A Healthy Grandma, the Super Bowl, and Some eBay Sales

 

Best Return Flight Ever

It’s great to be home!

As I mentioned in my last blog post (or blurb is more like it), I went back home to the Philippines for a week to visit my grandmother who suddenly came down with pneumonia.

She’s 97 years old and is without a doubt one of the strongest people that I know – she doesn’t use a walker or a cane, she exercises regularly, and her mind is as sharp as ever.  I’m also aware, however, not to take anything for granted at that age so it was important for me to visit her.

As  you can imagine, it was definitely an emotional trip and thank you to everyone for their support and words of encouragement.  It really does mean A LOT!  I’m happy to say that she’s doing much, much better.  She was discharged yesterday and resting comfortably at home.

That bit of great news was enough to make my return home so much easier and on top of that there was also that little thing called the Super Bowl to look forward to!

What a great game, right?

sharksI actually missed the majority of it (apparently there were dancing sharks at halftime?!) but I did tune in during the 4th quarter just in time to see that unbelievable finish.  I’m not a professional coach or anything, but why wouldn’t you just run it in if you’re on the 1 yard line?!  Oh well, that’s for the professionals to discuss.

Regardless of where you were or who you cheered for, I hope you had a great Super Bowl Sunday!

So for those keeping track:  A healthy grandmother, check.  Superbowl Sunday, check.  The only thing left to make this return trip even more awesome is of course some eBay sales!

Timing is Everything

I knew I was going to be away for about a week so I had my auctions end (more or less) on the time that I arrived home.  The ability to time your auctions is another reason why I will NEVER completely go away from the auction format.  True, the lion’s share of eBay activity involves Buy-it-Now’s but the classic auction format still has it’s uses.

Plus, it never hurts to have cash coming in after a trip :)

I hope you enjoy my latest eBay sales and thank you again for all you kind words and support.  Have an awesome Monday!

Meinard

Finds of the Week

BMW Vest

bmw

Item Cost:  $8.99

Winning Bid:  $36.00

Vintage Gary Payton Jersey

Payton

Item Cost:  $6.99

Winning Bid:  $41.05

Tori Richards Saxophone Santa Shirt

(I wonder how much more I would’ve got for this shirt if I found it during Christmas?  It pains me to think about it…)

Tori Richards Santa Shirt

Item Cost:  $6.99

Winning Bid:  42.00

This Jet Lag is Killing Me

 

Happy Super Bowl Sunday everyone!

Before I start, I want to apologize to everyone who has sent me a message, email, tweet, or comment.  I know I’m late to respond and I want to let you know that I’ll definitely get back to you.

I visited the the Philippines for a week to visit my grandmother who suddenly came down with pneumonia.  Thankfully, she’s recovered and doing much better – that’s the most important thing!

Unfortunately, the time difference between Hawai’i and Manila is pretty drastic and it’s probably going to take me a few days to get back to normal.

I have, however, read a few of the messages and it seems like everyone’s doing well and still finding great stuff at the thrift stores.  So that’s great news to come back to :)

Talk to you soon and I hope you have a great Super Bowl Sunday!

Meinard

Overcoming the Dreaded Post-Holiday Dip

 

decreasing graphEvery year it happens.

After the crazy deals and euphoric spending habits of the holiday season, buyers from all over the world start getting their credit card bills and, just like that, reality strikes.

“Holy crap, I actually have to start paying for this stuff?!”

All of a sudden, budgets start to tighten up, spending goes down,  eBay activity takes a nosedive, and before you know it, we’ve entered into what I call the “January Dip”.

That dreaded few weeks after the holidays when you want to tap the eBay microphone and say “Hello?? Is anybody there??…Hello!?”

It never fails.  This happens every year and I’ve seen it in some years extend all the way to March.

In the past,  all I could do was just sit back powerless and hope for the best.  Yeah, not a good feeling to have.

Luckily, I’ve learned a few things over the years so that my post-holiday season doesn’t result in an eBay hangover.

