As we all know, going to Disney is a bit expensive. Especially for those of us who live so far away that we need to fly there. We can’t bring our car full of food and stay offsite easily. We need a rental car, or stay onsite where it is even more expensive. A trip to Disney is a big expense, running in the thousands of dollars. For most of us that requires saving money and earning extra money any way we can.
I have read some very creative ways that people do this including taking a second or third job,extreme couponing, or even selling their own plasma! I choose to use Ebay as my #1 moneymaker. I go to the Goodwill by the pound store and find some really cheap merchandise to list on ebay and sell for profit. I have been doing this on and off for years. Ebay and Paypal fees have increased making this far more difficult, but I still have success. After much trial and error, I have found what works for me and what usually sells.
I am very lucky to have such a wonderful source of low priced items to sell. I can get books are 2 for 25 cents, clothes and other merchandise sells for 49-99 cents a POUND depending on what it is. This way if I buy something that doesn’t sell, I am not out much money. Yard sales are a great way to get inexpensive stuff to sell as well. You can offer to help someone clean out their garage, basement or attic as well as long as you have first pick of the items they are getting rid of. Also take a look around your own house and start there. You may have tons of things you don’t use just waiting to get sold.
Here is how to get started. Create an Ebay and paypal account if you don’t have one. Buy a few inexpensive things from other sellers just to get a little feedback. Get a good postal scale so you don’t completely underestimate shipping costs and then you can print shipping labels right from your computer with Ebay’s shipping program. Go ahead and list a few small, inexpensive items for sale. I use my ipod with the ebay app to do listings. it is easier than using my computer. Once you start getting good feedback, start listing more. Be aware Ebay will take 10% of your final value fee and shipping price, so if you sell an item for 26 dollars with free shipping they will take $2.60 and paypal will too.
I spend some time in different Ebay categories checking completed listings to see what kinds of things will sell, which brands are popular and that sort of thing. I also seek out small, light things to list. I will sell heavier items, but I make sure to weigh them and charge appropriate shipping costs. I mostly stick with fixed price listings so I don’t end up letting a 50 dollar item go for 99 cents if only one person bids on it. You can start the bidding at a higher price as well, but those auctions don’t seem to generate as much interest.
I tend to stick with categories I know. Books, Disney items, toys, fashion items like sunglasses and vintage clothing, and baby gear. I stay away from antiques, breakables, jewelry and items like coach purses that could be fakes. I have no knowledge of these and would not want to sell a fake item or misrepresent an item.
I no longer sell clothing lots. They are heavy to ship and rarely make a profit.
Overall, I make 25-50 a week depending on how much luck I have at the thrift store. I spend about 3 hours a week on this between shopping, listing items and shipping. If I wanted to dedicate more time to it, I could probably double or triple that, but for now I am happy with the amount I am doing.
Soon I will be posting more ways I add to my Disney fund. What are they ways you save or earn money for Disney that are a bit out of the ordinary?