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Simple Guide To Flipping Some Items On Ebay For Some Easy Money!

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by jammie, Sep 22, 2008.

  1. jammie

    jammie Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Well, this niche hasn't really been exploited as much as it should. I could easy of kept this to myself and milked it for a while but Ebay really isn't my cup of tea.

    Right So, Lets Get Started.

    First, what i want you to do is get a pad of paper, and a pen. Now think of degrees you get from a university. Chemistry, biology, physics, anything. The harder; the better.

    Now, what you want to do is write down universities names you know are either prestigious, popular or both.

    Got some? good!

    Now, get onto any of the universities websites, and goto the department you were looking at degrees from. We're looking for a booklist. Yep. You can just google for the uni, degree and "booklist" and hope for the best, but most uni's give these out to freshers who are starting on october so they come prepared.

    In this example i chose Durham Uni, and computer science. The booklist is here: "hxxp://w3.dur.ac.uk/cs.inte*rnal/under*grad/mod*ules/"

    We're gonna scribble down a few names of these books then get onto our good friend google and amazon.

    The fact is, these books new cost £140 (over $200), not alot of people have that lying around for 6-8 books a year. So what we're gonna do is source them and place them on the only place students know to look for cheap stuff - Ebay!

    The book i've chosen is "Discrete Mathematics and its applications" due to the fact i hate it and use it on my course. Retail value on amazon new is £140. Ouch. However, you can buy it in "good" condition for £5.00 plus £3 shipping. total cost £8.

    We can then wait for it to arrive, and list it on ebay as buy it now for about £35. with £5 shipping.

    Student saves £100, you pocket over 300% ROI, and everyones happy.

    Best times to do this are end of September / start of October (about now), in the UK. You could always check which uni's use what books in what term so you know whens best to list them, but thats a tad excessive.

    Can be some easy money if you put in the time to research everything.

    Theres always gonna be demand, but the main aim of this is to get creative and look at where demand is and fill it already!

    Hope this can help someone!

    Thanks would be nice :p
     
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  2. SweetJesus

    SweetJesus Registered Member

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    This is a good idea. I know when I look for books for classes I go straight to Amazon. I find it hard to believe people would go straight to eba*y and not check anywhere else first. but hell if they're willing to pay for the books I'm sure there will always be people like us willing to sell the books to them.:D
     
  3. AKOEAJA

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    It's a new idea to make money.
    Thank's for your sharing.
     
  4. DrJekyll

    DrJekyll Senior Member Premium Member

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    I was looking the other day for something and it came up high in the search engines on amazon. It was $28 plus shipping, I found it on ebay for 17 free shipping. I baught it because I needed it, But thought about flipping some of them.

    This is the other way, but the same principle. Product arbitrage. lol This definately is a worthwhile post.
     
  5. jammie

    jammie Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    thought people would think it was stupid, thanks for the input!

    Just trying to think outside the box =] find some pretty untapped niches to share and exploit here =]
     
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    Even easier:

    Go to craigslist, free section. Or you could post AD's asking for free college books/hella cheap

    Drive to persons house, pick up free item.

    List on egay.. or craigslist, lol.. even a $10 profit, is indeed profit..


    off topic: my frozen pizza has sauce on the bottom and cheese on top... wtf? someone fucked up!
     
  7. DrJekyll

    DrJekyll Senior Member Premium Member

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    Found a serious seller selling texts.


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    http://search-completed.ebay.com/search/search.dll?sofocus=so&sbrftog=1&dfsp=3&satitle=&sacat=-1%26catref%3DC6&sadis=200&fpos=17362&sabfmts=1&fis=2&ftrt=1&ftrv=1&saprclo=&saprchi=&seller=1&sass=cashmoneytexts&fsop=3%26fsoo%3D2&coaction=compare&copagenum=1&coentrypage=search&fgtp=
    I took the algebra and trig book that sold for $109, searched on amazon and found it for $85

    This could get some money tied up quickly in this though. $10 + profit after fees. I am sure there are better examples, I just took the first one.

    Nice share jammie
     
  8. jammie

    jammie Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    try and find some really really cheap ones, Big uni's tend to use the same books every year etc. so not only is it more demand, its also more supply to flip.

    Most students would sell books for quite cheap as they don't need them, then you can just sell them on.

    I know what you mean about getting money tied up though, but if you make your sale first, then buy (if you have a reliable supplier/way of getting books) its easy-ish to avoid.

    But im just trying to give examples to people to think outside the box. I'm sure there are other great markets which haven't been tapped yet!
     
  9. blackjack

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    Jammie

    keep the examples coming...

    Great stuff.
     
  10. jammie

    jammie Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    thanks, i'll try n think of some more "off the beaten track" methods soon, but i'm all out for now!

    Shall have a quick think tonight!