Don’t get me wrong, the “January Dip” still hits me but I’ve been able to soften the blow and keep the cash flow coming despite the decreased activity.

Here’s a short video of a what my iPad mini sounds after completing some recent sales:

 

Wanna keep the good times rolling after December?  Wanna hear these sounds for yourself?

Here’s how you do it.

First, you need to accept the fact that this WILL happen after the holidays.  Activity will decrease and eBay will be slow down – there’s just no way around it.

Being anxious and worried will not stop it from happening.  So instead of worrying about your sales and wishing that it could be Christmas all over again, you should focus your energy on how you’re going to overcome it instead.

That includes staying positive and keeping your activity level up. Keep visiting your thrift stores and keep listing.  Just put your head down and put in the work.  That’s the first step.

Buyers will eventually pay their bills, they’ll start to let loose with their spending again, and eBay will get back to normal.  And I don’t know about you but I’ll be ready when it happens.

Cash (Flow) is King

The second thing you need to do is shift your mindset a little.

During the holidays, I wanted to take squeak out EVERY. SINGLE. DOLLAR. of profit that I could from each item.  Because everyone had a spending mentality during that time you could charge higher prices and still get a consistent flow of cash coming in.

Come January, however, you need to adjust your strategy a little as buyer’s spending habits start to slow down.  You can still charge high prices but realize that you may be waiting a longer than usual for that item to sell.  So instead of a nice stream coming in, it’ll be more like a trickle.

So there’s definitely a trade-off:  Do you want to make money now or do you want to play the waiting game?  I don’t know about you but I’d rather get paid NOW!!

A $50 Sale Is Worth More than a $100 Auction

This is the thrift store reselling version of that old saying “A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush”  and it basically sums up my strategy  for the first month and half after the holidays.

My main goal during this period is NOT to maximize my profits; instead, my goal is to maintain my cash flow.  What’s the difference?

Maybe an example will help clarify.

These youth Nike Lebron’s are worth $50 each on eBay and that’s exactly what I had them listed initially ($49.99 each, Buy it now).

Lebron Green

Lebron Red

They attracted a lot of interested buyers but no one was able to push that Buy-it-Now button and commit.  So what do I do? Do I just let it sit there and hope that someone eventually buys it or do I take action and give those buyers a good “nudge”.

I took action.

I ended the BIN auctions and re-listed both pairs for $24.99 auction -format.  Both pairs sold for $24.99 each to the same buyer and they paid right away.

Right now I know some of you are thinking  “But Meinard, those items are worth $100 combined.  You just lost $50 in potential profits.”

True, but unfortunately “potential” doesn’t pay our eBay fees, cell phone bills, or whatever else we use eBay for.  I wish it did, but it doesn’t.

I have no way of knowing if and when a buyer would’ve bought those pairs for $100.  The important thing right now is that there’s $50 dollars in my pocket (well, my “Paypal pocket”) and I can go and find the next thrift store item that I can resell.

I know sometimes this can be a tough strategy to follow because we get it stuck in our mind that “No, this item is worth X amount and there’s no way I’m letting it go for less!”

Again, there’s nothing wrong this mindset but if your goal is similar to mine (maintaining your cash flow) then you have to become more flexible with your items and you can’t become to attached to them.

After December, I’m much more lax about what I’ll accept for an item.  In fact, for the most part, I let the market dictate the “value” of an item.

How do I do that?

Simple:  By using the auction-format and starting the auction at $9.99-$24.99.

This is a gamble for sure but ,typically, the items that I purchase (and hopefully the items that you purchase) at the thrift stores are worth a lot more that this price so I’m not too worried.  Remember, I’m trying to keep the cash flow going, not maximize profit.

Having a low starting price on your items will invite even the most spendthrift person to place a bid.  Sometimes, all you need is that very first bid and all of a sudden the value skyrockets.

Check out these items for example:

ApexStarting price:  $24.99

Winning Bid:  $56.00

Mountain Hardwear GreyStarting Price:  $24.99

Winning Bid:  $55.89

 Of course it all depends on the items your selling as well, so hopefully you’ve been buying only quality items.  Just a heads up, those Old Navy jeans you always see at Goodwill probably won’t start a heated bidding war any time soon.  Nothing against the brand, I’m just saying the truth.

