Saturday, June 12, 2010
Take my stroller.....please!
Do you want a "sure thing" to buy at yard sales and sell on Ebay or Craigslist? It's an item that you can find at just about every other yard sale. We are talking baby strollers! You could literary go into the used baby stroller business (if you have the room) and do quite nicely. If you think about it, how many strollers do you see? Lots right? Strollers are everywhere, especially in communities with young growing families. But if you are like me, you probably have walked right past them at a yard sale. I did until I realized they can bring in big bucks.
Here is the deal with strollers: sellers just want them out of their house! Once a child is out of his or her stroller, these things become a major obstacle in a house or garage. So parents are highly motivated and practically give them away. More then once a Mom or Dad has pleaded to me, "Make me an offer, I don't want to push it back into the house!" Another reason people sell them cheap is they didn't pay for the stroller in the first place. It may have been a shower gift or the grandparents purchased it for them. So the financial hang-up isn't there. They got it for free, who cares what it sells for? But when negotiating price, always try to get the seller to quote you a number first. If they won't...low ball them. Throw out ten bucks at the most. I have had people sell me awesome strollers for as little as five bucks. Like I said, they just want them gone!
One cautionary note, before you buy look over the stroller carefully for damage such rips, bad stains, flat tires or worse. Some kids can be really hard on a stroller! Since there are plenty for sale, you can afford to be a little picky. I go for specialty strollers like jogging models, double strollers or the tandem/pull behind bike style strollers. Once you buy a stroller, the only major downside is storing it until it sells. I usually keep them in my garage or in the back of my truck bed. I have been using Craigslist as my main selling source. Who wants the hassle of shipping those bulky things? Plus you keep all the cash for yourself, no nasty Ebay or Pay Pal commission!
The one you see here was bought from a typical befuddled Dad who wanted it gone! The brand is called "Zooper" and they are basically the Humvees of strollers; big, tough and heavy. They easily sell new for for two to three hundred. Guess what his price was? He gave it to me for only five bucks! I then flipped my five dollar investment into 75 big ones! The new owners loved it, they were city dwellers and this was the perfect heavy duty stroller for big city living.
Baby strollers are your "sure thing" pick at the yard sales. Don't pass them by! If you have a yard sale sure thing, send me an e-mail and I'll pass it along!
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