"Great find-n-flip! I am always amazed at people's stupidity with money - honestly. I often wonder, "do these folks spending this money have a 6 months emergency fund in the bank?" or "are they set for retirement?" or "do they hold any credit card debt?" I would be willing to bet MANY of the folks who shop at these over-priced stores would say "NO" to most of those questions! But hey, I'm OK buying their "stuff" for a fraction of what they paid for it (and are probably still paying off on their credit card!) and flipping it for a profit! ;-) More power to us, right??!!"
I couldn't agree with Susie more! When it comes to how some people spend their money, I just don't know what they're thinking? Are they too lazy to re-sell their stuff at an appropriate price? Have they convinced themselves they're "rich" and money is no problem? Or is it something in between? In the case of that airplane pedal car, the original owner sold me a $500 toy for just $25! It makes you wonder-with so much potential profit to be made, why didn't he just sell the plane on Craigslist for a lot more money ? But as Susie and I both agree, we ain't complaining...we just can't believe it!
|Brand new and in the box...cha-ching!|
Arriving home on this particular fall morning, I decided to "process" some of my garage sale finds right out in the driveway. Unloading the baby gate from the back of the truck, I braced myself in anticipation of finding some kiddy damage or dirt on the gate. But when I pulled the gate from the box, I was met with a pleasant surprise. The gate was brand new, still wrapped in it's original plastic wrapper! I couldn't believe that young mom just sold me a brand new gate for a measly three dollars! Seriously...who does that? Not only was it new, but it was a high-end model. It had clear plastic glass, rather then the usual ugly fencing normally seen on baby gates. This gate was so nice, Mrs. Dude could have immediately gifted it as a baby shower gift! But with no baby showers on the horizon, I photographed the gate instead for a quick re-sale.
While eBay was certainly a selling option for the gate, I went with CL to avoid high postage costs and the usual draconian eBay selling fees. With the digital photos cropped and chopped, I listed the gate on Craigslist and waited for my money! A brand new baby item doesn't last long on Craigslist. Such was the case with my gate-it sold the very next day. A budget-minded mom paid me $40 dollars for the gate, a savings of at least $30 bucks over retail. So she saved some money, and I made a quick $37 big ones! Needless to say, we were both happy!
All of which brings us back to Susie's original point about people wasting their money. What the heck are these folks thinking? Fortunately for us, they'll always be out there giving their stuff away at a garage sale. I ain't complaining...just happily scratching my head over it!
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