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My Selling Strategy for January and February:  Disney “Frozen” Edition

Let it goMy strategy for the next two months is simple:  “Let it Go, Let it Go…”

Again, cash flow is KING for me right now.  I’m going to continue to use the auction-format heavily these next few weeks.  I’m also going to start them at a low price with a shorter duration (5 days as oppose to 7) so the cash flow arrive even soon.

Come on buyers, I dare you NOT to place a bid at these prices lol

Even if I don’t get the price that I expect, cash is still coming in and that’s the most important thing.

Give it a try.  I mean, what’s the worst that can happen?  You would make some sales and move some inventory?!  Oh no!

Seriously though, if your sales have slowed down then this strategy is worth a shot.  You don’t have to auction off EVERYTHING.  Try it out on a few items and see how it goes.

Good luck and I’ll talk to you soon

Meinard

Finds of the Week & a Thought about Non-Paying Bidders

 

Hey Resellers, happy hump day!  That’s Wednesday by the way just in case you haven’t heard the expression or seen a Geico commercial recently. These commercials are actually pretty funny and it makes you feel bad for the camels a little lol

Here’s it is .  I know it doesn’t relate to reselling but it makes me laugh so why not.

Anyways,  I wanted to offer a quick thought before I share some of my latest sales.

I’ve been the auction-style format a lot recently to move some inventory and to get myself out of the “January dip”.  This is just a term to describe that stagnant period after the holidays where it seems like a ghost town on eBay.  Ok maybe not a ghost town but compared to the holiday season it is.

To get the sales going again, I’ve been using the auction format with a really low starting price (usually $9.99-$24.99) in hopes of attracting buyers and maybe – just maybe – getting a bidding war or two started.

So far so good and the strategy has been working as well as I hoped – bids are coming in and sales are still being made.

The drawback to this of course is that you can’t request immediate payment with the auction-style format and, unfortunately, you open yourself up to non-paying bidders.

I just sold a jacket last night for $56.00 and, just my luck, it sold to a buyer with zero feedback.  Yeah, I’m not holding my breath for that payment to arrive.

It got me thinking though:  Why can’t eBay or Paypal just automatically take the money out of buyer’s accounts for items that they’ve won?

I mean, they do this to sellers all the time don’t they?  I don’t know about you but eBay swoops into my Paypal account every month to AUTOMATICALLY take out eBay fees that I owe.  Paypal has the authority to INSTANTLY freeze seller funds if there’s ever a buyer dispute.

Why can’t they do the same for buyers?  I guess the short answer is that they can but they just don’t want to.

Which is too bad because I think there would be a lot less non-paying bidders roaming around the site if they knew that…oh, I don’t know… they may ACTUALLY have to pay for the stuff they bought.  SHOCKING!

If you’re dealing with non-paying bidders as well, hang in there and hopefully our payments arrive soon.

 

Finds of the Week

 West Coast Choppers Jacket

West Coast Choppers

Item Cost:  $6.99

Winning Bid:  $27.00

Adidas Running Shoes

Energy Boost

Item Cost:  $4.99

Winning Bid:  $33.00

Mountain Hardwear Jacket

Mountain Hardwear

Item Cost:  $6.99

Winning Bid:  $37.00

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3 Limiting Beliefs You Need to Eliminate as a Reseller

 

I think I’ve been doing this long enough to know that having the right knowledge – what to buy, how to list it, and what price to sell it – doesn’t guarantee you success as a reseller.

It’s a little like losing weight:  everyone knows that you should eat less and exercise more but not everyone necessarily follows through on that.

Why is that?

mindsetWell, it’s the same whether we’re talking about reselling or losing weight, you need to be able to utilize your knowledge and a huge part of that is getting your mind right.

Don’t get me wrong, obviously it’s great to know what brands to resell on eBay and the selling strategies that you should use to sell them.

But in my opinion, that’s just half of the story.

