can you make money flipping clothes

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  1. jgold47

    jgold47 Senior member

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    Here is my question - I am in the car alot, and always driving by good looking thrift stores. I have a decent eye and have always thought about buying up stuff and trying to sell it on ebay. I am not talking about finding the random high end dress shirt or vintage jeans, but more like stuff non-style forum people would buy (banana, j crew, nautica, tommy, polo)? Has anyone tried this?
     


  2. Icarus

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    Try it and report back, I'm almost out of (crude) bath oil, sure could use the cash
     


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    Master-Classter Senior member

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    I am a believer in doing things right. When you say you're in the car a lot, do you have the time and headspace to go stop and these places and pick out clothes? will you have time to take measurements, pictures, make listings, answer questions, deal with buyers, shipping, returns, etc?
    This isn't a hobby, it's a business. People DO make money doing this, so it can be done. The question is, are you willing to do what it takes to do with properly?
     


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    I'd say 5 or 10 years ago this would be a more feasible idea. However, ebay, as we all know, is not the seller's friend nor will it be. Over the years, sellers have watched their margins disappear while ebay piled on the fees and continues to do so.

    If you are going to do clothing, stick to the higher end items. It just isn't fiscally prudent to waste all that time taking pictures and measurements for $25 items that you will only make $18-20 after ebay and paypal are done taking turns on you with the same strap-on.

    It doesn't sound difficult, but preparing listings is actually quite labor-intensive and time-consuming. Sticking to higher end items will tie up larger sums of money, but will save time and productivity in the end.

    Either that or stick to something that only requires one or two easy measurements and easy photographing, like ties, or waistcoats or something.
     


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    I would recommend you keep your day job and do this as an extracurricular activity to earn extra cash.
     


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    Douglas Stupid ass member

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    No, but flipping homes in Pittsburgh is a gold mine. [​IMG]
     


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    You can make money flipping burgers or pancakes ....so i don't see why not.
     


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    Try flipping the soiled panties of hot chicks or dudes to their respective followers.
     


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    Try flipping the soiled panties of hot chicks or dudes to their respective followers.

    This is, "big in japan"
     


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    I used to work TjMaxx (highschool job lol). We usually get ten percent discounts but twenty on certain days. A few employees would stock up on Ed Hardy shirts when the arrived at the store and then sell them on E-bay and apparently they made some money from doing this.
     


  11. jgold47

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    No, but flipping homes in Pittsburgh is a gold mine.

    [​IMG]


    diiiicccckkkkkk [​IMG]

    You people have a lonnnng memory

    I would recommend you keep your day job and do this as an extracurricular activity to earn extra cash.

    well of course! it was just a thought, I have the capital to put up to get started, I am in the stores enough for my own purposes. There isnt always a lot of high end stuff (by any standards) in some of the places I go, but there is always a lot of the mid range stuff.

    I'd say 5 or 10 years ago this would be a more feasible idea. However, ebay, as we all know, is not the seller's friend nor will it be. Over the years, sellers have watched their margins disappear while ebay piled on the fees and continues to do so.

    If you are going to do clothing, stick to the higher end items. It just isn't fiscally prudent to waste all that time taking pictures and measurements for $25 items that you will only make $18-20 after ebay and paypal are done taking turns on you with the same strap-on.

    It doesn't sound difficult, but preparing listings is actually quite labor-intensive and time-consuming. Sticking to higher end items will tie up larger sums of money, but will save time and productivity in the end.

    Either that or stick to something that only requires one or two easy measurements and easy photographing, like ties, or waistcoats or something.


    yeah - I think I may start taking an extra look and selling something really special here or there. I found a pair of selvage 501's yesterday which I may make $20 on and buy myself something on here. your right, you really have to commit to it.
     


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    I do this but it isn't a sustainable business model. It's also not worth it to go into every salvation army and goodwill you drive by. There some place thrift stores that are attached to churches and private schools that sell outrageous stuff for cheap. I do it to make extra money...I'd never quit my day job doing it.

    RR
     


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    diiiicccckkkkkk [​IMG]

    You people have a lonnnng memory


    Ha!

    Actually I usually quickly forget who's who - I think I just must remember genuinely feeling for your plight.

    [​IMG]
     


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    I would recommend you keep your day job and do this as an extracurricular activity to earn extra cash.

    Word

    It can be done full time, but unless you really like working from home I don't recommend it.
     


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    No, but flipping homes in Pittsburgh is a gold mine.

    [​IMG]


    unless they have those shitty ass gravel driveways, one step above a Haitian dirt driveway
     


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