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Topic   For those that resell thoughts?

gameremporium
GameTZ Subscriber 500 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally 9 year anniversary at Game Trading Zone today!
17-Oct(#1)
For those that do reselling as a side hustle or for a living that is nice (make extra money/ let the hobby pay for itself)

But for me I'm just happy to make my money back that I spent (if I make a little that's fine too)

I usually just like to trade but in saying that I have given good deals and in return gotten good deals too.

I just like to be fair with people when reselling or trading.

Kindness goes along way in how you treat people😊

What are your thoughts on reselling for profit vs reselling to recoup your cost?
DrizzDrizzDrizz
Double Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Croatia
17-Oct(#2)
There's a lot to unpack here
Reed
GameTZ Subscriber 450 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
17-Oct(#3)
I have 2 PS5 preordered and ordered 3 Mario Kart Live to flip on eBay. Don't judge unless you're trying to pay my medical bills.
SwiftJAB
GameTZ Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader
17-Oct(#4)
Are you running a poll or something? I don't get the purpose of this post.

From what I've observed, people buy and sell items for multiple reasons, most of which you covered in your own post.

Personally, I resell items that I find I'm no longer using to free up space and to fund my hobbies. I typically sell everything locally since I'm patient and can find buyers to pick things up. My prices are typically cheaper than eBay since I don't have to factor in fees and shipping costs.

If you're asking about trading vs reselling, that's a bit different. I don't play a ton of games and most of the games I do play have been out for 6 months or more before I start them. In recent years, trades have become few and far between, so I tend to sell things before they get devalued more than what they are.
gameremporium
GameTZ Subscriber 500 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally 9 year anniversary at Game Trading Zone today!
17-Oct(#5)
Just trying to see ones thoughts on reselling. Is it a job to them? Do they do it as a side hustle? Do they do it to try to pay a bargain forward?

gameremporium
GameTZ Subscriber 500 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally 9 year anniversary at Game Trading Zone today!
17-Oct(#6)
Reed wrote:
> I have 2 PS5 preordered and ordered 3 Mario Kart Live to flip on eBay. Don't judge
> unless you're trying to pay my medical bills.

No judgement here. You do you.
Tony
Double Gold Good Trader
17-Oct(#7)
Few people, if any, are going to sell a valuable item cheap just because they don't have much invested in it. If you bought a copy of a game new for $25 and found out a year later that it was selling on eBay for $100 or your local game shop was offering $75 in trade credit for copies, what cash price would you sell it for? You would be doubling you money if someone offered you $50. You might take $50 from a friend, but would you take $50 from a stranger knowing it was worth much more?

Cheap items I don't have much invested in, I'll sell or trade for what I have in them to put them in the hands of someone who wants them more than I do. I give stuff away. However, if I buy more valuable items cheaply specifically to resell, I need to make a reasonable profit to cover my time and costs.
dunno001
Quadruple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
17-Oct(#8)
I don't typically buy a lot with the intent of resale, but I have done it in the past, mainly to try to help someone who missed out on something get a better price. But I won't sell so cheap that it's an easy flip unless I REALLY want to get rid of something.

And yes, I have cut friends some really good deals. About 7 years ago, one of my friends was looking for a copy of Persona 2 on PS1. For some reason, I had 2 complete copies, and I sold her my extra at my cost- the $40 on the GS price tag. At the time, I could have easily gone online and gotten $70-80 for it.
Gypsy
GameTZ Gold Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
17-Oct(#9)
dunno001 wrote:
>
> And yes, I have cut friends some really good deals. About 7 years ago, one of my
> friends was looking for a copy of Persona 2 on PS1. For some reason, I had 2 complete
> copies, and I sold her my extra at my cost- the $40 on the GS price tag. At the time,
> I could have easily gone online and gotten $70-80 for it.

Yeah, depends who it is. I have one friend where we both just kinda give each other stuff and I know I don't keep track of values. I seriously doubt he does either.
dunno001
Quadruple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
17-Oct(#10)
Gypsy wrote:
> dunno001 wrote:
>>
>> And yes, I have cut friends some really good deals. About 7 years ago, one of
> my
>> friends was looking for a copy of Persona 2 on PS1. For some reason, I had 2 complete
>> copies, and I sold her my extra at my cost- the $40 on the GS price tag. At the
> time,
>> I could have easily gone online and gotten $70-80 for it.
>
> Yeah, depends who it is. I have one friend where we both just kinda give each other
> stuff and I know I don't keep track of values. I seriously doubt he does either.