To be successful (and by “successful” I mean to reach your true earning potential) you need to approach reselling with the right attitude and mindset.  In fact, I could argue that having the proper attitude is more important (and will probably take you farther) than having the right knowledge.

Winning the Mental Game

Since I started this blog, I’ve had the privilege of meeting hundreds of other resellers from all over the country.  It’s been amazing to be able to connect and share success stories with so many different people.

It’s also interesting to note however that, regardless of location, that so many people share the same “limiting beliefs” when it comes to reselling.

It never fails.

I hear it all the time and it’s unfortunate because these limiting beliefs not only drain your morale and lower your enthusiasm, but they also place a cap on your earning potential.

The following is the Top 3 Limiting Beliefs that I consistently here from resellers and I’ll just come out and say it – they’re all flat out FALSE!

If you want maximize your profit and make 2015 your best eBay year ever, then you NEED to eliminate these thoughts from your head!

1.  Reselling for Profit is “Wrong”

This is the first and potentially most damaging belief that a reseller could have.  I say that because this “guilt” over making profit from thrift store items has the ability to negatively affect every facet of your business.

I’ve seen this reseller shame manifest itself in many different ways at the thrift stores.  I see it in the seller whose afraid to use their smartphone to research or when they quickly put their phone away as soon as another shopper gets too close.  I’ve even seen it cause successful resellers to quit altogether.

I’m not trying to start a debate with this topic because I know there’s others who do see reselling in a “steal from the poor” kind of way.  I respect their opinion, but I simply do not agree…at all.

Why?  Well, there are a couple reasons.

First, the concept of buying something for cheap and reselling it for profit is not a new concept.  It’s being done daily not only in thrift stores but in nearly every industry you can possible thing of – stocks, auto, banking, clothing, technology, etc. Plus, have you seen some of the thrift store prices lately?!  Why should we be ashamed of ourselves when they’re doing the exact same thing?

Another argument I hear is that we are taking away cheap clothing that was intended  for the less fortunate.  Come on.  That would be true if I walked out of the thrift store with all of their clothes and shoes but that’s not true.  Last time I checked, there are still thousands of discounted items left to purchase at the store.

goodwill workPlus,  the money we spend helps thrift stores provide other services as well.

They provide community assistance and offer job opportunities with the sales we generate.

So feel good about purchasing from the thrift stores and know that your money is put to good use, regardless of why you shop there.

Personally, I’m very open about what I do at the thrift stores – with the employees and other resellers.  I use my smartphone freely and I chat openly about what I’ve found with the other “regulars” that I’ve been able to form relationships with.  I even ask employees if there’s anything good in the back sorting area and they’re more than happy to help.

2.  I’ll Just Stick With What I know

There’s an item that you can resell for profit in nearly every aisle so don’t get tunnel vision.  If you’ve been limiting yourself to one section during your visits then let 2015 be the year that you break free!

I’ve been expanding aggressively as of late and I’m nowhere near finished.  Just the other day I sold my very first pair of ice skates – yes, ice  frickin skates – on  eBay and I also got started on the world of board games (very interesting niche, looking forward to sharing my results so far).

Here’s the  ice skates that I recently sold $39.99:

skates

And a board game that I sold for $31.99:

Chess

You don’t need to expand to every aisle starting today, that’s not what I’m saying at all.  But I am asking you to stretch your legs a little and see what else is available out there.  You never know what you’ll run into :)

If you need ideas, check out my How To Get Started Guide.  I guarantee you’ll discover something brand-new in each of those resources!

3.  There’s too much competition

I can relate with this one because it affected me earlier in my reseller journey.

I was afraid to share my success stories with other people or to let other eBay sellers know what brands and items I’m selling out of fear that they would get to these items before I do.

fightingI was SOOO wrong and I’m almost ashamed of myself for even operating in that scarcity-mode.

Here’s the truth:  Competition doesn’t matter because there will always be donations.  Plain and simple.  There will always be valuable items to purchase.  I may not have believed that earlier on but I WHOLEHEARTEDLY believe it now!

