Scoring a Home Run

The majority of the items I sell online are from around the house, thrift stores, yard sales or from consignors.  I enjoy finding new merchandise on clearance at retail stores though too.  It’s a lot less work to list, describe, and ship.  There’s no sewing up a little hole or trying to get a stain out. I especially love it when I’m able to get large quantities of those items.  It makes my life so much easier.

The best is when you find a large quantity of a retail item that flies out the door :D   Those are always a lot of fun.

A couple of years ago, I scored large quantities of Pixos refills at the Dollar Store.  That was an awesome money maker.

Recently, I came across some discontinued Crest Pro-Health toothpaste.  Originally, my thought was that it would be a good item to sell on Amazon, so I purchased three of them to give them a try. At $2.50 a tube, it couldn’t hurt, right?

I listed them on eBay and Amazon and wouldn’t you know that all three of them sold in just a few days on eBay.  Originally, I had them priced at 7.99 each with free shipping.  After those three tubes sold so quickly, I went back for a dozen more, raised the price to $8.99 each with $1.99 shipping and within four days all 12 of them were sold.

Some of them sold on Bonanza, some on Amazon, but most of them sold on eBay.

I ended up selling over 100 tubes of toothpaste in about 8 weeks between all of my selling venues.   I kept going back each week and getting 12-15 more of them.  Buyers were ordering multiples of this toothpaste.  Several buyers purchased 10 of them at a time.
I was super excited to find out that I was the only seller on eBay with this item listed.

A few weeks into my weekly trek to the store to get more toothpaste (I didn’t have the funds up front to buy all the toothpaste they had in stock) the entire store was on sale for 20% off, so I bought out the remaining 43 tubes of toothpaste they had, and within three days, I had already made back the money I spent on that investment and still had 33 more tubes to sell.

The profit on this item wasn’t huge, but the fact that they sold fast and in large quantities helped me make nearly $1,000 of profit off of toothpaste.

I wish I could find more “home run” items on a consistent basis.  I always have fun adding them into the mix of my consistent selling items.

Rachel

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One Response to “Scoring a Home Run”
  1. says:

    $1,000 selling toothpaste!!!! Wow! I would never have even thought to try to sell it on E-bay. I wonder how many other things I just don’t think of. :) Congratulations on a great find and lots of sales!!

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