I've got a couple like that also. One of my childhood friends, when I told him I was going for a complete N64 set, let me see what he still had, and gave me one I still needed- Starcraft 64.
Noid
Double Gold Good Trader
* 17-Oct(#11)
I don't buy new, high-demand video games off retail shelves for a quick flip. Rather, I do almost the exact opposite and get old, heavily-discounted video games from second-hand shops and wait for their price to rise over time. As it turns out, my own personal tastes in video games is an excellent indicator of what will become popular down the road. wink

For example, back in the day when GameStop priced Ninja Five-O (Game Boy Advance) for five bucks apiece, I called every location in my city and ended up getting four of them. Years later, when GameStop priced Little Red Riding Hood's Zombie BBQ (Nintendo DS) for five bucks apiece, I did the exact same thing and picked up four of them, too. As it just so happens, my focus now is on the Microsoft Xbox 360 library. Mark my words: there are some really cool, really fun, and really niche titles that GameStop's selling right now for -- you guessed it -- five bucks apiece. smile

So, have at it! Buy 'em cheap! Enjoy 'em now! Then, sell 'em for big bucks down the road!! grin

Bishop
Triple Gold Good Trader
18-Oct(#12)
And here I thought this was going to be about reselling thoughts.
nonamesleft
Gold Good Trader
* 18-Oct(#13)
Noid wrote:
> I don't buy new, high-demand video games off retail shelves for a quick flip. Rather,
> I do almost the exact opposite and get old, heavily-discounted video games from second-hand
> shops and wait for their price to rise over time. As it turns out, my own personal
> tastes in video games is an excellent indicator of what will become popular down
> the road. wink
>
> For example, back in the day when GameStop priced Ninja Five-O (Game
> Boy Advance) for five bucks apiece, I called every location in my city and ended
> up getting four of them. Years later, when GameStop priced Little Red Riding
> Hood's Zombie BBQ (Nintendo DS) for five bucks apiece, I did the exact
> same thing and picked up four of them, too. As it just so happens, my focus now is
> on the Microsoft Xbox 360 library. Mark my words: there are some really cool, really fun, and
> really niche titles that GameStop's selling right now for -- you guessed it -- five
> bucks apiece. smile
>
> So, have at it! Buy 'em cheap! Enjoy 'em now! Then, sell 'em for big bucks down the
> road!! grin
>
> ...

I'm half convinced that the value of Little Red Riding Hood's Zombie BBQ shot up simply because of the bizarre and hilarious title name. The name is just too good. It should be illegal. It's even better than Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland, and that was a strange one.

Edit - Realized that the title is actually Freshly Picked: Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland.

I gotta say, that title is perhaps just as bizarre as Little Red Riding Hood's Zombie BBQ

That Tingle game, though, been on my to play list forever.
lpeters82
250 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
* 18-Oct(#14)
gameremporium wrote:
> What are your thoughts on reselling for profit vs reselling to recoup your cost?

Most of the profit I make in collecting comes from buying games that are under priced from pawn shops and thrift stores. It always feels like if I don't buy it the next guy will, so I don't feel too bad. On the resell side, most people buying online know how to do a google search. If you price your games above market, they simply aren't going to sell. I generally price my games at low end eBay or Amazon. It's a fair price, but I'm still making a profit, so I guess that puts me into the "for profit" category.
ryanflucas
GameTZ Subscriber 1000 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
19-Oct(#15)
I buy a ton from Goodwill. I usually buy things at the same time to resell with the idea that it pays for whatever I just bought. Beyond that it's just a bonus.
lpeters82
250 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
19-Oct(#16)
Selling some games for a profit does help me feel a bit less guilty about spending money on games. My life is busy enough now that I don't really bother with anything under a $20 profit.
Tony
Double Gold Good Trader
19-Oct(#17)
ryanflucas wrote:
> I buy a ton from Goodwill. I usually buy things at the same time to resell with the idea that it pays for whatever I just bought. Beyond that it's just a bonus.

My wife goes to the Wednesday sales when Seniors get 30% off and the Sunday sales where all the clothing with the color for the week is only $0.99. She buys to resell at a flea market booth. It is surprising how much clothing is new with the original store tags. I go with her every so often and look for other stuff that might be profitable. A couple of months ago I found the Shadowrun Boardgame for $3.00. When I got it home, it was clear it hadn't been used and there were two additional Shadowrun books in the box. I put each item for sale separately on eBay and they sold for a total of about $50.

