Buy Retail – Sell on Ebay

A couple of months ago I found a free book on Amazon on the subject of how to make money selling things on Amazon.  Overall, I didn’t find the book very impressive, but it did have some interesting information.  One of the things I found interesting was the author’s suggestion that you could buy products on clearance deals at your local retail stores and resell them for a profit on Amazon or eBay.  That seemed unlikely to me, but I made a note to check the clearance deals next time I was in a retail store.

My first check of clearance deals was at a Walmart and they had lots of stuff on clearance.  Most of the stuff didn’t look like it would sell for much.  I did spot a Mint floor cleaner that had been marked down from $198 to $75.  It looked to be in new condition.  A quick check on my phone showed the floor cleaners were selling for over $150 on eBay.  That seemed like a good profit to me so I went ahead and bought it.  I figured if it didn’t work or didn’t sell I could just return it.

The floor cleaner ended up selling for just over $150 on eBay.  After fees I made about $50 in profit. I was a little worried that there would be a problem with the cleaner. The cleaner worked fine though, and I received positive feedback from the buyer. It was a pretty good profit for maybe an hour’s worth of work.

Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to find another deal anywhere near as good as that one.  Maybe some stores have more stuff marked down low enough that you can resell them for a profit, but I haven’t found them.  If you are in a store with a clearance section it might be worth taking a look though. It is one more way of possibly making a little extra money.


10 thoughts on “Buy Retail – Sell on Ebay”

  1. That’s a great profit, Andy! Congrats! I don’t think it has to be something you search for every day but maybe when you’re visiting each store for your weekly/monthly trip then you should meander over to the clearance section to scope out what they have.

  2. 20 years ago, when I was living in St. Louis, Target was selling a plastic sports collectible called Starting Lineup. It was the starting 9 for the St. Louis Cardinals. Normally they were around $20, but Target wanted to move them and priced them at $1.99 or something. I went to a dozen different stores and bought everyone of them. I had about 400 of the things, brand new.

    This was before the internet. I then went to every baseball card shop in the area and sold them in bunches for $9. Made a very nice profit.

    I still have a couple of the collectibles and one sits on my desk to this day. I’ll start checking out the clearance sections too.

  3. I did the same thing with iPhones last year. I purchased them cheap from local craigslist and sold them on Ebay/Amazon for a profit. For about 10 phones I made around $600. However did it only during Christmas break as I am in school full time. But that is another way to go. Same thing is about textbooks. A lot of college kids sell their textbooks for cheap on CL. I purchased them and sold it off on Amazon. Even if they don’t sell, you can turn them in for Amazon Gift Card.

    • You can do it at garage sales and thrift stores too. I’ve heard that a lot of thrift stores are checking their items more carefully so they know what their stuff is worth, but I’m sure there are still some bargains to be had.


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