I’m not saying this in some wishful thinking, law-of-attraction kind of way.  It’s just the flat out truth!

I’ve been doing this for almost a decade and the quality and quantity of items has only gotten better.  Have you seen the donations bin at your local thrift stores?  If you haven’t, check it out during your next visit.  If they’re anything like mines, they’re full…everyday!

Plus, even if there are a lot of competitors in your area, who’s to say that they’re looking for the same things that you are?  I think one of the reasons why I’ve been so successful is my obsession/fascination with unique and rare brands and items.  So don’t be afraid of a little competition.  Use them as fuel and motivation to work harder and improve.

These limiting beliefs that I just mentioned may seem harmless at first, but rest assured that they’re affecting your sales in a big way.   So take the necessary steps today (like, right NOW!) to eliminate these beliefs and don’t be surprised if and when you see your sales improve.

I hope you found this post useful.  If you did, please share, favorite, and retweet so we can spread the word to our fellow resellers.

How about you?  Have you been affected by any of these limiting beliefs?  Do you have any others that you’d like to share?  If you were fortunate enough to overcome them, how did you do it?

Until next time, good luck at the thrift stores and I’ll talk you soon!

Meinard

Thrift Store Sales from My “So-So” Weekend

 

Happy Tuesday thrifters!

I don’t usually say this but man am I glad that weekend was over!  Which is strange because usually the weekends are good times – I get to hang with with folks that usually work doing the week, catch a football game or two (or four), and of course we can’t forget the extra eBay sales right?!

Usually.  But this past weekend was a different story.

The first two actually happened but it was rather slow on the eBay front and if you follow me on twitter (@thrift_reseller) then you probably read my tweets about how my eBay store was a “ghost town” this past weekend.

It got better as the weekend progressed and, as my fellow thrifter Grace said, it started to basically pick up when the NFL games finished.

So I wish I could share some $100+ sales with you today but unfortunately it wasn’t that kind of weekend.  Still, I’m happy and grateful with any sales that I make so it wasn’t a total letdown.

I hope you had a better weekend than I did.  I made a few sales today so at least this week is headed in the right direction :)

Enjoy this edition of Finds of the Week and I’ll talk to you soon!

Meinard

Finds of the Week

Nike Infant LeBron James

lebron zoom

Item Cost:  $2.99

Winning bid:  $14.99

Adobe Illustrator Textbook

Item Cost:  $2.99

Sold on Amazon for $24.17

Vintage Nike Kevin Durant

Item Cost:  $6.99

Winning Bid:  $49.99

Nike Air Max Hasta

Item Cost:  $6.99

Winning Bid:  $49.99

How a Trip to the Airport Led to a $69.99 Train Set Sale on eBay!

 

Did I really just sell a train set for $69.99?!  You bet I did!  I find it hard to believe myself and I had to look at my eBay app several times to confirm this past Sunday that someone did in fact purchase the item.

But there it was staring me right in the face:  this Christmas train set, sold for $69.99!!

Santa Express

An item that I bought for $6.99 at Goodwill – practically hidden in a pile of Christmas ornaments that they’re trying to get rid off – just sold for that price.

It’s funny because I would’ve never known about this niche (and I would’ve most certainly passed this item without a second glance) had it not been for a trip to the airport to pickup my sister and her family.

I was helping them bring their luggage inside the house when I noticed a miniature Christmas village in their living room.  Prior to that, I had never seen a Christmas village this elaborate before.

Sure, I’ve seen randomly placed train sets and wood cabins sprinkled around a house before, but never organized into a town and with this much thought behind it.

It was pretty cool!

My brother-in-law told me that his family had been collecting Christmas-themed houses, train sets, and ornaments for years, and that some of these items are worth some pretty good money on eBay.

Naturally my interest piqued a little when he said that.  I did some research when I got home and I had no idea just how serious this niche was.

Check out some of the sets I found online:

Village

village2

village3

So I decided to check out the Christmas section at my local Goodwill the following day and that’s when I noticed this piece.  It was a Santa Express train set and after a bit of research I discovered that it was selling for $100+ brand new!