Last year, they put out a bundle of three fishing rods and reels for $12. I recognized one of the reels as a vintage Abu Garcia Ambassaduer. I sold it on eBay for about $75. Earlier this year, someone on Facebook Marketplace in my town offered three reels for $10 each. One of them was a Vintage Ambassaduer. I considered getting it to flip, but decided to just tell the seller what they had. They repriced it at $50 and the ad disappeared a day or two later.
Johnny
GameTZ Subscriber 350 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader This user is on the site NOW (8 minutes ago)
* 20-Oct(#18)
I buy things locally to resell whenever I see a chance for it. Example: a guy was selling a ps4 slim for $150 on Facebook. I messaged him to let him know it was selling for $200 or more at the time. He said he just needed money fast and I offered him $125. I was honest and said I would resell it. I told him "if you wait a couple days it'll sell."

He accepted the deal and said its fine. I picked it up, tested at home for like 8 hours while working online, then sold for $225 that afternoon. I used the profit to pay off my ps5 preorder.

In short, I resell to fund my gaming hobby. We don't have much disposable income at the moment and it's a deal we made as a couple five or so years ago. The deal is that we spend none of our earnings from teaching, doordash, and shipt on frivolous things. This includes games, electronics, and clothes.
Prime
250 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
23-Oct(#19)
@Bishop same. Like the repackaging of opinions. What's wrong with us? Nothing! We rule!
pr0phet
Triple Gold Good Trader
25-Oct(#20)
Johnny wrote:
> In short, I resell to fund my gaming hobby.

This! Hobby is way to expensive to not save a few bucks here and there.
SublimeFan
250 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
26-Oct(#21)
I got bills. If I can make easy money by opening a box thats shipped to me and reshipping it out - I'll do it all day for easy money.

That's exactly why I'm sitting on 5 Gotta Go Flamingos rn
thenadz
300 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
* 30-Oct(#22)
I do it as a hobby to supplant my gaming habit, if it ever gets in the way of me actually playing my games, then it's a problem. I notice a lot of people are addicted to the 'thrill of the flip', and I do my best to avoid that, though I have fallen victim to that endorphin rush before.

The fact that you can no longer drop off bubble mailers in USPS mailboxes in my state cuts into the frequency of me reselling. The opportunity cost/inconvenience of me packaging and then going to the actual post office to drop off a game is too much time spent for a miniscule profit. Note that this is when the industry I worked in was shut down due to COVID, now that it's back up and running, I do it less. With that said, back when Gamestop's store locator worked, I would frequently seek out niche/rare games to actually play, knowing that they would have a decent resale value once I'm done. Lots of JRPGs, games like Crystar, Deadly Premonition etc.
nonamesleft
Gold Good Trader
* 30-Oct(#23)
thenadz wrote:
>
>The fact that you can no longer drop off bubble mailers |>in USPS mailboxes in my state cuts into the frequency of |>me reselling.

Exactly. I used to occasionally resell to help fund gaming related things or other things, but ever since that mailbox thing, well, it was kind of a deterrent. When they first changed the mailboxes, it looked to me like you could still fit a thin bubble mailer in there. I tried it, but those metal teeth simply tore the mailer. Was able to get it out, but wouldn't try that again.

I'll still go out to mail things, but it used to just be as simple as a mailbox around the corner.
Tony
Double Gold Good Trader
* 30-Oct(#24)
Although my wife maintains a flea market booth (which is more of a hobby and stress relief than a profitable enterprise), I resell mostly to fund my hobbies.

I haven't heard of not being able to drop bubble mailers in USPS boxes. There are a few mailboxes left in our town and I live near an industrial park that has them on both sides. I also live fairly near an Office Depot and a Meijer - both of which accept packages for mailing via USPS. Being retired, I can often just catch my local mail carrier and hand them the package.

The high cost of postage is really killing eBay sales for me unless the item 1.) can go Media Mail, 2.) is less than 8 ounces, or 3.) Flat Rate boxes are economical.

I have about 300 used cassette cases to sell. I sold several large packages on eBay a few years ago, but I looked at the cost to send them now and postage is prohibitive.
Noid
Double Gold Good Trader
* 30-Oct(#25)
thenadz wrote:
> [...] that said, back when Gamestop's store locator worked, I would frequently seek out niche/rare games to actually play, knowing that they would have a decent resale value once I'm done. Lots of JRPGs, games like Crystar, Deadly Premonition etc.

