Buy low, sell high :: 6/31

Good morning, friends.  It's Monday!  Um, Yay?!  :)

My tip of the day for this Monday is this: Buy low, sell high.

That might seem pretty obvious but if you're considering buying to resell, it's something you should spend a little time thinking about before you go out and start shopping. 

My favorite scenario, and one I always keep in mind when I'm shopping, is that ideally I want to sell the item I just bought for around 10x what I paid for it.  What??  Does that sound crazy?  Maybe a little but you know what?  I often hit that mark because I try to be selective about what I buy

Remember...our time is valuable!  I normally have so many things I could be doing that when I set aside time to sell on eBay (and pay someone to watch my child while I do), I want that time to really benefit our family.

When I'm shopping for resale, I don't normally spend more than $4.29 (the going rate at our Goodwills) for most of these brands I listed the other day.  If I can imagine listing the item for $39.99 (around 10x the cost) then I will consider purchasing it.  If I know I could only list it for $20, I will probably pass.

At a $40 price point I will end up making about $30 profit (before taxes) on that item after my initial cost and ebay & paypal fees.  That is great!  I love making $30 for about 15 minutes (or less) of my time.

If I were to have paid $4.29 for an item that then sold for $20 I would only end up making around $13 for that same amount of time.  It's still not a bad return on my minutes but I am trying to work smarter and not harder because I do not have that much time to devote to working.

Now, all of that being said, I have to tell you that this is my IDEAL situation.  My goal that I have for myself.  Does every sale hit that goal?  No way.  But I think it really helps me to have that rule of thumb in my head as I shop.  It keeps me on point and (sometimes) stops me from buying something just because it's "really cute!"  :)

Also, setting that bar high also means that I can feel okay with a sale even when it sells at that $20 price point.  If I sell 4 items that I "only" make a $13 (before taxes) profit on, then it's like I'm making $54/hour.  NOT BAD.  It's like setting myself up to be happy even when an item doesn't sell the way I wanted it to.  Win, win.

(of course, sometimes that darn ___________ still won't sell!  Even when it's $10!  and that is annoying.  :)  )

Another way to increase your profit margin is to buy REALLY LOW and I will go into that a bit more tomorrow.

Before I go I'd like to share a stellar example of how my plan worked for me over the weekend.  

I was at Goodwill last Thursday and spotted a gorgeous orange sweater.  It had kind of a strange looking label (ala Anthro)

so I looked it up on my ebay app (more about this on Wednesday!) and saw that it was from Anthro!  A few similar sweaters had sold for around $30-$40 and a few for around $70.  The sweater in front of my was $5.99, higher than what I normally pay, so I had to think about it for a few minutes.  In the end the sweater was in such beautiful condition that I decided to go for it.

I listed that sweater yesterday afternoon and it sold within a couple of hours for $59.99.  (10x what I paid...)  SA-WEET.  Now I did offer "free" shipping on this item so I will make $5.35 less profit but with a sale like this, I am fine with that and I will still clear just over $40 for my time.

Again, please leave any comments, questions, or experiences of your own that you'd like to share.  I'd love to hear them!

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  1. I am really enjoying these posts. Thank you so much. I am wondering how you decide on the amount of shipping to charge?

  2. You are welcome, Mim. I'm glad you are enjoying them. :) I will talk about shipping on Thursday!


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