Here’s the train set in action:

Pretty cool, right?!

I came away from this experience with two lessons:

1) Christmas villages are awesome!  I would love to eventually have something like that in my house during the holidays.

2)  There must be a ton of eBay niches that I have yet to discover.  To me,  this is exciting and I can’t wait to uncover and share with you even more profitable thrift store  items that you can resell on eBay!

One of these days I’m going to start my own Christmas village.  I actually considered making this my first piece but I just couldn’t after I saw how much it was selling for.

Maybe next time :)

I hope you’re having a great week and be sure to check out the Christmas aisle at your thrift store!

Meinard

 

Sports Teams You Should Be Selling on eBay [Update]

 

Happy Tuesday resellers!

I had an absolutely awesome weekend of sales and Monday was packed with multiple visits to the post office.  I actually had to wait in line this time because of several items that I sold on Amazon – an experience that only reaffirms my belief in using Flat-Rate boxes and envelopes so I can just drop them off without waiting in line.

Hopefully you had an action-packed weekend of sales also and, if you didn’t, there’s still time to turn things around.  I don’t know about you, but I’ve been shocked/excited at the quality of items that I’ve been finding at the thrift stores.

Quality – and I mean QUALITY – items left and right:  clothes, shoes, kitchen appliances, toys, etc.. it’s been pretty amazing!  I’m hoping this trend continues for at least a few more weeks and I’m confident it will as people continue to make room for the new Christmas toys and gadgets that they’ve received.

So keep visiting the thrift stores!

How ‘Bout them Cowboys

CowboysI’m looking forward to sharing some of my latest eBay sales but today I wanted to provide an update on a previous post I wrote about the Dallas Cowboys and other teams that you should be selling on eBay.

I’ve received some funny comments from some passionate sports fans and it was definitely one of my favorite recent post that I’ve written in a while.  Gotta love sports-fans!

The NFL playoffs are in full swing and college football is on the verge of making history with their first College Football Championship so there’s definitely some buzz in the air.

For the NFL, here are the teams that are still in the playoffs:

  • Baltimore Ravens
  • New England Patriots
  • Carolina Panthers
  • Seattle Seahawks
  • Dallas Cowboys
  • Green Bay Packers
  • Indianapolis Colts
  • Denver Broncos

For college, the two teams left standing are:

  • Oregon Ducks
  • THE Ohio State Buckeyes

Time-Sensitive

If you have any fan-gear of these teams, now is the time to sell, sell, sell on eBay!

Excitement and optimism is high right now but that could change in an instant for all of these teams.

For example, I’m not sure I would’ve been able to sell this Florida State hoodie for $39.99 after they were blown out 59-20 by Oregon on New Year’s day.

seminoles

My guess is that I would’ve had to settle for half of that if I were to sell it now.

So these items are definitely time-sensitive and the sooner you list them the better.  Absolutely use Buy-it-Now auctions and don’t be afraid to price a little more aggressively than usual.

Best of luck with your sales this week and good luck if your team is playing this weekend!

Meinard

 

One Last Look at 2014

Happy New Year Resellers!

I don’t know if it’s the optimist in me or not, but I really believe that GREAT things are in store for 2015!  Huge, amazing things for all of us and I don’t know about you but I’m ready to go full-steam ahead.

As I write this, I’ve already made three sales this year and I know that’s just the start!

I’ve already started the process of making 2015 my best year ever but, before I get lost in the work, I thought I’d share one final Finds of the Week post and celebrate 2014 one last time before I (officially) turn the page.

My mindset for the last few weeks of the year was “Finish Strong” and I think I definitely accomplished that.  I was borderline obsessed with visiting thrift stores and listing on eBay, and I probably listed items with starting prices that we’re way too low.

But who cares right??

Sales were made and I couldn’t be more happy with my end of year results.  So here’s to 2014:  Thanks for the lessons learned and the successes we achieved.

Oh, and just in case I forgot to mention it- 2015’s gonna be amazing!!

