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Saturday Job Alternative (eBay) (50% Offline Method) - $50-200 a day

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  1. Natty

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    Disclaimer, this method requires both an investment and a large amount of work.


    Back when I was 15 years old my mum always told me to get a Saturday job, but in traditional rebellious teenager I never got one. I, however, did manage to make quite a lot of money doing this method and I still do it to this very day, every Saturday. This method is quite black hat, but in the end it benefits all parties involved.

    What you need:


    1. Ebay account, the more feedback the better, but you can do this one a fresh account.
    2. $100 or more starting money. Less works, but it will get you less.
    3. A tonne of time and a commitment to writing Ebay posts.

    The Method:


    1. The method itself is very simple. First you need to locate an area with a load of Charity Shops.
    2. Find a branded Charity Shop, such as Cancer Research UK or Oxfam.
    3. Ask if the shop has a returns policy. You are looking for stores with a 7-14 day return policy. Most Charity shops offer return policies of 7 days and so this should not be hard.
    4. Once you have located a shop with a return policy of 7-14 days then you want to search the racks for clothes and items of price less than $10 and of a branded variety
    5. Brands such as Calvin Klein, Jack Wills, PaulSmith or whatever is big in your country.
    6. I tend to invest £100-£200 buying 10-20 items all cheap.
    7. Make sure you are buying undamaged goods. Inspect them carefully and avoid clothing with rips, tears etc...
    8. Sometimes, very rarely, you will find brand new goods that have been donated to the shop. Buy these instantly.
    9. Once you have your items, head home, but make sure to KEEP RECEIPTS and NEVER REMOVE TAGS. (Simply hide them in the pictures or use some Content Fill on Photoshop to remove them.
    10. Spend a little bit of time taking nice pictures of the clothing. Front, back, side, etc... and then list it on eBay.
    11. Make sure your listing is honest that it is a used good and make up some story about it only being worn once if it is in good enough condition to pass as that.
    12. Price your goods at 100% profit and add on postage. For some goods such as brand new goods you can price a little higher, but you will get a hand for it. I do all of my products as Buy It Now, but you could do auction if you think it will work.
    13. List your items for 7 days and sit back and wait. On an average week 1-10 items sells out of the ones you have listed. Package them up, send them off, put in a business card or whatever.
    14. After 7 days is up, simply take all of the products that you have not sold and return them to the Charity Shop.
    15. Then, with your profit, buy more goods.


    I have been doing this every Saturday for the last several years and not only has it lead me to have an EPIC eBay account with a tonne of positive feedback, but it has earnt me a nice steady income.

    The tip to avoiding negative feedback is to be 100% honest. Don't list it as "New Without Tags," when it is clearly not. Also, if a customer wants a refund, give them it ASAP. Customer service goes a long way. And always remember that there is always one a**hole who will give you negative feedback for no reason.

    This method has a tonne of upscale potential if you spend a while working out which products sell better and what to buy from the Charity shops.

    Also, for those who say this is very BlackHat as you are profiting off a Charity Shop. You are in fact helping that charity shop, bulk buying items that they price to clear as fast as possible and selling it on to people internationally and all over the country.
     
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  2. Eternal1912

    Eternal1912 Power Member

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    This is a well-known method that I've tried in my homeland. A little change that you guys could use is to locate a local website which is famous in your country to sell the clothes there. For example, Romania and Bulgaria have OLX, where anyone can sell stuff. So go and buy some clothes and re-sell them on your local market or even better as OP said: eBay
     
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  3. Shadexpwn

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    You can do the same with Garage Sales as well. Nice emphasis on the difficulty / pricing.

    Although some members are too young for this the older crowd would do wonders with it.

    If you live in a new era city this would work good for almost anybody.
     
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  4. GORKA

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    Basic flipping, I like it bro. simple method.
     
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  5. Natty

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    Thank you, it works really well after a while when you learn which products to buy to make the most profit, but there is profit it in this for everyone no doubt.
     
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    you got me thinking mate thanks for this
     
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  7. cavscout7

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    Great tips, thanks for sharing!
     
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  8. Jasonlf

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    My girlfriend does this. I've noticed that "bulk lots" sell best especially kids clothes. She sells 10 pieces of the same size at once and the customers feel like they are saving on shipping.

    Here in the US the Salvation Army and other churches hold regular $5 and $10 bag sales. Stuff a grocery bag or 13 gal trash bag as full as you can type sale. Ask around and you'll find them. She makes 10x profit on average this way. The first time I saw this she was only spending 5 or 10 so I bought $100 worth of bags and got to the sale early, wiped them out, and we cleared $1127 on that haul! I have never posted so much Ebay shit in my life though and won't do it again.

    A note on pictures, title, and description. My GFs listings out sold mine BIG TIME. Hers were personal, cute, chatty, mom-ish, crappy photos on the couch, phone camera, bad lighting. Mine were "professional", keyword researched, Ebay search optimized, photo boothed, well lit, HD, perfect in every way. Wtf! She re did all my listings that wouldn't sell and they sold right away. Flock...


    Lol. Oh yeah. For the bag sale find a large tshirt to put the bag inside of so you can stuff that mother full of puke stained golden cheddar without ripping the bag! Go down and watch the pros werk.

    This is method does werk if you werk. Thank you OP.
     
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  9. just-buyin-stuff

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    Been there done that short of the returns bit. Pretty sure after awhile seeing you return stuff over and over they will decide they don't want you in the store anymore. Plus at least in my area all the thrift stores have a No returns policy. You can still make a little bit of money doing this though but it's a ton of work for little pay.
     
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    I found an older couple on Craigslist that buys storage units and sells it on eBay and garage sales but they have way too much stuff and outsource the work. This has been my "Saturday job" for half a year now, I take %50 of everything I sell. Don't have to invest any money, just time. My girlfriend loves doing the garage sales, she's not very internet marketing savvy so this is more or less her thing, I just handle the money and business side of things, but I do go and get my hands dirty.

    This is a simple method that anyone can do, just can't be afraid to work.
     
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  11. Natty

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    I have returned hundreds of things to the same shop and not once has anyone told me that I could not shop or return things there. I bring them tonnes of money buying stuff and so they win out either way pretty much.