Saturday, January 17, 2015

Make even more money with Facebook!

A few months ago, I marveled over the phenomena that is Facebook Yard Sale Groups. These local groups have spread like wildfire as members go crazy buying and selling their stuff. For us yard sale pickers, it's a great source for new inventory, particularly during the winter months when actual yard sales are practically non-existent. Although these groups have probably been around since Mark Zuckerberg went live with Facebook, I came late to the party. However, over the last few months I've been trying to make up for lost time. Using Mrs. Dude's Facebook account, I've snagged some sweet deals that I later flipped on eBay. Here's a sample...

Mega Block..Mega Bucks!
Exhibit one is this awesome Mega Block ProBuilder model plane I bought for ten dollars. This is one of my first scores using Facebook. Since buying it, I often follow the same pattern. When I spot something that looks good, I quickly look it up on eBay. For me, it's like a race against time as I feverishly research the item. There's no dilly-dallying during these crucial moments! Time is of the essence since any FB member can beat me to the punch and lay claim to it. When that happens, it can be a devastating moment! Not unlike when someone walks away from a garage sale with a deal under their arm, just as you're walking up the driveway...oh the horror! You may be wondering why I bothered researching the plane, instead of claiming it right away? While this model may seem like an easy decision, you can't be too certain. There are a gazillion model airplanes listed on eBay and not all of them sell. This is largely because the market is saturated with models of all shapes and sizes. But despite the overabundance, a good model airplane can earn you some serious cash. In the case of this Megablock model, I was able to confirm these planes sell for big bucks! Once confirmed, I jumped right back over to the FB comment section and typed "Interested," thereby claiming first dibs on the model. I picked the model up the next day and immediately posted it on eBay. The auction ran in early December, adding even more potential buyers to the mix due to the holidays. The result was a closing price of $75 dollars! It pays to be fast on that keyboard!

Wonder Pets..Wonderful!
Here's another Facebook home run-a Wonder Pets Musical Fly Boat. The Fly Boat and little characters were listed on Facebook for only five dollars. What the heck is a Fly Boat you say? Beats me, but I can tell you one thing...they sell! I've flipped a few of these toys on eBay
in the past and always see a lot of bidding action. Knowing this, there was no need to do a "discount double check" on eBay. Upon spotting the toy, it took me a split second to type "Interested" in the comment section. Boom! Just like that the toy boat was mine! After successfully laying claim to the little boat, I was overwhelmed with that yard sale adrenaline rush you feel after scoring a great find! You probably know what I mean...that awesome feeling when you absolutely, positively know you're gonna make some dough from your find. I guess it's how the California gold prospectors felt when they found a tiny piece of  gold in their pan, or when my Aunt yells "BINGO!" in the church hall! It's a natural high! Anyway, after coming down off my high, I picked up the toy, leaving a five dollar bill under the seller's welcome mat. Like the model plane, I immediately listed it on eBay. It was worth the drive to the lady's front porch. My five dollar "porch pickup" sold for $33 dollars!

Sorry big guy, I had to do it. 
Last, but not least, was this Fisher Price Imaginext "Big Foot" Monster. I captured this Big Foot for just ten bucks. Fisher Price has made various versions of these robotic toys, including a big dinosaur. All of them retail for huge money in the stores. This Facebook score required me to do a little acting when I picked him up however. The seller, thinking I bought the toy for my kids, gave me a painfully long demonstration on how to operate Big Foot. I patiently pretended to be interested during the demo, not having the heart to tell the lady I had a completely different plan for the big guy. He was about to be pieced out and sold for parts! My eBay research has taught me that in many cases buyers don't need the entire toy-they already have one. Instead, they need parts like the battery, remote control and charger for their own Big Foot. That's okay by me. It's a lot easier and cheaper to ship components then ship a big, bulky toy. So working like Dr. Frankenstein, I removed Big Foot's battery from deep inside his plastic body. I then posted the battery, charger and remote control on eBay. The three piece lot sold for $36 dollars! I still have Bigfoot, but he's just a lifeless, empty shell of his former self. In fact, I am pretty sure he glares at me from a shelf here in the MoneyintheGarage laboratories. I guess he's mad at me for what I did? But he'll get over it once I sell him at my next yard sale. I'll make a buck or two and he'll go to a new home. At that point, my total profit on the big guy will be $38 dollars. Not bad for a bear...or ape...or whatever the heck he is!

Those are just a few of my initial Facebook yard sale scores. With winter now settling in, I'll have even more time to scour the FB feed and hopefully snag more great finds. It's become a bit addictive and I am not gonna lie. While typing this blog piece, I took periodic breaks to check the Facebook feed. It's getting real bad and I may seek out some form of counseling...right after I check that feed again!

How's your Facebook finds going? Share some of your scores in the comment section below.    


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  2. I don't belong to any yardsale Facebook groups, but I hear about people buying and selling on their all the time. I have more inventory than I have to list..so I haven't really been interested in it..but may look into it. Thanks for sharing your experience!

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    1. Margaret- Glad you enjoyed it. Since yo have so much inventory, you may want to use it to sell off some stuff. I've used it to unload some eBay "duds". Plus, the "porch pick up" with the buyer coming to you and leaving money under the door mat is awesome!

      Thanks for writing in...Dude!

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  3. i pick up bumbos for $5 or less each. i also got great deals and sell a lit of my "duds" on their . on a side note i have that fly boat paid $2 at a yard sale close to a year ago i guess i probably should list it :)

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    1. Grace- I'd post the Wonder Pet Boat up for sure. If you have the characters to go with it you should do well.

      As far as the Bumbo seats go, I really only make decent money on them when I have the seat, plus the tray. Having the safety belt with it helps too. If you don't have the belt, you can Google Bumbo recall to order some. The company will send you up to two for free. I've done it several times (using different shipping addresses) and it seems to help with the sale.

      Thanks for checking in....Dude!

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    2. bumbo sends me a dozen at a time. they arent legal to sell without the seat belt. and i agree the tray really boosts the value

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    3. I've only been able to order 2 as well, I've also ordered it under my inlaw's address and my work address. I tried to order more and they said that I've reached my limit (2) for that address. How in the world can you get so many at a time?

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    4. Yes, me too. Only 2 per order. I've also used the in-laws address, my brother's, ect. Once I even altered my house number and it worked. For example, instead of 3 Main street, use 4 Main street. Bumbo's computer system doesn't seem to pick up on it, and as long as your name is on the package the mailman will deliver it to your home.

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  4. I just wrote a blog post on this very same phenomena! Love both the yard sale sites and the vintage sale sites on Facebook. I have a few things out right now on my covered porch waiting for pickup. A great way to make a little cash on both ends!

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    1. Gina- I just checked it out. Great stuff - love the gaming wheel contraption-very cool! I'll be on someone's front porch later this afternoon. Buying a huge Xmas inflatable that should be a sweet flip next holiday season.

      Thanks for checking in. Also, I just followed you on Twitter...Dude!

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  5. I've done fairly well on the FB sites - last August I picked up 2 pairs of mens Keens sandals for $2 a pair and flipped them for over $50 each. I don't scour them regularly, but it's fun to find something on there now and then!

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    1. Kristen- Nice score! Sounds like Keens sandals need to be on my BOLO list.

      Watching the FB feed is fun...like mining for gold-ha!

      Thanks for sharing the story....Dude!

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