Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Know your pop culture!

You don't always have to be an "expert" when looking for stuff to sell on eBay. Sure, there are some serious antiques, glassware and fine art collectors who scour auctions and estate sales searching for the big find. I am not at that level, but sometimes it's enough to be up on pop culture. I call it having your "radar" up. When your pop culture radar is up you can come across some decent finds.

Check out this crazy looking duck telephone. Does it look familiar to you? If it doesn't let me congratulate you, that means you've never watched MTV's "Jersey Shore". I don't really watch it either, but I caught it a few times while channel surfing. I noticed they have a duck phone in their party house that looks a lot like the one seen here. I found this one at the Goodwill Store and paid only two dollars for it. Since the show is so popular, I thought it was worth a shot. So I listed it on eBay using "MTV Jersey Shore" in the title. My description enthusiastically claimed the phone was just like the one used by Snookie and the Situation. The kids out there must have liked my duck phone sold for $31 dollars! A decent profit on an eight quarter investment. If it were not for the popularity of the show, this dumb duck phone would have never seen a selling price that high.

So do you need to be an expert in antique collectibles? Nope, sometimes you just need to watch the latest hit shows on television. This yard sale season keep your radar up. You may find some pop culture stuff that will make you some nice dollars!
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