 

Finds of the Week

Nike Running Shoes

(Just in time for New Year’s Fitness Resolution)

Nike  purple

Item cost:  $6.99

Winning Bid:  $36.01

Levi’s Denim Jacket

Levis

Item Cost:  $8.99

Winning Bid:  $38.00

TUK Buckle Boots

TUK

Item Cost:  $12.99

Winning Bid:  $61.00

Vintage Williams Memphis Grizzlies Jersey

Williams

Item Cost:  $6.99

Winning Bid:  $102.08

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It’s Still 2014 – Finish Strong With This Great Item

 

Can you believe that today is the last Saturday of 2014?!

I almost couldn’t believe it when I saw it on the calendar yet here we are, on the verge of turning the page on 2014 and ready to tackle all the challenges and opportunities of 2015!

I’m definitely ready for the new year but not before I really buckle down and finish 2014 on a high note.  There’s still a few days left in this amazing year and I don’t know about you but I’m not okay with just resting on my laurels and simply waiting for the new year to arrive

I’m going to finish this year the same way I started – listing more items and increasing my brand knowledge!

I hope you have the same mindset because there’s still some good money to be made, even though Christmas has officially passed.  In fact, eBay buyers were busy as ever on Christmas Day and I actually received multiple bids and several buy-it-now offers (unsolicited, of course) throughout the day.

This made it difficult to stick to my “unplugged” pledge during this Christmas Day but when buyers are offering you $50 for a jacket and $100+ for a jersey, it’s hard not to pay attention.

I’ll be sure to include these items on my next Finds of the Week post but today I wanted to help you end the year on a high-note by sharing with you one of my favorite items to sell on eBay.  Not only is this one of my favorite brands, but this item is also one of the EASIEST items you will ever sell.

The item?!

These:

This is a Polo Ralph Lauren Leather Strap Hat.  I was going to add this to my FREE 2-Week Mini-Course (I’m currently working on expanding this course to include even more great items) but I thought I’d just share it with you now so you can start profiting from them immediately.

I absolute LOVE this brand and I talk about it extensively in My Reseller Guide.  This brand makes so many great items and I’ve literally made thousands of dollars just from this brand alone.

“Hey, I Remember Those”

This was my first reaction when I saw these at the thrift store.  By the way, when you get to my age, this reaction is a good indication that you should probably take a closer look at a thrift store item. Nostalgia is a good purchase motivator.

I’m not sure if they make these hats anymore but they were a big deal during my high school days (not sure why really but then again I can say the same thing for a lot of trends out there).

On the surface, there’s not really much to this hat – it’s pretty straightforward and it’s easy for resellers to walk past them because they’re so “vanilla”.  But don’t let that fool you, these items could be one of the quickest $40-$50 that you can make

I recently sold this hat for the “Goldilock Price” of $39.99:

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As many of you know, I have an affinity for this price point (it converts like crazy) but this hat has the potential to sell for even more than that.

Check out these sales:

Leather Strap

Leather Strap 2

How to Spot These Items

Another great thing about this item is that they’re pretty easy to find them once you start making a conscious effort to find them.

Simply go to the hat section of your local thrift store and look for the Polo Ralph Lauren logo.  I’m sure you’ve probably seen it by now but here it is again just in case you haven’t:

Polo logo

One you see this logo on a hat, the next (and most important step) is to look for the adjustable leather strap on the back.

This really is the most important feature of this item. Because, while you may find the Polo Ralph Lauren logo on a hat, it won’t necessarily sell well unless it has this leather strap feature.

That’s it!  Pretty simple right?!  Absolutely, but it’s a really powerful item and it can definitely boost your bottom line.  They’re also available in a variety of colors so be mindful of that.

Finish Strong

This year isn’t finished yet and there’s still a few days left to reach your sales goals, so make the most of them.  Keep listing, continue visiting thrift stores, and never stop learning.

I hope you had a great Christmas with your loved ones and hopefully this item that I just shared will help you in these last few days of 2014 and beyond!

Take care and I’ll talk to you soon,

Meinard