Retail Arbitrage: Buy Low/Sell High
Gamestop – Pick up cheap, but popular, games to resell on Craigslist or eBay
Going out of business sales – big stuff can be flipped locally, small stuff can go to Amazon
Clearance Racks – oh, how I love a clearance rack…
Thrift stores – go on the tag sale days for crazy deals
Craigslist – if you have nothing to do all day but stalk the Free section you can pick up some good stuff
Flea markets – a lot of wholesalers work the flea market scene, you may be able to buy in bulk
Discount Bookstores – there is a huge market for books
Scanner Monkey – you are so not going to want to share this site with anyone else
Grocery store – there is a whole subset of sellers focusing on this Amazon category
Retired direct sales consultants – they may not be able to sell that inventory on auction sites, but you can
Libraries – they often give books away for pennies on the dollar, or give them away free
Mass Retailers – Walmart, Target, etc. (shop those sales & clearance racks)
Your closets – we all have new stuff lying around somewhere that we bought as a gift we didn’t give, received as a gift we didn’t want or forgot we bought and purchased another. Sell it! And sell your gently used but unwanted items, too.
Buy on eBay to sell on Amazon and vice versa
Liquidation stores – these can be a little dirty, gross and have expired items on the shelves, shop smart. You can’t sell expired merchandise.
Toy stores – evergreen not fad is the way to go here, scope out the clearance racks
Deal Blogs – subscribe to the big blogs that post in-store and online deals like Hip2Save. They recently shared a score at JCP’s winter clearance sale. Some of those buys may have made for a great flip.
IKEA – As Cynthia tells us in her post above, people can buy IKEA online but the shipping time is like three weeks. People would much rather pay a premium to get their goodies with free two-day Prime shipping.
Walgreens and CVS holiday clearance
Costco and Sam’s Club
Black Friday sales!
Tuesday Morning – every FBA seller I have consulted loves this place. It’s regional so that’s a big plus for those who have one in the area. A lot of us don’t and maybe we want some of their stuff. 😉
Woot! – This is actually an Amazon store offering one crazy markdown per day. Who knew? They even have a garage sale section!