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Old 11-18-2008, 09:01 AM
 
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I'm sure most of you computer savoy folk have bought and even sold things on Ebay- but what I've always wondered is how can some people sell things so low (e.g.) a new CD is released and it sells at the local Best Buy for $10.99- the same CD on Ebay is $6.99. I mean where are these people getting their merchandise from?

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Old 11-18-2008, 09:15 AM
 
Location: Bay Ridge, NY
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The warehouse, stolen, discounts, etc. Why is this in the General U.S. forum? lol
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Old 11-18-2008, 09:19 AM
 
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The warehouse, stolen, discounts, etc. Why is this in the General U.S. forum? lol
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Old 11-18-2008, 09:22 AM
 
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My friends mom is obsessed with Garage Sales. She just loves wandering around neighborhoods and finding little "treasures" that people are trying to get rid of. Sometimes it's amazing what she can find for $5. Stuff you'd buy in a store for $30, but people just want to ditch it - now.


Anyway, she finally started putting stuff on Ebay a few years ago. Mostly so she had a reason to buy more stuff at Garage Sales and see how good she could do on deals.

She's made tens of thousands just buying stuff at sales and then turning right around and selling them on Ebay that same day.

My dad has sold some stuff as well that he's collected over the years. Although I think most of the stuff is like overstock, excess goods, things on clearance. You get a super good deal, buy a ton of it and then mark it up 10% and sell it on Ebay.
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Old 11-18-2008, 09:33 AM
 
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My friends mom is obsessed with Garage Sales. She just loves wandering around neighborhoods and finding little "treasures" that people are trying to get rid of. Sometimes it's amazing what she can find for $5. Stuff you'd buy in a store for $30, but people just want to ditch it - now.


Anyway, she finally started putting stuff on Ebay a few years ago. Mostly so she had a reason to buy more stuff at Garage Sales and see how good she could do on deals.

She's made tens of thousands just buying stuff at sales and then turning right around and selling them on Ebay that same day.

My dad has sold some stuff as well that he's collected over the years. Although I think most of the stuff is like overstock, excess goods, things on clearance. You get a super good deal, buy a ton of it and then mark it up 10% and sell it on Ebay.
That's very interesting- I learned yesterday while watching the news that Alexus Giannoulias and the Illinois State Treasury department would be selling people's unclaimed items on ebay for state revenue eBay Store - IL State Treasurers Unclaimed Property Division Springfield: Jewelry Rings Bracelets necklaces diamond, Coins Currency
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Old 11-18-2008, 09:36 AM
 
Location: Jersey City, NJ
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I sell a lot of industrial equipment on eBay. A lot of it comes from jobs we do where either we or our client has over-ordered and the items cannot be returned. In many cases, our client does not want to deal with selling it or trashing the goods themselves, so it sits in our warehouse. I list those items on eBay and resell them at really good prices. They were already paid for once, so its 100% profit at whatever amount we get for it.
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Old 12-02-2008, 07:11 PM
 
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You also have to watch what some folks want to charge for shipping - they think they can make up the price on that. As an EBay buyer, I won't pay outrageous shipping fees.
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Old 12-02-2008, 10:08 PM
 
Location: Fort Myers, FL
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best buy is probably one of the most expensive stores you can shop at.

that aside, you can buy most products for cheaper. i know a lot of people who sell products from crates. you never know what comes on it, but you buy a crate and sell whatever is on it. its basically overstocked/warehouse product. items that have fallen off lines, didn't sell. eventually they make there way to other places.
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Old 12-03-2008, 08:31 PM
 
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Sell the CD $3 cheaper, and then add on another $3 in shipping....

You have to look at the total cost, not just the buy it now cost.
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