mine on in the elevator, and as I was about to exit I had a guy ask me, “So, you do Bitcoin?” “Yea, you could say that, haha,” I replied.
The guy then proceeds to tell me about his mining operation and how he is super excited about Bitcoin. As the doors were about to close I told him to look into Ethereum, because that’s going to be big as well. He thanked me and told me he would look into it.
The reason I tell that story, other than to help convince you to purchase a lanyard, is that it is up to us to spread the word about Bitcoin and what it actually symbolizes. It is possibly one of the most significant inventions since the internet.
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1. Don’t buy just to buy, make sure there’s enough meat on the bone.
When I first started reselling, I remember buying anything and everything that I thought might make me a dollar. As time went on, and things sat on my shelf for months–years even–I slowly started moving away from buying everything “just because there was profit potential” and started looking more at items that had both high demand AND profit potential. Long-tail items CAN be profitable, but if they’re sitting on your shelf for months and not returning the investment they can become problematic.
There is a very fine line between being a reseller and becoming a hoarder, especially if you are prone to hoarding tendencies, this is something you’ll have to spend time on examining. This comes with experience.
2. Know your market, know your customers.
I personally focus mainly on toys, electronics, and games. That’s because I know that market and can generally spot value when I see it. I can look at a toy and based on the construction and theme I can usually guesstimate how much it’s worth and how much I should spend on it. This of course comes with experience.
If you’re not sure, look it up on eBay. The best way to do market research is to use the eBay app and look at the completed items page. Don’t look at “sold items,” because that will only show you the items that have sold. I find the completed listings view much more indicative of the demand for the product. If you see that for every 4 listings only one has sold (or none are selling), you might want to proceed with caution. However, if the item you’re looking to buy has a very high sell rate, i.e., everything that’s being listed is being sold, then you know there is not much risk to investing in that item for resale.
Once you establish that there is demand for the item you can start thinking about price. Generally if I can’t double my investment off the top I won’t touch it. eBay and Paypal take a large percentage on top of shipping costs, so all of this must be taken into account upfront.
3. Buy light, buy small.
When buying for local resale, this is not as big of an issue. I’ve resold golf clubs and bowling balls locally. But for online resale, light and small is the key to big profits. It’s why I love selling toys and video games so much.
Take for instance a Nintendo 3DS video game cartridge. It weighs less than 2 ounces, and most of the time you can get $20-40 per game, depending on the title. Shipping is less than $3, and sometimes you can pick these games up for $10 or less at garage sales. That leaves a lot of meat on the bone, profit-wise.
Good luck out there!
Good Thursday morning to you chaps and chappettes!
I have not uploaded a new video in a minute, so I figured I’d post a text update on where I am right now. I’ve still been picking and selling locally and recently I’ve gotten into collecting Nintendo games and consoles. I guess I just kept seeing cool Nintendo stuff come in and out of my house and finally I broke. Now I can’t part with some of it.
For whatever reason I’m really drawn to SNES and N64 games. I just picked up a pristine in the box Jungle Green Nintendo 64 the other day. The guy I bought it from says he played it 2-3 times, put it back in the box, and stuck it in the closet. It now resides inside of a plastic garbage bag inside of my collection box. One day when I move and have more space I plan on displaying my collection in my office… maybe I’ll build some display cases to show it off.
Now I’ve turned my attention to collecting N64 games complete in the box. So far I have Goldeneye 007, Mario Kart 64, and Zelda Majora’s Mask, complete in the box. I have Mario Party 1 CIB coming in the mail in a few days, got a steal on it off Amazon. Hopefully it’s in as good of condition as it seems.
I’m very much looking forward to yardsale season firing back up soon. It’s gotta be getting close!
Scammers, Scammers Everywhere!
Ok, so not really a scammer, but this guy markvart really pissed me off the other day. I sold him an original 1985 Gameboy with Dr. Mario and Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins. I made sure it worked before I sent it out. So this cat gets the Gameboy and contacts me saying that it doesn’t work, that he’s tried 2 sets of batteries and it won’t turn on. I instantly figure this guy is trying to send his broken Gameboy back to me and keep my working one. So I process the return and get the Gameboy returned. I pop some batteries in, and wouldn’t you know it… fires right up. I double checked and it was my original Gameboy. I know eBay sides with the buyer 100% of the time, so I didn’t even press the issue and went ahead and processed the refund through Paypal.
Well this ungrateful dude comes on my Feedback profile and leaves me NEGATIVE feedback… WTF I mean really? And as a seller I have no feedback recourse, I can ONLY leave the BUYER positive feedback. That’s so dumb. I swear, there DESPERATELY needs to be an alternative to eBay at this point. One that appreciates its sellers, both big and small.
I’m going to try to get some video content created this weekend. I appreciate your continued support and interest in my channel!