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The Dollar Store for Feedback

Discussion in 'Ebay' started by jhillman87, May 20, 2014.

  1. jhillman87

    jhillman87 Registered Member

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    So, there are countless posts on what's good to sell for feedback. Dollar stores, thrift shops / goodwill come up all the time.

    Unfortunately my sense of shopping is dismal and I walked around my local dollar store for an hour finding nothing overly eye-popping, although I probably underrated everything considerably.

    I know it's customary that nobody would want to give out their sales strategies, but I figure there are people out there who have "moved on up" beyond us little guys scrounging on the bottom trying to build up stealth accounts with feedback.

    Any suggestions on what I can keep an eye out for?
    I'm not looking to profit, at all. Just need something that has a quick/high sellthrough rate to build up feedback, preferably at break-even after shipping costs, or a small loss (like $1 per item).

    I don't have time to go to thrift/goodwills to shop around and I prefer to order/purchase wholesale or in bulk anyway. So i'm totally fine with buying 100 packs of pens or screwdrivers, but do people actually buy a screwdriver online for $3-4? I feel like they can just grab one locally for the same price or less, and not have to wait for shipping.

    Tips/suggestions appreciated :)
     
  2. jimmylegs

    jimmylegs Senior Member

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    Don't go to a dollar store. everyone who looks for items like that know they can just go down the road for it and get it instantly. I would make time to go to goodwill or something like that. You might find something valuable. Chances are you won't but then again there are always garage sales.
     
  3. jhillman87

    jhillman87 Registered Member

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    Like I said though, I'm not looking for "valuable" items to resell. Profit is not my objective, it's quick high-sellthrough items for feedback.

    Even if it costs me $5 per item and I only sell it for $6 (-$2 shipping) I'm fine with that, as it's a loss of $1 per sale.

    But like you said, I feel most people would just shop locally for dollar store stuff. Although as the online business world knows, there are still plenty of lazy people who'd rather buy it online and wait.
     
  4. Ming the Merciless

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    Sell inexpensive stamps. You can buy a lot of them for a little money. Then just ship them in a regular envelope (inexpensive also).
     
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    Actually, if he's ONLY looking for feedback then the dollar store is a great idea. Don't listen to this guy OP.

    I've sold a TON of things straight from the dollar store no problem. In fact, I can specifically think of 3 things Ive sold like hot cakes for 5-10x what i bought for it that come straight from the dollar store/.99c stores (think toys). I've come along way since then, but I still check em' out atleast once a month.

    You need an eye for it my man. And that will only come with experience.
     
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    I am still a newbie and I can't state specific products as it needs to be your research, I am not familiar with your costs of packaging and post prices. Try find a source for inexpensive items, I certain that there are many importers who would love to get rid of products, just look at ebay as a source to see what sells, there are many sellers that sells dozens units a day of the same product. it could be a product related to upcoming holidays, it might be a religious item, flags, shirts, snacks etc. just buy at wholesale to cover your expenses.
    use ebay fees calculator, and calculate paypal fees to determine the right price to sell.

    Good luck.
     
  7. cjmixers

    cjmixers Junior Member

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    The purpose of going to the dollar is to gain feedback and sell more. Not for profit...
    You may need to eat the costs until you let the account grow
     
  8. D4RK KNIGHT

    D4RK KNIGHT Regular Member

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    The dollar store can be a great way to gain positive feedback.

    You want to be sure to buy small light items that are very cheap to ship because if you dont you could lose more money than you want to in shipping.
     
  9. jmt123

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    First before you go out and buy things just to sell for feedback, check around your house to see what you can sell. It doesn't actually have to be anything of value since all you care about is feedback. And since you didn't have to go out and buy it, it's basically all profit (though obviously you had to buy it at one point, but you get the idea). You'd be surprised at the amount of random crap you have that you don't want that can sell.

    As for ideas of things to sell for feedback, as it's been said, stick to cheap and light items. Office supplies are great because they always sell and you can easily buy them in bulk. Reselling a pack of pens like you suggested is fine. Post-it notes, envelopes, etc. You can make your own bundles so your supplies stretch even further (i.e. buying a box of 200 envelopes, selling them in lots of 20 or something). Buying and re-selling stamps is also an option. You can sell them for the exact price you paid and they are basically weightless.

    When you're at the dollar store, again just look for items that doesn't weigh a lot. If you are unsure of yourself, take a note of a few items and research them on ebay. It's hard to say exactly what to buy at a dollar store, but don't be afraid to take a chance on a few items. After all, it's just a dollar and you're not looking to make a profit anyway, so you have very little to lose.
     
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    Try selling coupons that come in the paper. Not the grocery store ones but like Victoria Secret or Kohls or Beallz. These are fashion stores in my area and my aunt sells them all the time. They are free and people buy them. You can join their mailing list and get the coupons in the mail.

    10 dollars off when you spend 50

    If you dont have these stores in your area I am sure there are some like it.

    cheers