I did this exact. same. thing. Not too long ago, I got Godzilla (PlayStation 4) for less than twenty bucks. Before that, I scoured my metroplex for three copies of Fire Emblem Fates -- Special Edition (Nintendo 3DS) just so I could use their "Buy 2, Get 1 Free" coupon on all of 'em. I sold one for enough to cover my total purchase of the three and then pocketed the remaining two. Did I mention I did that multiple times, on and off, over the last few years? evil
EclipseLion
GameTZ Gold Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally This user is on the site NOW (9 minutes ago)
10-Nov(#26)
Noid wrote:
> I don't buy new, high-demand video games off retail shelves for a quick flip. Rather,
> I do almost the exact opposite and get old, heavily-discounted video games from second-hand
> shops and wait for their price to rise over time. As it turns out, my own personal
> tastes in video games is an excellent indicator of what will become popular down
> the road. wink
>
> For example, back in the day when GameStop priced Ninja Five-O (Game
> Boy Advance) for five bucks apiece, I called every location in my city and ended
> up getting four of them. Years later, when GameStop priced Little Red Riding
> Hood's Zombie BBQ (Nintendo DS) for five bucks apiece, I did the exact
> same thing and picked up four of them, too. As it just so happens, my focus now is
> on the Microsoft Xbox 360 library. Mark my words: there are some really cool, really fun, and
> really niche titles that GameStop's selling right now for -- you guessed it -- five
> bucks apiece. smile
>
> So, have at it! Buy 'em cheap! Enjoy 'em now! Then, sell 'em for big bucks down the
> road!! grin
>
> ...

Is assault suit leynos (ps4) forecasted to be one of these games


theJaw
GameTZ Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader
10-Nov(#27)
I hear reselling thoughts is a risky business that only the most veteran magic users can pull off. Good luck, a person's memory is a minefield when you start selling off their inner workings.
theJaw
GameTZ Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader
10-Nov(#28)
Oh nvm
AceMatt
250 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
10-Nov(#29)
Are you not able to have USPS pick up packages directly from your residence in your state? That's how I do it. I buy my shipping online and then use the USPS website to schedule a pickup, which is free during regular mail delivery. If I have boxes or larger packages I mark to have the mailman knock on the door or ring the bell (since I don't want to leave packages unattended on the doorstep) or if it's a bubble mailer I mark to have it picked up from my mailbox.
thenadz
300 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
10-Nov(#30)
AceMatt wrote:
> Are you not able to have USPS pick up packages directly from your residence in your
> state? That's how I do it. I buy my shipping online and then use the USPS website
> to schedule a pickup, which is free during regular mail delivery. If I have boxes
> or larger packages I mark to have the mailman knock on the door or ring the bell
> (since I don't want to leave packages unattended on the doorstep) or if it's a bubble
> mailer I mark to have it picked up from my mailbox.

I was considering doing this but not sure how reliable or safe it is. Always feel like Mail people get annoyed at this, but I guess that's secondary.
AceMatt
250 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
10-Nov(#31)
I've been doing it for a while now and never had any issues in my area. The pickup schedule form provides a number of options as far as where to have the mailman pick up from. If it's larger stuff or something particularly valuable I'll wait for a time when I can be available to personally hand it over. Otherwise it's just like sticking an envelope in the mailbox and putting the flag up.
nonamesleft
Gold Good Trader
10-Nov(#32)
thenadz wrote:
> AceMatt wrote:
>> Are you not able to have USPS pick up packages directly from your residence in
> your
>> state? That's how I do it. I buy my shipping online and then use the USPS website
>> to schedule a pickup, which is free during regular mail delivery. If I have boxes
>> or larger packages I mark to have the mailman knock on the door or ring the bell
>> (since I don't want to leave packages unattended on the doorstep) or if it's a
> bubble
>> mailer I mark to have it picked up from my mailbox.
>
> I was considering doing this but not sure how reliable or safe it is. Always feel
> like Mail people get annoyed at this, but I guess that's secondary.

You could always give them an occasional tip or offer to make them a coffee or something.

Relative of mine once had a UPS driver came by on a cold day. He asked the driver "do you want a hot cocoa?" The guy said something like "actually, yeah, I would. Sounds nice."

You never know what someone might appreciate, you know?
bonham2
600 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 2 Reviews
11-Nov(#33)
When I was doing it, it started out as a way to fund my hobby. I would buy 20 games for $50, sell doubles to recoup my initial investment and then add the rest to the collection.

I started doing so well with it that I decided to start doing it for extra money. I was a 10 month teacher at the time they had crapty summer jobs, so I made this my summer job. I did so well,I was able to pay the bills for 2 months a year.

Unfortunately, supply dried up, Amazon completely screwed over private sellers, and now I have a 12 month job, so I don't do it anymore.

Topic   For those that resell thoughts?